How much will an interior designer cost me?

An interior designer will help you save money. The price varies depending on the type and size of the project you want to embark on. The following cost guide shows how much an interior designer will likely cost you in South Africa.

1. Price of interior design for different rooms

Some interior designers will look at the project as a whole and charge you a flat rate for the project.

Project type Cost range Average cost
Living room R 6700- R 18 500 R 12 600
Dining Room R 5200- R 11 500 R 6 350
Bedroom R 5800- R 17 000 R 11 400
Kitchen R 6 700- R 20 000 R 13 350
Home office R 5 200- R 14 000 R 9 600
Entry/Hall R 4500- R 8 200 R 6 350
Bath R 6 700- R 18 500 R 12 600
Patio/Deck R 4 500- R 18 500 R 11 500
Nursery R 5 200- R 14 000 R 9 600
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Below are more detailed information about the pricing structure.

2. Hourly rates based on the interior designer experience

Some interior designers will choose to charge you per hour, especially if the project is small and needs just a general consult on colours, fabrics or minor renovations.

Junior interior designer (1-3 years of experience)

  • 1 year: R200 per hour
  • 2 years: R350 per hour
  • 3 years: R400 per hour

Mid-level interior designer (4-10 years of experience)

  • 4-5 years: R400 per hour
  • 6-7 years: R550 per hour
  • 8-10 years: R600 per hour

Senior interior designer (10+ years of experience)

  • 10-15 years: R700 per hour
  • 15 years +: R800 per hour

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3. Square metre rates based on type of designs

You can also be charged a certain price per square metre if you are embarking on a project requiring layout or space planning.

Concept Design & Development

  • mood boards/sample boards: R 10/sqm
  • 3D sketch-up drawing: R 20/sqm
  • 3D photo-realistic perspective views: R 50/sqm

2D drawings (Plans/Elevations)

  • space Plans, floor Finishes, lighting layouts: R 20/sqm
  • elevations & sections through: R 12/sqm
  • proposed mechanical layouts R 10/sqm

Technical Drawings/Documentation

  • bill of quantities/spec document: R 40/sqm
  • project management: R 250/sqm
  • per detail: R 1 500

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4. Percentage fee on total contract value

The commission will be charged on a percentage of the total cost of the overall project.

Small to medium projects (last 6 months or less)

  • up to R 500 000: 9.5%
  • R 500 000 - R 1 million: 9%
  • R 1 million- R 2 million: 8.5%

Medium to large projects (6 months - 12 months)

  • R 2 million - R 5 million: 8%
  • R 5 million - R 8 million: 7%
  • R 8 million - R 10 million : 6%

Large to huge projects (12 months +)

  • R 10 million - R 15 million: 5%
  • R 15 million- R 20 million: 4%
  • Projects over R 20 million: 2%

Similar to comission is cost-plus pricing where you will pay for the net value of the materials supplied to you by the interior designer and an agreed-upon percentage markup on the net cost.

Note: An interior designer will also look at your budget and let you know what you can create with your pocket funds.