Today we’re going to dip our toes into the delightful topic of interior designer discounts from design trade sources. We’ll explain what designer discounts are, how they work and most importantly how they can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars.
What Are Interior Designer Discounts?
In an effort to increase sales of their products many popular home store retailers and manufacturers offer interior designers deep discounts on furniture, flooring, fabric, fixtures, tile, lighting, rugs, floor coverings, window and wall coverings and more.
Its a smart sales strategy because an interior designer likely purchases more furniture in any given month than the average homeowner buys over the course of a decade. Also, an interior designer is more likely to specify a particular manufacturer’s products when there is a financial reason (commission on the sale) for doing so.
Interior Designer’s typically resell products to their design clients at a price that is less than the client would pay at a retail store but more than the designers cost from the trade source.
How Much Can I Save With Interior Designer Discounts?
Typically, interior designer discounts available from popular retailers start around 5% off of the retail price. Discounts available from design trade manufacturers are far superior and can be as great as 70% off the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP). Design firms like HMDhome that leverage national purchasing volume can qualify for even greater discounts.
Who Qualifies to Receive Designer Discounts?
Licensed interior designers with a valid resale license, professional certification and trade references can apply for reseller discounts. The designer must apply directly with each individual vendor and so a particular designer may choose to open up trade accounts with some but not every available vendor.
Where Are Interior Designer Discounts Applicable?
Designer discounts are most commonly found with mid-to-high quality retailers and manufacturers. You can see a list of vendors that offer interior designer discounts here.
How Do Clients Take Advantage of Designer Discounts?
In order for the designer to obtain the discount they must purchase the product from the source and then re-sell it to the client. The portion of the discount the designer keeps for themselves can vary by vendor and by designer.
Many designers negotiate how product purchases and mark ups will be calculated and define these in the design services agreement with the client. This up-front agreement outlines whether the designer will be compensated for their time via design fees or if they will mark-up products purchased by the client in an amount sufficient to pay for their time, liability and related business expenses.
As the consumer you should take great care to ensure your contract with your designer does not ‘lock’ you into purchasing a limited selection of high priced products but rather allows you the freedom to choose the products and price points that fit your budget and design objectives.
Summary & Recommendations
- Designer Discounts can enable savings of as little as 5% (from popular retailers) and up to 70% (from manufacturers) on furniture, fixtures, flooring, fabric, lighting, window and wall coverings and accessories when purchased directly from an interior designer
- Not all interior designers have access to trade sources and applicable interior designer discounts. Tohse that do may pick and choose which products and manufacturers they resell. The more products a Designer sells each year (purchasing volume) the greater the discount they qualify for from the manufacturer or trade source
- You may be able to avoid paying state and local sales tax when purchasing items from an online interior designer instead of a local design professional
For more information visit us online and find out how you can save with HMD interior designer discounts.