What is the cost of Interior Designers in Bangalore?
Bangalore is a wonderful city with a very old and rich heritage. Its amazing food as well as proximity to major IT parks as well as manufacturing hubs makes it a good place to stay as well. Buying a flat or a villa anywhere requires us to invest in its interior design. Its not any different in Bangalore. Cost of interior designers in Bangalore depends upon the finishes. Through this article, we try to make you understand, approximately, what is the cost of Interior Designers in Bangalore. For our reference, we consider a 3BHK new flat. This can be used roughly for a smaller 1BHK flat or 2BHK flat or even for a larger villa.
The exact cost is however dependent on each house and its dimension, this calculator will help you in estimating the cost for basic work.
How to start dividing the areas which need budgeting for Interior Design?
First and foremost, you need to divide the things based on your budget. This is obvious since if you cannot spend to get some expensive polishes (we at Simply Interiors have a large range of finishes including Liquid Acrylic, PU and Polyester), then there is no point thinking about them. Cost of interior designer varies significantly with type of finishes. For this reason, you need to first know if the house is for your own stay or its an investment which will be given on rent.
Dividing the Cost
How is own stay different from rental flat for cost of Interior Design?
While the difference seems obvious, its not really so. Cost of Interior Designers in Bangalore may vary for a rental flat depending on the kind of people who will most possibly take the house on rent. E.g. if your flat is located in a more cosmopolitan area like Sarjapur Road, then its advisable to do a basic false ceiling in the living room even in the rental flat. E.g. we have done a few interiors in Varthur Road where the 3BHK flats have a much more elaborate kitchen, bigger wardrobes and TV unit, study table,
false ceiling as well as AC’s and RO installed for rental purpose.
For a flat for own stay, in the same example above, we can do any or all of the below:
- Alter the finishes (more premium instead of laminate)
- Add more woodwork including custom beds, sliding wardrobes, walk-in wardrobes etc
- The false ceiling can be more richly designed and use not just gypsum but also wooden patterns, wallpapers, textures etc
- Add wall treatments like natural stone, wallpapers, panels etc
- Add decorative lights and other light sources
- Include décor items like curtains, cushions, mattresses.
- Include furniture like sofas, dining table, recliners and even high back chairs in bedroom etc.
What is included in the basic interior work for a flat in Bangalore?
Interior design can be divided into two broad parts:
- The fixed interiors which cannot be changed regularly or easily. These things are usually expected to last for many years. All fixed woodwork, false ceiling, wiring, civil work etc falls into this category.
- The interior décor which is movable and may be replaced in few years. This includes curtains, lights, movable furniture like sofas, beds, wallpapers etc.
The first part is usually the essential work. In this, the following are the things which you can consider:
- Living and dining rooms: TV unit, Crockery unit, Shoe Rack, Puja (not in rental flats), false ceiling
- Bedrooms: Wardrobes, loft, dressing unit and some things in self flats that can be considered like TV unit, study table, chest of drawers, bed, side tables.
- Kitchen: Bottom and top cabinets, chimney, accessories (depending on usage and who is going to stay) etc
- Light fittings including lights, fans etc everywhere.
- Bathroom storage and fittings like geyser and exhaust.
We will now take the costs on a room wise basis and calculate how much is the cost of doing interior design in a 3BHK flat in Bangalore. We will start with learning to take measurements.
How to measure the square feet of a wooden unit ?
Most of the woodwork is measured in square feet. This might surprise you since the things are usually three dimensional but as a standard, the depth is usually kept constant. Hence a wardrobe is considered to be 2’ deep. So is a kitchen bottom cabinet. To measure square feet, think of yourself standing in front of the wooden unit (e.g. wardrobe). Now measure the height and the length from left to right. Multiplying these two numbers will give you the square feet.
In cases where one of the dimensions is less than 1’, running feet is considered which is simply the other dimension as is. E.g. a ledge will usually have a thickness of 1-2 inches. The ledge will then be taken in running feet with measurement of the length only.
In the diagram here, the height of the wardrobe is 7’. The total width is 6’. Hence the square feet of wardrobe is 7’X6’=42 sqft. In Simply Interiors, while we consider these for quotes, at the time of final handover, we measure the exact dimensions and use them. Hence if the width is 5’11”, you will pay for that and not 6’.
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Measuring wardrobe area
How to calculate the cost of various units ?
A “box” typically means a wooden unit which is enclosed with shutters /doors. Wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, the storage parts of TV units, crockery units, shoe cabinets and any other units which have a carcass and doors. Depending on the material used, the prices obviously vary. The prices also depend on the finishing. Finishing means what has been done for the outside look. This may be laminate which is the most common or could be duco, PU, acrylic, glass, polyester or even vinyl, wallpaper, paint etc depending on the designs and budgets.
We at Simply Interiors do all of these without any issue. We do not recommend particle board at all. Lots of companies say that they are using “engineered wood”. If they are not specifying, chances are that they are using particle board or low quality MDF. We at Simply Interiors use ISI-710 marked BWP ( boiling water resistant plywood or IS-303 marked BWR ply only. In case of PU or Polyester or in case of CNC cuttings, we may use high grade HDHMR. This is done for giving the smooth finish.
Assuming the box to be made of ISI marine plywood with laminate finish, the price may vary between Rs.1200 to Rs.1400 per sft. Add Rs.100-Rs.150 for BWP plywood in kitchens. These prices include everything except GST. Prices vary depending on designs, number of drawers, type of handles, sliding channels, price of laminates etc. A laminate from Royale Touche will be a bit more expensive than Merino (but it will be worth the cost for sure!). Similarly a chest of drawers with a much larger number of drawers per sft area will surely have a higher cost than a wardrobe. You can measure the square feet and multiply the sft rate to get the cost.
Lofts and other frames
Loft prices are usually lower since they are not complete boxes but only the outside doors on frames. The reason for this is because the additional boxing will waste material and hence money for no reason. Loft space will be compromised by adding wooden box inside since the support is anyway coming from the below unit or slab. While the measurement is done in sft, the prices are typically Rs.300 to Rs.400 less than the boxing price for the same specs.
Ledges and Panels
A panel is wooden covering on a wall or beam. This is usually done to either hide something at the back (wires in a TV unit) or for aesthetic purpose. Ledges may be free standing directly on the wall or on a panel or other wooden unit. A free standing ledge may not be able to take a lot of weight. A ledge does not use a lot of material in terms of quantity but needs finishing on top and bottom. It also needs to be made more carefully hence labor cost is higher. A panel requires lesser material compared to a box for obvious reasons but may have cove in the sides for lighting. A panel is measured in sft while a ledge is measured in running feet. Some people in Bangalore also measure the cove of a panel separately. In case of Simply Interiors, we take a case to case decision on that depending on the quantity of coves and the design. Depending on the sizes, thickness etc, the price for ledges and panels varies from Rs.700 to Rs.1000 for laminate finish.
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What is the cost of other finishes for a 3BHK interior design in Bangalore ?
While we have given above the approximate range of prices for laminate finishes, PU finishes could be around 40-50% higher. Duco is not as high as PU but compared to PU, it is not as rich also. Liquid Acrylic will be similar to PU considering a very good quality of material. Lacquer glass is around 70% higher than laminate. One of the most expensive finishes is polyester. Its typically double of laminate finish. It also comes in some amazing finishes like marble etc which could be a bit higher than double. Vinylis done in places which need things like a photo or something. Wallpapers etc if used properly can also add to the beauty of the rooms. Costs of these finishes are very specific to what is needed but you can consider the cost to be somewhere near duco or PU.
So finally, what is the cost of Interior Designers in Bangalore ?
Obviously, price depends on sizes as you would have realized. Below table gives an approximate idea assuming a standard size flat. Note that this is a basic cost and does not include any specific requirements or accessories.
This does not include lights, fans, wiring, civil work or any other additional woodwork. It also does not include furniture prices. All of these can be discussed by the Simply Interiors team and created for you.
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