Interior Designers & Retail Design Services

Interior Designers & Retail Design Services

I was asked recently, that as more retailers start introducing design services into their furniture offerings how can we as designers, start setting ourselves apart as well as stay relevant.

This question caused an internal scream of the soul.

If designers don’t know the value that they bring, don’t know how the services that we offer, and are confused about this - how can we expect clients who aren’t part of this industry to understand?

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When Clients Want to Buy Retail

When Clients Want to Buy Retail

When you buy retail, you buy at an inflated price.  Yet, more and more clients want to buy retail.  They want their furniture quick and easy.  Not to mention cheap.  But what they (and you) may not realize is that you're likely paying a much bigger "markup" on retail compared to the quality that you get than to-the-trade sources.  

Usually when buying to-the-trade the cost to quality ratio is much better.  Clients get more for their money.  They'll be paying a smaller markup to the designer rather than a large markup to the retailer.  

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