You are ready to pull your Living Room together. You want everything to be perfect. You want quality items that will last, but without breaking the bank or spending more than you need to. You are wondering...
WHAT IT COSTS TO FURNISH YOUR LIVING ROOM?
You have either just moved into a new home and the furniture you have doesn't fit the same as it did in the last place. OR you want to update and redecorate your living area to be more in tune with your style and preferences.
Well, I am here to help you! I worked for years in the furniture industry and know what an average cost for quality furniture should be.
First you have already done your homework and measured your room so you will know what will fit. You have to start here because you don't want to buy something that will not fit. You can download my Decorating Guide Here! Once you have that you are ready to S H O P. ...But that it where most people get overwhelmed. What should you be investing in? Where do you put your dollars to the best use?
Like any project there is a range and a ballpark. You can decide what you will spend, but the formula usually stays the same. Here are my thoughts. There will always be exceptions.
The first cost to consider when decorating your Living Room - the seating
The sofa is usually a big ticket item, so that is where you need to start. This piece usually sets the tone for the room and lets us know who the other players will be. For instance if you choose a sectional or large sofa, you might have to bring smaller chairs to join in. If you choose a smaller sofa, you could have a love seat or big chair to join as part of that grouping.
A good sofa will land anywhere from $1,000- $1,500 depending on the cushions and fabric you choose. A lot of stores will offer it at the lower price if you like the fabric they stock it in.
A sectional, depending on how big you choose, will cost $2,500-$3,500. It is important to KNOW how you would want this to be configured for your living room. Ask the sales associate what sectionals can go the way you had planned. Most showrooms can not show everything. So, they might introduce you to a sofa that can also be ordered as a sectional.
A loveseat- It is only about $30-$90 less than a sofa. The reason is that it costs almost the same to make as a sofa AND about the same amount of material. Determine if you can fit two sofas instead. Save the loveseat for spaces that are smaller that is all that will fit.
Moving on to the side kicks, or side chairs. Some rooms will have only one chair, but others will have room for more. This will just be a break down in the type of chair.
The chair and a half- Most of these guys are intended to be with an ottoman. The chair and ottoman will run you on average $1,200-$2,000. This chair will be the cozy spot to read a book and maybe invite a pet or kid to snuggle with.
The side chair- These are smaller in scale, but doesn't need an ottoman. (However, almost every chair can have one) The side chair can run around $500-$1000. Even within the same company this type of chair will have a wide range depending on style, craftsmanship, cushions, frame, and fabric.
Small accent chair will run around $250-400. This is a fill in. It could be the ends at your dining table or flank the sides of a buffet. Either way, this is the chair you pull up when you have extra people in your home.
The second cost to consider when decorating your Living Room - hard surfaces
This will include all your places to land. Places to land your coffee, your book, your lamps, or your tv. This is all the casegoods, tables, cabinets or hard surfaces in your Living Room.
Your coffee and sofa tables- $300-$1000 These tables usually run the same even though they are different sizes. The type of material and quality will play a huge determining factor. What is the material, the construction, the finishing process, and the warranty?
End tables - $200- $600. This side tables can be tiny accents or they could anchor two sofas. The range on these guys have a lot to do with size and material.
Cabinets- Not many people are buying the TV cabinets, but moving to built in options or wall hung instead. If you are hanging your TV, you might use a TV console for the necessary components. These cabinets will run $700-$1000.
The third cost to consider when decorating your Living Room - The soft stuff
When working on a room, I like to start with the higher ticket item and then work my way to the least expensive item. Once you select your rug for your living room, then you can move on to the draperies and pillows.
Wool Rug 10x 12 - $800- $1,500 You heard me right! The best quality rugs are made of wool. While it will make for an itchy sweater, it is the most durable fiber in flooring and will last for many years. A second runner up would be a nylon rug. Of course some things that will affect cost are: where it was made, if it was handmade or machine made, the dying process, and the rug fibers itself. Olefin/Polypropylene is a material used to make raincoats and will be the fibers used in outdoor rugs. Don't get one of those for the inside of your house. They will have what you call "reoccurring stains". I know the sign says "Indoor/Outdoor". But you will want to invest smartly on your rug. I have had my wool rug for 15 years and it still looks fantastic!
Draperies or curtains- This can vary so much if you are doing custom, but if you wanted ready made panels they are easy to come by. Draperies will hang better and have a better "hand" if they have natural fibers like cotton, silk, or linen. But they are also good to be blended with synthetics fibers. The lined 96" Drapery panel pair should run from $60-300 per pair. Fabric has everything to do with it.
Toss Pillows- cost $20-$50. You can find these everywhere and at great prices. The ones that are full and have down-blend feathers will cost more. They also fluff up prettier than a poly-filled pillow.
The fourth cost to consider when decorating your living room - accessories
The accessories will include lamps, vases, trays, books, collectables and art. With art being the most expensive item to shop for, you should start with that. You can get original pieces of art at colleges and community fairs for reasonable prices. Obviously the more famous the artist, the more it will cost you. Etsy and Ebay have also opened the door for artists to sell their work straight out. I do not have a cost range for original art, since it varies so much. BUT if you were looking at reprints at a place like Z Gallerie, Pottery Barn, or West Elm- you might pay $150- $499 for their artwork. (Depending on size and frame)
For the other accessories plan to spend about 15-25% of your overall cost to give the room the look you are after. Don't skip out on the accessories because this is the part of the room that tells everyone who you are and it gives the room the personality that you want and will love coming home to.
I hope this helps you to plan your room a little more. I have some resources for you to help you on your venture. Download my Decorating Guide and Furniture Shopping Guide. I created those tools to help you as you pull together your home.