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What Does It Cost to Furnish a Bedroom?

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Last year we did a blog post on what it costs to furnish a living room which went on to be one of our most popular posts of the year. Just as many questions surround the topic of bedrooms. Bed frames alone can run from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand so it’s not surprising that you feel overwhelmed. We’ve broken down the process and created a new document for you so that you’ll have a complete understanding and be able to answer the question of “what does it cost to furnish a bedroom”.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO FURNISH A BEDROOM

The first and most important step in any design is to determine what your budget is. Without a clear understanding of your budget you’re constantly feeling the pressure of the price tags. If you know what you’re working with you can feel good about splurging on the beautiful bed because you’re willing to save a little on the dresser. You should also think about whether you want to finance the entire room at once or spread the purchases out over a few months.

Before setting a budget it’s good to have an understanding of the pros and cons to investing in low, mid and high priced furniture.

HIGH – PROS

  • Almost always custom or semi-custom (semi-custom means you work with the style and change 1 or 2 elements. Maybe you select a bed frame and can choose your fabric and leg stain).
  • Materials used are high quality and usually sourced and/or built within North America. Frames are made of solid wood, foam is better quality to prevent sagging. Lots of attention to small details.
  • Pieces are built to last. This is an investment piece that you should plan to have for a long time.

HIGH – CONS

  • These pieces are often price prohibitive for many people.
  • Due to the hand made nature of many of these pieces, it can often take months (not including delays) before you receive your piece.
  • It’s pretty difficult to change your mind about a piece a year after you purchased it. Given the cost and time involved, this is for people who are clear on their style and know they will still love the piece in 10 years.

MEDIUM – PROS

  • Selection is vast. This is a big category for retailers as they know this is where a large number of shoppers spend their money so you are going to have a ton of selection.
  • Some custom options available. You can often get the look of a higher end piece just by adding some custom options ie nailhead trim, down filling, etc.
  • Some retailers sell pieces off the floor so it eliminates the lengthy wait for the piece to arrive. Usually you have better luck with smaller pieces like coffee and end tables versus large sectionals or dining tables that will leave empty holes in their displays.

MEDIUM – CONS

  • Quality can be questionable. You have to ask questions about construction and quality but sometimes we don’t even know what sort of questions are applicable. Try to do a bit of homework about the materials used and educate yourself before you start shopping.
  • Price is not always in keeping with quality. There are lots of instances where a manufacturer is marketing their poor quality work to mid-priced retailers. You do NOT always get what you pay for. Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s well made.
  • There’s a lot of upselling. The same options mentioned above cost extra and with every added cost you might be adding hundreds of dollars to the total cost. Be careful to ask about all charges for add ons before you agree to it.

LOW – PROS

  • This is perfect if you’re just starting out or have little kids. You don’t need to worry about little fingers with sticky applesauce quite as much when you’ve spent less.
  • Cost. The biggest reason people shop in this category is price. It’s extremely reasonably priced.
  • Colour and style. What these pieces lack in quality, they make up for in colour and pattern. They are fun and they are almost always on trend.

LOW – CONS

  • Quality is poor. This is the story of legs falling off chairs, tables that wobble and bookcases with no back. But it’s not a surprise so that’s the bright side.
  • Not environmentally friendly. Since these pieces are not made to last they end up in landfill so if that’s a big consideration for you, maybe you need to get yourself some milk crates until you can bump up into the next category.
  • Usually made offshore. These lower priced pieces are almost always made in Asia. Retailers are buying them by the crate or the boat load. People are increasingly looking for products made in their home country and these do not fit that bill.

 

Now on to the good stuff. This is a breakdown based on our years of shopping for clients. For some people, these totals might seem high but that’s because designers factor in every little thing when we design a room. It doesn’t mean you need to have all your toss pillows and accessories purchased and in place initially. Most people like to buy the big pieces and pick away at the small, more affordable things but it’s our view that it’s always better to know the totals before you start.

All prices below are in Canadian dollars and reflect what it costs to shop at Canadian retailers. Price does not reflect shipping or installation. Mattress has not been included in this so if you don’t already have one you’ll need to factor that cost into the equation.
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