It's time to tackle the room that a lot of people often leave to the bottom of the list of priorities - the primary bedroom! We take this space really seriously because we know how much time we spend in here, and it should be a restful place you want to be in every night. Depending on how much space you have, you can include a seating area in your bedroom as well! Keep reading for a range breakdown of what to set aside to furnish your primary bedroom, at a variety of price points.
There is bound to be some sticker shock with some of these totals -- and I get it! Typically you aren't purchasing everything for a space at one time - they are collected and evolve and change over time. With our full service design, it's a bit different. We are often helping clients purchase all the items in each individual room, so the costs definitely start to add up. There is quite a big range here for many, many reasons. Here are a few reasons for the range in each of these categories.
Upholstering a bed, adding storage underneath, choosing a tufted headboard and nailheads, or a canopy bed crafted from wood or metal all have an enormous amount of time and skill attached to their construction. Is it a piece you're having completely custom-made, or an option that the manufacturer creates with inventory backup?
BEDDING + PILLOWS
Bedding is such a personal decision - and you have so many options in terms of material! You have percale, sateen, linen, bamboo, even silk - what do you choose?! Thread count and construction have a substantial part in the price range, but if you can touch samples of each, I highly recommend that. And note how hot or cold you normally sleep, or whether you'd like to change how it feels when you sleep as well.
Layers also dictate the overall price - do you include a duvet cover, blanket, and quilt, with a throw blanket on top for good measure? That's all personal preference and how much time you would like to take to make the bed every day (or not - no judgment!) Pay attention to what type of photos you're attracted to on Pinterest, and what the bedding design looks like. That's often something you inherently know you like within the space without realizing it.
We could say the same thing for pillows - are the decorative pillows handprinted individually or sent through a factory assembly line? Are they limited run releases or color releases for a specific season, or something you can buy at any time? Are the pillow inserts polyester filled or down filled? All of these factors can change the pricing dramatically.
NIGHTSTANDS + DRESSER
Materials are big here - are marble, hardwood lumber, or welded metal involved in the pieces you choose? Are you choosing nightstands and dressers with soft close storage? What type of hardware is being used for both pieces? Raw material costs, extra material needed for storage, and the extra labor all contribute to the price range listed above. And again, type of construction and overall quality of that construction are a deciding factor.
Lighting has a huge range because we see handblown, custom pendants and chandeliers made, and we see more mass-manufactured lamps as well. There is definitely a balance between functional use and choosing a lighting fixture because it's just the most beautiful piece of art you've ever seen and you want that to be a focal point in a space. Make lighting as personal as your jewelry, shoes, or handbags -- but know that you can almost ALWAYS tell when it's cheap!
We have a deep dive here about your options for window treatments as well! This category heavily depends on volume, as well as how many layers you're looking to do on each window. This category is probably the most overlooked in terms of budget, so please make sure to factor that in so you're not hit with a huge number later on that shocks you to the core! Trust me, it happens almost every time... even to me!
Our post about rug material content gives all the details about what goes into the construction of a rug, so pull up a chair before you click over - we didn't hold back any details!
The construction of the chair, chaise, or loveseat is most likely to be the cause for drastically different price points. 8 way hand tied springs as the foundation of the seating support is the gold standard of the industry, but is very labor intensive and material heavy. Sinuous springs are a more affordable alternative. The fabric or leather choice and cushion fill can also contribute to the vast range of pricing listed above. Also, think about how much of a frame you can see - sometimes a slipcovered piece can be less expensive than a wood frame chair that must look beautiful from every angle, for example... but that's not always the case! Also, fabric or leather selection plays a huge role in cost too!
ART & ACCESSORIES
Not only is this category a question of volume, but also what is important for you to invest in. Craftsmanship and artisanal work takes much more time, material, and creativity, and prices can reflect that. How large are these art pieces and/or accessories? Are you purchasing from a vintage source or reusing something you already own in a new way? As with many categories, you must decide what takes priority for you in determining what budget makes sense for your style sensibility.
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