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Interior Design Cost: What is the Designing Cost for a 3BHK in India

While 2017 was lucky for the few who had the felicity of finding their dream homes; there are few who are up for grabbing the big cheese in 2018.

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So, for all who’re going to make big time purchases for their homes, here’s an estimate on what major items need to be bought, materials in which they are available, the approximate cost of each item and the estimated total cost of your purchases for a 3BHK in India.

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In this article, we will give you an idea on the approximate interior design cost you’ll have to incur. These prices may differ from 5% - 10% among various Tier 1 cities. In Tier 2 cities, material cost increases, while labor charges decrease and likewise in Tier 3 cities, the same rule applies.

To start with, flooring and sanitary fixtures are usually installed by the builder. It's hard to replace them once fixed; so if you want something of your choice, talk to your builder prior hand and don't refrain from paying the extra amount for your preferred materials.

Think of good quality fixtures as investments that will last you more than 10 years

Most flats come with decently tiled floors, but on closer inspection may appear improperly laid or of poor quality. If your budget permits, consider placing wooden or vinyl floors atop these tiles.

False ceiling is a choice and not a compulsion. Go for it, only after all necessary elements have been fixed. Gypsum, fiber and wood are preferred choices for false ceilings.

Whitewashed or decently painted walls can be expected at the time of handover. But if you wish to repaint them, prices would range between 50K to 1L for a complete 3BHK.

Now, let’s start with the cost of interiors for 3BHK apartment, one room at a time.

Interior Design Cost for 3BHK

Typically, in a 3BHK, there would be 1 master bedroom, 2 other bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 kitchen and 3 bathrooms.

Master Bedroom:

Common necessities in a bedroom would be a bed, mattress, wardrobe, flooring, light fixtures and false ceiling.

For beds and wardrobes, opt for good laminates or veneer polishes and hinges since cheaper finishes react heavily to daily wear and tear. While laminates are off-white, decorative or textured; veneer polishes could be natural or reconstituted. Hinges are of several types viz Butt, Barrel, Piano, Butterfly, Pivot, Flush, Spring etc.

Generally, 6-inch spring mattresses are preferred for their durability, but if you're looking for something less pricey, then go with foam. One can select from a wide range of 4-12 inch mattresses from brands like Kurlon, Sleepwell, Restonics, Dunlopillo, Sleepzone, Centuary etc.

Wardrobes are generally 8x8 laminate finish or veneer polish with variedly priced hinges.

Price List for Master Bedroom:

Item Area/Qty Range
King-size Bed 1 25,000-50,000 INR
Wardrobe 64 sqft 60,000-80,000 INR
Mattress 1 12,000-18,000 INR
Lights & Fixtures 25,000-40,000 INR
False Ceiling 200 sqft 15,000-20,000 INR
Flooring 200 sqft 10,000-40,000 INR
TOTAL 1,47,000 - 2,48,000/- INR

Major differences between the master bedroom and other bedrooms would be in the size of the bed, which is king-sized in the former and queen-sized in the latter, and room dimensions.

Price List for Other Bedrooms:

Item Area/Qty Range
Queen-sized Bed 1 20,000-40,000 INR
Wardrobe 32 sqft 30,000-40,000 INR
Mattress 1 10,000-15,000 INR
Lights & Fixtures 20,000-35,000 INR
False Ceiling 180 sqft 12,000-18,000 INR
Flooring 180 sqft 8,000-35,000 INR
TOTAL 1,00,000 - 1,83,000/- INR

Kindly note, the prices stated are based on reviews from designers PAN India and mostly caters to the requirements and purchases of the middle class group.

Living Room

Inevitable items in a living room would be a sofa set, bookshelf/display unit, TV unit, dining table, light fixtures, and false ceiling.

A TV unit can be as low as 15,000 INR to as high as 50,000 INR, depending on the size and material used. Real wood is expensive and has a longer life compared to MDF/Particle boards.

Since trends change with every passing season, it's recommended that you keep a neutral palette for your furniture and add colors with decor items

Sofa sets come in a number of designs, fabrics, dimensions and storage options. Prices will vary as per your purchase.

Prices for TV unit, display units, dining table and shoe rack depend on the quality of wood, laminates, veneer polishes and hinges used in their making.

There's an array of lights (tubelights, CFLs, fluorescent bulbs and LEDs), light fixtures (concealed, hanging, surface, floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, track lighting, cove lighting etc.) and brands (Bajaj, Havells, Philips, Sneider, Anchor etc.) that you can choose from.

Price List:

Item Area/Qty Range
Sofa set 1 40,000-1,00,000 INR
TV Unit 1 15,000-50,000 INR
Shoe Rack 1 5,000-10,000 INR
Light fixtures, lights etc. 25,000-50,000 INR
False ceiling 300 sqft 18,000-35,000 INR
TOTAL 1,23,000 - 2,85,000/- INR


Modular kitchen is in high demand and is usually L-shaped, U-shaped, Parallel, or Straight with popular brands being Hettich, Godrej Interio, Johnson Kitchen, Haefel, Haecker, Kohler etc.

As you would have understood by now that the choice of laminates, polish and hinges add a lot to the final cost. Often builders install cabinets in the kitchen before handover, but be sure to check the quality of laminates and hinges provided. In case, cheap materials have been used, you'd probably have to get your kitchen re-done by experts.

Branded materials would be 2X-5X the price of local materials; but it's worth it, if durability is what you're looking for

Chimneys are an integral part of a modular kitchen. They come as Wall canopy, Island canopy, Downdraft chimney, or Integrated. Preferred chimney size is usually 60cm (2-4 burners stove) and 90cm (3-5 burners stove) with well-known brands being Bosch, Hindware, Prestige, Kutchina etc.

Price List:

Item Area/Qty Range
Modular Kitchen Based on sqft area 1,00,000-2,00,000 INR
Chimney 1 40,000-60,000 INR
Light fixtures, lights etc 10,000-15,000 INR
TOTAL 1,50,000 - 2,90,000/- INR


Showers, wall mixers, water closets, basin, accessories and light fixtures are common in all modern day washrooms.

All the above items are available in a range of options with Jaquar, Cera, Hindware, Kohler, Parryware* etc. being popular brands in these categories.

In accessories, you can include dispensers, napkin holders, paper roll holders, tooth brush holders, robe hooks, soap dishes, mirrors, towel rods, bathroom racks, etc.

In case of pre-finished washrooms, chances are that you might not like the tile color or pattern, or you prefer rain shower and a separate bath area, but it's not what you usually get. Hence, it's a good idea to include all extra costs in your budget and adjust the final budget accordingly.

Price List:

Item Area/Qty Range
Shower, wall mixer etc. 2 (1 shower, 1 wall mixer) 5,000-10,000 INR
Water Closet (WC) 1 8,000-15,000 INR
Basin 1 5,000-10,000 INR
Accessories 10,000-20,000 INR
Light fixtures, lights etc 2,000-3,500 INR
TOTAL 30,000 - 58,500/- INR

To get the estimated price for three washrooms, triple the given amount in the above list.

Finally, approximate interior design cost of 3BHK can be summed up as seen in the following table.

Rooms in 3BHK Price Range
Master Bedroom 1,47,000-2,48,000 INR
Bedroom 1 1,00,000-1,83,000 INR
Bedroom 2 1,00,000-1,83,000 INR
Living Room 1,23,000-2,85,000 INR
Kitchen 1,50,000-2,90,000 INR
Bathroom 1 30,000-58,500 INR
Bathroom 2 30,000-58,500 INR
Painting cost 50,000 - 1,00,000 INR
TOTAL 7,10,000 - 13,64,500 INR

These values would vary depending on the quantity and quality of the items chosen. Each item is available in a wide range and the choice is absolutely yours.

It is but natural to get confused and overwhelmed at the time of purchase. So, either have someone with you who knows the stuff or let an expert handle it. If you decide to hire an interior designer, remember to:

  1. Compare designers based on their profiles and portfolio.
  2. Once you've chosen a designer, discuss your style and the work you'd like to get done. Discussing timeline is also a good idea.
  3. Negotiate with your designer to a reasonable extent but don't compromise on quality.

Finally, what you get is not just your house decorated by a professional but done on your budget, too.

Since, you have invested a lot of time and money into buying a house, why not invest a little more to make it look and feel special. Click to know more about hiring a designer or how Designbids works and get a step closer to your dream home.

Madhurima Das

Madhurima Das

Madhurima is a microbiologist by qualification and writer by choice, emotional yet practical, sensitive yet sensible. She is always enthusiastic about good music, books, food, and destinations.

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