Living Room Furnishing Estimates

Every living room has a different style, square footage and function it performs. As you prepare to design and furnish your living room to tell your story in the most beautiful, productive and functional way, it’s good to know how to much to expect to spend.

living room design board with furniture

Remember that you’ll need enough seating for your family and extra for guests, if possible!

You can achieve a beautiful design for even less if you’re savvy with thrifting. But not everyone has the desire, ability or time to furnish their home completely by thrifting.

The following are investment estimates for furnishing/styling a room. The prices listed are average baseline price points, but they can always be priced higher in each category. Note this does not include any designer’s fees.

Low budget retail usually entails buying items from sources like Target, World Market, Amazon, Wayfair, IKEA, and Home Goods.

Low Budget Retail Living Room:

  • Sofa $1500
  • Accent chair (x2) $400 each
  • Coffee table $200
  • End table (x2) $200 each
  • Bookcase/shelving $150-$400
  • Media console/cabinet $200-$500
  • Drapes and hardware per window $100+
  • Rug $350
  • Table Lamp (x2) $50 each
  • Floor Lamp $100
  • Ceiling light fixture $300
  • Throw pillows (x6) $60 per pillow
  • Art or wall décor $200
  • Styling accessories $300+

Total: $4,660+


High end retail retail usually entails buying items from sources like Pottery Barn, Arhaus, West Elm, Rejuvenation, Serena & Lily, Lulu & Georgia, McGee & Co, One Kings Lane, Ballard Designs.

High End Retail Living Room:

  • Sofa $3,000-$4,000
  • Accent chair (x2) $1,000 each
  • Coffee table $700-$1,000
  • End table (x2) $500 each
  • Bookcase/shelving $1,000-$3,000
  • Media console/cabinet $1,000-$1,500
  • Drapes and hardware per window $300+
  • Rug $1,000
  • Table lamp (x2) $200+ each
  • Floor lamp $400
  • Ceiling light fixture $700-$1,000
  • Throw pillows (x6) $100+ per pillow
  • Art or wall décor $700-$1,000
  • Styling accessories $600+

Total: $13,400 – $17,800+


Showroom & custom items are sourced through the trade with your designer. These manufacturers are not open to the public to purchase on your own. Your designer becomes your retail store, so to speak. Purchasing with your designer allows you access to high quality ready ship or custom made furnishings.

You will notice that these showroom/custom prices are often not much different from high end retail and the quality usually surpasses that of regular retail. Something to think about as you plan and make investment purchases for your home, especially for items like sofas.

Showroom & Custom Living Room:

  • Sofa $3,000+
  • Accent chair (x2) $1,000+ each
  • Coffee table $800+
  • End table (x2) $500+ each
  • Bookcase/shelving $1,500+
  • Media console/cabinet $1,500+
  • Drapes and hardware per window $500+
  • Rug $1,500+
  • Table lamps (x2) $300+ each
  • Floor lamp $400+
  • Ceiling light fixture $1,000+
  • Throw pillows (x6) $150+ each
  • Art or wall décor $1,000+
  • Styling accessories $1,000+

Total: $16,700+

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