How Much Does It Cost To Furnish A 1500 Square Foot House?

By - Ron Singh

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Knowing the furnishing cost is necessary for a typical American house with bedrooms measuring 224 square feet and with the capacity to carry two to three bedrooms.

An idea of the cost of furnishing your house will help you prepare your budget for the project.

As we continue to make progress in this article, watch out as you will gain knowledge of the cost of furnishing a 1,500 sq ft house.

You will also see the cost of furnishing a house per square foot, the cost for each room in the house, the average cost for furnishing a three-bedroom house, and the tips for furnishing it.

For a 1,500 sq ft house, the furnishing cost comes in two ways. First, a two-bedroom house will cost $26,000 to $67,000, but if it comes with an office, it will cost $32,000 to $74,000. Second, a three-bedroom will cost $46,000 to $75,000, but with an office, it runs up to $85,000.

How Much Does It Cost to Furnish a House Per Square Foot?

How Much Does It Cost to Furnish a 1,500 Square Foot House

Going by the general rule of thumb, you will discover that the cost of furnishing your house will be $100 to $150.

Although the cost per square foot may vary depending on what you are looking for, you may choose a luxurious design. And a luxurious design means that you are ready to spend a lot of money.

The house’s aim and objective will also affect the cost, like the design you intend to go for as a choice.

Finally, another factor will be the interior designer you pay regarding how much they charge.

How Much Does It Cost to Furnish a House Room by Room?

To identify the cost you will settle with, you need to ask yourself some probing questions like; What is my type of lifestyle? How many children do I have? What are their ages? What types of entertainment do you and other members of your family enjoy?

The reason for considering these questions is to see whether you can still use some older items.

And you need to consider their age because the kind of room your 7 or 8 years old child will stay in will not be the same when they become teenagers. 

Below are tables showing individual costs of items as well as the total cost for furnishing each room in the house:

#1. Living Room

Depending on the type and quality of furnishing you want to engage in, you can expect to spend between $14,000 to $48,000.

And this means that for an item you buy at a standard price, you can still buy a luxury type at two, three, or four times the standard price.

Items Standard Costs ($)Luxury Costs ($)
Floor lamps3001,500
Table lamps3501,000
Pillows 4001,500
Side tables5002000
Accessories 5001,500
Drapery 8001,500
Coffee table1,0003,000
Living room chair1,0003,000
Artwork & Mirror1,00010,000
Media Cabinet1,5003,000
Chandelier 1,5005,000
Rug 2,0008,000
Sofa 2,5005,000
Total 11,85046,000

#2. Bedrooms

The furnishing requirements for bedrooms are not the same as that for a living room.

And the master bedroom usually costs more than any other bedroom you have at home. And your expectations of the costs would be between $10,000 to $38,000.

Items Standard Costs ($)Luxury Costs ($)
Table lamps3001000
Accessories 5001,500
Artwork & Mirror 5005,000
Pillows and bedding6002,500
Nightstands 1,0002,000
Bench 1,5002,500
Dresser 1,5003,000
Chandelier 1,5005,000
Rug 1,5008,000
Bed 2,0006,000
Total 10,90036,500

#3. Dining Room

There is no doubt why most times, furnishing a dining room will even cost more than furnishing a bedroom.

And this is so because the dining room is primarily full of furniture. So, holding between $12,000 to $43,000 will keep you on the safer side.

Items Standard Costs ($)Luxury costs ($)
Sconces 5001,500
Accessories 5001,500
Dining chairs 6002,000
Artwork & Mirror 1,0005,000
Chandelier 1,5005,000
Rug 1,5008,000
Buffet table2,0005,000
Dining table 2,0006,000
Total 9,60034,000

#4. Home Office

Even when modern houses did not carry offices, people made offices out of their homes.

While some people use one of their bedrooms for an office, others choose the more suited option, the basement.

Converting a bedroom or basement into an office will cost you between $4,000 and $11,000.

Items Standard Costs ($)Luxury Costs ($)
Printer stand 200500
Office chair 2001,000
Accessories 5001,000
Other storage options5001,000
Bookcase 5001,500
Visitor’s lounge 5002,000
Filing cabinet 8002,000
Office Desk1,0002,000
Total 4,20011,000

Average Cost to Furnish a 3-Bedroom House

On average, it will cost you between $46,000 to $75,000, but if you go further to make an inclusion of the home office, it will rise to $85,000.

And also, the cost depends on whether you are using new or old furniture and the design idea you want to bring out.

However, the truth is that up until now, we keep focusing on the cost involved in purchasing these items.

And in the process, we keep forgetting the cost of delivery, interior design, and protection plan.

#1. Interior Design Fees

There may be a considerable possibility that interior decorating may not be your strong point, just like many people.

If this is the case, the next best option would be to hire an interior designer to handle the furnishing. They usually charge between $50 to $500 per hour.

#2. Delivery Fees

It often poses serious challenges and risks for you to buy and transport items for furnishing due to its heavy and bulky and heavy nature.

You can take the best option by purchasing items from shops that render delivery services, and these services cost about $100 to $150.

#3. Protection Plan Fees

For each item you use in furnishing, find out about the manufacturer and if there is any accident coverage outside the warranty.

And note that this protection plan will cost at the very least about $100.

Tips to Furnish a 1500 Sq Ft House

You can use several tips to furnish a 1500 sq ft house. For this article, I will highlight five of these tips;

#1. Focus on Your Vision

Before moving into the house, try to use your imagination to picture where and where you would put certain items.

And do well to take note of such spots so that it will be easy to put the items after finally moving into the house.

#2. Begin With the Most Important

Here is where you give priority first to your needs and then follow your wants. One way to do this is to get a bed so you can sleep, a kitchen table and chair so you cook and eat, and a sofa for sitting. These are the things that should take priority. 

#3. Make Plans for Decoration

In this part of furnishing, all your vision and priority items would have to face the financial aspect of it all.

Therefore, I will strongly advise that if you are buying a house at a cost, the cost for furnishing should be 50% or at the very least 10% of the house’s original cost.

#4. Implore Strategy 

Before bringing in the items on your list, you must strategize to avoid unnecessary expenses.

For example, to get the prices for the items for furnishing, you need to;

  1. Purchase by paying attention to the season. For instance, last year’s model of items will be cheaper during winter.
  2. Shop for secondhand items.
  3. Guard against opening store credit cards from furniture stores.

#5. Go for Quality, Not Quantity

When we talk about rooms to prioritize, we are talking about rooms that we do spend much of our time staying within.

The items of such a room should be quality items that will last a long time, so the goal shouldn’t just be to fill your room with many items.


Depending on the condition, to furnish a 1500 sq ft house, it will cost between $26,000 to $85,000 and $100 to $150 to furnish per sq ft.

Meanwhile, the cost to furnish the house rooms varies based on many factors. So, finally, you now know the three factors that affect the average cost.

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