One of my most frequently asked questions is: “How do you decide on what to charge for custom painted furniture for clients?”
I no longer paint pieces for clients because I simply don’t have time. But, I have been down that road before and I remember scratching my head wondering what the heck to charge for a service like that? I wasn’t a “furniture painting contractor” more of an artist who I felt clients were paying for my design aesthetic. Today I am going to share my super secret formula I use to quote custom painted furniture prices to clients. I never got a gasp. You know the one. It costs how much? Let me break it down for you.
First there are many things to consider when deciding on what you will charge for custom painting a piece of furniture for a client.
Will you purchase the paint or will they?
Who will deliver the piece of furniture? You or them?
Will you be storing the furniture for any amount of time?
Does the piece have lots of shelving and nooks and crannies or is it mostly flat surfaces?
Are they wanting any special designs?
How are your painting skills? Do you have a long waiting list of clients or are you just starting out?
Once you have considered all of those things you need to give the customer the quote in writing.
Here is where my handy dandy Work Order comes in.
You have to break the cost down for your customer. The above work order was for a small end table/cabinet. At the time of this work order I charged $35.00/hr for custom furniture painting, so $165.00 does seem high at first glance. But when you cut the fee down into bite-sized pieces then you (and your client) can understand how you got to that figure.
It makes a lot more sense than just blurting out $165.00 and then reading their reaction to see if they write you a check or pass out from the cost.
A written work order also helps with communication on turn around time, expectations, color selection, or anything else you want to throw in there. That way, if a concern arises you can refer back to this form.
I have made a printable version for you to print out, customize with your logo and add whatever line items you wish. Just click on the image and tweak until your hearts content!
I chose to keep this free printable a Word Document and not a PDF so you can customize it and make it your own. But please do not duplicate, sell, or post this on your own blog without my permission.
I hope this gives you confidence in quoting customs! There is a real need for artists like you and I admire you for it! Happy Painting!