Installation is an exciting part of the design process for both the designer and the client. Most trade and contracting work has been completed, and now it’s time for the vision to become a reality. Furniture gets delivered, art gets hung, and accessorizing begins. And, for most projects, this is when photography and staging needs to be completed as well. With so many moving parts (quite literally), it’s unsurprising that there may be a few hiccups along the way. Today on The Kuotes, we’re sharing our top ten go-to’s that we’ve found to be EXTREMELY helpful during the installation process—from making sure furniture is delivered with care to attending to the needs of your client (or even your client’s dog!). We hope you enjoy!
“Our advice is to find a picky installer who’s going to get everything perfect. Price is important, but we’d go with passion over budget any day.”
Similar to a wallpaper hanger, every interior designer should have a fine arts handler on call. After all, you never know when you may need to cut a frame down or resize a mirror last minute. A good art handler should be a knowledge bank for all of the art-related issues you may not have learned as an interior designer. Art handling is about specialized knowledge and care, but it’s also about technical capability and performance reliability. Find someone with years of experience who can develop creative, on-the-spot solutions.
“Installing furniture in New York City is like one of those shape-sorting toys you had as a child—except the holes are all circles and the pegs are all squares.”
It might seem like the simplest thing, but just adding fresh flowers to a space on your final day of installation brings your design to life for your clients. It’ll make their home feel loved, energized, and complete. Here in NYC, we’re lucky enough to pick florals up early in the morning the day of from one of the several great flower stores in the city. But regardless of where you live, find a florist you trust that is able to work with your design style and end vision. Our word of advice when it comes to flowers? You’d rather overdo it than under do it.
8. TaskRabbit and PostMates
Every interior designer should have a kit that includes all of the tools and items they need with them on site. Every interior design kit will be (and should be) different and tailored to your particular preferences and needs. But if you’re looking for some ideas, here’s our list of must-haves that we bring to every project we work on: duct tape, carpet tape, painter tape, fabric glue, a flat head and Phillips head screw driver, an aluminum armature, picture hanging hooks/wire, screws, anchors, a stud finder, a hammer, an Allen wrench set, extra washers and nuts, a power drill, a tape measure, paper towels, clear Windex, baby wipes, a furniture marker, Scotchgard, furniture levelers (felt pads), wood glue, fine grit and heavy grit sand paper, steel wool, paint brushes, epoxy, heavy duty gloves, trash bags, and a Swiffer. Of course, not everything on this list is need for every project, but you’d be surprised how many times this kit has been our saving grace!
10. Faith, Good Humor, Chocolate, and Caffeine
The installation phase of interior design can be the most stressful part of the design process. In fact, the launch of our Design Bar was an effort to make this phase easier and more accessible to our customers. If you have everything we mentioned in this listicle, then you should be set. But sometimes things can go awry when you least expect it, so we always come to our project installations with a little bit of faith, good humor, caffeine, and lots and lots of chocolate to go around. Everyone on your team will appreciate you for it.