How many hours a week do interior designers work? A Houzz survey discovers that answer and more

More than half of interior designers (58%) work between 31-50 hours a week, according to the 2022 Houzz Pro Interior Design Business survey. As for the other respondents, 32% said they work 30 hours or less and 10% work more than 50 hours.

Houzz also asked those surveyed about their education, and about three-quarters of interior designers have a bachelor’s or master’s degree (74%), while 62% hold a license or certification to perform their work.

Nearly half of interior designers (49%) created an LLC when they started their businesses, and one-third of interior designers (35%) started their business as a sole proprietorship, the survey found. In addition, the majority of interior designers funded their business with cash from savings (62%), and one in ten sought a business line of credit (11%).

Four in five interior designers conduct the majority of their work from home (80%).

When it came to job perks, the survey found that two in five interior designers take one to two weeks of vacation per year (41%), while 34% take between three and four weeks of vacation per year.

The top two most widespread perks available to interior designers as owners are being able to work from home (59%) and discounts on services, merchandise and the like (40%).

Nearly one-third of interior designers say that transforming spaces is their favorite part of their work (32%), followed by building relationships with clients (23%). Improving a clients’ well-being, creativity and client satisfaction were all closely rated (14%, 13% and 12%, respectively).

This is the first time Houzz has conducted this survey, and 110 interior designers participated.

Andrea is passionate about home design, and has covered the home furnishings industry for most of her journalism career. She is the Executive Editor, Design, of Designers Today; in addition, she also serves as the Managing Editor of HFN and Lighting Editor for Home Accents Today. Andrea lives in beautiful Brooklyn, where she could very well be the only person without a tattoo.