Designers Report for 2016

Casual designers predict higher revenues for outdoor space

Designers Survey 2016Less than half, at 45%, of casual designers predict 2016 revenues for outdoor spaces will be higher than last year. Forty-seven percent report this year's revenues will be about the same as last year.

Those are some of the findings from Casual Living’s exclusive 2016 Casual Designer Survey. In last year’s survey, 96% of designers predicted 2015 revenues would be about the same or higher than in 2014. The sluggish economy and the uncertainty that coincides with an election year tends to cause businesses and consumers to be cautious. Those aren’t the only factors contributing to the decline in a higher revenue forecast this year.

Outdoor designers report the average size of a client’s outdoor space is now 1,000 square feet. That’s a 35% decrease from last year’s average outdoor space of 1,550 square feet. The smaller the space, the less money needed to re-design.

About the data: Casual Living’s exclusive 2016 Designers Survey is based on responses of indoor and outdoor designers across the United States. Casual Living surveyed designers during the months of May and June. Fifty-five percent of responding designers describe their business model as freelance/independent, and 17% are associated with an interior design firm. Fifteen percent of respondents are associated with a casual furniture specialist, 8% are associated with a construction firm, and 5% are associated with a full-line furniture store.

For the complete 4-page report, see the August 2016 issue of Casual living, or click here for the exclusive online edition.

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