Interior Design Project Management

There’s more to interior design project management than picking out the paint and throw pillows.

There are the late nights of coffee-fueled creative collaboration.

And let’s not forget about the endless juggling of clients, contractors, and suppliers.

At its core, interior design is the perfect marriage of art and science — and that’s no easy feat.

But it’s all worth it when your designs finally come to life.

Let’s explore interior design project management — its lifecycle, the role interior design project managers play, and the software that helps bring it all together.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have the know-how and motivation to tackle your next interior design project with vigor.

Roles and responsibilities

Although it varies from company to company (and even more so if you’re a solopreneur), here are a few responsibilities interior design project managers handle day-to-day:

  • Draft proposals based on client requirements
  • Plan, budget, and execute projects (including final delivery)
  • Coordinate with stakeholders
  • Coordinate with contractors
  • Conceptualize design
  • Research products and maintain sample libraries
  • Procure materials and maintain documentation
  • Estimate projects
  • Communicate (and haggle) with suppliers
  • Manage schedules
  • Guide staff and enforce project deadlines
  • Conduct site visits
  • Keep up-to-date with codes and standards like the American Disabilities Act (ADA)