What is “Modsy” and How Does It Work?

Have you ever felt completely out of your element?

For me – interior design is one of those areas where I am absolutely incompetent.

No matter how hard I try, I'm just not good at coming up with creative ideas that look cool… so when I need to put together a living space that is visually attractive (and fancier than my college dorm room), it's imperative that I seek professional help.

Fortunately, I just learned about a website called Modsy.

This online service makes it WAY easier, faster, cheaper and more convenient for artistically-challenged people (like me) to figure out what looks good in the rooms where they live life every day.


Earlier this year, I moved my family into a new house.

With the new pad, we have a few new rooms to use, fill and decorate.

Now, as we’ve already established – I have no idea what I'm doing in this realm, so I decided to contact the people at Modsy to see if they might be able to help.

I’ll show you what the experience was like…

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To give you a quick Before & After – these were the pictures I sent them:

This was the first design I got back:

And this was the second design:

As you can see – the designs look VERY real (even though they're entirely computer generated, most people could easily be fooled).

Their designs offer a very photorealistic portrayal of what your space will look like if you choose to move forward with any/all of their suggestions… and it might even help inspire some new ideas of your own.

Where to Buy?

Now, I'm not entirely sure how Modsy makes money (other than their relatively cheap design packages), but it would only make sense if they got some kind of kickback when clients order furniture, art and accessories through their website, from the third parties they recommend.

Modsy works with a TON of different companies to offer suggestions on different pieces of furniture and art for the layout of your space. Most of them are recognizable names, like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Wayfair, just to name a few.

In the pricing research I did, I looked up every  suggested piece directly from each third party retailer. As I was cross-checking their prices, I didn't find things to be any cheaper by going directly to the source to buy these items – so I definitely wouldn't be paying more by purchasing through the Modsy website. They're essentially giving me a more direct way to buy the items they suggest for my room (if I decide to buy them at all).

It's also worth noting – I don't NEED to buy precisely what my Modsy designer suggests. In my opinion, the real value behind this service is in the idea generation.

For instance, if you find something at IKEA (or even Walmart, for that matter) that you like more and costs half the price, there's nothing saying you can't opt for that instead… it will just require you to drive out, buy it and drive it back home (rather than having it shipped directly to your address).

Smart Uses for Modsy

I think a service like Modsy is best suited for someone in my exact situation.

If you need help coming up with ideas for designing your living space (either because you aren't great at doing it yourself, or you don't have time), this is a great way to fill that need without breaking the bank.

Another possible scenario where Modsy can help with is in coming up with home staging ideas.

Whether you're trying to sell a house/condo/apartment as a fully furnished unit (which could make it sell much faster, and for more money) or you're going to rent out your house (or even a spare bedroom) through a site like Airbnb – having a fully furnished unit that looks good is pretty much a requirement these days… and Modsy is a GREAT way to put together something everyone will love.

Another side benefit of ordering your items directly through Modsy is that you won't need to go to the store and/or bring the furniture home in your own car – which can save you a ton of time and energy. By ordering online, everything will be delivered right to your doorstep.

It's also worth noting, if you're on a tight budget and you need to keep your total expense beneath a certain dollar amount, this can be very challenging when you don't know where to look for items that are both inexpensive and look good together.

The designers at Modsy have access to a seemingly infinite number of items at varying price ranges, and they know how to use their network to piece together items that look good at any price range. If you're struggling to create a room with the right look, within a budget you can afford, Modsy could be a very worthwhile cost that can help bridge this gap.

About the author

Seth Williams

Seth Williams is a land investor and residential income property owner, with hundreds of closed transactions and nearly a decade of experience in the commercial real estate banking industry. He is also the Founder of REtipster.com - a real estate investing blog that offers real world guidance for part-time real estate investors.

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  • : I am hearing Modsy for the first time. Even i show interest in interior designs. I liked the second design the most among the two. Thanks for suggesting and explaining about modsy in detail to us Seth. I gone through their website, they are giving design packages for just $69 per room which is a great thing. They also provide furnitures. Even I myself have many ideas about interior design.

  • Aidan says:

    If you are expecting for Modsy to complete your project within the agreed upon timeline, DON’T use the service. They are experiencing growing pains which have resulted in 1-2 weeks of delay in the delivery of their services. Yet they fail to warn clients prior to payment.

  • Chad Carson says:

    Really cool! You and I can start the uncreative room design club, Seth. Lol. I plan to convert part of my unfinished basement into an office space so I’ll give this a shot later in the year. Were those designs you received free? I wasn’t clear on that part. That seems to good to be true if so!

    • Thanks Chad! Those two designs are what you can get for the regular Modsy package for $69/room – so it’s not free, no… but also not a bad price to pay for ideas, especially when you have none of your own. Again – where I think they really make money is if/when you decide to buy the furniture they suggest through their website. I haven’t bought any of the furniture yet because my room isn’t completely finished out yet, but I’ve got several items set aside that I’m planning to get when the room is at that stage.

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