Finding an interior designer can be a daunting task for home-owners. Whether their looking for a quick retouch of their property or extensive renovations for that Pinterest worthy property, looking for the right interior designer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Atap.co is looking to make getting the interior design of your dreams that much easier.
The web platform aims to be the LAZADA or 11street of Interior Design with lofty aims of becoming Malaysia’s foremost Interior Design Marketplace. With Atap.co, homeowners will be able to browse through a wide catalogue of interior designers and their portfolios. You’ll be able to shop by room, design style and colour to get ideas. The platform also allows you to save the ideas to a personal album so you’ll be able to reference it at a later time.
While getting your interior designers off a website may seem risky, Atap.co helps homeowners by vetting and verifying the work of all the interior designers that they list on their platform. That said, the platform doesn’t leave designers high and dry either; as part of their service, the company gathers information from potential clients for the exact measurements of their space and also to help gauge the interest of the homeowner.
The platform doesn’t just work as a middle ground and meeting place for homeowners and interior designers; it also helps designers grow their business. This is done through their user-friendly profile which homeowners will be able to browse with the designer’s updated portfolio. In addition, the designer backend of the platform also works as a Lead Management tool which allows designers to track potential clients and classify them according to the stage of their inquiry. As mentioned before, the leads generated from the platform will also be vetted by Atap.co to ensure that they are viable ones with complete information. Similar to how homeowners are able to browse the gallery for ideas and inspiration for their space, the designers will also be able to look to their peers for design inspiration.
While promising, the platform has ways to go to become the go-to destination for Malaysians for interior design services. However, the website has grown to 2.5 million page views since its launch in April 2016 with a total of 540,000 monthly active users and over 1,000 local interior designers listed. The company is currently developing a payment platform to ease the monetary transactions which entail the remodelling and redesign of homes. No launch date has been announced for the Atap Pay service.