Giving your current bedroom a makeover or creating a new sleeping space can be a worthwhile investment for you to enjoy while you live in your current house, and can, in some cases, add value to the property if you decide to sell.
But before you embark on the challenge, ask yourself some basic questions:
- How much do I want to spend?
- How long will the project take?
- Are there any potential problems?
- How will the work add value?
If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll have to account for flooring, light fittings, furniture, paint and soft furnishings – all of which can quickly add up if you don’t keep control of your costings.
Building a new bedroom
Whether you have a new arrival in the family or simply need extra space for the existing household, an extension or conversion may be the best option. But you need to know the ins and outs – or ups and downs. Do you have the space to convert the loft? Is building onto the garage an option? Can you make the most of the dead space in the basement?
Check building regulations, always obtain planning permission and don’t accept the first quote for the work – shop around!
The cost of a bedroom makeover
Once you have made your measurements, begin to allocate a budget for each aspect of the bedroom. Is it more worthwhile investing in quality furniture that will last longer, and cutting back on soft-furnishings that may go out of fashion?
Once you have costings in place for the entire room, see how much of the work you can do yourself, then account for additional labour costs.
Bedroom dividers and partition walls
If your home has large rooms, a more cost-effective way to create an extra bedroom may be to install a divider or partition wall.
When children reach a certain age, they tend to want more privacy – so a divider or partition wall may give the desired separation for siblings without the expense of extending or converting a room in the property.
Carpets and flooring
It’s the first thing your feet will step onto in the morning, and the last thing they will lift off before climbing into bed each night – so choose carefully. While carpet is considered to be the preferable option in terms of comfort – offering a soft and warm texture on cold winter mornings – the drawback is the difficulty of keeping carpets clean, particularly lighter colours.
Hardware flooring (wood, vinyl and laminate) on the other hand, is much easier to maintain, but without underfloor heating can be cold and noisy, unless combined with a rug.
Depending on the size of your bedroom, you may need to fit more than one ceiling light to illuminate different areas of the room.
A night light might seem unnecessary for an adult bedroom, but the purpose of this room isn’t just for sleeping. Most of us like to cuddle up in bed to watch a film or read a book, so an accessible bedside light or dimmer switch might also be considered.
Paint and wallpaper
While a fresh coat of paint in a new colour will bring your bedroom back to life, wallpaper can give the room personality. A feature wall is a popular way to add interest without dominating the room with colour or print, and will help to link the colour scheme of the soft furnishings. Painting and decorating requires skill, however, so consider the cost of hiring a professional to do the work.
This will be one of the bigger investments for your bedroom – from a bed and mattress to wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables. When shopping for furniture, consider the storage space as well as the design – ensure you have appropriate hanging space, an allocated area for shoes and accessories, plus drawers for folding nightwear and underwear – giving your bedroom a clutter-free finish.
You don’t have to blow your budget on soft furnishings, but give some thought to the design and colour of your bed linen, curtains, scatter cushions and those all-important photo frames, ornaments and finishing touches to make the room personal to you.