A beginner’s guide to bedroom remodels

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Is your bedroom cluttered, depressing … tired? Maybe it’s high time for a bedroom remodel, an awakening of a room that can range from paint to structural changes.

If you’re a homeowner looking to spice up or calm down, your bedroom, know that bedroom remodels can have a return on investment of 40% to 80%, according to HGTV.

The steps you can take to renovate rooms aren’t too onerous and can often be done without the help of a contractor or other professional.

Related: The top home improvements to increase your home’s value

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How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bedroom?

The amount of money you put into a bedroom remodel depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Do you simply want to change up your décor, including your bed, bedside tables, and desk? Or do you want to do that, paint the room a different color, and add some window treatments?

You may also be looking at more extensive changes, such as ripping up carpeting and putting in new flooring, installing new windows, or building custom cabinetry in your closet.

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Construction Costs

The good news is that most bedroom remodels are less costly than renovations that entail taking down walls, rewiring electrical systems, and installing pipes, though some bedroom remodels may call for these types of tasks.

You’re less likely to be doing major construction that requires hiring licensed professionals like a carpenter, plumber, or general contractor.

Even if you have to rely on the services of a vendor, like one that can design and produce an extensive closet remodel, there are likely other aspects of the project you can tackle yourself.

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Simple Bedroom Remodel Ideas

Decluttering is a tried-and-true way to visually open up a room. That means books and magazines, laundry or piles of clothes, and furniture. Here are some other ways.

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1. Painting

House-paint companies boomed during the pandemic, Artnews pointed out. Gray—all 50 shades—were out. Warm tones and deeply saturated color were in.

Some of the major brands and independent companies offer online color consultations. And then, if you feel up to the task, you can avoid hiring a painter by painting your walls yourself.

You’ll want to take stock of the current trim and match a color to it. You’ll also want to consider how the room changes color depending on the time of day. Sometimes a room that looks white in the evening can take on a yellowish tint during the light of day

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Painting Costs

You’ll want to make sure you have all the equipment you need to get the work done efficiently and well. This includes paintbrushes, a paint roller and pan, rags, sandpaper, and drop cloths.

The great thing about paint is, if you feel you’ve done a poor job in spots, you can always paint over it.

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2. Flooring

What you do with your floors is going to depend largely on personal taste. Your choices include wall-to-wall carpeting, wood or wood-engineered flooring with or without area rugs, and tile or ceramic flooring, which works best in humid climates.

You’ll want to think about how your flooring will complement the rest of the room, including furniture. You’ll also want to take your comfort into consideration. Carpeting, for example, muffles sound, while wood flooring does not.

Some people don’t like walking barefoot on anything besides carpet, for example, while others prefer the look of bare floors.

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Flooring Costs

Cost may also come into play here as wood flooring is generally more expensive than carpeting, topping at $14 per square foot compared with carpeting, which runs upward of $11 a square foot, HomeAdvisor notes.

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3. Furnishings

While some homeowners may want to keep the bedroom furniture they’re currently using, others choose to sell or donate what they have and start over.

If you’re in the latter group, you’ll want to consider the paint and flooring you’ve chosen when looking for a new bed and headboard, bedside tables, desk, and chest.

Looking online for bedroom remodel ideas can be a low-cost way to design your bedroom décor, with many blogs and websites linking to online retailers for easy purchase.

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Furnishing Costs

Social media sites like Houzz and Pinterest have scores of photos and boards delineated by room, color, and style to help you brainstorm.

If your budget allows, this might be an area to bring in the help of an interior designer, who may be able to see things you don’t, such as whether you need a large desk for working from home, a bench at the end of the bed for sitting, or a changing table if you plan to grow your family in the near future.

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More Extensive, and Expensive, Bedroom Remodels

While bedroom remodels are typically less wide-ranging than those of a bathroom or kitchen, you may opt for larger changes that can drive up your cost.

These include altering the function and structural design of a room, which may require the use of a professional.

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1. Structural Changes

If you own a home or are looking to buy, the lack of an ensuite bathroom might be a big deal. Maybe you’d really like to be able to pad into the bathroom in the middle of the night without tiptoeing through the hallway.

Depending on the layout of the bedroom and the rooms near it, this may necessitate turning a closet into a bathroom, or building a door through a wall that conjoins your bedroom with that hallway bathroom.

Either way, you’re probably looking at hiring a plumber, carpenter, electrician, and contractor. While this type of remodeling affords you more options than sticking with your current footprint, it comes with added costs to be aware of.

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2. Lighting and Fans

Adding recessed lights requires the work of a licensed electrician, who may have to work around obstacles like heating ducts, and will charge for both installing and wiring each light.

Ceiling fans, while pretty and useful, will likely also require the hiring of a professional installer to burrow through your ceiling, connect to electricity, and complete the necessary patchwork afterward.

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Paying for It

Having a budget and payment plan is key, no matter the size of your bedroom remodel. Some changes are so small that homeowners can pay upfront.

Those with more extensive remodels might use a home equity loan or personal loan.

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The Takeaway

A bedroom remodel can be a fun project from start to finish. After all, we spend a lot of time in our personal spaces, so it’s an opportunity to renovate a room to your exact specifications.

A home improvement loan could be just the ticket for a bedroom remodel.

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