Making A Bedroom Remodel Go Smoothly
Making a Bedroom Remodel…
Unlike a kitchen or bathroom remodel, which can require specialist knowledge and expertise in order to achieve a high standard, a bedroom remodel can be relatively easy to DIY. Depending on how ambitious your plans are, you can completely change the appearance and feel of a bedroom without spending too much time, money, or effort in the process.
However, if this is to be achieved, there are a few things you need to get right. These are the most important steps in ensuring a smooth bedroom remodel - as long as you follow them, your project is sure to be a success.
Budget For The Job
Even if you’re only planning a small remodel, it’s a good idea to fully budget the job before starting. That way, you are less likely to be caught by surprise halfway through. Start out by establishing an overall desired budget. According to Remodel Cost Guide, a bedroom remodel can run anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Keep this in mind when budgeting and planning out what you really want and can truly afford.
Since you are DIYing, your main cost will be materials. While it may be tempting to buy cheap materials to keep costs low, this may end up costing you more in the long run, so don’t skimp on quality. Also, remember to have a contingency budget in case anything goes wrong (about 15 percent to 25 percent of your overall budget).
The other thing you need to watch out for is your timeline. Don’t start a job before having a realistic idea of how long it will take you, and don’t try to cram a whole remodel into one afternoon. If you are undertaking a more complex project, it’s a good idea to create a Gantt chart to keep your timelines organized.
Consider Your Paint Color
Choosing a color for the walls can simultaneously be the easiest and most complicated part of remodeling a bedroom. On one hand, you may immediately be drawn to a shade you see in a magazine, but on the other, you need to consider whether it will actually work within your home.
Most people find that neutral, calming colors are best for bedrooms, so you may want to reconsider that brightly-colored accent wall. The Spruce offers some guidance when considering your options, and there are also plenty of online tools you can use to determine whether a color would work for your room - the ColorSnap visualizer by Sherwin-Williams is particularly popular.
Prep The Room Correctly
Prepping is essential in order to avoid damage and keep everything neat and tidy. If you are painting, you need to securely cover all surfaces and place tape alongside any electrical outlets, corners, and windows, as well as clean the walls so the paint adheres. Better Homes & Gardens has a detailed guide to prepping a room for painting.
You will also need to clear the bedroom. If you are changing the floors or if there’s too much to be able to move around comfortably, you could consider renting a storage unit. This can be a much cheaper option than you imagine: for example, a 5’x5’ storage unity in New York costs as little as $9.99 at Drive-Up Storage.
If In Doubt, Get Help
It’s easy to get in a DIY mindset, where you refuse to accept any professional help. However, you need to remember that the quality of the job is far more important than the sense of pride you get from doing it all on your own. If at any point you feel like you are out of your depth, get help. This can take many forms, from asking for assistance on web forums to straight-up hiring a contractor to finish the job.
DIY can be a lot of fun, and a bedroom is a great place to start. It’s the most personal room in the house, so you can make it exactly how you like, and it often requires less complex work than other rooms. However, just because a bedroom remodel can be simple doesn’t mean it always is. Taking the time to prepare and plan properly can mean the difference between a DIY nightmare and a brand-new bedroom you can be proud of.
Our guest blogger, Paul Denikin, got into DIY home repair projects after his daughter was born with special needs. He created DadKnowsDIY.com to share some of the great resources he’s come across and to offer home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information. Paul’s top party tip is to be sure to invite the people you are comfortable or at least open to converse with!