Has the time arrived to renovate a bedroom in your home? If so, read on for a list of do’s and don’t to make it all run smoothly.
DO make a list of priorities
Before you begin renovating a bedroom, make a physical list of things that matter the most to you. It could be that you’ve always wanted a four poster bed. Or maybe that you really want more light in the room. If you are investing time and money in renovating, you might as well get what you want. Once you know your priorities, you can plan other things accordingly. You can also have a better idea of your budget for each item. So, if you are splashing out on an expensive headboard, you’ll know that you need to cut back on new curtains, for example.
DON’T think carpets are the only option
Because we like our bedrooms to be warm and cosy, many think that the only option for flooring is carpet. But wooden flooring can work well too. This is due to the fact that underfloor heating is now far more accessible and affordable. Wood floorings can look sleeker, and depending on the type of cleaning machines you already own, they might be quicker and easier to clean. Carpets are also easier to stain. If you want to go with hard floors but don’t want to splash out on underfloor heating, find a warm and cosy rug instead.
DO invest in a comfortable bed
Many would argue that your bed is the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom, and for good reason. Ensure that all components are the best you can afford. You’re investing in your nightly rest, so it will always be worth the cost. If you just want to focus on one thing, go for the mattress. Have the science behind Tempur mattresses explained to you, so you fully understand the benefits. Look online for advice to save you time and hassle of having to travel to a store.
DON’T waste money on fancy furnishings
Spending money on comfortable bedding that looks after your back, neck and spine is a good idea. But buying designer furnishings might be unnecessary if you can get the exact same thing for half the price.
DO learn some handy home hacks
If you haven’t heard of home hacks before, you need to! Browse online videos and tutorials for the best ones. This article from Buzzfeed has 41 different ideas. They range from making polka dots on your wall with an old laundry basket, to using wine racks as towel holders.
DON’T underestimate the time you’ll need
When it comes to making renovations, it can be hard to gauge how long it might take. But it is always wise to overestimate, rather than underestimate. If you can, do the work over a weekend. This means that you can focus all of your time on it, without having to leave for work. However, be prepared for it to run over somewhat.
DO consider if you’re sleeping in the best room available
If you’ve been sleeping in the same room for ages, it might seem like the only option. But if you’re renovating, consider if it would be a good idea to move into a different room. If you sleep at the front of the house and are regularly disturbed by noises from outside, how about moving into a room near the back.
DON’T disregard the principles of feng shui entirely
Even if you don’t believe that feng shui is entirely effective, there are still some principles that you might want to adhere too. Use warm and welcoming colors, and avoid having electronics in the room if you can. This goes for things like TVs and laptops. Keep your phone outside of the bedroom overnight as well. Be sure to open the window often as well.
DO prepare for disturbed nights for a while
If you move your bed or furniture around, it could take a while to adjust. You might find yourself waking up during the night wondering where you are. Give it time; you’ll get back to normal soon.
DON’T give clutter a role in the new room
If you’ve been meaning to stop letting clutter be a part of your life for a while, a room renovation is a great moment to do this!
DO consider adding a walk-in wardrobe or bathroom
Walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms are both capable of adding value to your home. If these are things on the top of a potential future buyers priority list, having them already installed could make all the difference.