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Bedroom renovation guide: A 10-step guide to a stress-free bedroom makeover

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Renovating a bedroom is one of the most exciting home improvement projects you can tackle. Since it’s considered a private space, you can be as creative as you like. Moreover, you can make several aesthetic and functional upgrades even when you’re on a tight budget.

In this bedroom renovation guide, we’ll tell you the right steps on how to design and build the perfect nighttime retreat. We’ll even share some valuable tips on how to design a master suite, a guestroom, and a loft bedroom.

Let’s dive in!

How to design a dream bedroom

When designing any part of your house, begin with the end in mind. Having a clear idea of what you want will save you a lot of stress down the road, especially since late-stage changes can cost extra money.

Consider the following when designing a bedroom:

Think of your preferred layout

Think of where your bed will go and design the rest of the space around it. As a rule of thumb, make sure that both sides of your bed will be accessible. Additionally, you should make sure that you have at least a metre of space to walk around the room. 

bedroom renovation guide: bedroom layout

Consider lighting, ventilation, and soundproofing

When renovating a bedroom, consider widening your windows to maximise natural light. Having double-glazed or triple-glazed windows is also a good idea for extra soundproofing. Additionally, consider increasing the ceiling height, since this will make the room feel more spacious.

Keep your lighting on theme with the look of the space. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Main lighting: Pick a bulb with 2000 to 4000 lumens for your main ceiling lights. If you have low ceilings, avoid pendant lights, as these may make your room appear smaller.
  • Add reading lights: Install wall lights or add lamps so people can comfortably read at night.
  • Consider cabinetry lights: Make the interior of your cabinets easy to see by adding some lighting fixtures.
  • Walkways: If you have an ensuite or a walk-in wardrobe, make sure that all walkways are properly lit.

Choose a specific style

Your bedroom can follow the same interior design style as the rest of your house, but you can also choose a specific theme for your private retreat. Here are some of your options:

  • Art Deco: Art deco bedrooms echo the glamorous, sophisticated, and ornate styles of the 20s. They often feature tufted headboards, metallic decor, and opulent fabrics.
  • Coastal: Coastal-style rooms have a cool, bright, and airy feel. To evoke the feeling of being on the beach, they typically feature a blue-and-white palette.
  • Cottage: Cottage-style bedrooms focus on creating a natural, simple, and airy aesthetic. 
  • Eclectic: Eclectic styles combine styles, colours, textures, and patterns from various styles to create a unique look.
  • Minimalist: Minimalism is all about paring everything down to the basics. Minimalist bedrooms feature zero clutter, simple bedding, and minimal decor.
  • Mid-century modern: Modern bedrooms often feature clean lines and geometric patterns.
  • Scandinavian: Scandinavian design is a simple and pared-down style. But instead of being stark and cold, it incorporates raw wood, natural textiles, and stone into each room to add warmth and comfort.
  • Traditional: Traditional-style bedrooms echo traditional European bedrooms. They typically feature antique canopy beds, ornate decor, and luxury furnishings.
bedroom renovation guide: modern bedroom

Pick a colour scheme

If you want your bedroom design to be cohesive, every element should follow a specific colour scheme. You can play it safe by choosing calming neutral colours, but you can also go bold if you want the bedroom to reflect your unique personality.

Whichever you pick, here are some expert-level design tips to make your colour scheme a hit:

Go with the timeless 60-30-10 rule

The easiest way to create a balanced look in the bedroom is by going with the tried-and-tested 60-30-10 rule. This means:

  • 60% of the room will be in a dominant colour (walls and furniture)
  • 30% of the room will be in a secondary colour (decorations and furnishings)
  • 10% of the room will be in an accent colour (cushions, decorative objects, lamps, and artwork)

Try a bold 80-20 palette

An 80-20 colour palette is best if you want the room to have a striking bold colour. Pick a calming, neutral colour for 80% of the room, which usually covers all the walls. Then, you can use a bold colour for 20% of the remaining space, such as the bedding and upholstery.

As a tip, you can pick a complementary colour scheme. These colours sit across from each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and yellow or red and green. 

You can also go for a refreshing analogous colour scheme. These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Examples are blue and blue-green.

bedroom renovation guide: blue and yellow

Consider bedroom storage

Being creative with storage is essential in making your bedroom more functional. Here are some ways you can add storage space to your bedroom:

  • Add bedside tables: Add tall bedside tables with several drawers. This can be used to store accessories, trinkets, or undergarments.
  • Include a storage trunk: A storage trunk can be an ideal place to store duvets, blankets, pillowcases, and bedsheets.
  • Install a built-in wardrobe: Built-ins usually offer more space compared to armoires.
  • Build a walk-in wardrobe: If you have enough space, add a walk-in closet. Consider using see-through cabinet panels as well, so you can easily find the piece of clothing you’re looking for.
  • Try under-bed storage: Include built-in storage space under the bed for seasonal items like Christmas decorations.
  • Use ottomans: Ottomans double as footrests and storage for books, shoes, and bags.

What order do you renovate a bedroom?

Renovating your bedroom doesn’t have to be stressful, as long as you follow these steps:

Step 1: Planning

First off, ask yourself what type of changes you need. Are you simply looking to make basic cosmetic changes? Or do you want to expand your bedroom’s floor space?

Here are some changes you might want to consider:

  • Installing additional storage
  • Adding a study/office area
  • Building an ensuite bathroom
  • Repainting
  • Reflooring
  • Adding new lighting fixtures
  • Expanding windows

Hiring a building designer or a drafting professional can help you with concretising your ideas for your new bedroom. They can also help you solve issues, like finding space for a new wardrobe or ensuite bathroom. 

bedroom renovation guide: consultation

Step 2: Check regulations and acquire a permit

Before starting any construction work on your new bedroom, you should ask your local council if you’ll need to acquire a building permit to complete the job. Renovations that will likely require a permit include:

  • Changing the layout of the house
  • Adding new doors/windows
  • Installing a new water heater
  • Installing new electrical wiring or adding circuits
  • Making structural changes (adding a balcony, deck, or storey)

Step 3: Preparation

Once you’ve secured the permits necessary for your home renovation project, it’s time to prepare for the construction phase. At this stage, you can choose to move out or live through the renovation. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure that your floor, walls, and furniture are covered and well-protected from construction dust and debris.

Step 4: Demolition

During the demolition phase, your builder will pare down the bedroom to its bare bones. This may expose any underlying problems hiding under the flooring or behind the drywall. 

It’s smart to have a contingency fund that covers 10% to 20% of your total home renovation budget. This will come in handy, especially if you see any wood rot or mould after removing drywall or flooring.

Wondering about how much your bedroom renovation will cost? Request a free estimate today.

Step 5: Structural work

Now that the walls have come down, your builder can start making structural changes. This involves moving walls, fixing ceiling heights, or adding new windows and doors. For loft bedrooms, this will usually involve adding a new staircase, reinforcing the floor, and adding insulation.

Step 6: Wiring/fixtures

At this stage, a licenced electrician can come in and check the wiring plan and make any necessary changes. If you’re planning to add an ensuite bathroom, a plumber may also be called in to fix plumbing lines.

Step 7: Rebuilding the wall and ceiling

Once the wiring and plumbing issues have been resolved, it’s time to put up the drywall and ceiling. To make sure that everything is in the right place, you can first tape out where you’ll place furniture and large items, to ensure that you have space for everything in your bedroom.

After the drywall has fully dried, your builder can start installing built-in storage or building a new closet.

bedroom renovation guide: insulation

Step 8: Adding wall coverings

Once the structural elements of your new bedroom are complete, you can start sanding, priming, and painting. You can also choose to use wallpaper, depending on the design. Your building designer should provide you with helpful advice on which colours or patterns are most appropriate for your bedroom.

Step 9: Flooring

At this stage, your builder can begin installing new flooring. Depending on your bedroom design, you can choose hardwood, engineered wood, carpet, laminate, or rubber flooring.

Superdraft tip: Some people recommend that you should paint the wall before installing new flooring. However, if your flooring takes a long time to cure (such as hardwood flooring), you may choose to complete flooring first.

Step 10: Adding decor

Now that all the structural, plumbing and electrical changes are done, it’s time for the finishing touches. This involves installing new furniture, adding window treatments, and hanging doors. You can also opt to add a feature wall to add flair to your room.

Master bedroom renovation guide

A master bedroom should serve as a sanctuary where people can recharge and unwind. Ideally, it should have enough storage space for at least two people and its own bathroom. Some couples also prefer having a TV set and a comfortable sitting area in their master bedroom.

Master bedroom renovation guide: design ideas

1. Bright and cosy modern bedroom

This bright and airy modern bedroom features a bay window that bathes the room with plenty of natural light.

cosy modern bedroom

2. Ultra-modern grey bedroom

This contemporary monochromatic bedroom features clean, sleek lines and minimalist decor.

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3. Hotel-inspired master bedroom

Carpeted flooring, a tufted headboard, cove lighting, and dark wood panelling create the perfect hotel-like ambience for this bedroom.

4. Modern rustic master suite

This modern rustic master bedroom has everything that makes a traditional bedroom classy, comfortable, and elegant: dark hardwood floors, a large soft rug, antique furniture, a traditional chandelier, and crown moulding.

Guest bedroom renovation guide

Unless you have guests staying over several nights a week, a guest bedroom should ideally be a multi-functional room you can use during the day and transform into a bedroom at night.

Guest bedroom renovation guide: design ideas

1. Simple guestroom with Murphy bed

This guestroom has a Murphy bed and plenty of storage space. It can double as a study area or home office during the day.

bedroom renovation guide: minimalist guest room

2. Cheery guestroom with a sofa bed

This living room has a sofa bed that can comfortably fit two people. During the day, you can use it as an extra living room or family room.

bedroom renovation idea: sofa bed

3. Granny flat with full amenities

If you have guests or family members who are regularly staying over, why not go all the way and build them a granny flat with a kitchenette and separate bathroom? Not only will they be extremely comfortable in the space, but having one can also increase the value of your home.

granny flat in house

Children’s bedroom renovation guide

Children’s bedrooms should always be designed with the kids’ safety in mind. The room should be fully enclosed, with furniture should be firmly nailed to the walls. Flooring should be durable and easy to clean, such as laminate.

Aside from these, there should be plenty of storage space for toys, books, and writing materials. Add plenty of built-in storage in a neutral colour, so that they can continue to use the shelves as they grow older.

Children’s bedroom renovation guide: design ideas

1. Pastel-coloured children’s bedroom

This children’s bedroom has neutral white walls with pastel-coloured furniture to give it a cheerful ambience.

2. Clutter-free bedroom

This children’s bedroom includes plenty of storage for toys, books, and other items. The bed area features two lamps that are perfect for nighttime reading.

3. Princess-style bedroom

This gorgeous bedroom features varying shades of pink. Grey rugs soften the space, while a chandelier adds a touch of elegance.

bedroom renovation guide: girls' bedroom

Teenage bedroom renovation guide

Teenagers often have their own idea of what they’d like for their bedrooms. Consider their personalities, hobbies, and preferences when designing their space. But regardless of their design preferences, remember that the room should also have a comfortable and well-lit place for studying and reading.

Teenage bedroom renovation guide: design ideas

1. Chic teenage bedroom

This chic teenage bedroom features a striking pink-and-emerald green colour scheme. Aside from the bed, a comfortable study area is situated by the window.

2. Minimalist teenage bedroom

This simple teenage bedroom has a modern study area plus lamps for reading. The beige carpet flooring softens the entire space.

bedroom renovation guide: teenage bedroom

3. Bold emerald green bedroom

This bedroom has a one-of-a-kind emerald green and white colour scheme, which remains consistent from the walls and floors down to the furniture.

bedroom renovation guide: emerald bedroom

Loft bedroom renovation guide

Converting your unfinished attic into a loft bedroom is a clever way to add a new room into your house without having to build an extension. Just remember to follow the Building Code of Australia regarding standard ceiling heights, adding a staircase, and reinforcing floor joists. It’s also important to consult a structural engineer regarding this matter.

Once your loft meets the building code’s standards, you can start designing it as you see fit. You can add dormer windows incorporate a reading nook, or build an ensuite bathroom.

Loft bedroom renovation guide: design ideas

1. Classic mezzanine loft

If your loft follows the shape of a pitched roof, place the bed directly at the centre for perfect balance and symmetry.

2. Loft with natural decor

Consider decorating your loft bedroom with indoor plants to create a refreshing and lively environment.

loft with indoor plants

3. Create a full suite

Build a full master suite in your attic, complete with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom.

How much does bedroom renovation cost?

On average, renovating a 12 square metre bedroom can cost anywhere between $20,000 – $25,000.* This includes adding new windows, replacing furniture, and built-in storage. A full bedroom renovation plus an ensuite may cost up to $40,000.*

To learn exactly how much your bedroom renovation costs, ask us for a free quote. You can also use our platform to find a skilled and creative building designer to help you conceptualise your project.

*Rates are only rough estimates.

Get started on your bedroom renovation project

A bedroom should be comfortable, welcoming, and personalised. If you feel like your current bedroom no longer fits your style, it’s time to give it a full makeover. 

Whether you’re making simple cosmetic upgrades or want a full home renovation, Superdraft can help. With our platform, you can:

  • Connect with a qualified building designers or drafting professionals who can create detailed construction drawings
  • Find the builder who offers you the best value for your money
  • Understand and get through the local council approval process
  • Check on the progress of your project online

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