Update Small Bedroom

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Small Bedroom Makeover project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Small Bedroom Makeover Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Small Bedroom Makeover investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Small Bedroom Makeover project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Small Bedroom Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Small Bedroom Makeover project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionUpdate a small bedroom. Update painting, decorating elements and lighting. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Furniture price is not included in estimate.
Project size125 square feet
Material and labor cost$720 - $840
Material cost$383 - $446
Do-it-yourself assessmentMost of the Small Bedroom Makeover project can be completed by a moderately experienced do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Small Bedroom Makeover requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Small Bedroom Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Small Bedroom Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingSmall Bedroom Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Small Bedroom Makeover - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Small Bedroom Makeover. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Small Bedroom Makeover project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Small Bedroom Makeover project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small Bedroom Makeover project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Develop Bedroom Decorating IdeasInterior Designer3 to 5 d$355 - $594
Prepare Bedroom DesignInterior Designer3 to 5 d$267 - $445
Select Bedroom FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 d$267 - $445
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$126 - $217
Install Closet OrganizersFinish Carpenter1 d$57 - $99 per square foot
Install ShelvingFinish Carpenter1 d$8.55 - $14.33 per linear foot
Install Window Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.98 - $6.82 per linear foot
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.29 - $5.73 per linear foot
Install Door KnobFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$67 - $117 per door
Install Door HingesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$26.10 - $45.30 per door
Paint MoldingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.26 - $2.15 per linear foot
Paint BedroomPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.83 - $6.53 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$93 - $156 per door
Install Lighting FixtureElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$121 - $211
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$36 - $61
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56

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Small Bedroom Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Small Bedroom Makeover project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Small Bedroom Makeover project, limit cost to no more than 0.75% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Select finish treatments that harmonize with furniture and statement accessories
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detector adjacent to rooms with heat generating appliances and equipment
  • Use furniture, fixtures and accessories scaled appropriately to the room size
  • Decorate with light color shades to make a small room appear larger
  • Incorporate recessed fixtures (lighting, medicine cabinet, etc.) to maximize the feeling of space in a small area
  • Use bright lighting to make a small room appear larger
  • Use furniture, fixtures and accessories scaled appropriately to the room size
  • Minimize the number of design elements and different decorating colors to make a small space appear larger

Small Bedroom Makeover Project Guide

Project Plan: Small Bedroom Makeover

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small Bedroom Makeover project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Small Bedroom Makeover project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.


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