Creating a Restful New Space

Tips for a DIY Bedroom Remodel

Guest Blogger
Julian Lane

When it comes to home remodeling, some rooms are just more expensive than others. A kitchen remodel, for example, can run into serious bucks if you’re talking appliances, flooring, countertops and lighting. The same goes for a bathroom if your plans call for a major redo that will impact your plumbing. Fortunately, a DIY-remodel of the bedroom is usually quite affordable. A comprehensive makeover needn’t involve anything structural or require new windows (unless they’re really necessary), so it can easily be done without breaking your budget. Consider these steps if your intent is to make everything go as smoothly as possible.

Clear it out

Your first step should be to clean and clear it out, decluttering by getting rid of anything that’s outlived its usefulness or your interest. The last thing you want is to work around an accumulation of old furniture, clothing, books, and loose papers or risk damaging your valuable property. If you lack the square footage to shuttle objects into another room, consider the possibility of renting storage space until your remodel is complete. Temporary storage is affordable and convenient – the average cost of renting storage space in Carlsbad, New Mexico, cost just over $50 over the past six months.

Be sure to prep and protect any furniture you plan to move out. This is the perfect time for doing a complete purge, so go through your closet space as well. Once you’ve purged and decluttered, you’re ready to get serious about your bedroom remodel.

Calming colors

Repainting the walls is usually the most obvious and most impactful way to make a positive change in the bedroom. If you’re aiming for a more restful, soothing sleep space, opt for earth tones or soft pastels (factor in your trim as you select a shade). Take your time in choosing and remember, you can always opt for a re-do if it doesn’t feel right later. If your remodel involves new furniture and fixtures, make sure the color scheme you choose is well-coordinated. If you’re not sure what to choose, use a color palette generator like this one from Sherwin-Williams.


The excitement of remodeling can easily inspire you to switch out all your bedroom furniture, but think carefully before you do that. Buying new furniture can quickly turn a cost-effective bedroom upgrade into a costly endeavor, so look carefully at what you’ve got – it may require nothing more than some refinishing, repainting, or a coat of varnish to make that old dresser or nightstand look brand new. You might also check out consignment stores for inexpensive pieces that would look nice as part of your new decor. 

Window treatments

Well-appointed window treatments can make a tremendous visual difference because windows are often the most dominant aesthetic feature in a bedroom. Consider what you want to accomplish from a functional as well as a design standpoint. If your bedroom tends to get a lot of light, one of your objectives might be to create a more sleep-conducive environment, which might mean installing blackout shades and heavier cotton or velvet curtains, which will also help keep out the cold. Or if your preference is to keep it simple and light, white panel curtains are an inexpensive and versatile option.


Lighting is another way to add major impact to bedroom decor. If your room tends to get plenty of natural light, you may decide to downplay lighting and accentuate your windows instead. From a functional standpoint, lamps are often the best choice in the bedroom, where bedside lamps can carry a lot of the lighting load. They’re also a great way to get creative and inventive and put your personal mark on things.

Be sure you have a well-integrated and comprehensive vision for your bedroom space before you begin slapping on the paint or having new curtains. It’s worthwhile to take your time and get it right – experimentation may lead you in a direction you hadn’t considered.

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About the Author:

Julian Lane believes that creating his home is his expression of art. In high school, Julian started using any materials he could find to update his bedroom. He began with making a desk, a desk chair, a bookcase, and then a headboard. His parents took notice and soon had him improving the house piece by piece.

Julian’s thrill for every project is to make the job look like a professional did it. Between trial and error and searching the Internet for the best tips, he became obsessed with little touches that set projects apart from the DIY masses. is Julian’s way of sharing quality DIY resources along with safety and a touch of design.