The Ultimate Bedroom Renovation Checklist

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Transforming your bedroom into the sumptuous sanctuary of your dreams? A little preparation and planning go a long way towards pulling off the picture-perfect renovation you envision.

woman lying on a bed looking at a book
Colour schemes. 
Scrolling through the million-pound houses on Rightmove or Zoopla will easily lead you to a few exciting colour schemes. Another great way to find colour inspiration is interior design magazines – the best photos usually make their way to print rather than online.  

Stuck? You can't go wrong with these classics:
  • Midnight blue, white, and natural brown. 
  • Green, pink, and yellow. 
  • Monochrome. 
  • Soft pink, white, and light grey. 

Interior designs
Mid-century modern, minimalist, Scandinavian, and boho are the most popular bedroom interior designs in 2024. Getting the look starts with your bed frame. This should set the scene for your style and create a focal point that draws the eye. 

Classic sleigh beds are wonderful for adding luxury to your space, or you can keep it light and airy with a metal bed. Need storage? Check out ottoman beds

ottoman bed

Pictured: Aspire Chesterfield 4FT 6 Double Sleigh Bed Frame. Priced £493 (Save £405 on RRP) Available from Bedstar.

Schedule Contractors Well In Advance 
Building work is a nightmare when you can't find contractors to work around each other, so contact your tradespeople 4-6 months ahead of your target start date to lock in everyone from builders and electricians to plasterers, plumbers, and decorators. 

Good tradespeople are easy to find by asking neighbours and family for recommendations, or you can use Google to find local services.  

Meticulous Planning And Sourcing 
Trying to plan a room refresh on the fly all but guarantees missed details and oversights. Have every component nailed down with an itemised shopping list covering everything from room dimensions and paint samples to furnishings, light fixtures, tiles and more. 
Gather catalogues, browse showrooms, and source samples in advance so you are prepared for the eleventh hour.

a childs bed with three drawers

Pictured: Bedmr Quest Childrens Wooden 3 Drawer Bed – White. Priced £350 (Save £48 on RRP) Available from Bedstar.

Stay One Step Ahead With Furniture 
With that sprawling master bed as your stylish centrepiece, you'll want its replacement sourced and sized well beforehand to prevent delays. Prioritise ordering your dream mattress and bed frame early, especially for made-to-order or custom pieces, subject to manufacturing lead times. 

Don't leave this critical decision as an afterthought!

a bed in an adults bedroom

Pictured: Birlea Bedroom Furniture and Bed. Available from Bedstar.

Don't Skimp On Premium Lighting
Define practical task zones like vanities with surgical-level illumination, then craft an indulgent lounging area with soft, inviting layers of ambient and accent lighting. Explore statement fixtures like Sputnik chandeliers, sculptural sconces, and colour-changing lamps to give your bedroom a curated appearance. 

Consider Window Treatments
Will the room need black-out curtains, casual Roman shades, or a blend allowing seamless light control? Measure twice to ensure a precise fit. 

Custom window treatments can command up to a 6-week lead time, and you don't want to be left in the cold (or blazing sun) while you await completion.

Account For Tech Installations
Is this a prime opportunity to embrace smart tech like app-controlled split air conditioning, wireless audio-visuals, or home automation solutions? If so, loop in the relevant experts early to map out cabling routes and infrastructure housing correctly.

TV beds are an excellent way to save space in your media setup, with high-end models like the Star TV Edge boasting a 5.1.2 surround sound system. 

Tv bed in an adults bedroom

Pictured: Voice Activated 4FT 6 Double TV Bed - Velluto Graphite. Priced £878 (Save £520 on RRP) Available from Bedstar.

Design Extras
Finishing touches like plush area rugs, artwork, decorative accessories, and soft furnishings can seriously impact your budget and timeline. Price out favourites as your planning progresses to ensure there are no last-minute bombshells—rugs can be costly, although places like Dunelm Mill and The Range usually have sales all year. 

Hire Professional Cleaners 
Once construction wraps, you might want to bring in an ultra-thorough cleaning crew to handle decontamination and make the space sparkling new again before moving in. 

Alternatively, buy a cheap cylinder vacuum and hoover up all the dust and nasties yourself, leaving your expensive Dyson for less demanding tasks. 

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