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How long does it take to renovate a bedroom?

Whether it's a quick refresh with a good sand down and a lick of paint, or a major refurb with new wiring and wardrobes, here's how long it takes to renovate a bedroom.

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Words by: Matilda Battersby


The great news about bedroom renovations is that they can be as fast as those shows on television where they transform an interior over a weekend.

Light refresh: filling and painting walls - 1-2 weeks

If you don't need to steam off layers of old wallpaper and you’re happy to keep your existing plaster, then a light sand, some fast-drying filler for any cracks and then the application of a good quality paint should work wonders.

If some hard-graft wallpaper scraping is needed, allow an extra 2 to 7 days, depending on how many layers you need to get through.

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Here's what's involved:

  • Removing old wallpaper - 2-7 days

  • Sanding down skirting boards and door frames - 1-2 days

  • Filling and sanding walls and ceiling - 3-4 days

  • Painting - 2-3 days

  • Installing new carpet - 0.5 days

If your ceilings don’t pass muster, remember to sort those out first. This will add an extra day or so because, let’s face it, our arms get tired painting and sanding ceilings. 

A new carpet or pulling up fitted carpets and sanding down floors can also provide relatively quick wins when it comes to creating your perfect sleeping space.

Add some fantastic pictures, replace your bedding, source a vintage mirror and a gorgeous rug and it’s time to get a good night’s sleep in your new haven.

Major overhaul – 2-3 weeks

If you’re taking things to another level, and want to install new lighting, plug sockets and radiators, then allow an extra week or so for the electrical re-wiring and pipework installations.

Here's how that might look:

  • Removing old wallpaper - 2-7 days

  • Sanding down skirting boards and door frames - 1-2 days

  • First-fix electrics - 1-2 days

  • Installation of a new radiator - 1 day

  • Replastering walls and ceiling - 1-2 days

  • Second-fix electrics - 1 day

  • Painting - 2-3 days

  • Bespoke fitted wardrobes (3 weeks to build, 1-2 days to install)

  • Installation of new carpet - 0.5 days

Once your newly plastered walls are done you can start thinking about painting. Remember you’ll need a mist coat and then a couple of layers of primer before you can paint it a fab colour.

Think about the windows and what will keep the room dark at night and make it feel romantic and sumptuous in the daytime.

Will the style of the room suit fitted shutters, custom made Roman blinds or curtains?

It's a good idea to order blinds or shutters a good few weeks in advance as they'll take a while to make, especially if they're made to measure.

Then you'll be good to go as soon as the carpet's down and your furniture's in.

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