How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Bedroom

How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Bedroom

Remodeling a bedroom is one of the most common home renovation projects. As we plan for a bedroom remodel, the first question in our minds is often – how much will it cost? The cost can vary greatly based on factors like the size of the room, the types of materials and finishes chosen, and how much demolition and construction work is involved.

In this post, we’ll walk through the typical process for remodeling a bedroom, breaking down what influences pricing and providing estimated ranges you can use to budget and plan your own bedroom remodel.

Developing A Design Plan

Before we can estimate overall costs, the first step is putting together a design plan detailing the scope of the remodel. Key elements include:

  • Room layout: Will walls be moved or removed? Any layout changes will increase the construction work needed.
  • Flooring: New carpeting, refinishing hardwood, or adding tile floors? Flooring choices affect budget significantly.
  • Wall finishes: Painting or new wallpaper? Or pricier options like adding wood paneling?
  • Lighting: Improving lighting ambiance with ceiling fans, recessed lights, accent lighting?
  • Furniture: Will existing bedroom furniture be kept or replaced?
  • Storage: Adding shelving, closet renovation or custom built-ins?
  • Other extras: Such as wiring for a TV, upgrading baseboards/trim, or peel-and-stick wallpaper.

Deciding on an overall style, features to keep versus upgrade, and what’s realistic within your budget will inform the design. Getting quotes from contractors once you have a plan will help provide pricing estimates as well. Let’s break down typical price ranges based on key elements.

Size of the Bedroom

The physical size of the bedroom itself directly impacts how much a remodel will cost. Larger rooms require purchasing more materials to cover floors, walls, lighting, etc. Typical bedroom sizes to consider:

  • Small: 80 – 120 square feet
  • Medium: 130 – 170 square feet
  • Large Master Bedrooms: 180+ square feet

As a baseline, here are average costs solely for new flooring and painting in rooms of different sizes:

  • Small bedroom remodel: $1,000 – $4,500
  • Medium bedroom remodel: $3,000 – $7,500
  • Large master bedroom remodel: $5,500 – $15,000+

Keep in mind this excludes costs for any layout changes, lighting improvements, storage additions or furniture purchases which all increase the budget quickly.

Layout Changes

Altering the physical footprint of a room equates to higher construction costs. Some typical layout changes in a bedroom remodel include:

  • Removing non-load-bearing walls
  • Adding a closet or walk-in closet
  • Creating an en-suite bathroom
  • Raising the ceiling height

Any of these scenarios mean bringing in contractors to handle structural demolition, wiring, ductwork, framing and installing new drywall. Major layout changes can tack on $5,000 – $25,000+ to the pricing. Smaller tweaks like widening the closet involve less work but still an extra $1,000+ typically.

New Flooring Costs

Installing new floors is one of the most visual and value-boosting upgrades. Typical bedroom flooring options range from:

  • Carpeting ($2-4/sq ft installed)
  • Laminate floors ($3-8/sq ft)
  • Hardwood floors ($8-15/sq ft)
  • Tile flooring ($10-25/sq ft)

For a medium-sized 12’x12’ bedroom that’s 144 square feet:

  • Carpeting would start around $300
  • Mid-range laminate could be ~$600
  • Hardwood pricing at ~$1,300
  • Tile installation costing upwards of $1,500+

Flooring costs vary based on the quality of materials used and complexity of installation. Pricier options like hand-scraped hardwood or natural stone tile raise overall budgets quickly.

Wall Finishes

Applying new wall finishes like paint, wallpaper or wood paneling can make a dramatic impact. Typical price ranges:


Professional bedroom painting costs $2-$6 per square foot including primer, 2 coats of paint and labor:

  • Small Bedroom: $500+
  • Medium Bedroom: $750 – $2000
  • Large Master: $1000 – $3000+


Pricing to install wallpaper runs $4 – $10 per square foot:

  • Small Bedroom: $600+
  • Medium Bedroom: $850 – $3000
  • Large Master Bedroom: $1300+

Wood Paneling

Professionally installed wood wall paneling averages $10-$30 per square foot:

  • Small Bedroom: $1000+
  • Medium Bedroom: $2000 – $6000
  • Large Master Bedroom: $3000+

Choosing luxurious materials like Venetian plaster or leather wall panels increases project costs even further.

New Lighting Elements

Improving ambient lighting often ties a room together. Typical upgrades include:

  • New ceiling light fixtures ($50-$500 each)
  • Adding recessed lighting ($200 per can light)
  • Overhead ceiling fans ($150 – $500)
  • Sconces or accent wall lighting ($50 – $500 per fixture)
  • Natural lighting via new windows/skylights (Major layout change)

Electricians charge $50-$100 per hour for labor. Most lighting upgrades range $500-$2,000 depending on extent of the remodel. Sophisticated lighting controls or wiring for TVs also boost costs.

Furniture & Storage

Bedroom furniture, storage and organizational upgrades may be part of a remodel as well. Typical costs:


  • Queen bed frame + mattress: $500-$5,000
  • Nightstands: $100 – $1,000
  • Dresser: $300 – $2,000
  • Additional seating: Desk, bench, chairs ($100-$2,000)

Custom Closets/Storage

  • Basic reach-in closet system: $1,500
  • Walk-in closet system: $3,000
  • Custom built-ins like bookcases: $2,000+

For a full bedroom suite, furniture costs alone can quickly exceed $10,000 for high-end pieces. The sky’s the limit for custom cabinetry and storage solutions too.

Additional Upgrades & Details

Optional remodel upgrades depend on style preferences and budget. Some examples:

  • New baseboards/trim ($400 average)
  • Refinish existing hardwood ($3-7/sq ft)
  • Peel-and-stick wallpaper ($100-$500)
  • Installing chair rail trim accents ($300)
  • Door upgrades (Interior door $500, Barn door $1200 average)
  • Hardware updates like lighting fixtures ($200 per)
  • Soundproofing ($1,000+)

All the little details add up over the course of a remodel. Upgrading moldings and trim or adding popular peel-and-stick wallpaper both make an impact for smaller budgets compared to major layout changes. Get quotes from contractors based on the finishes and features important to the envisioned design aesthetic.

Key Takeaways

While it’s challenging to provide exact universal costs for how much it costs to remodel a bedroom, we covered typical price ranges based on common factors that influence the budget. Key things to remember:

  • The room size itself directly impacts flooring/painting/lighting costs
  • Layout changes involve heavy construction costs
  • Pricy flooring, wall finishes and lighting also increase project budgets
  • Furniture and storage represent major portions of spend
  • Additional trim details, accents and hardware add up

With careful planning and prioritization, even modest bedroom remodels can make a noticeable difference. Prepare estimated costs before meeting with contractors by identifying must-have updates versus nice-to-haves. Setting a comfortable overall budget is essential to keeping bedroom remodel costs under control while still achieving the desired renewed spaces.

Contact Pinnacle Building Group to start your bedroom remodeling project!

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