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Perhaps you’ve been living with the same bedroom design and decor for years and you need a refresh. Or maybe your new work-from-home situation has you wanting a more private space than the kitchen table. Whatever the reason for updating your primary bedroom, it’s important to keep your project from turning into a money pit.
Here are 10 spending mistakes to avoid — straight from interior design and building experts.
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Not Researching and Setting a Realistic Budget
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for a bedroom remodel — including labor, design, construction and inspection — is $20,000.
Buying Windows or Doors Without Considering Energy Efficiency
“When budgeting for a bedroom renovation, it’s important to factor in all of the associated costs, such as materials, labo , and design fees,” said Dan Wiener, founder and lead interior designer for Homedude. “Skimping on any of these can lead to a costly mistake. The best way to avoid any surprises is to create a realistic budget and then stick to it.”
According to HomeAdvisor, a window can cost from $100 to $1,500 and a door can cost from $500 to $5,000.
If you’re buying new windows or doors, make sure they’re energy-efficient,” said David Mason, an interior designer and the owner of The Knobs Company. “This will help you save money on your energy bills in the long run.”
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DIY Vaulted Ceilings
“Although vaulted ceilings can make a room feel bright and open when done properly, it can also lead to temperature and moisture problems, depending on your environment,” advised Dayna Tooman, designer for Studio Z Architecture. “Most people don’t know that you need ample space in the ceiling for insulation. Skimping on this can lead to a too cold or hot room and potential costly moisture issues down the line. Also, you should consult an architect or structural engineer before removing any framing members.”
Installing a vaulted ceiling in your bedroom is a huge expense. It costs about $60 per square foot, on average, to install a 300-square-foot vaulted ceiling, according to HomeAdvisor. While you likely can cut costs by doing the project yourself, it’s not advisable. Afterward, if you decide to make your DIY vaulted ceiling flat due to moisture and temperature issues, typical costs are $1,030 to $2,290, according to HomeAdvisor.
Not Planning for Furniture Placement
Furnishing a bedroom can cost you from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the number of pieces you choose.