A bedroom is a personal sanctuary, relaxation space, and place to escape to. But if you find that your bedroom isn’t giving you the sense of comfort and security it once did, it may be time to take on a bedroom remodel. After all, it ranks pretty high on the list of important rooms in your home, and it’s the perfect place to fine-tune your decorating skills. 

Need another reason to brighten your boudoir? Believe it or not, remodeling your bedroom can also give you a good return on your investment if you decide to sell your place in the future. Yep, you read that right: A good bedroom remodel is another way to make your house ultra desirable in a competitive real estate market. 

The best part is that bedroom remodel costs run the gamut — the project can be as affordable or expensive as you’d like. It all depends on your plans and expectations. 

Ready to plan but feeling confused and overwhelmed with questions? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to get you started:

Q: What is a good budget for redoing a bedroom? 
A: Bedroom projects vary widely in cost. You could spend a few hundred dollars just on new linens and paint to freshen up a space. Or you could spend a few thousand dollars if you want to go a little further and replace furnishings. And, of course, you could go with a full remodel, which costs an average of $110 per square foot. That said, the sky’s the limit with some bedroom remodels — we’re talking custom walk-in closets and brand new master bathrooms to go along with the bedroom with a price tag in the hundreds of thousands!

Q: How do you style a bedroom in 2023?
A: Trends change constantly, but this year, neutral colors are in. This is great if you’re planning to sell your house in the near future, since these shades are generally more buyer-friendly. That said, this doesn’t mean you should be safe to the point of becoming boring. Orange is also having a resurgence, and while it’s not the easiest color to work with, a nice touch of terracotta in something like a duvet or throw blanket may be just what you need to add a little warmth and coziness into any space.

Q: How can I make my bedroom look nice?
A: If you want your bedroom to appear more polished, you must get your clutter under control. Go through everything in the room and decide what “sparks joy” and what doesn’t, as Marie Kondo would say. Those items that don’t? Either toss, donate, or store them. Once that is handled, then it’s all in the details, big and small. A nice bedroom is able to strike a good balance between “put together” and comfortable — like everything was hand-picked with a purpose but also like it’s lived in. 

Q: How can I renovate a bedroom cheaply? 
A: With small changes and paint. If you can spend a little more, you could buy some new ready-made furniture. A couple of good and stylish pieces can make a big impact, but stay away from custom builds, as those will significantly increase costs in the blink of an eye.

Bedroom Remodel Ideas for 2023 

Want some tips and tricks to help steer you in the right direction for your bedroom remodel? Consider these bedroom remodeling ideas!

A blue, white, and brown mood board of assorted bedroom items including sheets, linens, and textures.

1. Start With a Mood Board 

If your space has good bones, a little bit of creativity and some cool ideas are all you need to take your bedroom remodel to the next level. Thoughtfully selected things, such as pillows, a good variety of patterns and textures in your bedding and window dressings, plus a few key pieces in the form of lamps and decorative design pieces, can elevate even the most basic of spaces. The most important thing is to keep the look and feel you’re going for top of mind. 

Don’t yet know what look and feel you want to go for? Try to pinpoint the style (or styles) you like with a mood board. When you’re exploring your bedroom remodeling ideas, study images you’re drawn to from sources of inspiration — like magazines, websites such as Pinterest, and even stock imagery sites like Unsplash, and ask yourself why you’re drawn to those specific images. Gather those images together and include other elements that interest you, like different textures and materials. And voila! You have a mood board. 

This is a good tool to compare and contrast the things you already have in your bedroom with the look and feel you want in the room. It will make it much easier to decide what to keep or replace to get the style you’re going for.

A simple and modern looking bedroom with white walls, a platform bed with storage, chic lamps, and a simple area rug.

2. Modernize With Simplicity and Intention

Feel like the main issue with your bedroom is that it doesn’t look as modern as you’d like? No problem! That’s usually an easier (and significantly less expensive) fix than most realize. You’ll just need to do a good job of styling decor pieces that echo the vibe you’re aiming for and simplify if you have things cluttering the space. The right shapes and a good color scheme are the trick here: Anything from duvet covers to lamp shades to tiny trinkets to new paint are fair game and won’t break the bank. 

Now, if you do have big bucks to invest in this project, it’s worth considering getting rid of things with overly traditional designs or features and replacing them with more modern versions. Ornate headboards and traditional crown molding, for example, are elements you won’t miss if you’re aiming for a modern room, and you’ll be better off with new, more contemporary designs. 

This year’s trends are all about large-scale furnishings and layering prints and textures. Make sure to have fun and display your personality with these details, which can be added to anything from window dressings to pillows.

A woman is carrying a square planter with a houseplant in it through her bedroom. She is looking around the white-colored room to decide which pieces of furniture to keep and which ones to replace with modern versions.

3. Build a New Look From Your Existing Pieces 

To start, pick the pieces in your room that are working right now. Maybe you have a wardrobe you just adore and a beautiful bed frame. Like we mentioned above, a new duvet and updated light fixtures can go a long way to make those pieces stand out. 

Then, find the things that aren’t working. Keep an eye out for ornate or intricate shapes that, while beautiful on their own, may draw attention away from the pieces that you want to showcase. Maybe those items will be better in another room with a different context. 

Another good option is to renew your favorite pieces and make them trendier by dying them different colors or textures. This is a great way to vary things every so often and jump on trends you like without investing too much time or money. Remember, you can also reupholster chairs and sofas and they’ll feel brand new.

A couple is sitting on a plastic sheet on the floor of their bedroom, holding up color swatches and imagining what the wall would look like in different colors. There are paint cans on the floor beside them.

4. Be Thoughtful With Your Color Choices 

When it comes to bedroom remodeling ideas on a budget, paint is an inexpensive and impactful ally. Just painting a space in a completely different color and switching up a few key furniture and decor pieces can make a world of difference without putting too much strain on your patience or wallet. Need something brand new? No problem. Art and wall pieces are affordable, easy to install, and breathe new life into a room. 

While you work on updating the pieces that don’t fit your style, be mindful of matching the colors to your preferred vibe. Looking for a tucked-in, cozy feeling? Go for dark colors like navy. If you want to keep the room light and airy, opt for bright tones. Even painting just one wall as an accent goes a long way. 

A modern bedroom with unique gabled ceilings and skylights. The walls are painted white and the bed and other furniture are light-colored.

5. Make Use of the Space You Have 

It may not surprise you that the main way to accomplish a remodel with a small budget is to avoid large structural changes in the space. When coming up with your home renovation ideas, try to work with the layout you already have. That way, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and potential headaches. 

Rearranging furniture in a way that highlights different aspects of a space can make a room feel brand new, even without many other changes. Start there and, based on that, decide whether you want to renew things like your existing furniture or if a custom build will be important enough to justify the investment.

A bedroom that has been arranged according to feng shui. There is symmetry in the placement of furniture and hanging lamps, natural light is streaming in from a window, and the wicker bed is positioned for optimal comfort.

6. Let Feng Shui Be Your Guide 

While experimenting with the placement of things, be sure to consider Feng Shui. This traditional practice can help you choose the ideal place for your bed, so the whole space has a relaxing vibe. 

Often simply moving things around can give a new lease on life to a space without the need for much else. While there’s no “right way” or hard and fast rules you have to follow in your space, there’s no harm in trying to apply some Feng Shui principles in your home either.

In a bedroom, pay special attention to the position of the bed, avoid sharp corners, try to keep tech to a minimum, and be strategic about where you place mirrors.

A custom-made closet, part of a full bedroom remodel. The closet is painted white with brown accents, and has plenty of cubbies for storage.

 

7. Consider Bedroom Remodel Ideas With ROI 

To really maximize your investment in a bedroom remodel, install a custom-made closet. Even better if it’s a walk-in. This is the type of project you’re sure to enjoy while living there — and you’ll get a good return on your investment when you sell the place. A custom closet, however, usually comes with a high price tag that isn’t for everyone (especially if you want top-quality materials). 

Q: What adds value to a bedroom? 
A: If it’s the main bedroom you’re redoing, adding a his/hers of everything will make your house stand out and will allow you to command a higher price in a potential future sale (Bonus: It’s also good Feng Shui!).

8. Take on a Big Bedroom Remodel in Steps 

If your bedroom remodeling ideas include taking on large tasks, like replacing flooring or expanding storage space, try to: 

  • Go in with a plan and get help from an expert, if you can. 
  • Decide what your budget is and invest it wisely. 
  • Make sure you know how to conquer your remodel despite supply-chain issues (which are very common these days) to avoid delays and frustration. 
  • Have fun! These things take time, and everything is always better when you’re enjoying the process. 
Q: How do I redesign my bedroom layout?
A: Familiarizing yourself with the basic concepts of feng shui is a great place to start when deciding how to redesign your bedroom layout. Use the tips below to determine what will work best for your bedroom.
A simple, black and white, digital rendering of a bedroom layout with furniture positioned against the back wall.

9. Finalize Your Bedroom Layout

Measure everything and decide whether you’ll be reorganizing and working with some of what you already have or if you’ll be investing in a completely new build. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and go with a big remodel with demo and construction, check the blueprints of your home and consult a professional architect.

Other things you should do include:

Evaluating the View
Check your windows and try to maximize them for light and view. This could determine where things like a small desk or sofa (if you have either of those) should go. Whenever you have the possibility to add a window seat, consider doing so, as it adds coziness and functionality to the space.

Deciding Where the Bed Will Go
This is a bedroom, after all, right? Also, the bed is the largest piece of furniture in your room, so its position will determine where everything else goes, as you design around it. Try to make it a focal piece that doesn’t detract from other good features of your room.

Taking Advantage of Unique Architectural Details
Little nooks on walls or beams on the ceiling can be fantastic opportunities to highlight and add character so a room feels as unique as its owner.

Pro Tip: If you can completely empty out the space, mark where things would go with masking tape on the floor and walls. This will give you a more precise mental image and a better understanding of how the space will work when you’re done.
A PODS driver is showing a couple their PODS portable storage container in the driveway of their home. They’re going to use it during their bedroom remodel to store furniture, tools, and other equipment.

10. Prepare for Your Bedroom Remodel 

Once you’ve pinned down your plans, prepare for the work by having a PODS portable storage container delivered right to your driveway. Use it to store furniture, tools, materials, and anything else you need kept out of the way (but close at hand). Keep it as long as you need and, when you’re done with your bedroom remodel, PODS will pick it up. 

For more guidance on home remodeling, check out how to store your stuff during a remodel, along with other tips and tricks, on the PODS Blog. And if you’re ready to tackle bedrooms beyond your home, we have some RV bedroom remodel ideas for you, as well! 


Ivonne Spinoza is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to the PODS Blog. Her work has appeared in Matador Network, PBS’ Independent Lens, Remezcla, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. When she’s not snuggling her cats, she’s either Kondo-ing someone’s life or fighting jet lag at some airport.

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