There are so many ways to upcycle in a bedroom. It all comes down to your imagination and creativity, both of which are infinite! However, here is an article with some ideas that I hope you find inspiring.
The first step in upcycling a bedroom is usually redecorating – painting walls, adding wallpaper, buying new furniture or accessories. Before you do this it’s important to check what renovations are already made in the room. If there is no insulation then adding it will be very expensive as well unnecessary if there are no drafts coming through the window.
The same rules apply for electrical work, plumbing etc. If there are any serious structural changes needed (adding load-bearing columns for example) make sure you consult a professional before you start decorating. Make a list of all the things that need to be done and prioritize them before going shopping, because it will probably raise your budget too high if there are too many things on it.
The next step is decorating, which should be fun! Think about what’s already in the room and how can you work with it – like using existing furniture instead of buying new ones (especially useful if the pieces are expensive or unique).
If you’re upcycling an adult bedroom then adding more sophisticated features might be suitable; for example, painting walls gray or white instead of bright colors, adding minimalistic pieces or maybe even some classic leathers or wood.
Although children’s rooms don’t need to be so sophisticated if you want them to grow up with an appreciation for good design. If you’re decorating a child’s room it doesn’t mean that toys and other kid stuff have to cover the floor. You can still add some shelves or storage space in there, because kids need their stuff too!
The important thing is to let them have a say in what they want to see or do there. It’s their bedroom, after all! Don’t forget the finishing touches – lighting and storage space. Lighting can really help with upcycling a room because it’s not just about showing off the decor but also practicality, sometimes you need that extra bit of light somewhere.
Off-the-shelf lamps might be expensive and take up much needed floor space, so make sure to check out IKEA for some good affordable ones (burlap pendant lamp for example). Also remember: less is more when it comes to lighting – one good chandelier is usually better than four small lamps (this depends on the size of the room though ).
Storage space is a must in every bedroom, but it gets even more important if you have kids. Kids need a lot of stuff and thus require storage solutions for things like clothes, toys, books, tablets etc. It is great to give them their own shelf or dresser for this reason, because otherwise, they will use the floor instead.
A bad habit that most adults still do is the piling up of things – shoes on one side of the door and coats on another etc. You don’t need to manually add racks or shelves when there are already great designs out there made especially for this purpose!
Always keep functionality in mind when upcycling a bedroom. In most cases, this means adding more storage space, which you can do by getting rid of existing pieces that aren’t being used anymore (or at least not frequently enough).
If you really like them then you can always repurpose them into something else, like hanging curtains or a table for your plants. There are many things that you can do to upcycle a room, so be creative! Always remember that not all furniture has to be brand new – refurbished items are the perfect way to add style while saving money at the same time. Try painting them if they are too damaged or consider adding some other material on top of it before re-using them (like wallpaper or fabric).
How to upcycle a bedside table
If you’re looking for a project to do with your kids, not only does upcycling a bedside table make a great DIY weekend project, it also makes a great storage solution for the bedroom. As well as being fun and easy to make, this upcycled bedside table will provide much-needed storage space for your little one’s bedroom. Made from an old bedside cabinet using some basic tools anyone can be proud of their handiwork after completing it.
What you’ll need:
Tools: electric drill, jigsaw/scroll saw, sanding paper or power sander, screws (if required), paintbrush(es) and filler/putty if necessary
Materials: 2 x 1mof pine board for the legs, old bedside cabinet (or anything else that looks like it’ll do), sandpaper or power sander, paint, screws (if required)
Take your old bedside cabinet and remove any drawers from it. In our case, we weren’t able to reuse the drawers because they were too damaged. This step is not absolutely necessary if you can save/reuse them in some way but don’t worry if yours are also broken – a good paint job will hide most flaws!
Take a look at how wide both parts of your table are when laid flat on top of each other when closed up. Cut two pieces out of the pine board that are the same length and width.
Sand down your pieces of wood until smooth to remove any splinters and nasties. This will help the paint adhere better when you’re finished painting it which in turn will prevent these bad boys from popping up in a few months’ time!
Paint both parts and wait for it to dry before doing anything else with your table. We used primer for this table so we only needed one coat of paint on top of this, but if you use darker paint then two coats should be more than enough. When it’s dry screw together the two pieces of wood you’ve cut out at one end, making sure that they sit flush with each other when closed.
Take your other piece of wood that you cut out in Step 3, flip it around the other way and screw them together at both ends. You should be left with something like this:
Screw on the legs to each corner using a drill or electric screwdriver. If it’s too wobbly for your liking you can add some screws along the side but make sure not to over-tighten them as this will weaken the wood. Voila! There you have it – an upcycled bedside table that’ll give your little one much-needed storage space in their bedroom. We hope you’ve found these instructions useful – happy building! 🙂
How to upcycle a bedroom chair
I got this chair for free from a friend who was throwing it out because she couldn’t find a matching footstool any longer – a common problem, right? I loved the design of the chair but wasn’t that happy about its fabric – let’s face it – it looked like it has been there since my granny was still alive… so I decided to give it a make-over…
It was pretty easy to do. I simply took of the fabric with some help from my sewing machine and replaced it by wrapping new stretchy jersey fabric around the chair. I did this by measuring how much fabric I needed, cutting out two pieces (front/back) which meant that the pattern on each piece would match – had they not matched, I probably wouldn’t bother writing this post, because then you wouldn’t be able to tell if seams were matching or not at all – which would’ve made things more complicated. Anyhow, here’s some pix of me doing this.
When you use stretchy fabric, you should always cut the pieces in mirror-reverse so that it stretches in the right direction…
Once I had my two main pieces of fabric (front and back), I simply draped them over the chair – then just stapled them together by hand. You can see where I made the holes to do this by poking a pen into one of the corners. Don’t forget to do each corner!
Afterwards, I added 3 smaller pieces that will serve as armrests. Note that when you’re upcycling something like this, measurements won’t be accurate – but if they are too short or too long, you can always make them shorter/longer once your work is done… 🙂 The fabrics used here are stretchy jersey too.
The width of the armrests is simply measured by putting one end of your ruler at the top edge of the front piece (in the corner) and extending it over to the back piece – then you cut! Piece of cake… (I’m sorry but I couldn’t help myself…) 🙂
Now, just staple all 6 pieces together lightly, just to get them in place before making any permanent stitching. Make sure that they are all evenly aligned at this stage! Once done, take out staples 1 by 1 and try sitting on your chair for size. If it’s not comfortable enough, remove fabric again until you’re happy with how it looks/feels. Then staple again… And if everything’s still looking good and the chair is stable enough, you can start stitching by hand or machine!
I chose to make a few stitches with my sewing machine. I think it’s cute… But again: If you’re not 100 per cent happy with how things look, take out staples and try again – this is not a difficult upcycling project after all! 🙂 Good luck if you decide to do this yourself, and let me know when your furniture makeover is complete – I’d love to see what you came up with!