Cost Of Refurbishing Your Living Room
Giving your living room a new lease of life can add fresh character to your home while providing an enhanced aesthetic and sometimes even better functionality.
In this blog we’ll be discussing the average price of various ways of refurbishing a living room as well as an estimated total. Let’s begin!
First and foremost, painting your walls can go a long way to enhancing the look and feel of your living room.
Of course, a key consideration here is what colour paint to go with and the type. Ensuring you go with a colour that suits your preferences and will look well in the room (while also considering how it might compare with other colours/tones in the space) is essential to get the best possible outcomes.
On average, it costs around £400 to £500 to have a room painted by a professional (factoring in labour and supply only costs). For a DIY approach, you may be looking at spending around £40 to £60 on materials.
You may also wish to have your wall re-plastered. Average plastering prices for an entire living room often end up somewhere in the region of £300 to £1,200 if hiring a professional. A DIY approach is likely to cost about £100 to £150 when considering the material costs only.
Another way of giving your living room a new lease of life is with having new lighting installed. Common options include pendant lights, chandeliers, fairy lights, spotlights, and strip lights.
Depending on what options you go for, you may end up spending about £100 to £500. In many cases, new lighting fixtures must be installed by a qualified electrician.
Note: Just be sure that any plants you add are not poisonous to any pets you may have in your home.
Beyond that, simply introducing plants to your living room can provide a livelier, more natural look. Some options you may want to consider include the Areca Palm, Boston Fern, Spider Plant, Velvet Plant, and Flowering Rose.
Naturally, the type and colour of plants that will work for your living room will depend on the existing colours and styles present along with your preferences.
House plants generally cost somewhere in the region of £20 to £130. As a result, to add several, you may need a budget of at least £50 to £100 and more if opting for more expensive options.
Having fresh flooring installed can also substantially enhance your living room. Of course, there exists a whole host of options to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. For example, carpet offers a cosy underfoot and hides dirt well, but is relatively prone to water damage.
For your average living room (of around 16m²), it will likely cost about £250 to £1,000 for a laminate flooring installation, £130 to £1,700 in the case of carpet, £1,150 to £1,850 for hardwood flooring, and £200 to £700 should you wish to opt for vinyl.
Of course, as you might expect, the price of these flooring options will vary significantly depending on the style and quality of the specific flooring product.
If your current living room furniture is old, worn-down or/and outdated, you may feel that it is now a good time to replace these units with fresh, modern alternatives.
Here is how much new furniture may cost:
- Armchair – £200 to £1,200
- Coffee table – £20 to £250
- Sofa – £300 to £2,600
- Sideboard – £120 to £1,100
- Bookcase – £80 to £500
- Footstool – £40 to £500
Please note that along with prices ranging significantly depending on the brand/supplier, quality of the product and more, the total cost will be higher if you also want or needed to hire a professional for the installation (e.g. you may want to hire a carpenter to put together a bookcase or construct one from raw materials).
Potential Overall Costs
Of course, how much refurbishing a living room will cost overall would depend on a host of factors, mostly notably what type of refurbishments you opt for, the number of refurbishments and the extent/nature of the alterations. That said, you might be looking at paying somewhere in the region of £1,000 to £8,000.
To give a somewhat more specific example, if you opted for all of the refurbishments discussed in this blog, you’d probably end up spending around £1,000 to £4,000, although prices could end up lower or higher than this range depend on a wide range of factors.
Ultimately, you need to consider your budget (and how flexible it might be) before cautiously opting for the right products for you and your budget. All that said, you still want to ensure you can find products of at least reasonable quality and ideally those that offer great value for money.