For my application of number project, I have decided to design the
interior of a room. I have chosen to do this because I have recently had
an extension on my house and one of the old bedrooms needs
For this project, I will need to undertake several tasks, such as measuring
and calculating the area of floor and wall space, as well as setting a
budget and sticking to it for buying the supplies and accessories to go
into the room.
The first thing I will need to do for this project will be to strip the room
completely. There is no need for a professional to do this.
The walls used to be covered with wall paper, and I would like to use
paint. This means that the walls will need plastering before any furniture
goes in. There has been no need for me to research a plasterer, because
I already have a good connection with a man called Calvin. He is very
efficient and a perfectionist, bringing very good quality work, and is
always a lot cheaper than the other plasterers. He has already quoted
£670 for a whole weeks work of plastering and repairing.
I have completed the measurements for the bedroom. The diagram
below is not to scale:
I have chosen to present this data in a diagram because it clearly shows the measurements and
which wall/item they are connected to.
I would like to make this bedroom different to the others. There is
already one fully blue room, one brown and cream room with teal
accessories and one cream room with duck egg accessories.
As this room will be the guest room, it would be best to have a neutral
colour scheme: light yellow, light orange or light green (to avoid more
cream rooms). I found it very hard to find yellow accessories that I like,
and I myself am not a big fan of orange. This is why I have gone for a
green and white colour scheme.
I would also like it to be less traditional. For example, instead of having
white walls and green bedding and curtains etc, I would like to have
green paint on the walls and use white accessories.
Obviously, before I can purchase any furniture to go into the room, it will
need to be decorated. As I have said previously, I would like to have
green paint on the walls. I would also like to have a very light laminate
flooring to go with the white colour scheme.
I have worked out that the area of wall space is 30.8m²
(Sum of all wall widths x wall height-window and
door area). Workings out at back of project.
The paint I have chosen is ‘Dulux Endurance Matt
Emulsion Willow Tree 5L’ from B&Q. This is £38.98 per
5L tin, it covers up to 13m² and takes up to 5 hours to
By my calculations, I will need 3 tins to have several coats on the walls of
the room to have the best finish.
I chose this paint because I have used Dulux before and it is reliable and
looks professional but can be done by myself, which will limit costs.
The area of floor space I have calculated is 10.1m²
(length of floor x width of floor). Workings out at back of
I have chosen ‘Nevada Oak White’ laminate flooring
from Floors-2-Go. Again, I have chosen this supplier
because they have been reliable before and also
offered the best price and the most appropriate
flooring for my needs.
This flooring is £20.26 per pack.
Floors-2-Go have also offered me free professional fitting and under
boards with this product.
Once I have had the floor fitted and the walls have been painted, I can
start putting the furniture into the room.
Going along with the white colour scheme, I have researched a lot of
white bed frames, wardrobes and other furniture and found a few that fit
with my personal style.
The bed frame that I really like is the ‘Darla
Double Bed Frame—White’ from Argos. It’s
dimensions are 144cm wide, 202cm in length
and 95cm high. It currently costs £80.99
(saving 10%). I would like to position this with
the headboard up against the old chimney
breast because guests will need access to
both sides of the bed.
I have chosen a
storage set from
‘Vancouver 3 piece 2 Door Wardrobe Package
The wardrobes dimensions are 100cm in
width, 206cm in height and 58cm depth. I
would like to place this in the right alcove,
which is slightly bigger than the wardrobe,
giving the overlap on the bed more space.
The larger chest of drawers has the
dimensions: height 75cm, width 75cm and depth 40cm. This will go into
the left alcove, but will stick out slightly.
The smaller drawers will be placed in the corner by the window. Its
dimensions are 62cm in height, 38cm in width and 40cm in depth.
This 3 piece set costs £299.49, which saves over £50.
I have chosen to present this data in a diagram because it is easy to view and understand where
each item of furniture would be placed within the room.
Now that the bedroom has the main furniture in it, I can start thinking
about the other necessities that a bedroom would need.
Firstly, the bed needs a mattress. I believe that a good nights sleep is
very important to relax you for the next day. The main guest to my house
is an International Gymnastics Coach, who is rather grumpy without
This is why I have gone for the ‘Silentnight Marbella
Tufted Ortho Double Mattress’. It costs £234.99 from
Argos (which is actually less than half price). Its
dimensions are 135cm in width, 190cm in length and
21cm in depth. This is a very good fit to the bed frame
I have chosen, leaving just enough gap on each side
for the outer frame.
Next is the blind or curtains. I personally dislike netting, so I have chosen
the ‘ColourMatch Voile Curtain Panels—Super White’. This is instead of
curtains and will add a ‘light and floating’ effect to the room. Each panel
is 152x 228 cm, which will cover the window and almost drop to the floor,
which is part of my personal style. This costs £11.96 per panel, and I
would like to buy two.
I have also chosen the ‘Extendable Swirl Metal Curtain Pole Set—White’
to put the Voile on. This comes with all the small accessories such as
screws and costs £8.99.
The sun in the morning can be very bright, so I have decided upon a
blackout blind. I have chosen the ‘ColourMatch 2ft Thermal Blackout
Roller Blind—Super White’. These can be cut to size of the window. It will
All of these products are from Argos.
Every room needs lighting. I have decided upon the usual ceiling light
and table lamp combo. The following products are all from Argos.
The ceiling light I have chosen is the ‘Ailisi 3 Light Black Ceiling Fitting’.
It costs £6.99 (saving 25%).
I will need 3 light bulbs to go with this light. I am also concerned with the
environment so I have picked the ‘Osram Eco 46W SES Candle Bulb’
costing £2.99 each. I feel that these are very important due the saving
the planet, as well as keeping electrical costs down.
As well as energy saving light bulbs, I have decided upon the ‘Single 2
Way Dimmer Light Switch—White Plastic’. This will cost £4.99 and I
chose it because I feel it is pointless in having bright lights all the time,
when you may only want a small amount of light.
To be different and fit in with my white colour scheme, as well as nontradition, I have chosen a table lamp that looks like a sphere, which is
quite unique. The ‘Habitat Louie White Glass Table Lamp’ costs £18 and is
also free delivery. I asked a sales assistant over the phone if the light
bulbs were suitable with dimmer switches and they said they were.
To add a bit more colour to the room, I thought the
idea of a small rug would just add the finishing
touches to the lower levels of the room. After
looking through many sites and shops, I finally
found one that would be suitable and fits with my
colour schemes of Green and White.
It is called the ‘Large Leaf Rug—150x80cm—Sage’.
And costs £29.99.
There were options of larger rugs but I felt that it would be pointless
having laminate flooring if the floor space not already covered by the
wardrobe set and the bed was hardly showing.
Since this is going to be the guest room, it is important to have several
sets of bedding, in case we have consecutive guests, not giving enough
time to wash the bedding.
I have narrowed my decision down to 3 sets of bedding, all fitting into the
white colour scheme. All three sets are from Argos (I looked elsewhere
but nothing appealed to my personal style).
My first bedding set is called the ‘Premier
Mayfair Black Duvet Set—Double’. It costs
£19.99 (saving 1/3). I really like this bedding
because it is simple and will go with any colour
scheme. I also think that it looks quite
sophisticated, which would be handy if any
important guests come to stay.
My second set is a
little more colourful
and less grown up,
which would be perfect for if any of my friends
come to stay (only being young adults). The
‘Living Ribbon Patchwork Embroidered Duvet
Cover Set—Double’ costs £39.99, which is
quite expensive for a bedding set. However, it
has to be one of my favourites, so if there is
enough of my budget left this will be a nice
addition to my decor.
My last bedding set is the ‘Premier Black and
White Pintuck Duvet Cover Set—Double’. It
costs £29.99 and is another set that will be
good for the more important visitors that
expect high quality accommodation.
I already have a spare double duvet and pillow
set that I will use to do a bit more saving, rather
than buying a new set.
This is all of the essentials completed. So far, the entire
project, including the plastering and repairing, paint,
flooring, furniture and other essentials has cost
Every bedroom needs a clock. Fitting into my
white colour scheme, I wanted a small white alarm
clock, and I found the perfect thing.
This ‘Aurora Colour Change Alarm Clock and
Night Light’ is £14.99 and can run on 3 AAA
batteries or the mains. It glows a different colour
when tapped, which would reflect off the white
furniture. When it is not lit up, the clock is white
and displays the time, date and alarm setting.
This clock is from Argos and appealed to be because I think it is
different, which I want the room to be.
Even though there is already a mirror on the door of
the wardrobe, I was attracted to the ‘Wavy Bevelled
Mirror’. This is because it is differently shaped and is
unique to most mirrors. I feel that if this was in the
bedroom it would really reflect the light and make
the room bright and welcoming. It costs £9.99 (saving
20%) and also comes from
Most of my previous choices have taken a while,
but as soon as I saw the ‘Black and White Roses
Triptych Canvas—Set of 3’ I knew I had to have it.
I really love canvases and this one fits perfectly
into my colour scheme and would blend really
well the green paint on the walls. It is on offer for
£19.99 in Argos which is half price and would go
perfectly on the left hand wall as you walk
through the door, facing the
Since I am not putting any shelving up, to minimise
clutter, I would like to put these ‘Inspire Pure White
Heart Shaped Tea Light Holders—Set of 3’ on the
windowsill. I also really love candles so these fit with
my personal style well, as well as fitting with my
colour scheme. They only cost £9.99 from Argos.
As a finishing touch, guest towels are always useful. I have chosen the
‘Linens Limited Supreme 500gsm Egyptian Cotton 4 Piece Guest Towel
Set, Parsley’ which costs £13.95. I really like these towels because they
are a nice colour green, fitting with the rooms colour scheme. I also like
that I have chosen green ones because none of our house members have
green, so towels will not be mixed up and used by other people.
With the exception of the door, heating, windows and
ceiling, which are already in place, this is just about
everything that I need to think of when planning the
decoration of the bedroom. I feel that I have thought of
everything and it definitely fits into my budget.
Percentage of Costs
I have chosen to present this data in a pie chart because it is very visual and the colour enables it
to be easily understood. The difference between each percentage is clear.
I have calculated the average cost of my accessories by using the
median method. I chose this method because most of the prices are
quite small therefore the average should be. There is also more gap
between each higher price than the lower ones.
I have calculated the average cost of my furniture by using the mean
method. I chose this method because it is more towards the centre of the
largest and smallest prices since there is more than one large price.
Wall 1: h x 2.7 = 6.6m2
Wall 2: h x 0.25 = 0.6m2
Wall 3: h x 0.66 = 1.6m2
Wall 4: h x 2.85 = 7m2
Wall 5: h x 0.93 = 2.3m2
Wall 6: h x 0.36 = 0.9m2
Wall 7: h x 1.38 = 3.4m2
Wall 8: h x 0.37 = 0.9m2
Wall 9: h x 1.16 = 2.8m2
Wall 10: h x 3.10 = 7.6m2
WINDOW: 0.9 x 1.6 = 1.5m2
Wall 4 = 7 - .4 = 5.6m2
DOOR: 1.9h x 0.8w = 1.5m2
Wall 1 = 6.6 - 1.5 = 5.1m2
OVERALL WALL AREA
I added up the area of all of the walls, then subtracted the area of the door and window which will not need to be
Check: Top Wall = 0.93+1.38+1.16= 3.5cm; Bottom Wall = 0.66+1.93= 2.6
This is not an error! The room was actually built without precise right angles and the room is actually ‘wonky’.
All of my areas are rounded to the nearest 1 decimal place.
The window area is correct (though it may seem like an error) as the window is small.
Area A: 0.93 x 2.85 = 2.7m2
Area B: (3.1 - 0.25 = 2.85) 2.85 x 1.16 = 3.3m2
Area C: 0.25 x 2.7 = 0.7m2
Area D: (3.1 - 0.37 - 0.25 = 2.48) 2.48 x 1.38 = 3.4m2
OVERALL FLOOR AREA = 10.1m2
This is a screen shot of the Floors to go Calculator indicating that I will need 5 packs to fill my room and the cost is £101.30
This is a screenshot of the Mean calculator that I used to
calculate the average cost of my furniture.
This is a screenshot of the Median calculator that I used to calculate
the average cost of my accessories.