So Here's How

Just follow the directions and use the links to the Web sites to find what you need. 



Step 1

Go home and measure your room. You will need to know the length, width, and height.  It will help you if you draw a sketch of every wall in your room.  Be sure to include the door, closet door, and window. You need to know the exact placement. In other words, how far from the edge of the wall is the closet or door? How wide is it? And how far to the other wall?

This information is very important because you need to draw a floor plan on graph paper.  To read about floor plans, look at examples, and learn how to make one, go to the following sites.

Step 2

Next, you are going to pick out trim.  What's trim? Trim is the wood that is up against your wall and lines the floor, windows, doors, and closets.


You first need to determine the amount of trim that you need by using all of the measurements that you took in your room. Show all your work on the Purchase Record Sheet.  

If you need help with perimeter, go here.

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Step 3


Now decide what type of floor you want.  You can choose carpet or wood. You first need to determine how much you need using your Purchase Record Sheet.

If you need help with area, go here.

If you want carpet, pick one out here.

If you want wood flooring, pick it out here.*Click on the item to bring up how many square feet it covers for the price.*                  

Step 4


What are your walls going to look like?  You can paint your walls, choose wallpaper, or even half and half.  Use the Purchase Record Sheet to determine the how much paint or wallpaper you will need. 

If you need help with area, go here.

If you want wallpaper, go here. *Click on the item to bring up how many square feet it covers for the price.*               

If you want paint, go here and in keyword, type in what color paint you want(ex. blue paint). *1 gallon = 350 square feet*                                           

Step 5

Now, total everything up on your Purchase Record Sheet. What do you think?  Do you need to go back and buy something cheaper?  Think about what your parents are going to say. 

If you are happy with the total, now you have to find out the interest rate on a loan. Go to this Web site and enter the state and city to campare rates.                      

Pick a lender based on the interest rate. Your parents want this loan payed off in 2 years. Now figure out the amount of interest using the total you need to borrow, the interest rate, and 2 years as the time. Show all work on the Loan Information Sheet.   

If you need help computing interest, go here.                         

Step 6

Ok, now that you know what you are going to do to your room and how much it is going to cost, you just have to get your parents to approve it. You are going to write a letter to your parents to try to convince them that you made responsible decisions when it came to redoing your room. Your letter needs to include the following:

1.) What your room is going to look like

2.) What you are buying

3.) How much it costs 

4.) Amount of interest

5.) What the monthly payments will be

Your letter needs to be persuasive. Convince them that you were a responsible young adult that put a lot of effort into this. The letter needs to be in letter format. It needs to be typed in 12 point font, double spaced, and at least 1 page long. The letter needs to be detailed.  This means using examples from the Purchase Record Sheet and the Loan Information Sheet.

For help with persuasive letters, go here.