There’s no fixed formula when it comes to designing the perfect bedroom. But, there is such a thing as the perfect bedroom. At least the perfect bedroom for you. Regardless of your personal style or budget, it simply comes down to the bedroom essentials. From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we’ve rounded up the top 10 must-haves for a vibrant and thoughtful bedroom design. Read on to get inspired and get our tips for bringing each bedroom essential into your own space.

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From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we rounded up a bedroom checklist of the 13 essentials that will make every bedroom more cozy and relaxing.

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1. Layered Bedding

No magic formula here. You can always count on good, comfy bedding as a surefire way to brighten your bedroom and make it look thoughtfully pulled together. A bed with just two standard pillows can look a bit sparse and empty, so pile on lots of colorful and textured pillows, make sure you have soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, and top it all off with a throw blanket.


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2. A Stylish Bed Frame

If there’s a piece of furniture that signifies a grown-up bedroom, it’s a stylish headboard or bed frame. Just like nice bedding, a solid bed frame with a fun headboard adds instant personality and polish. Plus, it provides added support for leaning back with a good book in bed.

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3. A Well-Styled Nightstand

Nightstands are about as essential as a bed in your bedroom. Because, when you’re lying in bed, you need a surface nearby to set down your phone and a glass of water. The perfect nightstand has both a well-styled surface and some space for bed-side storage—as well as being the right height in comparison to your bed. The type of nightstand and amount of storage space you opt for can depend on your needs and personal style. But when it comes to styling the surface, limit yourself to just a few bedroom essentials to keep it from getting cluttered—like an alarm clock, a lamp, and maybe a framed photo and a plant for a personal touch!

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4. A Comfy Rug

A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to choose a rug that adds color, texture, or pattern to your bedroom from the ground up. This will help tie the room together and muffle sounds and the pitter-patter of footsteps. The best part? You’ll always step out of bed onto something soft and cozy. On a practical level, make sure you find the right size of rug for your space, since different bed sizes and room dimensions call for different sizes of rugs.


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5. Good Curtains

While we love a bedroom that gets lots of natural light, we appreciate the privacy that curtains provide for our most intimate space in the home. Choose curtains that have subtle texture and can filter in sunlight when you need an afternoon nap. For a more vibrant approach, skip the neutrals and pick curtains that pull in colors from your rug, pillows, and other furnishings. Light sleeper? Go for blackout curtains.


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6. Ample Lighting

All rooms benefit from having ample, layered lighting, but in a bedroom having the right lighting is especially important. Ensure there’s more than one light source in your space. Think an overhead lamp, a floor lamp in a corner, table lamps on your bedside tables, and even an extra task light on the dresser. This bedroom essential will create a layered lighting effect that will elevate as well as cozy up your space.

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7. Storage Dresser

And speaking of bedroom storage, it might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. Not only does this help minimize clutter, dressers, and nightstands make for additional surfaces for corralling everyday items, such as keys, wallets, sunglasses, books, and knick-knacks.

It might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. The best way to give yourself some extra storage is with a dresser or two. (Wondering what style of dresser to choose? That one is totally up to you.) Whatever style and shape, dressers help keep your bedroom feeling zen by minimizing clutter and keeping you organized. But they also offer an extra surface for corralling everyday items such as keys and wallets or displaying special books and knick-knacks.

Want some extra storage space in your bedroom? Consider an armoire, clothing racks, floating shelves, baskets, or bookcases. These pieces are all great for adding extra bedroom storage. You can choose your storage options based on the size of your bedroom and your personal style.


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8. A Full-Length Statement Mirror

Let’s face it: a mirror, be it a full-length version or a large one that hangs above a dresser, is a practical and stylish addition to any bedroom. It establishes your bedroom as a place to get ready. It also adds a touch of glamour and makes your room feel more open and airy by bouncing light around the space. They also help visually open up the room by reflecting light, making even small bedrooms seem more open and airy!


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9. A Bench at the Foot of the Bed

Tuck in an extra place to sit beyond your bed to increase the function of your bedroom. A bench at the end of your bed offers a stylish place to plop bags, take off/put on shoes, and –if you’re a germaphobe – also helps keep street clothes away from your sleeping space. The end-of-bed bench can also serve as a luggage rack if you’re often on the go. If you’re tight on storage, opt for a bench with cubbies or one with a seat top that flips open with a big compartment for holding extra pillows and blankets.


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10. A Space for Your Favorite Activities

Since your bedroom is the most personal space in your home, make sure you create some room for the things you love most. An aspiring yogi? Create a yoga corner or meditation zone. Working on the next great American novel or love to unwind with a craft? Tuck in a desk for an inspiring workspace in your bedroom. Have a big reading goal for the year? Then a reading nook is a must. Whatever makes your heart sing, make space for it!


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11. Plants or Flowers

If you haven’t heard the news, then hear it now: plants make people happy! So, bring some calm, cheery vibes into your bedroom with a few green friends. These can be fresh blooms, low-maintenance succulents, your favorite potted plants—or, go faux if you don’t have a green thumb! Short of floor space? Go for a hanging plant!


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12. Personal Decor

Make the space feel truly you by showcasing bold accents and items that carry meaning for you. This is a fun way to add more personality to your room and warm up with a sense of familiar comfort. Think favorite books and perfume bottles, pretty ceramics you love and vases with fresh flowers, beautiful trays and jewelry holders. These are all perfect objects you can display on your dresser to play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.


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13. Art You Love

Just like how all the little objects are an intimate expression of your personal style, so is some eye-catching art on your bedroom walls. Hanging a favorite painting or colorful abstract print in the bedroom is a great way to add depth and inject color into your personal haven. Hang a few pieces to instantly bring your bedroom walls to life. It can be a painting or print by your favorite artist, photos from your travels, an eclectic gallery wall, or you could even frame your kiddo’s art! Whatever you choose, wall art is a great way to add depth and inject some color into your room, bringing your bedroom walls to life.

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This post was updated on June 16, 2021

10 replies
  1. Evas Tayebwa says:

    This is so wonderful.
    It’s a lesson to me and I would like to know where can I buy good bedcovers and duvet

  2. Afton Jackson says:

    I was really interested in the part of your article that discussed what rugs can do for a bedroom setup. Since the bedrooms in our new house are quite large, we needed to find a way to make it not look and feel very open and boring. Rugs might be the best way to do this, so I’ll look around for any furniture stores that sell pieces that can go great with rugs while asking my family if they have any spares.

  3. Bernadette says:

    Proper environment needed to deep sleep. This post describes how to make a environment for the sleeping. This is very effective effective issue. Thank you for sharing this post.


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