From Beginner to Advanced: 10 Steps to a Better Bedroom

From Beginner to Advanced: 10 Steps to a Better Bedroom

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 22, 2015

Bored with your bedroom? We've got plenty of ideas for what to do about that. You can make your bedroom into a dreamy space without moving, or spending a ton of money, or even a lot of time. Here are 10 bedroom pick-me-ups, arranged in order from least to most difficult, so even the DIY-averse can find a way to freshen up their space.

1. Wash your sheets.
Maybe you're one of those super-conscientious people who wash all their linens once a week, or maybe you're like me, and you don't, and you forget that having fresh, clean sheets can make your bedroom feel like a whole new place. For an especially refreshing experience, try a linen spray.

2. Buy flowers.
Since flowers are special-occasion things, we tend to place them in the public areas of the home. Why not change things up a bit and buy flowers for your bedroom? Seeing them every morning when you wake up will feel especially luxurious.

Statementy bedroom art from Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

3. Add a little art.
Add a single big statement piece, or, if you're feeling really adventurous, a whole gallery wall. Adding art is way easier than painting, and will have a big impact.

4. Get new linens (or maybe just a throw).
Even if you don't feel like replacing your comforter or sheets, a pretty blanket draped at the foot of the bed can be a great pick-me-up (and a great warm-me-up on cold nights). If you're feeling crafty you could make your own duvet cover or knit a chunky blanket.

5. Treat your windows.
People often underestimate the importance of window treatments, especially in bedrooms. New curtains (or shades) for your bedroom make for a fairly simple DIY project, with a big impact. Here's a roundup of the internet's best resources for making your own curtains.

An unusual nightstand in a bedroom from Lily.
(Image credit: Lily)

6. Switch your nightstand for something a little more out of the box.
Try one of these 10 Unusual Things to Use as a Nightstand.

7. Change up your lighting.
New lighting can (literally!) change the way you see a space. Check out our guide to properly lighting a bedroom.

Bold color in a bedroom from Domino.
(Image credit: Domino)

8. Paint.
Painting can be a bit time-consuming, but it's also a wonderful, budget-friendly way to completely change the look of a room. If you need a little inspiration, check out these posts, full of beautiful bedrooms and paint color suggestions.

A ceiling-mounted canopy in a bedroom from Domino.
(Image credit: Domino)

9. Make a DIY canopy for your bed.
Love canopy beds? You can get the look without buying new furniture. This post has tons of ideas.

(Image credit: Urban Outfitters)

10. Make a new headboard for your bed.
Building a new headboard might require a bigger time commitment than washing your sheets — but it will definitely give your bed a little more pizzazz and presence. Here are 10 DIY headboard ideas and 12 wood headboards to build or buy.

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.29.2014 -NT

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