These IKEA Bedroom Ideas Will Provide Major Design Inspo on a Budget

published May 28, 2023
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One of the best things about living in this day and age is you can waltz right into an IKEA store and leave with a cartload of furniture, decor, and accessories — all without spending nearly as much as you might expect. With home essentials often priced below $10 a pop, it’s easy to dress up your home on a budget from Big Blue, and this includes turning a neglected or outdated bedroom into a stylish, serene sanctuary.

Whether you’re looking to max out storage in a small bedroom or hack your way to a bespoke designer look with IKEA products as your base, something here can level up your sleep space. Ahead, you’ll find inspiration for refreshing IKEA’s popular HEMNES dressers, maxing out closet space with creative IKEA solutions, transforming KALLAX shelves into something special for storing bedside essentials, and more. These 10 IKEA bedroom ideas are just the thing to kick off a bedroom makeover, big or small. 

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1. Go with light woods.

IKEA offers a wide variety of wood finish choices, which means you’ll have your pick when it comes to choosing the right look for your space. In the case of this Scandinavian-inspired bedroom, the white, airy walls and minimalist feel called for light wood finishes, as seen in the bedside table and chest of drawers used here, both purchased at IKEA. 

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2. Skip intricate electrical work.

Put together by an IKEA product developer, this bedroom fittingly showcases a smart use of IKEA lighting solutions. While HEKTAR wall spotlights can be hung on the wall, here, they work as clamps on the headboard, negating the need to install in-wall sconces (yay for skipping that electrician bill!). These clip-ons not only illuminate the bedroom as a whole, but they also spotlight the wall art above the bed.

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3. Make a bold pattern the focal point. 

A lot of IKEA decor isn’t for the faint of heart. Those Scandinavians sure know how to create punchy, colorful patterns! Whether your bedroom is a maximalist masterpiece or needs just a pop of pattern, an IKEA rug, like this zebra-print GRENSTEN design, can steal the show. Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge, but you can go super-simple and inexpensive in the rest of your room, so all eyes are on the textiles underfoot.

4. Give bedside furniture personality with paint. 

The nightstands in this London apartment are a chic IKEA hack. Opting for IKEA TARVA pine bedside tables, the homeowners created a monochromatic look in the bedroom by painting the tables the same color as the bed wall, so the pieces seem to just recede into space. Adding glass surfaces to the tops of the nightstands lends the pieces an extra-luxe touch.

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5. Hack your bedroom storage.

For shoes, jewelry, and any other sartorial necessities you want to stash away, an IKEA hack can come in handy. For example, in this small Washington, D.C. home, the homeowner began with an IKEA PAX frame and then added custom slab doors made of MDF. The chic-looking door handles were actually made using wooden dowels. 

6. Be clever with a small amount of space.

Another amazing thing about IKEA? The company knows how to design for itty-bitty spaces — especially when it comes to furniture. Take a page from this bedroom, and forgo traditional bedside tables with drawers, which can hog up a lot of floor space. Instead, go with compact, triangle-shaped shelving units, like these RÅGRUND tables from IKEA. They don’t demand a lot of real estate and can fit right into an empty corner, if that’s all the space you have for them. The tiered shelves are ideal for bedside essentials, like a glass of water, a book, a plant, and an alarm clock of some sort.

7. Include multifunctional pieces.

These days, a bedroom doesn’t have to be just a bedroom, which is particularly true if your digs are on the small side, and you need a multipurpose “guest room” of sorts. In the case of this shipping container home, the main bedroom also houses a desk, a place to tuck in a bike, and IKEA’s multi-use FRIHETEN sleeper sectional, where guests can hang, nap, or crash overnight.

8. Opt for floating shelves. 

IKEA is often applauded for their MOSSLANDA floating shelves. They make for ideal bedroom decor, as proven in this breezy bedroom. Without taking up a lot of wall space, the IKEA shelves act as a mini art gallery, bringing bonus personality into the space. 

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9. Create a linear look. 

Something else that IKEA is known for? Clean, modern lines galore. For a truly linear look in your bedroom, start with an IKEA bed frame featuring a row of slats. Surround it with other angular pieces, and add in something curved for good measure. Now, that’s a recipe for a visually soothing space!

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10. Start with a neutral bed and build from there. 

Let’s say that you envision head-turning decor for your bedroom. For this, you can choose an IKEA bed in black — or white, if you prefer — and then build your other aesthetic choices upon that. For example, this bedroom showcases abstract art and a patterned throw that uses the black bed with gray linens as a neutral backdrop.