Furnishing a new room is an expensive and often exhausting endeavor. And, since we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, the bedroom should be our top priority when it comes to decorating.
The main goal is to create a sleep-inducing and comfortable space, but you also don’t want to overlook visual appeal. All of that should be done without driving yourself to bankruptcy. Most bedroom pieces can be bought on a shoestring budget, but some are worth splurging on – let’s see which ones.
Splurge: Window Treatments
To create an oasis for restful sleep, you want to make sure your bedroom is completely dark and light doesn’t seep in from things like street lights and cars passing by. Window treatments will help you with that. But since every window is different in terms of height and width, it would be best to get custom drapery. Besides, custom treatments will allow you to show off your style and accentuate that side of the room.
Bedside tables, or nightstands, are important for both the functionality and appearance of the bedroom. However, there’s no need to buy an impressive designer piece. You can easily find affordable nightstands in shops like Ikea, HomeGoods, Target, and Wayfare. Also, you can buy salvaged items or repurpose pieces you find at your local flea market or second-hand furniture shops. Your final option is a DIY nightstand, where you can use a pallet, old step ladder, rustic stool, stump, suitcase, a tray table, or anything else that comes to mind.
You will buy a lot of things for your new bedroom, but the one most worthy of a splurge is your mattress. The things you should pay the most attention to when buying a mattress are the support, firmness, the size and dimensions, and conforming qualities. The type of mattress you need will depend on your sleeping preferences. Some of the ones that provide the best support are memory foam, latex, and combined adjustable ones.
While the bed frame is an item worth spending an average amount of money on because it will serve as a foundation for your comfy new mattress, the headboard is there solely as a design element. It’s there for purely aesthetic reasons, and it can be acquired for a small sum. It is also an opportunity to show off your craftiness and go the DIY route. Some of the things you can use are plywood and an enlarged photo print, vintage screen, pallet wood, wood slat, and an oversized macramé.
Splurge: Bed Pillows and Sheets
Just like the mattress, the sheets you sleep on and the pillow that supports your neck need to be comfortable and beneficial for your health. As for the pillow, the choice will depend on your sleeping habits, but the types that are recommended are down and memory foam. For the sheets, prioritize organic materials. And since you’re already splurging on them, why not go with a striking pattern that will add a special spark to the room?
Save: Accent Pillows
Accent pillows make an excellent statement, but that is their sole purpose. There’s no need to choose overly expensive ones.
Throw pillows can be found in any color, shape, and size, and they can be made of various materials. To add some personality, you can choose pillows of different textures, such as silk, faux fur, and plush. As for the colors, if you decide on a minimalist décor, throw pillows of various colors and patterns can liven up the room.
Splurge: Area Rugs
Area rugs are much more than sheer visual elements. They help protect the flooring from tears and scratches, they act as acoustic elements, and they add extra coziness to the room. That makes them worth splurging, especially when you take into account that these pieces are not swapped often. For extra coziness and a particularly striking visual impact, you can choose to layer several rugs on top of each other.
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To inspire serenity and calm, a bedroom needs to be free of clutter. You won’t need excessive accessorizing – it will be enough to include one or two artworks and a couple of memorabilia you hold dear.
Lighting can serve both as a functional and aesthetic element. The ceiling fixture can be elaborate and luxurious, thus serving as a centerpiece. You should also include table lamps or wall lamps above the bed for reading. A floor lamp in one corner of the room can serve as a focal point in a comfy sitting nook alongside a chair or an armchair.
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Those were some basic tips about designing and furnishing a bedroom without overspending. Allow your instincts to guide you when it comes to the style and your reason to take over the wheel when it comes to spending.
About the Author
Hannah Thomas is a gardening and environmental enthusiast. Garden is the place where she feels most comfortable, that’s why there are always a lot of books and empty coffee cups on the back porch.