Bedroom Makeover: 20 Tricks to Transform Yours on a Budget

Creating the bedroom of your dreams need not come with a nightmare-inducing price tag. Here's how to get it done on the cheap.


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A total bedroom overhaul—think upgraded mattress, new dresser and nightstands, fresh duvet, etc.—can work wonders on how well you sleep. But it’ll also do a number on your wallet. Fortunately, there are plenty of smaller, budget-friendly adjustments that can completely refresh the look and feel of your bedroom.

We went down a rabbit hole of Pinterest boards and design blogs to compile this list of low-cost but big-impact tricks to transform your sleep space. No matter whether your style skews mid-century, modern farmhouse, laid-back bohemian or all-out glam, these clever, money-saving tactics can be applied to nearly any bedroom makeover project.

1. Throw Out All the “Rules” of Decorating

This is your space and the room where you spend the most time, so make it look and feel uniquely you—not what a stuffy design book says it should look like.

2. Play Clutter Cop

Survey each piece of furniture and every accessory with a critical eye. You don’t need to go full-on Marie Kondo, but if that tchotchke on the dresser doesn’t spark relaxation or romance, off it goes to the donation pile.

3. Rearrange What’s Already There
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You’d be amazed how different your space will feel by making little adjustments like shifting the dresser to the right a foot or taking a painting off the wall and propping it atop your nightstand instead. Consider an even bigger move—like how your bed is oriented—to really make your bedroom feel brand-new.

4. Make Your Bed on a Budget

It’s wise to throw a few extra bucks toward the place where you’ll lay your head each night, but there’s no need to go overboard. Sure, higher thread-count sheets are worth the upgrade, but don’t break the bank when it comes to your comforter or duvet cover. Instead, why not make your bed like your favorite boutique hotel does? You can’t go wrong with all white—plus there’s always plenty of affordable options in this hue. Rely on blankets and throw pillows to add color, texture and pattern.

5. Shop Local, Really Local (as in, Your Home, Local)
Hats hanging on a wall as decoration in a bedroom
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Before hitting any stores, first browse what you have sitting around your house: that throw pillow that’s never really worked on your living room couch, the artwork still stacked in the basement, the houseplant taking up space on your kitchen counter—you name it. Any of these (free!) things can take on a new life in your bedroom.

6. Embrace the Transformative Power of Paint

In just one weekend, this under-$100 DIY project can have the most dramatic impact. Whether you gravitate toward warm or cool tones, embrace a palette that brings you a sense of calm.

7. Add an Accent Wall
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Not ready to paint over those antique white walls? Commitment-phobes can opt to paint just one wall—we recommend the one at the head of your bed—or try an unexpected pop of color on the ceiling. Removable wallpaper is another fun design solution, especially for renters. Wallpaper options abound online, so whether your tastes run traditional or you’re the more electric type, we can almost guarantee there’s a chevron pattern or tiger-print paper with your name on it.

8. Look Down

Don’t forget about what’s beneath your feet. Adding an area rug over wood floors or even atop carpeting adds a visual element of interest. Don’t be afraid to layer a couple rugs to give your space a polished, highly curated feel.

9. Look Up
A chandelier hanging over a bed in a green bedroom
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Admit it: That frosted glass, flush-mount ceiling fixture is looking pretty sad. There’s perhaps no better way to add that “wow factor” than with a dramatic light fixture. Lighting can get pricey, so start your search for that perfect chandelier at your favorite antique or second-hand shop.

10. Add a Headboard

There’s no shortage of DIY headboard project ideas, from easy embroidery to woven wonders. Find one that appeals to you online, make a quick trip to your nearest craft store, and you’ll have a snazzy new headboard in no time.

11. Hang a Mirror
Round mirror hanging over a sidebar across from a bed in a bedroom
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It’s one of the oldest and most-used design tricks for a reason. Adding a mirror really does make a small space feel larger and brighter.

12. Spring for New Hardware

Instantly upgrade a dresser or nightstand with nothing more than a screwdriver and few new knobs or pulls.

13. Dress Up Your Dresser
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Adding a thoughtful, eye-catching vignette to the top takes a blah piece from ho-hum to haute. While you’re at it, make it meaningful: Add trinkets from your travels and personalize it with framed photos. (Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll kick yourself each time you pull out a drawer to the sound of rattling knick-knacks.)

14. Freshen Up
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There’s nothing like fresh flowers to create a welcoming vibe. A simple $5.99 spray from the grocery store is all you need to bring a little cheer. Don’t feel like adding that to your weekly shopping budget? Then make it a one-time buy with a succulent; they’re pretty, they’re trendy and they’re nearly impossible to kill.

15. Say Yes to Seating

Sure, you don’t really need that armchair in the corner or that bench at the foot of the bed, but you’ll be glad you have them when you’re settling in with a good book or looking for an out-of-sight storage option for off-season sweaters.

16. Opt for an Unexpected Nightstand
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Eschew what’s traditional and roll in a brass bar cart or wicker serving cart. Either one has plenty of surface space to hold a lamp, book and vase of flowers. The lower shelf can display your prettiest set of spare linens.

17. Don’t Forget Fragrance

Whether you spritz the sheets with a scented linen spray, apply aromatherapy, or light a candle upon returning home from work, there’s nothing like fragrance to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary.

18. Let There Be Light
Clean windows in a bright, white bedroom.

New window treatments can be pricey, but you know what’s free? Elbow grease. If you’ve never washed your windows, get on that this afternoon. You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes. Trust us on this one.

19. Keep It Tidy

You’ve unleashed your inner decorator and put in the work. Your bedroom has finally become that oh-so-chic oasis you’ve dreamed of, so commit to keeping it that way. No matter how stylish that new wallpaper or light fixture looks, if you haven’t made your bed and yesterday’s outfit is tossed on the floor, that’s all you’ll see.

20. Sleep Tight

Now drift off to dreamland in a calming space that’s uniquely (and affordably) you by adding some soothing sounds — maybe some ambient music or a program on a sleep-promoting app.

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