How to Refresh Your Bedroom on Any Budget
You can improve your sleeping quarters for a better night’s rest, whether you have $100 or $10,000 to spend
If your budget is about $100: Clear the clutter and spring for a fresh pair of sheets. Simply getting rid of the random junk that accumulates in the bedroom can go a long way toward making the space feel new. After decluttering, give the space a deep cleaning, including washing the windows and vacuuming under the bed. Once your room is spic-and-span, treat yourself to a new set of sheets — percale for those who love a crisp feel, flannel for coziness or sateen for a super-smooth feel.
If your budget is about $300: If you have a little more to spend, use the extra cash to treat your bed to a complete makeover: not just sheets, but also a duvet cover, shams and maybe a bolster or Euro pillows too. New bedding can give your room a new look and feel in the few minutes it takes to make your bed.
If your budget is about $500: After new bedding, it’s time to upgrade your pillows. Plump new pillows will look better than flattened old ones, but more to the point, they will feel better. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, spring for a new mattress topper too.
If your budget is about $700: Get new bedding, pillows and a mattress topper, and then upgrade to blackout curtains. If you have trouble sleeping and don’t already have blackout curtains or shades, this should be on your must-purchase list.
The extra-opaque lining means that your room will get really dark at night, blocking out those pesky streetlights and passing headlights.
If your budget is about $1,000: Tackle all the above and then paint. Changing the wall color of your bedroom is a budget-friendly way to dramatically shift the look of your room — especially if you’re willing to DIY. To save time (and money), paint just an accent wall behind your headboard.
Have a little extra cash left after your visit to the paint store? Spring for a new piece of art — or pick up a new frame for a piece you already own.
If your budget is about $2,000: What’s next? Something soft underfoot! If you already have a rug you like but it’s on the small side for the size of your room, consider layering it atop a larger natural fiber rug to get more bang for your buck. If you have a carpeted bedroom, use the funds to have it professionally steam-cleaned — a good cleaning can make wall-to-wall carpeting look new again.
If your budget is about $3,500: Bedding, pillows, curtains, paint, lighting, rugs, and then shop for a new mattress.
This is likely one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make for your bedroom, and because it has such a big effect on sleep quality, it’s worth getting the best mattress you can afford.
If your budget is about $6,000: Once you’ve checked the new mattress off your list, it’s time to assess your bedroom furniture. Do you need a new bed frame, dresser or nightstands? Whether you have your heart set on beautiful antiques, a cool mix of midcentury finds or a new matching set, be sure to take your time shopping to get just what you want.