15 Cozy Bedroom Ideas to Start Your Year Refreshed

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Cozy up to these bedroom ideas and hacks for more restful nights.

The bedroom. It’s probably the most intimate of spaces and where you are most at home.

What can you do to give your bedroom a new calm? I’ve rounded up 15 IKEA cozy bedroom ideas and hacks to help turn your bedroom into a restful oasis.

1. Refresh Your Curtains

painted IKEA RITVA curtains
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Give your plain IKEA curtains a refreshing makeover with a touch of creativity. Consider stenciling patterns or hand-painting charming motifs on your curtains to breathe new life into your space. Check out Jenny Komenda’s artistic take on IKEA RITVA curtains for inspiration.

Related: More Curtain Hacks

2. Showcase Your Style

IKEA LERBERG as hangers
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You’ve got great taste, and it should be on display. Use the IKEA LERBERG bracket to hang your favorite outfits or #OOTD. An alternative bracket is the PERSHULT.

Alternatively, a dressboy can serve as a convenient spot for organizing your outfits and planning the next day’s look.

IKEA Dressboys - cozy bedroom ideas
Dressboy hack | Photo Credit: G.V.M

3. Make Use of Under-bed Space

IKEA SEKTION storage bed
Photo Credit: Chris

Efficient storage solutions are essential for maintaining a clutter-free and cozy bedroom. Consider the underutilized space beneath your bed as an opportunity to introduce smart organization. Redeem that space with a platform bed. It’s not an easy hack, though.

For the less handy, there are other ways to use the space beneath the bed. IKEA offers a good range of under-bed storage comprising boxes and drawers. I especially like the MALM under-bed storage drawers, and they are a fabulous choice if you have a MALM bed or another suitable bed frame.

Alternatively, if you have an old dresser you no longer use, hack it into a set of underbed storage drawers like the one pictured below.

Underbed storage - cozy bedroom ideas
Photo Credit: Ronja Lotte

4. Create a new Headboard

cane headboard - cozy bedroom ideas
Photo Credit: September Edit

Revamp your bedroom by focusing on the bed’s centerpiece — the headboard. A new headboard is a surefire way to update your bedroom.

For a rustic feel, go for natural materials like cane. A cane headboard is easier than you think. See the cane headboard tutorial here.

If you prefer a more luxurious style in your bedroom, this headboard hack from IKEA may be the one for you. It uses the MALM bed frame as the starting point and velvet SANELA curtains for a touch of glam. See the velvet headboard tutorial here.

velvet headboard - cozy bedroom ideas
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5. Nightstands Tailored to Your Space

driftwood stain nightstand - cozy bedroom ideas
Photo Credit: Maryal Carter

Ensure your nightstands harmonize with your bed and room dimensions. Adjust the height by adding legs, and customize their appearance with paint and stain. See this tutorial for a serene driftwood-stained nightstand.

For a minimalist approach, try a floating bamboo nightstand.

floating bamboo nightstand
Photo Credit: Lluís

Related: See more IKEA nightstand hacks.

6. Dress it up

vanity makeup table hack
Photo Credit: Karen Roark

Transform your IKEA MALM dressing table into a glamorous Makeup Vanity with a mirror, hair appliance caddy, and drawer handle. Get the details here.

If space is a constraint, check out this wall-mounted beauty bar for a functional and chic solution.

wall mounted beauty bar
Photo Credit: Shannon

7. Add in a mirror

mongstad mirror hack
MONGSTAD Mirror Makeover | Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bixler

Mirrors not only amplify light but also add a touch of sophistication to your bedroom. This IKEA MONGSTAD Mirror makeover takes the plain mirror frame and gives it greater depth and texture.

Here’s another that may be perfect for the space above your storage chest. Star mirror tutorial here.

star mirror hack
Photo Credit: Jennifer

8. Hush it down

ODDLAUG sound dampening panels - cozy bedroom ideas
ODDLAUG sound absorbing panels | IKEA.com

Elevate your bedroom’s tranquility by incorporating sound-absorbing panels like ODDLAUG. These panels dampen unwanted noise, creating a peaceful environment for restful sleep. Customize your panels by piecing them together however you like. Each piece has a different color on the front and back, so you can set your style. They make a quirky room divider too.

9. Illuminate with Ambiance Lighting

Basket nightstand with lamp
Rustic Nightstand Lamp Hack | Photo Credit: MariaNC

Set the mood in your cozy bedroom with ambient lighting. Consider incorporating string lights, fairy lights, or LED strips around the headboard or along the ceiling. Choose warm-toned bulbs to create a soft and inviting glow that transforms your bedroom into a tranquil retreat. Clever adjustable lamps hidden in the nightstand with dimmer switches provide customizable lighting for winding down.

10. Layered Textiles for Comfort

IKEA VEDBO armchair
VEDBO armchair | IKEA.com

Enhance the comfort of your bedroom by layering textiles. Invest in plush, high-quality bedding with soft duvets, throws, and an assortment of decorative pillows. Mixing textures like faux fur, knit, and cotton adds visual interest and provides a luxurious feel. Create a cozy reading nook with a comfortable armchair draped in a warm blanket, inviting you to unwind with a good book.

11. Introduce Natural Elements

cozy reading nook with plants
BLANDA BLANK hanging planter | Photo Credit: Dorota Na Przedmiesciach

Infuse a touch of nature into your bedroom to create a serene atmosphere. Incorporate indoor plants like snake plants or peace lilies to improve air quality and add a refreshing aesthetic. Wooden furniture, whether it’s a rustic nightstand or a reclaimed wood headboard, brings warmth and a connection to the outdoors. Nature-inspired artwork or prints can also contribute to a calming bedroom environment.

12. Personalized Gallery Wall

easy change kids art display box hack
Kids Art Display Box | Photo Credit: Merav Ziv-Ari

Create a personalized gallery wall above your bed using framed photos, artwork, or quotes that hold sentimental value. This not only adds a unique touch to your bedroom but also serves as a visual reminder of cherished memories. Choose frames in cohesive colors or styles to maintain a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing look. The gallery wall becomes a focal point, contributing to the overall coziness of the space.

13. Cozy Rug Underfoot

cloud sheep rug
Cloud Sheep Rug | Photo Credit: Mommodesign

Define and soften your bedroom space by adding a plush rug under the bed. Choose a rug with a soft and comforting texture that complements your decor. This not only provides a warm surface for your feet but also helps absorb sound, contributing to a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere. Consider layering rugs for an added element of coziness and style.

14. Scented Retreat with Aromatherapy

cozy bedroom ideas - aromatherapy with candle melter
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Enhance the sensory experience of your cozy bedroom with soothing scents. Utilize essential oil diffusers, scented candles, or linen sprays in calming fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, or eucalyptus. Aromatherapy can promote relaxation and better sleep quality, turning your bedroom into a fragrant retreat that engages both your senses and your well-being.

15. Declutter and Simplify

minimalist bedroom with his and hers wardrobe
His and Hers PAX wardrobe | Photo Credit: Patrick

Create a serene and cozy atmosphere by decluttering your bedroom. Adopt a minimalist approach by removing unnecessary items and organizing storage spaces. Keep surfaces clear, allowing for a more open and breathable environment. A clutter-free bedroom promotes a sense of calm and order, contributing to a more restful and stress-free atmosphere.

Your Ideas for a Cozy Bedroom

What other hacks and ideas do you have for creating your ideal cozy bedroom? Please let us know in the comments below.