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15 DIY Bedroom Styling Tips:
Refresh Your Space with DIY Dazzle

Ever walked into your bedroom and felt it lacked that personal touch? Or maybe you’ve been scrolling through Pinterest, dreaming of a bedroom makeover but worried about the cost? Well, worry no more!

This guide is here to help you transform your bedroom into a stylish, personalized haven without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a beginner looking to try something new, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the world of DIY bedroom decor and unleash your creativity!

DIY Bedroom Decor

Craft a Statement Headboard: Your Bed's New Centerpiece

1.  Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and a statement headboard can make it look amazing. Whether you like a rustic charm or a modern look, creating a DIY headboard is fun and rewarding.

AMazing Headboard Using Old PALLET WOOD

Headboard made with wood from palletsHeadboard made with wood from wooden pallets.

Vintage Doors Standing Vertically, side-by-side

Headboard made from old doorsSimple and classic headboard made from two old doors!

Padded Headboard with Small Tufts, Wood Trim Border

A simple padded headboardClean and elegant, soft foam headboard covered with satin, trimmed with wood.

Watch Doug (mugs132) in this absolutely fantastic tutorial on how he created this tufted headboard. Great job!

Materials and Tools:

  • Pallet wood, old doors, or a large piece of fabric
  • Saw, hammer, nails, and screws
  • Paint or stain
  • Upholstery foam and fabric (if making a padded headboard - WATCH Doug's video for full deets)

Steps:

  1. Choose Your Material: Pick the material that best suits your style. Pallet wood offers a rustic look, while an old door can add a vintage touch.
  2. Measure and Cut: Measure the width of your bed and cut the material accordingly. Make sure the height fits your bed and room.
  3. Assemble: If using wood, put the pieces together using nails and screws. For a fabric headboard, stretch the fabric tight - and evenly! - over the foam and staple it to a wooden frame on the back. Make sure to securely attach all headboards to the walls. Tap with your knuckle to find the studs. When you find one, the tapping sounds "dense" and not "hollow."
  4. Finish: Paint or stain the wood, or add decorative elements like buttons or tufting for a fabric headboard.

Tips:

  • Add built-in lighting or shelves for extra functionality.
  • Try different styles, from rustic to modern, to find what you like.

Bedding Makeover: Sew Your Way to Style

2.  Refreshing your bedding can change the look of your bedroom. With a few simple sewing projects, you can create custom bedding that reflects your personality.

Colorful mix and match bedding ideasBuy material "off the roll," or buy sheets when they go on sale to make duvet covers!

Materials and Tools:

  • Fabric (cotton, linen, or your preferred material)
  • Sewing machine, thread, and scissors
  • Zippers or buttons (for closures)

Projects:

  1. Envelope Pillow Covers: Easy to sew and perfect for beginners. Choose fabrics that match your room’s color scheme.
  2. Duvet Cover: Create a custom duvet cover by sewing two large pieces of fabric together. Add a zipper or button closure for convenience.
  3. Mix and Match: Combine different fabrics and patterns to create a cohesive yet dynamic look.

Tips:

  • Choose fabrics that are easy to wash and maintain.
  • Change pillow covers and throws with the seasons.

Nightstand Transformation: Upcycling Magic

3.  Upcycling old furniture into unique nightstands is a great way to add character to your bedroom while being eco-friendly.

USING A OLD chair As a nightstand

A chair as a nightstandClever use of an on old chair as a nightstand. Simple.

USE TRUNKS / suitcases As A nightstand

Old suitcases as a nightstandA set of of trunks/suitcases make an ab fab nightstand.

CLEAN LINES: USing A Floating Wall ShelF as a Nightstand

Floating wall shelvesFloating shelves makes vacuuming an easy task when used as a nightstand...

Materials and Tools:

  • Old furniture pieces (chairs, crates, or small tables)
  • Sandpaper, paint, and brushes
  • New hardware (handles, knobs)

Steps:

  1. Select Your Piece: Choose an old piece of furniture that can be repurposed as a nightstand.
  2. Prep and Sand: Sand the piece to remove old paint or varnish.
  3. Paint and Decorate: Paint the piece in your desired color and add decorative elements.
  4. Add Hardware: Replace old handles or knobs with new ones to give it a fresh look.

Tips:

  • Look for furniture with built-in storage for added functionality.
  • Consider adding a charging station for your devices.

Or Buy Ready-Made Shelves!

Using vertical space is a great way to hide eyesores.

Install shelves, hooks, and racks on walls to keep countertops clear and store items that would otherwise clutter your kitchen.

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Macramé Mastery: Bohemian Wall Art

4.  Macramé wall hangings add a bohemian touch to your bedroom and are surprisingly easy to make.

Macrame wall artFor diehard macramé fans: It never goes out of style!

Materials and Tools:

  • Macramé cord
  • Wooden dowel or branch
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Cut the Cord: Cut several pieces of cord to your desired length.
  2. Attach to Dowel: Fold each piece in half and attach to the dowel using a lark’s head knot.
  3. Knot Patterns: Create patterns using square knots, half hitch knots, and other macramé techniques.
  4. Finish: Trim the ends to your desired length and shape.

Learn how to tie macramé knots right here with Sarah Maker!

Tips:

  • Experiment with different patterns and knot techniques.
  • Add beads or feathers for extra flair.

Gallery Wall Wonder: Thrifted Frame Showcase

5.  A gallery wall can transform a blank wall into a stunning focal point. Using thrifted frames adds a unique and eclectic touch. If you want matching frames, then buy them in sets, shown below the images.

Framed artwork using black framesThese art-lovers used large frames as they have lots of space and height.
Framed artwork using farmhouse wood framesSmaller sized living room wall works well with smaller frames, with a few large frames for emphasis.

Materials and Tools:

  • Thrifted frames of various sizes and styles
  • Paint (optional)
  • Photos, artwork, or prints

Steps:

  1. Collect Frames: Gather frames from thrift stores or flea markets.
  2. Paint (Optional): Paint the frames in a cohesive color scheme if desired.
  3. Arrange: Lay out the frames on the floor to plan your arrangement.
  4. Hang: Use picture hooks or nails to hang the frames on the wall.

If you don't have any frames lying around, you know where to get 'em:

Assortment of sizes with black frames:

Assortment of sizes with "farmhouse" frames:

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Tips:

  • Mix and match different frame styles for an eclectic look.
  • Include a variety of artwork, photos, and prints for visual interest.

Cozy Corner Creation: Your Personal Reading Nook

6.  Creating a cozy reading nook in your bedroom provides a perfect spot to unwind with a good book.

Cozy reading nook with bean bagA cozy reading nook: Grab your book and a cup of tea!

Materials and Tools:

  • Comfortable chair or bean bag
  • Throw blankets and pillows
  • Small side table
  • Floor lamp or string lights

Steps:

  1. Choose a Spot: Select a quiet corner of your bedroom.
  2. Add Seating: Place a comfortable chair or bean bag in the corner.
  3. Accessorize: Add throw blankets and pillows for extra coziness.
  4. Lighting: Include a floor lamp or string lights for reading.

Tips:

  • Add a small side table to hold your books and a cup of tea.
  • Personalize the space with your favorite decor items.

Check out these best seller bean bag chairs on Amazon... in rich corduroy blue, and the other in plush velvet!

Shown in blue, other colors available.

Dark grey shown, other colors available, too.


Luminous DIY: Mason Jar Lighting Projects

7.  Mason jar lights add a rustic charm to your bedroom and are easy to make.

Read how to make these at PlanWithBee.com.

Materials and Tools:

  • Mason jars
  • String lights or fairy lights
  • Twine or ribbon

Steps:

  1. Clean Jars: Clean the mason jars thoroughly.
  2. Insert Lights: Place string lights or fairy lights inside the jars.
  3. Decorate: Wrap twine or ribbon around the jar’s neck for decoration.
  4. Display: Place the jars on shelves or hang them from hooks.

Tips:

  • Use battery-operated lights for convenience.
  • Experiment with different jar sizes and shapes.

Dresser Revival: Paint and Hardware Upgrades

8.  Revamping an old dresser can give it a new lease on life and add a stylish touch to your bedroom.

Old dresser half painted, half rawOld dresser "before" and "after." Smart use of leftover satin wall paint which was given a good sanding to age it.

The folks here not only added texture to the wall, but painted it a bold turquoise blue (my favorite color!). They used the leftover satin paint on the dresser, let it dry, then aged it with sandpaper. They also splurged on new dark LVP flooring though honestly, I thought their grey floors were nice...

Materials and Tools:

  • Old dresser
  • Sandpaper, paint, and brushes
  • New hardware (handles, knobs)

Steps:

  1. Prep and Sand: Sand the dresser to remove old paint or varnish.
  2. Paint: Apply a fresh coat of paint in your desired color.
  3. Add Hardware: Replace old handles or knobs with new ones.

Tips:

  • Consider adding stencils or decals for extra decoration.
  • Use a sealant to protect the paint.

Window Dressing: Custom Curtains Made Easy

9.  Custom curtains can enhance your bedroom’s decor and provide privacy.

Chic hotel-like glam with sheersTIP: Buy the sheers, but make the side drapes yourself
Colorful, playful mock drapes on headboard wallColorful - and playful - with mock drapes on the headboard wall, too!

Materials and Tools:

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine, thread, and scissors
  • Curtain rod and hooks

TheDIYMommy shows you how to make drapes!

Steps:

  1. Measure Windows: Measure the width and height of your windows.
  2. Cut Fabric: Cut the fabric to the desired length and width.
  3. Sew: Hem the edges and create a pocket for the curtain rod.
  4. Hang: Place the curtains on the rod and hang them.

Tips:

  • Choose fabrics that complement your room’s color scheme.
  • Consider adding blackout lining for better light control.

Floating Shelves: Stylish Storage Solutions

10.  Floating shelves provide stylish storage solutions and can be customized to fit your space.

Long floating shelves on bedroom wallLong floating shelves on bedroom wall.
Short floating shelves on bedroom wallShort floating shelves on bedroom wall.
Keep it simple: 3 short floating shelves on bedroom wallKeep it simple: 3 short floating shelves on bedroom wall.

Materials and Tools:

  • Wooden boards
  • Brackets and screws
  • Paint or stain

Steps:

  1. Measure and Cut: Measure the space and cut the boards to the desired length.
  2. Paint or Stain: Paint or stain the boards to match your decor.
  3. Install Brackets: Attach brackets to the wall and secure the shelves.

Tips:

  • Use shelves to display books, plants, or decor items.
  • Arrange shelves at different heights for visual interest.

No saw? It's still "a go" with these floating shelves from Amazon:

Long floating shelves, shown are 31.5". Available in 39.37" length

Short floating shelves, many sizes, and 3 color options

Medium floating shelves, American Red Oak, 3 pk

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Accent Wall Art: Paint Your Way to Personality

11.  An accent wall can add personality to your bedroom and create a focal point.

Use painter's tape and leftover paint for one-of-a-kind wall artUse painter's tape and leftover paint for one-of-a-kind wall art!

I really like bold colors, but there's something to be said for the muted calmness of the white and grey wall, right?

Materials and Tools:

  • Paint and brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stencils (optional)

Steps:

  1. Choose a Wall: Select a wall to be the focal point.
  2. Prep: Clean the wall and apply painter’s tape to protect edges.
  3. Paint: Apply paint in your desired color or pattern.
  4. Finish: Remove the tape and touch up any edges.

Tips:

  • Use stencils to create patterns or designs.
  • Coordinate the accent wall with your existing decor.

Get the right painter's tape on Amazon:

Frog Tape: Delicate surface, yellow 1.41 inches x 60 yards

Frog Tape: Sharp lines, mutli-surface. 1.41 inches x 41.9 yards

Painter's tape for smooth or textured walls, 2 inch x 60 yards

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Room Divider Design: Multi-functional Space Separation

12.  A DIY room divider can add dimension to your bedroom and create separate spaces.

slim bamboo room dividersSlim bamboo room dividers.
Colorful fabric DIY room dividersColorful fabric DIY room dividers.

Materials and Tools:

  • Bamboo, fabric, or repurposed windows
  • Hinges or hooks
  • Paint or stain

SewWithConfidence shows us how to make a room divider with... ladders! Clever stuff.

Steps:

  1. Choose Material: Select the material for your divider.
  2. Assemble: Attach pieces using hinges or hooks.
  3. Decorate: Paint or stain the divider to match your decor.

Tips:

  • Incorporate a bulletin board or plant hanger for added functionality.
  • Use lightweight materials for easy movement.

I thought this was a really neat idea for renters who have an office with no door (like me!)

BUT you can't use it on vaulted ceilings (dang it). Needs to be a flat ceiling so the spring loaded cup sits flush and not "angled."


Pillow Talk: Vintage Fabric Throw Pillows

13.  Creating throw pillows from vintage fabrics adds a unique touch to your bedroom.

Vintage white lace, and old cottons for pillow coversVintage white lace, and old cottons for pillow covers.
Vintage needlepoint used for recovering pillowsVintage needlepoint used for recovering pillows.

Materials and Tools:

  • Vintage fabric
  • Sewing machine, thread, and scissors
  • Pillow inserts

Steps:

  1. Source Fabric: Find vintage fabrics from thrift stores or flea markets.
  2. Cut Fabric: Cut the fabric to the desired size.
  3. Sew: Sew the edges, leaving an opening for the insert.
  4. Insert Pillow: Place the pillow insert inside and sew the opening closed.
  • Tips:
  • Mix and match different patterns and textures.
  • Add piping or tufting for extra interest.

Green Thumb Gallery: Up-cycled Planter Projects

14.  Up-cycled planters add a touch of greenery to your bedroom and are eco-friendly.

teacup planters in and on boxesTeacup planters in and on boxes. Add soil on top of pebbles in bottom of cups for drainage.

Materials and Tools:

  • Old books, teacups, or wooden boxes
  • Soil and plants
  • Paint or stain (optional)
Teacup planters on top of old booksTeacup planters on top of old books. Add soil on top of pebbles in bottom of cups for drainage.

Steps:

  1. Choose Planters: Select items to be repurposed as planters.
  2. Prep: Clean and paint or stain the planters if desired.
  3. Plant: Add soil and plants to the planters.
  • Tips:
  • Choose bedroom-friendly plants like succulents or air plants.
  • Create a cohesive display with varying heights and textures.

Re-imagine Wood floors with Stenciled Art

15.  Stenciling a floor can add a unique touch to your bedroom floor.

Stenciled wood floor in hues to match the woodStenciled wood floor in hues to match the wood.
Stenciled wood floor, multi color - very vibrantStenciled wood floor, multi color - very vibrant!
Stenciled wood floor, classic beige paintStenciled wood floor, classic beige paint in the shape of a rug.

Materials and Tools:

  • A clean floor!
  • Stencils
  • Floor paint and brushes
  • Floor sealer

Steps:

  1. Choose your area to stencil.
  2. Prep: Place the stencil on the floor and secure it.
  3. Paint: Apply floor paint using a brush or sponge.
  4. Finish: Remove the stencil and let the paint dry.
  5. Seal: Apply sealant for longer wear.

Tips:

  • Use multiple stencils for a more intricate design.
  • Coordinate the floor paint color with your room’s color scheme.

Apply a Clear Protective Sealant After Stenciling

After stenciling wood floors, you'll want to apply a clear protective sealant to preserve the design and protect the floor. Here are some common options:

  1. Polyurethane: Water-based or oil-based Durable and long-lasting Available in different sheens (matte, satin, semi-gloss, gloss).
  2. Lacquer: Quick-drying Provides a hard, durable finish Can be more challenging to apply.
  3. Varnish: Oil-based Durable and moisture-resistant Can add a slight amber tone to the floor.
  4. Epoxy: Extremely durable Good for high-traffic areas Can be more complex to apply.
  5. Acrylic sealer: Water-based Easy to apply Less durable than some other options, but can be a good choice for lower-traffic areas.

The choice depends on factors like the type of paint used for stenciling, the desired finish (matte, glossy, etc.), the level of traffic the floor will receive, and your comfort level with application. Water-based polyurethane is often a popular choice for its ease of use and durability.

Always ensure the stenciled design is completely dry before applying any sealant, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and drying times.

How can I create a DIY headboard?

Creating a DIY headboard involves choosing a material (like pallet wood or fabric), measuring and cutting it to size, assembling the pieces, and adding finishing touches like paint or upholstery.

What are some budget-friendly bedroom decor ideas?

Budget-friendly ideas include upcycling old furniture, creating custom bedding, making DIY wall art, and using thrifted frames for a gallery wall.

How do I up-cycle old furniture for my bedroom?

Upcycling involves selecting an old piece of furniture, sanding it down, painting or staining it, and adding new hardware or decorative elements.

What are some easy DIY projects for beginners?

Beginner projects include making envelope pillow covers, creating mason jar lights, and stenciling a wood floor.

How can I make my bedroom look more stylish?

Adding a statement headboard, creating a gallery wall, using custom bedding, and incorporating DIY decor items can make your bedroom look more stylish.

What materials do I need for DIY bedroom decor?

Common materials include fabric, paint, wood, mason jars, string lights, and vintage items for upcycling.

Wrapping It Up

Transforming your bedroom with DIY projects is not only cost-effective but also incredibly rewarding. By incorporating these creative ideas, you can personalize your space and make it truly your own.

Whether you’re up-cycling old furniture, sewing custom bedding, or creating unique wall art, the possibilities are endless. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your materials, and let your creativity shine. Happy decorating!

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