"You're my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye," I wistfully say each morning, as I blow a farewell kiss to the most valued support system in my life right now — my perfect bed. You think I'm kidding, but I'm of the mindset that one's bedroom is essentially their sanctuary. Making my bedroom as cozy and comfortable as possible became a necessity when I moved into my somewhat-compact apartment a year ago. I needed the most plush bed, the most mood-lifting accessories, and — naturally — plenty of 'grammable surfaces for my Netflix nights in.
My bedroom has quickly become my favorite room in the whole place, and I consider myself an expert on the science of stylishly outfitting your own corner of the universe. From making your actual bed as unbelievably comfortable as possible to ensuring the vibes remain all good, all the time, there are plenty of ways you can transform a boring bedroom into the relaxing respite of your dreams. Whether you want to upgrade sheets and pillows or aim to significantly improve your airflow quality, it can be nap time all the time, if you want it to be. Ahead, nine quick ways to make your bedroom as cozy and comfortable as possible.
Bring Some More Life Into Your Bedroom
Studies show that surrounding yourself with plants can actually have a beneficial effect on your mood and health — and thank goodness it's succulents (which require very little day-o-day maintenance) that are currently trending. I've had my own set of succulents in my room for a year now, and those guys have gone weeks (very possibly months) without water and still look fresh as ever. This pyramid-shaped terrarium is practically created to be your own on-call Instagram prop. Set it on your nightstand or bookshelf and just wait for the sighs of relaxation to start.
Give Your Room A View
I get it — some rooms overlook tasteful courtyards with leafy trees, and others (cough, mine, cough) face out onto brick walls. But you can bring the view to you with temporary wall stickers that literally turn your room into a leafy respite. This one won't leave sticky residue behind, and it's really easy to install. One user even cut hers into smaller pieces to give her bureau drawers a patterned update.
Snag the Crafty DIY Feel Without The Work
You know the handmade, homey quality that comes along with crafty projects? Now your bedroom can have it, minus the whole "craftiness" part. This mason jar light will cast a warm twinkling glow across your bedroom — one that instantly gets you ready to doze off with a good book. Pick your favorite vintage inspired lightbulb to add the finishing touch, and plug it straight into the wall — no wiring necessary.
Go Ahead — Add A Few More Inches Of Cushion
When I'm sleeping, there's no such thing as too much cushioning. This surprisingly affordable and bed-transforming mattress topper is available for twin, full, queen, and king size beds, and reviewers say its extra inch-and-a-half of plushness feels divine. The topper's five different zones are designed to support each part of your body, and one fan said it was the best purchase they've made in a long time. He said it "makes my bed MUCH more comfortable, while still being thin enough to not require new bedsheets." If you feel like you're sleeping on a rock every night, there's a better way!
Remove Dust From Your Breathing Space With Himalayan Salt
This pretty lamp is made with salt mined from the Himalayans themselves, and once lit, it releases negative ions into the air that purify the room. How's that work? When you release negative ions into the air, allergens (like dust and pollen) stick to each other and drop to the floor, instead of floating around and causing you to sneeze and sniffle. One fan of this lamp (who said their home was incredibly dusty) said they've since bought three more, and said, "Since using these lamps, I no longer experience that burning in my sinuses that I had before."
Upgrade to Cooling Silk Pillowcases That Don't Smoosh Skin
When you talk about beauty sleep, silk pillowcases are practically the definition. Not only is the tightly wound fabric better for acne-prone skin than rougher cotton counterparts, but the hypoallergenic material wicks away moisture and adjusts accordingly to temperature fluctuations. Mulberry silk is commonly believed to be the highest quality of the fiber available, so if you're going to be pressing your face and hair against something all night, might as well level up.
Infuse Air With Your Favorite Essential Oil Fragrance
Keeping the good vibes going at home in the midst of a stressful work week isn't easy — but a relaxing blend of therapeutic aromas can help. Not only can this color-changing humidifier send a cooling blast of lavender or eucalyptus throughout your room before bed, but its ceramic filter also ensures there's no gunky minerals clouding your breathing space, either. If you're new to the healing properties of aromatherapy, this set of six helps you figure out the best fragrances for filling your cozy space. They're 100 percent pure, and they feature a wide range of properties, from orange oil for relaxation to peppermint, which energizes.
Keep A Plush Blanket Nearby
Whether you casually drape this throw blanket at the foot of your bed or store it for chilly nights, this plush pick adds a little texture that goes a long way. This one, available in six different colors, is crafted from a soft faux fur, and fans of the throw say it's "amazingly soft." One reviewer even said, "It has sherpa on one side and faux fur on the other side so you can cover up and get cozy with the sherpa side while the fur side is exposed. I hang it from the arm of my couch and get numerous compliments." Needless to say, this one belongs within arm's reach of your bed.
Keep Annoying Noises At A Minimum
Getting a little tired of cozy nap time being interrupted by that lawn blower outside, or perhaps your close-quartered roommate has a bit of a snoring problem? This sound machine is a No. 1 best seller because of its six soothing sounds (thunder, rain, white noise, ocean, summer night, and brook), which one user said, "Works perfectly, puts me right back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night." It can be set to shut off after 15-, 30-, and 60-minute intervals, and its lightweight compact size makes it easy to take on-the-go when traveling.
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