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17 Bedroom Furniture Essentials You Must Have for A Cosy Space

Castlery   |   Nov 6, 2023

Your bedroom is a space for you to unwind and relax after a long day facing life’s stressors. Having the right furniture not only adds functionality to the space but also contributes to the overall aesthetic and comfort of the room.

In this article, we will explore the must-have bedroom furniture essentials that can transform your bedroom into a cosy haven.

Bedroom essentials and must-haves

1. Bed frame and mattress

The most important thing in the bedroom is, well, a bed. So the first things you should invest in would be a sturdy bed frame and a comfortable mattress. Having a good bed frame provides support for your mattress which creates a cosy sleep environment and helps you get quality sleep.

Depending on the style you’re going for, choose from platform beds for that minimalistic vibe to performance fabric bed frames for the luxurious feel. Be sure to choose a bed frame that fits your king or queen sized mattress.

A platform bed, a potted plant, and 2 bedside tables in a room. @matiespyhome’s Dawson Bed fits into a minimalist bedroom.

The position of the bed frame can also be important if you’re a believer in Feng Shui bedroom rules. The ideal position of the bed frame should be against a wall, in the center of the room, and not in direct line of sight from the door.

2. Pillows

Pillows provide infinite comfort with their soft plushness and are essential for a cosy space. When it comes to choosing pillows, don’t skimp on the quality as investing in high-quality pillows can significantly enhance your sleeping experience.

Choose pillows that are soft yet provide sufficient support, such as memory foam, down, or synthetic fills. The size and thickness of the pillows are also important as they can affect your sleeping position.

3. Duvets

While duvets can create a cosy resting space, they might not be the most ideal option for Singapore's hot and humid weather. That said, opt for a temperature-regulating or lightweight duvet. These duvets are made with breathable materials such as cotton or bamboo, and are designed to provide minimal insulation while still offering some comfort.

4. Soft bedsheets and pillowcases

Pillowcases and beddings, including fitted sheets, flat sheets, and duvet covers, are essential for creating a comfortable and inviting bed.

A bed with a padded headboard, pillows, and a cushion. The Percale Duvet and Sheet Set in Wheat. Also pictured: The Lexi Tufted Bed.

Choose soft, breathable materials such as cotton or linen for your pillowcases and beddings to promote a cosy and luxurious sleeping environment. Opt for colours, patterns, and textures that match your bedroom decor and personal style, and consider layering different bedding elements to add depth and warmth to your bed.

5. Bedside tables

Bedside tables not only enhance the overall look and feel of your bedroom, but they are also practical for keeping essential items within reach, like your phone or a cup. Furthermore, they add a touch of style and symmetry to your bedroom.

A wooden bedside table with 2 drawers with a table lamp. The Seb Bedside Table and Cedric Table Lamp provides a rustic mid-century modern charm.

Choose bedside tables that complement your bed and provide enough storage space. Depending on the amount of storage you need, you could opt for a 1 or 2-drawer bedside table; or if you like to keep it minimal, you could choose one that doesn’t have any drawers at all.

6. Wardrobe

Wardrobes are essential for keeping your bedroom organised and clutter-free. Choose a wardrobe that provides ample storage space for your clothes, accessories, and other belongings.

Consider the design, size, and functionality of the wardrobe to ensure that it complements your bedroom aesthetics and meets your storage needs. A well-organised wardrobe can create a sense of calm and order in your bedroom, contributing to a cosy atmosphere.

7. Dresser

Do you still need a dresser if you already have a wardrobe?

Well, if you have the space for it, a dresser can add a nice touch to your bedroom and provide additional storage for smaller articles of clothing like socks and swimsuits.

A dark walnut-stained 6-drawer dresser with fluted elements. The Emery 6-Drawer Dresser has fluted elements and handsome brass detailing.

Look for a dresser that matches your bedroom style and provides enough storage for your clothing. Consider the size and layout of your bedroom to choose the right dresser that fits well in the space and doesn't overwhelm the room.

Recommended read: How To Style Your Dresser: 8 Tips

8. Chairs, armchairs, or a sofa

If space allows, having a cosy seating nook in your bedroom can create a relaxing corner for you to unwind and enjoy some quiet time. Consider a comfortable armchair or a 2 seater sofas that complements the style of your bedroom and provides a cosy spot for reading or relaxing.

Add a throw or extra cushions for a decorative touch to make it even more inviting.

2 armchairs are placed beside the bed. The Colette Sherpa Swivel Armchair in Teddy White is the perfect armchair to create a cosy nook.

9. Additional storage

Ensuring that your bedroom is clutter-free is essential for creating a cosy atmosphere. Make sure you have adequate storage solutions to keep your belongings organised and out of sight.

Besides a dresser, consider adding shelves to store your items. If you prefer to keep things out of sight, you can opt for a storage bed to conceal messy storage boxes or beddings. Be sure not to overcrowd the room with shelves or cabinets as this can end up overwhelming the space instead.

2 identical bookshelves with wood and marble shelves are used to display pictures and vases. Shelves can be used for decorative purposes or as additional storage solutions. Pictured: The Esther Bookshelf.

10. Desk or vanity

If you use your bedroom as a workspace or a place to get ready, a functional desk or vanity is a must-have. Look for a desk or vanity that provides enough surface space for your work or grooming needs, and offers storage options for your supplies or beauty products.

A wooden desk used as a workspace with a wooden chair. The Seb Desk and Strato Chair complement each other to create a cosy work space Picture credits: @mikirai

If you have limited space, your dresser can double up as a vanity. Just make sure the dresser is at a comfortable height so you can place a mirror and your products on top.

Also, look for a chair that matches the desk or vanity, and provides comfortable seating for when you work or prepare.

11. Curtains

Curtains are not only functional for controlling natural light and privacy in your bedroom, but also add an aesthetic element to the room. Choose curtains that are made from soft and thick materials, such as velvet or blackout curtains, to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. Consider the colour, pattern, and length of the curtains to match your bedroom decor and personal style.

You can also layer your curtains to add depth to the space, such as adding a sheer curtain over blackout curtains. This also allows you to control the amount of light entering the space with the sheer curtains while still giving you some privacy.

Recommended read: How to Choose Curtains for Your Bedroom and Living Room

12. Rugs

Rugs are an essential item to have in your room if you want the maximum cosy effect. It adds warmth, comfort, and style to the space, and also helps to create a focal point for your furnishings. Rugs can also help absorb noise, so if you live in an apartment or HDB, your neighbours will thank you!

A wool runner is placed in the space beside a bed. The Desi Wool Runner, Seb Bedside Table, and Madison Bed.

You can use large area rugs in the middle of your room to center your furniture, or runners at the sides of your bed if you have a smaller space. Make sure you choose rugs that complement the design of your room and cover a sufficient floor area.

13. Mirrors

Not only do mirrors serve the functional purpose of letting you check yourself before you head out, but if you have a small room, they can create the illusion of a brighter and bigger space.

Choose mirrors with stylish frames or unique shapes that add a touch of elegance or personality to your bedroom decor.

If you don’t have much space to work with, you can hang your mirror on the wall or behind the door. Alternatively, leaning it against the wall creates a casual look. Once again, if you’re a believer in Feng Shui, having your mirror directly face the bed is not such a good idea.

14. Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in creating a cosy atmosphere in the bedroom. Opt for ambient lighting options that provide warm and soft illumination, such as table lamps, wall sconces, or string lights.

Consider placing lamps on your bedside tables, desk, or dresser to create a warm and inviting glow at night. You can also add dimmer switches to your overhead lights to adjust the brightness according to your mood and create a relaxing ambiance.

15. Plants

Bringing plants into your bedroom can add a touch of nature and freshness to the space, contributing to a cosy and calming ambiance. Plants can also add a pop of colour and texture to your bedroom decor, creating a lively and inviting atmosphere.

Choose plants that thrive in low light conditions and have air-purifying properties, such as snake plants, pothos, or peace lilies.

Add potted plants to your shelves and dressers or suspend them from your ceiling. If you have extra space, you can add a larger plant to the corner of your bedroom.

16. Throws and cushions

Adding some accessories to your bedroom like throws and cushions are not only functional for adding extra comfort to your bed, but also reflect your style and personality.

A person assembling the cushions on their bed. @livingwithnic’s Dalton Bed adds the perfect cosy factor to the bedroom.

Choose throws and cushions with soft textures, warm colours, and interesting patterns that complement your bedding and bedroom decor. Layering throws and cushions can create a cosy and inviting look on your bed, inviting you to curl up and relax.

17. Wall art and decor

Finally, don’t forget to add personal touches to your bedroom to truly make the space feel like your cosy sanctuary. Display your favorite artwork, photographs, or keepsakes on your walls or shelves.

Other cool bedroom essentials

While essential bedroom furniture creates the foundation, adding unique and cool items can make your bedroom even more special. Whether you're decorating for yourself, your partner, your family, or a specific occasion, here are some cool things to consider for your bedroom:

  • Canopy bed: Add a touch of elegance with a canopy bed draped in sheer fabrics or fairy lights for a whimsical feel.
  • Gallery wall: Create a gallery wall with framed art, personal photos, and inspirational quotes to make your space uniquely yours.
  • Romantic lighting: Install dimmable lights, string lights, or a chandelier to set the mood for romantic evenings.
  • Gaming setup: If you're a gaming enthusiast, a gaming setup with a high-end PC or console, comfortable gaming chair, and RGB lighting can transform your bedroom into a gamer's paradise.

The right bedroom furniture is crucial for creating a cosy and inviting space where you can relax. From a comfortable bed and soft bedding to functional storage solutions and ambient lighting, each piece of furniture contributes to the overall comfort and aesthetics of your bedroom. Invest in high-quality furniture that complements your style and preferences, and create a serene sanctuary where you can enjoy restful nights and wake up refreshed in the morning.

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