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    35 Small Tips To Make Your Bedroom Look So Much Better

    Ways to bump up your under-bed storage space, create more late-night reading light, tidy up tangled cords, and more transformative lil' hacks.

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    1. Mask the horror show underneath your bed with a sharp bed skirt to coordinate with your bedding. Trust me! I use one to mask my own underbed storage area.

    neutral bedroom with neat looking bed with bed skirt that obscures anything underneath the bed

    Even the minimalists should get on board with this. Just go for one with clean lines like this one! I went a few years without one and then was floored by the difference it made in hiding all the stuff I shove under my bed. And I store A LOT of stuff under my bed!

    Promising review: "I could not get it to fit right at first for some reason. Probably because I was having a bad week and wanted something to be angry about. When I was in a better state of mind I got it and laughed at how simple it was. Fits well and covers the mess I am hiding now that I went up to a king." —Dennis E. Marquardt

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four colors, sizes twin–king).

    2. Put down a luxe-looking runner by your bed or in front of your closets to help create a cozy space without hurting your budget. I own this very runner in black and love it every single day that I walk on it!

    blue and gray vintage style runner on a bedroom floor

    Seriously though, the folks who live below you will thank you for the extra cushioning for foot falls!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.69+ (available in nine color combos and a variety of sizes).

    3. Boost your current bed frame with some adjustable bed risers that'll buy you 3, 5, or 8 inches of extra space.

    the bed risers with both heights visible

    Again, a dust ruffle will hide these bad boys if you're worried about optics. And they'll also work with couches or futons.

    Promising review: "These blow my mind. They've added so much storage under our bed. I worried about them being durable enough to withstand our weight but there was no need to worry. Just this past weekend, both my husband and I were on the bed when two of our teenage sons ran and jumped on the bed with us. I didn't even hear a creak from these bed risers. There must have been close to 800 lbs. on our bed at that point and these risers held up like champs." —Kelly McHone

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (also available in white).

    Here are some handy under-bed storage ideas.

    4. Throw a faux-sheepskin rug over that hand-me-down chair that's THE CHAIR for all your sorta-dirty clothes for a glam touch that'll inspire you to actually hang up all your stuff. Think about how unwrinkled those pants will be next week!

    white faux sheepskin rug on a wicker armchair

    Promising review: "I actually love this more than I thought I would! It's soo soft and serves multiple purposes. I bought it to drape over a chair in my study area and to use on the floor for when I take pictures of my outfits in front of my mirrored closet doors. I now drape it over my bed in the morning after I make it as well. My stepson is autistic and he loves the soft feel of this rug and loves wrapping it around him. It has shed slightly but not more than expected. Great value also." —Caity

    Get it from Amazon for $14.81+ (available in seven colors).

    5. Cover up dings and discoloration on door frames and molding with some wood scratch cover so everything will blend in like normal. Also, it requires no sanding or refinishing! No more trying to get into a book chapter while that bald spot on your window frame haunts you from across the room.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! " —Behold Behold!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    6. And hide smaller scratches on your nightstand who's seen some stuff with a set of wood repair markers. We love a repair instead of a replacement product!


    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous home owner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well." —Shane

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. And! Turn back time on dribbles of yore with a water mark removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago that's been a running "project for next weekend" for the past two years.

    Promising review: "Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth." —JMac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. Create another light source (every room needs three!) with some fairy lights with photo clips to keep all your favorite memories nearby while making it easier to get completely lost in just one more chapter of your book.

    person clipping pics into the light string that's above a bed

    Promising review: "These fairy lights add a magical touch to a bedroom. The clips can be used to hang up pictures or to attach the string of lights itself. My daughter used some to put it up on her blinds on her windows in a neat pattern. The different options for how the lights behave make it extra fun. We left the lights on for over 24 hours and they didn't fade or have any other problems. They put out a surprising amount of light, too. For the price, this is an excellent set of fairy lights!" —Jamie and Heather Hejduk

    Get a strand with 100 lights and 50 clips from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. Create a "headboard" on the cheap by hanging up a tapestry. If you're scarce on space (like me!) this'll be an especially welcome solution because it won't require any floor space.,

    I mulled over getting a headboard but there's about 2 inches from the foot of my bed to my bedroom door. So I opted for a similar tapestry to the one on the left hanging above my bed instead.

    Get them from Amazon: moon tapestry for $10.99+ (three sizes) or the mandala for $14.99+ (three colors and three sizes)

    10. Tuck stray cords outta the way with cable clip organizers because you need your phone charger by your bed but you don't have to trip over it or make it take center stage.

    close up of mountable cable clips

    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.97.

    11. Corral all your bedtime essentials with a bedside storage caddy instead of losing everything on your tiny, crowded nightstand. Or worse yet, your essentials falling into the forbidden nook between your bed and wall.

    bed with caddy hanging off the bed frame and holding several items like a magazine, phone, glasses

    Promising review: "One of the most useful items I have ever purchased. The pockets are the right size to hold a tablet, phone, remote, or book. My bedroom is too small for bedside tables so I use this organizer to hold anything that I might need right by my bed. I was surprised at how well it stay in place just by sliding the flat end in between the mattress and box spring." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98+ (also available in navy).

    12. Or opt for a clamp-on wooden shelf in case you need a surface for your water glass and charging phone.

    wood shelf attached to bed frame

    Promising review: "Holds better than I thought. Had for several months now and it's still as sturdy as day one. This thing is connected to a loft and is worth every penny. I looked for An alternative to this for a while because it seemed expensive for a single shelf. I wasn't able to find anything that holds this well and looks this good. We have on a lower safety rail because this bed has a super wide top rail on that side. Still holding well." —aspen fitzGerald-dorsey

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    13. Graduate from your plastic go-to cup to an elegant water carafe so you don't have to run to the kitchen when that pizza comes back for a thirsty haunting at the witching hour., Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    14. Prevent closet-shelf avalanches (and free up some drawer room) with some clip-on shelf dividers as a topple-free solution for keeping your sweatshirts, gym clothes, and other drawer overflow in neat piles. (Those hoods always mess up other sweatshirt organizing options!)

    wooden shelf with white wire shelf dividers in between vertical stacks of sweaters and blankets

    Promising review: "These are great. I use them to separate the piles of sweaters, sweatshirts, and T-shirts on the shelf above the hanging bar in my closet. It helps me keep them nicely separated, even when I'm lazy about keeping the piles straight. I'm happy with my purchase!" —Maddie

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $34.99.

    15. Elevate your music collection with a vinyl storage shelf that'll take up the some footprint as that old plastic crate you currently have shoved in a corner.

    green chair with a shelf beside it with two tiers that hold vinyl records

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $84.99.

    16. Erase the likes of spills, wine, and even Sharpie marker(!!!) off your upholstered surfaces with this powerful stain remover. As you can see, it even works on suede furniture. (I can't be the only one who's been living with mascara stains on my comforter.)

    Promising review: "My baby niece Sharpied my orange suede couch. Didn’t think it would ever come out. This stuff is amazing." —levi schofield

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    Ready this three-ingredient stain remover from Nifty before company visits because you and I both know someone's going to spill something in your home.

    17. Swap out that holiday fleece blanket from four work Secret Santas ago with a chic throw for those nights when you could use a lil' something extra.

    stack of various blankets

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in six styles).

    18. Freshen up your bed (if you're a throw pillow person — such a divisive issue!) with some velvet throw pillow covers available in 32 colors. They'll feel so cozy and look so glam. Plus, they're smooth so if you fall asleep on top of them and your made-up bed, you won't wake up with weird lines on your face!

    couch with two throw pillows on it with purple velvet colors on them

    Promising review: "Love the color, softness, texture... They are fabulous. Adds a little Hollywood Glam or Modern Traditional to any home. The oversize looks great on a sofa, bed or just tossed on the floor for a pop of color. The quality is excellent, zipper is invisible, trimming is perfect. Overall superior quality. I am a very happy customer. Highly recommend." —Tracy Cornelius

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 8 sizes and 32 colors; and don't forget inserts).

    19. Go a bit bold with some patterned sheets in case you really wanna get wild between your fitted and flat sheet.


    Get them from Amazon: floral for $36.99+ (available in full size, also a lighter color) or grid pattern sheets for $19.99+ (available in twin-California king, 44 patterns)

    20. Keep your fitted sheet neatly where it belongs with sheet suspenders for a much neater made bed... but also a better sleep experience thanks to no longer having to wrangle your sheets in the night.

    Folks who have a deeper mattress will especially appreciate these!

    Promising review: "These have worked great! I like bamboo sheets, which are slippery and the corners always came up. Since I started using these my corners haven’t come up and the sheet stays relatively wrinkle-free." —Beachyfun

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. Throw in some satin pillow cases that'll not only look glam, but will assist you in your beauty sleep because they're more moisturizing for your skin and hair than sleeping on cotton pillow cases.

    bed with two pillows that have satin pillowcases on them

    I am a ROASTING HOT sleeper and these really do make a nice lil' difference in my sleep routine. I love mine so much that I pack them for trips!

    Get two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes, and 18 colors and styles).

    22. Stash extra blankets and other various bedroom essentials that tend to clutter your space with a cushioned storage bench. Plus! You can park it at the end of your bed for a super luxe look and spot to pull on or off your shoes for the day.

    long rectangle light gray open ottoman open with a blanket in it

    Promising review: "This was a 21st birthday gift for our granddaughter. She called yesterday to say that she loves it!! It is well made, sturdy, beautifully tufted and it goes well in her newly remodeled bedroom. Thank you!!" —Kathleen E. Raimondi

    Get it from Amazon for $144.99 (available in four colors).

    23. Tidy up your dresser top or other surfaces where you tend to throw your accessories with an eyeglasses organizer that'll keep your pairs of specs way safer than out in the open. Sunglasses too!

    Promising review: "Super cute!!! I used to have my sunglasses just tossed in a junk drawer and never ended up wearing the different styles I have. Now they are on display so I can just pick out which pair I want to wear for the day and they’re all in one place. Great quality for the price! I got the pink one and it shipped super fast without any damage. Only downside is it will not fit super oversized sunglasses... I had one pair that would not fit but I still give it five stars." —Keri O.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in seven colors).

    24. Give yourself some peace of mind if you're into open windows for the sake of a breeze with this low-key motion sensor you can place on your partially opened window that'll act like your guard dog while ya' snooze. And if you upgrade this plan, you can save on homeowner's insurance!

    open window with minimalist white motion sensor for security

    This Kangaroo motion sensor is super sleek and detects when a window is move away from its setting (like your perfect amount of "open"). This sensor comes with a free plan that allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts via the app. But if you upgrade to Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with select providers (check out the Amazon product listing for more info).

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    25. Revamp your under-things storage with a sock and underwear organizer to help you zero in on your lucky Halloween socks... and figure out which pair-less ones need the boot.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of a messy drawer, and the same drawer neatly organized in these bins

    They also collapse to store flat when not in use. You get four bins: a six-cell (for scarves, hankies, and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.87+ (available in seven colors).

    26. And keep the shape of your bras (why are bras so expensive?!) with a bra organizer. Here's to differentiating between your ivory T-shirt bra and ivory lacy bra in a snap.

    open drawer with cup-shaped bra organizer in the drawer
    The Container Store

    Organizer sections are gentle on fine fabrics and fit cup sizes up to D. BTW, you should never invert bra cups to fit them into a drawer!

    Get it from The Container Store for $29.99 (holds 10 bras).

    27. Pack linens and out-of-season clothes (inside vacuum storage bags) inside luggage...because if that roller carry-on is going to take up space underneath your bed, it might as well earn its stationary keep.

    person using a vacuum hose to suck air out of space bags holding clothing

    I'm linen closet-less in my one-bedroom apartment, so all my spare linens are folded up inside my rolling luggage underneath my bed. Set includes two jumbo, five extra large, four large, and four medium bags.

    Promising review: "These bags are freaking great. My fiancé and I recently moved from a two-bed/two-bath to a one-bed/one-bath. We lost a lot of storage space and didn't want to get rid of our guest bedding when we are planning to buy a house within the next year. We use the jumbo and large bags for our guest linens/extras. I think the medium bags could come in handy for packing luggage for extended trips back home." —Kyra

    Get 15 bags from Amazon for $24.87.

    28. Store stuff you require easier access to in a zippered storage bag that's basically just begging to hold onto your spare blankets you use every once in a while on chilly nights. Or maybe this is where all those extra pillows on your bed can get tucked in for the night?

    rectangular storage bag with clear top with zippered closure

    Get it from Wayfair for $8.40.

    And check out some wooden rolling drawers and how to use that dead space under your bed.

    29. Use ~pretty~ storage options where you can for your open storage needs. Place a nice blanket or throw pillow on top of a stack of random book and magazines in the bottom of this basket. No one will be the wiser.

    open basket with leather handles

    Get it from Target fro $34.99.

    And check out more of Target's decorative storage options.

    30. *Effectively* get up pet hair with a graciously size lint roller so your comforter won't look like it's faux-fur. (It's cat hair, thank you. Or, it WAS.)

    person rolling under a couch cushion with the large lint roller

    Promising review: "OMG I got this today and I love it. I have another kind I get sent monthly and they are good but these are wonderful I have a very shedding dog and one swoop and my bed was free of dog hair!!! Recommend to anybody that wants to get rid of the dog hair or lint or anything!!!!" —Pat

    Get it from Amazon for $7.21.

    31. Invest in a minimalist tissue box cover that'll help you address your sniffles without messing up your aesthetic. Welcome to home ownership!

    house-shaped white square tissue box cover on a stack of books
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    That is my nightstand. I love this thing! Plus I've been known to hide a tissue box because, let's be honest, they're all ugly. I've been on the receiving end of some snotty payback as a result. No more! Also I know it's a very small thing but it makes me very happy.

    Promising review: "Since I am a broke 31-year-old this was the only house I can afford. Plus it helps hide the tissues I use to cry in every night." —Lizbanta

    Get it from Amazon for $5.75.

    32. Buy an adorable (but loud!) alarm clock with a glow-in-the-dark face because maybe it's time you graduated to something besides just setting five alarms on your phone.

    copper color alarm clock on night stand with person in bed reaching over to turn it off

    Just so you know, I'm talking to myself here!

    Promising review: "Being an old-fashioned guy, I was sick of all the electronic gadgets that I have to use. I have an alarm/radio clock that takes an electronic genius to operate. This Peakeep clock is exactly what I wanted, and I am very pleased with it." —Herbert C. Werner

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three color combos).

    33. Get a night-light for your bed that'll make you feel like you're staying at a fancy hotel as you step around that pile of clothes that fell off "the chair" in the middle of the night.

    person on bed with light shining faintly out from underneath it

    Promising review: "Great light strip. The motion sensor has a good range and then controls for time on and brightness are wonderful. The 3M tape on the back could be stronger, but for the price and motion sensor it is a great buy. Also we have this plugged into a smart outlet so that it only turns on during certain hours of the day. That plus the feature that is there is enough ambient light, the motion sensor doesn't trigger makes this on par with systems that are far more expensive. Works great with Google home as well because of the linked smart plug. Very happy with the purchase. Would be 4.5 stars just because of the tape not being sticky enough, but they do provide a second roll in the box, which helps." —AC

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    34. If you're a mere subject in a four-legged ruler's kingdom, step up to an undercover machine-washable dog bed that'll outshine that well-loved (and -worn) bed they've drooled all over in THEIR room (your bedroom).


    I've seen this beauts IRL and dogs seem to really adore them. Also my former dog roommate really loved a similar faux-fur blanket we had on the couch. As for that machine-washable part, the furry part zips off and you can wash it. AND the liner within is memory-foam and guaranteed not to flatten for 10 years.

    Get it from for $239. And check out more of the luxe-looking home goods designed for your dog's lounging.

    35. Help your sleep schedule with some blackout curtains that'll also make your place look a bit more grownup. Future you will thank you.

    living room with blue long curtains
    Sam's Club

    Get them from Sam's Club for $17.98+ (available in four colors and three lengths; Sam's Club has LOTS of blackout curtain styles if these aren't your thing).

    Now you'll no longer have to preface a bedroom tour like this:

    MTV / Via

    Usher, this bedroom is great!!!

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Want more for your bedroom? Check out the best bedding you can get online, our favorite mattresses you can get on Amazon, the best bed frames to get on Amazon if you need somewhere to put that new mattress, and the best pillows on Amazon to finish off your new bedroom setup.

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