Since last month, I have had persistent sharp back pains and headaches after waking up. To avoid hearing bad news from a physician, I searched for symptoms on Google instead. And Guess what, according to our not-so-intelligent Google, I might have degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, or sciatica. Even scarier! And for my persistent headache, I might have sleep apnea or migraine. It occurred to me that even though I exercise with healthy eating, don’t drink alcohol or smoke, and rarely go out to eat, I can’t do anything for my health. As my health deteriorated, I had a poor schedule, making me ineffective and irritable. And then came the moment when I turned from shark to human, and I realized how needful it is for me to get checked by a physician. And guess what? Nothing more but back pains were due to my age-old mattress. I never thought I was also the Jake Paralta of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in case of mattress. The headaches were due to a change in my sleeping patterns. Finally, relieved, I first bid goodbye to my old mattress (By giving it to the stray dogs for winter so that I can still see it) and then replaced all my bedroom things with the essentials needed. And trust me, the sleep I have been having for the last three days is miraculous. Hence, I am curating this best of bedroom essentials so that we all can treat it like a bedroom, and not a multi-tasker space. Let’s start!
(Meanwhile, if you are having sleep problems then please refer to a doctor and don’t be a shark like me).
The Only Bedroom Essentials You Need.
I think the most time-investing section of the entire bedroom essentials or decor is choosing an appropriate mattress for yourself. But to be honest, the most neglected section, which is none other but a bed frame, is more significant because it changes the way your mattress feels, making it firmer or more rigid. In addition to this, some mattresses need the support of box springs for better support. Hence, it becomes necessary to find appropriate bed frames.
To choose the right bed frame, ask yourself these four questions-
- How much space do you have for your bed in your room?
- What type of interior decor do you have for your home? Is it Scandi or Minimal or Modern or Eclectic?
- What features do you want for your bed? Not to confuse, the features include wheels, storage areas, USB ports, visual appeal, and size.
- How much you are willing to invest in the bed frame?
After you have answers to all your questions, we can finally decide the best bed frame for you. I am making a table with all the best options available over the online stores to buy bed frames while taking care of your budget.
(Please note that I have already made decor guides on Scandinavian style, Minimalist, Mid-modern century, Japanese, Wabi-sabi, and Bohemian decor for you to consider the decor style. However, I am providing you the few best options for each case accordingly.)
|Budget||Products for Small Space||Store||Products for Large Space||Store|
|Under $100||Zinus SmartBase||Buy on Amazon||Zunatu King Metal Bed Frame||Buy on Amazon|
|Molblly Twin Bed Frame||Buy on Amazon|
|Under $500||Red Barrel Studio Brij Upholstered Wingback Storage Bed||Buy on Wayfair||Article Basi||Buy on Article|
|Under $1500||Akron Street Mysa Bed||Buy on Akron Street||Thuma Bed Frame||Buy on Thuma|
After you choose bed frames, let us find a perfect mattress so that you can sleep like a baby. It is of course redundant to mention its benefits in this section since I began the article with them. Let me ask a few questions to help you decide the perfect mattress for your body.
- In which position do you sleep? (back, stomach, or side)
- Do you have any kind of body pain like lower body or neck pain?
- What budget looks good for you?
Now, one of the best articles which are available over the internet for choosing the right mattress according to every specific need is from Healthline. However, I found the suggestions not up to the mark and to help I am also giving you a few options which are best over market in the following table.
|Purpose & Material||Products||Store|
|Best Overall Mattress||The Koala Mattress (Only Available in Australia)||Buy on Koala|
|Best Mattress for Couples||Helix Midnight Luxe||Buy on Helix|
|Best Mattress for Back Pain||Saatva Classic Mattress||Buy on Saatva|
|Best Mattress for Shoulder Pain||Helix Sunset Luxe||Buy on Helix|
|Best Mattress for Hip Pain||Saatva Solaire Adjustable Firmness Mattress||Buy on Saatva|
|Best Mattress for Side Sleepers||Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Cooling||Buy on Brooklyn Bedding|
|Best Mattress for Back Sleepers||Birch Natural Mattress||Buy on Birch Living|
|Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers||Layla Hybrid Mattress||Buy on Layla Hybrid|
|Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers||Emma Original Mattress||Buy on Emma|
|Best Soft Mattress||Helix Sunset Luxe||Buy on Helix|
|Best Firm Mattress||Bear Original||Buy on Bear|
|Best Hybrid Mattress||Dream Cloud Hybrid Mattress||Buy on Dream Cloud|
|Best Cooling Mattress||Helix Midnight Luxe||Buy on Helix|
|Best Organic Mattress||Birch Natural Mattress||Buy on Birch Living|
|Best Mattress Topper||Nolah Mattress Topper||Buy on Nolah|
|Best Mattress Brand||Helix||Official Website|
3. Pillows and Pillow Cases.
For many of us, choosing pillows is quite simple. For me, it is nothing more than a larger, furry, and extremely soft pillow. However, since there are now tonnes of pillow options on the market, many of which come with additional features and are quite comfortable- I am going to break down all of the options into easy terms.
The first thing that depends on choosing a pillow for you is your sleep style. If you are a side sleeper, go for a thick and firm pillow. Next, for stomach sleepers, you need a soft, thinner one, and back sleepers can use something in between.
Next, there are many fillings available, which describe its firmness level and comfort. Also, a few options include cooling pillows and organic pillows. I am attaching a table for convenience.
|Best Affordable Pillows||Threshold Chenille Square Throw Pillows||Buy on Target|
|Best Pillows for Neck Pain||Saatva Latex Pillow||Buy on Saatva|
|Best Pillows for Back Pain||ComfySleep Buckwheat Hull Pillow||Buy on ComfyComfy|
|Best Pillows for Side Sleepers||Ecosa Pillow||Buy on Ecosa|
|Best Pillows for Back Sleepers||DONAMA Cervical Pillow||Buy on Amazon|
|Best Pillows for Stomach Sleepers||The Mug Pillow||Buy on Mug Pillow|
|Best Pillows for Combination Sleepers||ComfySleep Buckwheat Hull Pillow||Buy on ComfyComfy|
|Best Memory Foam Pillows||Ecosa Pillow||Buy on Ecosa|
|Best Pregnancy Pillows||Bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow||Buy on Bbhugme|
|Best Cooling Pillows||Ontel Miracle||Buy on Amazon|
|Products Under $20||Store||Products Under $50||Store||Products Under $100||Store|
|Silk Pillow Case||ZIMASILK||Buy on Amazon||JOGJUE||Buy on Amazon||Slip Bay Queen||Buy on Slip|
|Linen Pillow Case||LinenMeStore||Buy on Etsy||Casaluna||Buy on Target||Piglet in Bed||Buy on Piglet in Bed|
|Cotton Pillow Case||H&M Cotton Pillow Case||Buy on H&M||L.L.Bean||Buy on L.L.Bean||Parachute Cotton Pillowcase||Buy on Parachute|
Now, once you have chosen the right pillow, let’s find an appropriate pillowcase for your Bedroom Essentials. Again, there are many options for the pillowcases. For instance, if you have acne-prone skin, then use cotton pillowcases. For people who want smooth hair in the morning without marks over their face, use silk pillowcases.
4. Nightstands or Side Tables.
Nightstands and side tables are among the most significant bedroom supplies that not only pull the room together but also infuse functionality into the space. And the most important thing is that it goes with different styles, just like the bed frame. From minimalist decor to boho tables to luxurious tables to traditional side tables, you can choose a side table that is functional and keeps up with your decor standards. No matter what you keep on this table, from your alarm clock to your sleazy water bottle, from your jewelry to your night cream, it is a must-have. Now, there are many nightstands available, but I am suggesting a few functional, space-friendly, and modular designs, that can go with every interior.
|Under $30||Ikea Hattåsen||Buy on Ikea|
|Under $100||Bayou Breeze Laurie’s Solid||Buy on Wayfair|
|Under $500||Birch Lane Regan 3 – Drawer Nightstand||Buy on Birch Lane|
|Under $1500||McGee & Co. Huxton Nightstand||Buy on McGee & Co.|
5. Storage Table or Ottoman.
What I think is that an ottoman can not be left behind when discussing of bedroom essentials. An extra box carrier without even the first look of it and additional comfort to sit on, it is that extra piece of linen that is a must. You can always keep your throw blankets or comforters and extra pillows you need for your sleep. You can obviously choose from the many options over the internet by going through hundreds of stores, or you could check what I found after visiting 1000s of websites, Instagram handles and customer reviews.
|Under $300||Joss & Main Morada Storage Bench||Buy on Joss & Main|
|Under $500||Anthropologie Ingram Storage Bench||Buy on Anthropologie|
|Under $1500||McMullin & Co. Bernard Boucle Bench Seat||Buy on McMullin & Co.|
6. Throw Pillows.
The efficiency of the bedroom is even increased when it has a comfortable and cozy view, which is added by lots of pillows and blankets. But that doesn’t mean we stuff the entire bed with them. You can always keep pillow layers followed by soft throw pillows for extra support and snuggling sleep. Besides giving you a more relaxed room, it also fills the spaces of the bed, which delivers fullness and texture to it. Previously, I have curated an entire guide to making your cozy bed than ever. You can refer to it for better results.
|Under $20||Threshold Chenille Square Throw Pillows||Buy on Target|
|Under $50||Kelly Clarkson Store Tassels Cotton Throw Pillow||Buy on Wayfair|
|Under $100||Strick & Bolton Lindi Leather 22-inch Throw Pillow||Buy on Bed Bath & Beyond|
7. Comforters and Weighted Blanket.
Gravity blankets and comforters are some of the most important bedroom supplies that can help most people sleep well and take a quick nap. In my case, when screen time becomes too much, I find it impossible to sleep, and this gravity blanket helps me do just that within seconds. So, add this to your bedroom, and you can genuinely see the productivity change since you sleep better.
Numerous comforters now come in multiple weights- light, medium (all-season), and heavy. The search for the perfect one can be quite confusing. So, you can keep a few things in mind before you buy a good one locally. First, you can always change the type of cover to add warmth to the comforter. For fall or winter, add a flannel cover, for spring and summer, add a lightweight linen or percale cover. In addition to the enhancement of warmth, it also keeps the dirt off from the comforter shell. Now, I am adding a few good recommendations for comforters, which you can rely upon.
|Lightweight Comforter||Mommesilk Washable & Breathable Silk Comforter||Buy on Mommesilk|
|All-Season Comforter||Brooklinen Down Comforter||Buy on Brooklinen|
|Most Luxurious Comforter||Cozy Earth Comforters||Buy on Cozy Earth|
|Affordable Comforter||Quince Lightweight Premium Down Alternative Comforter||Buy on Quince|
|Weighted Blanket||Gravity Weighted Blanket||Buy on Gravity Blankets|
Bedsheets are the most significant factor in the entire sleep as they remain in touch for a complete night. Hence, considering it just a piece of material essential to cover your beds is absolute nonsense. I still remember that whenever we had Diwali and Holi functions coming up, the entire home used to have a linen makeover, that’s what I say, at least. To make the beds look nice, my mother would pick out the finest silk bedsheets, but trust me, I was always there to ruin them with my filthy and sandy feet, but I loved the sleep I got on them. Hence, bedsheets and linens are just so impacting things of the entire decor that even a glimpse of their good quality can relax you. However, presently, there are many options available according to needs. For instance, silk bedsheets for a luxurious look and the softest experience, then there is cotton for people, who have oily skin and cooling bedsheets, of course. As a quick introduction to their materials, I’d like to give you a brief overview so that you can make an informed choice, and then I’d like to offer a few recommendations.
- Cotton– One of the most popular and affordable choices for linen bedsheets, it is the most durable sheet, but please do check for 100% organic cotton materials as many brands falsely label these sheets.
- Polyester– These sheets are more affordable, shrink-resistant, and wrinkle-resistant than cotton. However, they are smoother than cotton, and they have little synthetic feel.
- Regeneration Cellulose– These sheets are common in the market as they are purely organic. Made with plants like bamboo or eucalyptus, these sheets are incredibly soft and smoother, plus they are enviornment friendly. However, these could be a little expensive.
- Linen– Popular in summer, the linens are the best option for the ones who can’t sustain hot weather. These are breathable, airy, and crisp with a unique texture, which proves extremely good for normal usage.
- Silk– Silk sheets are smooth and have temperature regulation, making them popular for now as luxurious purchases. The only con of these sheets is their price and that it isn’t very durable.
Now that you know a few common bedsheet materials, let me quickly give you the internet’s best sheets with their unique benefit. Also, you can trust these options as I haven’t taken a single piece without checking its hundreds of reviews, and all of them are rated positive.
|Purpose & Material||Products||Store|
|Linen Bedsheets||Lenok Linen Sheet Set||Buy on Lenok|
|Silk Bedsheets||Brooklinen Luxe Sateen Starter Sheet Set||Buy on Brooklinen|
|Cotton Bedsheets||Sferra Orlo Flat Sheet||Buy on Sferra|
|Affordable Bedsheets||Threshold 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Solid Sheet Set||Buy on Target|
|Cooling Bedsheets||Sijo Airy Weight Eucalyptus Sheet Set||Buy on Sijo Home|
|Soft Bedsheets||Sijo Airy Weight Eucalyptus Sheet Set||Buy on Sijo Home|
|Organic Sheets||Panda London 100% Bamboo Bedding||Buy on Panda London|
9. Bedside Lamp.
Personally, I do not prefer white light in my bedroom. It kind of absorbs the comfort from my space, which is why I have added a table lamp and a few candles for illuminance as my bedroom essentials. Well, for the best options of candles, you have to wait, as this section is about bedside lamps. The above points indicate that every single thing in your bedroom should be carefully chosen, so let me now reveal the two most critical factors to consider when selecting a bedside lamp.
- Find the purpose. What do you need this lamp for? Is it for reading or just inviting sleep? You can accordingly choose a lamp with good brightness or dimness. When reading at bedtime, make sure anyone sleeping by your side is not bothered by the intensity of light.
- How large is your bedroom? For instance, if you have a small space, then you can obviously go for wall lamps or lamps without shades. On the other side, if you have a larger space, go for tripod lamps or lamps with shade.
In addition to these, note that for a relaxing vibe for your bedroom, use a soft white bulb rated within the range of 2,700 to 3,000 K. Now, let’s see the best lamps for your bedroom to fill every purpose.
|Under $100||Harmony Table Lamp||Buy on Urban Outfitters|
|Under $500||Ferm Living Arum Swivel Wall Lamp||Buy on Finnish Design Shop|
|Mads Sætter-Lassen Buddy Table Lamp||Buy on Northern|
|Under $1500||w203 Ilumina Table Lamp||Buy on Wästberg|
In winter, I cover the entire floors of my home with carpets and rugs because I am not a fan of socks, and I really have trouble walking over the cold floors. But the best rugs, which even helped my bedroom to be calm, comfortable, and warm were from Kashmir, which I bought last year. And fortunately, they went well with my bedroom decor. Now, there are plenty of rugs available over the internet from Morocco to Turkish to wool to Persian, etc. But wool rugs are by far the best because they look great and are much more comfortable. Now that is my opinion on bedroom rugs, but let’s find out what your needs are from them, and then we can decide what’s the best fit. So, ask yourself these three questions, and then I will give you the best recommendations. (Moreover, the best Kashmir rugs are not available online, so you have to visit the beautiful valley if you want them. In addition, you should note that you know a great deal about materials to acquire the best options. The cost is less than $1000, so you won’t have to spend much.)
- Choose your style of decor for the rugs. Let’s just not forget that we are certainly going in a theme. The minimalist bedroom can have abstract patterned silk rugs, which are smooth for your feet. Faux furs can also be an interesting pick for those who have formal bedrooms, and wool area rugs are best for traditional bedrooms.
- Choose the size, color, and purpose of the rugs accordingly for your bedroom. Are they gonna be seasonal or all-weather? How often do they need to wash or clean? Most importantly, are they pet and child-friendly?
Note that, previously, I have written an article on decorating with rugs; you might prefer to read it before you choose the rugs. Now, the best options among rugs for bedroom essentials are:
|Purpose & Material||Products||Store|
|Best Woollen Rug||Jaipur Rugs Savana||Buy on Jaipur Rugs|
|Best Silk Rug||Jaipur Rugs Faaris||Buy on Jaipur Rugs|
|Best Rug for Winter||Obeetee Eshaq Hand Tufted Woollen And Viscose Rug||Buy on Obeetee|
|Best Area Rug||Rugs USA White Ivana Checkered Plush Cloud Washable Area Rug||Buy on Rugs USA|
11. Oxygen Promoting Plants.
There are numerous plants to use in your bedroom, according to feng shui and Vastu, for healthy living and peaceful sleep. Among them, very few actually not only act as natural air purifiers but also need minimal care. So we are obviously including only them in our list of these bedroom plants. So far after testing and trying many plants in my living spaces and bedrooms, I saw that only three plants need minimal care and are best for the bedroom essentials with proven benefits. They are snakes, aloe vera, and spiders. I like that they don’t need much care and are excellent oxygen promoters at night as well. Nevertheless, if you have the audacity to grow a high-maintenance plant, lavender is the most worthy, but it requires full light and lots of love.
|Snakes||Buy on Lowes|
|Aloe vera||Buy on Lowes|
|Spiders||Buy on Etsy|
|Lavender||Buy on Etsy|
12. Alarm Clock.
Certainly, I don’t need an alarm clock since I can sleep without being bothered by its ringing. Like, my mind just knows that no matter how hard I try, my body won’t wake up earlier than 7 in the morning. It is possible, however, to have an alarm clock for those who really need to wake up and are usually disturbed by its sound.
|Quality & Purpose||Products||Store|
|Best Budget-Friendly Alarm-Clock||DreamSky Wooden Digital Alarm Clock||Buy on Amazon|
|Best Large-Faced Alarm Clock||Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Alarm Clock, Stainless Steel||Buy on Finnish Design Shop|
|Best Smart Alarm Clock||Loftie Clock||Buy on Loftie|
|Best Sunrise Alarm Clock||Hatch Restore 2 Sunrise Alarm Clock||Buy on Amazon|
13. Throw Blankets.
Besides bringing comfort and good naps, throw blankets are excellent relaxation accessories. We’re on the hunt for that perfect throw-banket, which suits our needs out of the many throw blankets available on the market today. A few things to note before you buy a throw blanket are:
- Know your cloth preference, whether you need a warmer softer, or organic throw blankets. Also, these materials will decide whether they are all-weather or seasonal throw blankets. In addition to this, pick a budget you want to spend on them.
- Next, choose the size and color according to your needs.
Lastly, it is all about good reviews and genuine product searches. I have a few recommendations in each case.
|Best Affordable Throw Blanket||Mountain Hill Blanket||Buy on Varusteleka|
|Best Warm Throw Blanket||Silk & Snow Alpaca Wool Throws||Buy on Silk & Snow|
|Best All-Season Throw Blanket||Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket||Buy on Boll & Branch|
|Best Organic Throw Blanket||L.L.Bean Organic Cotton Blanket||Buy on L.L.Bean|
14. Candles or Air Diffusers.
One of the most significant bedroom essentials is the air diffuser. Like imagine you just have everything in your bedroom for your soulful mood, but it doesn’t have the sense to smell something good. Like everyone knows that architecture is incomplete without five senses, which applies to even our interiors.
Here are my best recommendations for the best air diffuser and aromatic candles. Also, if you love doing DIY and creating your own fragrance, you can always make your own aromatic candles.
|Oil Diffuser||ASAKUKI 500ml Premium||Buy on Amazon|
|Candles||White Barn Designs Co. Apple Butter||Buy on White Barn Designs Co.|
|Otherland Daybed||Buy on Otherland|
|Diptyque Paris Feu De Bois (Wood Fire)||Buy on Diptyque|
|Jo Malone London Ginger Biscuit Home Candle||Buy on Jo Malone London|
|Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Magnum||Buy on Boy Smells|
Previously, I have written a whole guide on curtains, which you can refer to before choosing curtains for your bedroom. There are numerous curtain styles that you can follow for your room, but let me give you a few recommendations. Besides, make sure you have blackout curtains so that you don’t hear any noise or sense extra light while sleeping.
|Purpose & Material||Product||Store|
|Best Linen Curtain||Quince Heavyweight European Linen Curtain||Buy on Quince|
|Best Blackout Curtain||Nicetown Thermal Insulated 100% Blackout Curtain||Buy on Amazon|
|Best Valance||Lush Decor Rosalie Faux Linen Valance||Buy on Lush Decor|
|Jc Penney Rose Tree Norwich Rod Pocket Tailored Valance||Buy on Jc Penney|
|Best Printed Curtain||Anthropologie Rosamelle Curtain||Buy on Anthropologie|
16. Bedside Power Strip.
Power strips add extra outlets to a room, but surge protectors prevent harmful surges from frying electronic devices or causing a house fire. It prevents damage and fires caused by common household surges. As soon as the protection wears out, it safely cuts the power, letting you know it’s time for a replacement. Hence, the surge protector is one of the crucial bedroom supplies to have.
|Best Power Strip||Anker 12 Outlets Surge Protector Power Strip (2100J)||Buy on Amazon|
17. Sleep Sound Noise.
Sleep Sound Noise is probably the best invention of the century. I have been living in apartments for quite a while now, and I understand the importance of sleep sound noise machines. If you are wondering, let me tell you that here in this area, people are very cultured, and they just love making lots of noise. The best thing is that, despite your arguments and requests, they would still enjoy themselves, disrupting your peace. Hence, I literally find soundproof curtains and sleep sound noise machines impactful.
|Affordable||BGOVERSS White Noise Sound Machine||Buy on Amazon|
|Premium||SNOOZ Pro Smart White Noise Machine||Buy on Amazon|
18. Floor Lamp.
Floor lamps are really important for extra lighting in your bedroom. My grandma used to tell us that never leave a corner empty as it attracts bad luck. Now, I don’t know if it’s really true, but we never left our corners empty. The best way to keep corners beautiful is floor lamps or study chairs.
|Under $100||Article Leap Black Floor Lamp||Buy on Article|
|Under $500||Lights & Lamps Circo||Buy on Lights & Lamps|
|Under $1500||André Ricard Tatu Pie Floor Lamp||Buy on Lamp Mesteren|
There can be always additions to your bedroom, but I feel that it must be limited to its functions. The more things we add, the more distraction it causes. So, for now, I have curated this best list (hopefully) of bedroom essentials. And with trends, I hope to refresh the items in the list as needed.