Best Ways to Upgrade Your Bed, Make It More Comfortable and Luxurious

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Invest in a quality mattress.

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Whether you like spring mattresses or memory foam, it’s best to splurge a little.

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It’s essential to invest in a quality mattress, Melanie Coddington, an interior designer and the founder of Coddington Design, said.

There are many mattress options available, such as memory foam, innerspring, latex, and hybrid, so find the one that meets your comfort, support, and durability preferences.

Considering we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, Coddington said it’s worth the splurge.

Experiment with different textures.

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You can add texture through bedspreads, throw pillows, and extra blankets.

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Coddington recommended experimenting with different textures to bring the look and feel of your bed to the next level.

“Incorporating materials like velvet, satin, or mohair can instantly elevate the look and feel of your bed, adding depth and visual interest,” she told BI.

A luxe headboard can totally transform your bed’s vibe.

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There are headboards that go with all kinds of design styles.

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Adding a headboard to your existing bed frame is a simple but quick way to upgrade your bed, Heather Knight-Willcock, an interior designer with, said.

“Look for one with soft upholstery or luxe materials like velvet or leather,” she said.

If you’re on a budget, you can always DIY a headboard or find a used one at a thrift store.

High-quality bedding can make all the difference.

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Satin is a luxurious material, especially for bedding.

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To make your bed more luxurious, it’s essential to invest in high-quality linens, Manuella Moreira, the principal designer and founder of Manuella Moreira Interiors, said.

Consider choosing fabrics prized for their exceptional softness and long-lasting quality, such as silk or Egyptian cotton.

“These fabrics not only feel amazing against your skin but also add a touch of elegance to your bed,” Moreira told BI.

Opt for a color scheme that complements your bedroom decor.

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You can tie your bedroom design together with your bedding.


Selecting a color scheme that complements your bedroom decor is a crucial step in creating a harmonious ambiance, Moreira said.

“My favorite approach is a monochromatic color scheme, using different shades and tones of the same color,” the designer told BI. “This creates a sophisticated and cohesive look, adding depth and visual interest to the bed.”

Set the mood with soft bedside lighting.

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Harsh overhead lighting can ruin an otherwise cozy environment.


To create a warmer mood, Coddington recommended adding bedside lamps.

“This will create a cozy ambiance and provide soft, flattering layers of lighting for reading or relaxing in bed,” Coddington told BI.

Consider a wall sconce to save space on your nightstand, she recommended, and use dimmers where possible.

Consider a canopy or bed drapes for an elegant touch.

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You can make your bed the focal point of the room with dramatic flowing drapes.

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Moreira recommended adding a canopy or bed drapes for a touch of elegance and sophistication.

“Canopies and drapes have long been associated with luxury and create a dreamy and romantic atmosphere in the bedroom,” the designer said.

A canopy can instantly transform your bed into a cozy and intimate space, adding height and drama to the room.

Add a soft and plush area rug underneath or alongside your bed.

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Having a cozy rug to plop your feet on in the morning can make things a little cozier.

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For added texture and coziness, consider investing in a soft area rug under or beside your bed, Knight-Willcock said.

“It’s like giving your feet a little hug every time you step out of bed,” the designer told BI. “Look for thick-pile rugs with soft textures like shag or faux fur for that extra cozy factor.”

Distinct layers can offer a more inviting look.

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Different covers and blankets can create a very comfortable bed.


Moreira and Coddington both recommended incorporating layers into your bedding for added warmth and a more welcoming atmosphere.

A plush duvet, quilt or coverlet, decorative pillows, and a throw blanket all work well for this purpose, Coddington said.

“When layering the duvet and coverlet, consider folding them back a bit at the head of the bed to showcase any decorative elements or pillows,” Moreira said. “This gives your bed a tailored and inviting appearance.”

Use decorative pillows and shams to add depth and texture.

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As long as the overall look is cohesive, adding lots of pillows won’t overwhelm the bed.

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“Enhance the luxurious and inviting look of your bed by incorporating decorative pillows and shams,” Moreira told BI.

These stylish accessories add depth and texture, elevating the overall aesthetic of your sleeping space. Get creative by mixing sizes, shapes, and textures to create visual interest and personalization.