How to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary

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Did you know that the average human spends a third of their life sleeping? That's a whole heck of a lot of time being spent in your bedroom, and that's not even counting Netflix binges and sick days. So when you spend that much time in one room, especially for those of us that have tiny dorms or apartments, where maybe our bedrooms are the only place we can express ourselves fully, it's important to make it as much of a sanctuary, a safe space, as possible.  Here are some quick and easy ways to turn your space into the ultimate nap zone.

Make it yours.

Every space needs some personalization. But you can't really go about making your bedroom into your own private sanctuary if you don't have touches of you everywhere!  Decor doesn't have to be $5000 velvet settees from Anthropologie or massive art installations - it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg! If you're on a budget (and who isn't these days?) then get crafty and DIY some great one of a kind pieces. Search thrift shops and flea markets for old furniture and give it a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Print out quotes from your Pinterest boards and frame them all in cheap Goodwill frames (you can even paint them fun colors to add a pop). The possibilities are endless!

Add plant life.

I'm by no means a green thumb. In fact, up until recently, I was convinced that any plant that entered my care was destined for certain death. I once managed to kill a cactus - the plant known for sustaining life in a dry and inhospitable desert climate. But with the recent popularity boom for succulents and air plants, I've realized a) how easy it is to keep these plants alive and b) how nice it is to have some greenery in your space! Plants freshen and filter the air, and add a little bit of zen to your indoor space.

Keep it clean.

I know, I know, I'm terrible at this too. And cleaning is no fun. But it's also no fun trying to relax in your unique space when there's 2 weeks worth of dirty clothes flooding out of your closet. Set aside time every day to work on tidying your space and keeping it zen. If you do it little by little every day, it won't be as much of a chore (or so I'm learning).

Make it cozy.

I know everyone has their own definitions of decor for their rooms, but for me, it's not complete until there's pillows, rugs, and blankets everywhere. I want to be able to step into a room and feel like I'm on a cloud. Layer rugs on the floor to brighten up the space (and cover ugly rental carpet) and pile pillows and blankets on the bed, chairs, and in various nooks and crannies for some serious snuggling.


As much as I love curated clutter, there are some things that I just don't want in my line of vision every time I walk in my room. Hide things you don't want to see by using unique storage solutions that double as decor (like vintage suitcases or something). You can also tape down cords from electronic or lamps so that they're not as visible if that suits you.

How do you make your bedroom into a sanctuary?

Lizzie Lizzie Benson, Founder
Lizzie is the founder and head girl of & She's Brave. She's a twenty-something blogger, social media manager and marketer living in Chicago with her boyfriend and her enormous ginger cat, Scully. She loves coffee, sunflowers, vinyl records and 90s sci-fi.