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The Only Bedroom Essentials Checklist You Need (All 35+ You Need For Your Bedroom)

Need to fill up your bedroom? Our list of Bedroom Essentials Checklist has everything you need to start shopping for your next bedroom. You can’t just buy a new house and move in. There are some key items that belong in every bedroom of your home. This list includes the basic things you need for your master bedroom, spare, and even the children’s bedrooms. You’ll also find ideas for extra storage, lighting, decorating, and shelving units to complete each room. 

Bedroom Essentials Checklist

Bedroom Furniture Essentials List

A bedroom is one of the most important types of rooms in a house. The following are the items you should have in your bedroom. This is just a small part of our new house essentials checklist Here is the complete list of items for your bedroom:


Bed Frame

Novogratz Kelly Bed with Storage, Queen, Dark Gray Linen

The bed frame is the centerpiece of your bedroom. It sets the tone for the entire room design. You can choose from several different options, such as a headboard with no footboard, a sleigh bed frame, platform bed frames, canopy beds, and even leather bed frames. 

The mattress size should be either a full, queen or king-size mattress. No master bedroom is complete without one. Headboards are either upholstered with fabric or metal headboards with upholstered panels on each side.

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Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress / CertiPUR-US Certified / Bed-in-a-Box / Pressure Relieving, California King

A good mattress is a must for everyone and can cost anywhere from $250 to $1000 or more, depending on size and quality. The average person spends 25 years sleeping, so it’s always crucial to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep. If you’re lucky enough to have some extra cash after purchasing your bed, check out this link for some great ways to spend it.


Mattress Protector and/or Mattress Pad

EASELAND Queen Size Mattress Pad Pillow Top Mattress Cover Quilted Fitted Mattress Protector Cotton Top 8-21" Deep Pocket Cooling Mattress Topper (60x80 Inches, White)

Protect your mattresses with a waterproof or non-waterproof mattress pad that completely covers the surface of the mattress. These add extra comfort as well as protection against dust mites, allergens, and accidents. Not only will you find them for twin beds, but also for kid’s, queen, and king-sized mattresses. It’s an essential part of one’s bed sheets.


Mattress Foundation (Box Spring)

Continental Mattress, 8-inch Fully Assembled Split Box Spring/Foundation for Mattress, Queen Size

Adding support to your mattress, a foundation or box spring helps support the sleeper’s weight by distributing it evenly on its the supportive coils or padding. It is a surprisingly important part of getting a good night’s sleep.

You can lift your bed higher off the ground with a box spring, but it is important to note that they are not as sturdy. As an alternative, you can also use a bunkie board.



Evolur Stilnovo Mid Century Double Dresser

If you are choosing between a dresser and a nightstand, you should consider where you will be putting your bed. Most beds are placed in the middle of the room, so make sure your dresser will have room for its full drawer lengths wherever you place it. A good master bedroom will often have both a nightstand and a dresser, so keep that in mind.


Bedside Table or Lamp

VECELO Modern X-Design Night Stand, Versatile Nightstands, End Drawer Storage Shelf Side Table, Brown


Choosing between a bedside table or a floor lamp can be a big design to give your room character and extra light so that you don’t have to turn on the overhead light. A bedside table can also provide storage space inside for your favorite books or TV remote. You can even find ones that help you to plug in all your devices.



Nathan James 32704 Harper Mid-Century Oak Wood Nightstand with 2-Drawers, Small Side End Table with Storage, Brown

Nightstands are another great alternative to bedside tables but don’t provide storage space for items you use in the morning or night. If you choose nightstands, make sure they are sturdy enough to hold a lamp and alarm clock without tipping over. A good bedroom furniture essentials list will always include them. They are great as a light source in the evenings when you are reading.



Sauder HomePlus Wardrobe, L: 28.98" x W: 20.95" x H: 71.18", Dakota Oak finish

An armoire is a beautiful piece of bedroom decor and a great place to store items you don’t need access to daily. For example, your linens, extra clothing, luggage, blankets, or decorations might be too much for nightstands but are still things you’d like to have in the room. An armoire with doors will keep them out of sight, while open shelves help accentuate the room’s design.


Dresser/Mirror Combo

Coaster Home Furnishings Mirror, Medium Warm Brown

This is another great option for storing your make-up, jewelry, and other personal items. A dresser is one of those bedroom essentials needed to make the room feel ready for you. It’s also good for keeping track of daily outfits by placing them beside the mirror where you can see them quickly to save time in the morning.


Full Length Mirror or Wall of Mirrors

Gallery Solutions Framed Floor Free Standing Easel Full Length Mirror, 16" x 57", Gray

A full length mirror is a great way to open up a space and give the illusion that it is larger than it really is. It also makes your room look brighter and more cheery, which can help you relax after a long day of work. If you pick an armoire with doors, you could even consider placing a mirror against the back and opening the doors to your favorite accessories.


Curtains, drapes, and blinds

NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains for Bedroom (2 Panels, W42 x L63 -Inch,Grey)

A key piece of bedroom furniture for a good night’s sleep, curtains also beautify any window they are placed in. Even if the windows face an alleyway or street, they can make it easier to relax by blocking out distractions from people walking outside.

Different types are available, including thermal curtains, sheer curtains, blackout curtain panels, and more. Be sure to leave some room for the early morning light!


Chair or Ottoman

Christopher Knight Home Felicity Mid-Century Fabric Arm Chair, Charcoal

For those who enjoy reading, watching TV, or relaxing before going to sleep, this is an option for you in your master bedroom.

A chair is a great way to create personal space in your bedroom and use it as a reading nook. Just make sure you have good lighting (more on that in a bit).



Lush Decor, Gray Comforter Farmhouse Stripe 3 Piece Reversible Bedding Set, Full Queen

Having a comfortable set of bedding is a must, including pillows, bed sheets, and bed linens. Definitely double-check your bedroom essentials checklist for this one. You can choose from either cotton or polyester as both are soft and washable. These sets come at a variety of price and quality options.


Blankets and Pillows

MooMee Bedding Duvet Cover Set 100% Washed Cotton Linen Like Textured Breathable Durable Soft Comfy (Cornflower Blue, Queen)

These things can make or break your sleep when it comes to comfort. Having the right blankets and pillows keeps you cozy without becoming too hot or cold in different seasons, especially when you have to be around a specific temperature for medical reasons.

When you’re ready to decorate your bedroom, consider the things that keep you comfortable when sleeping and give you peace of mind throughout the night. This can help reduce stress in your life, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep every day. These are one of the easiest things to change to uplift one’s bedroom essentials.


Pillow, Pillow Cases, and Bed Skirts

Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows for Sleeping - Queen Size, Set of 2 - Cooling, Luxury Gel Pillow for Back, Stomach or Side Sleepers

These help keep your head comfortable when sleeping and accentuate the overall look of your room. A bed skirt also keeps the space beneath the bed tidy, which is great for homes with pets or children. Remember to get a pillow cover that matches your overall aesthetic and personal style. Decorative pillows and extra pillows are always good for creating a calming space.



Mellanni Queen Sheet Set - Hotel Luxury 1800 Bedding Sheets & Pillowcases - Extra Soft Cooling Bed Sheets - Deep Pocket up to 16 inch Mattress - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - 4 Piece (Queen, Gray)

A good set of bed sheets should cost anywhere from $40 to $80 depending on the thread count, size, and quality. The average person changes their bedsheets in their home every two weeks, so make sure to buy the best quality possible.

In addition to your typical flat, fitted, and pillowcases sheets, find ones with additional features such as temperature control for those hot summer nights or even fun designs that match your current bedroom theme.


Duvet Covers

HYPREST 100% Pure French Linen Duvet Cover with Stone Washed, Ultra Soft and Cooling Linen Bedding Duvet Cover Set Queen Size Off White, Moisture-Absorbing & Breathable (No Comforter or Insert)

In most homes today, people choose duvet covers over bedspreads because they don’t require as much upkeep and give your room a more modern look. They’re usually not as thick and bulky as bedspreads but still provide warmth during winter. In addition, duvet covers create an easy way to change up or redecorate your bedroom for different seasons or holidays without having to purchase an entirely new set of sheets.


Blanket or Quilt

Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blankets Twin Size - Navy Blue Thick Fuzzy Warm Soft Twin Blanket for Bed, 60x80 Inches

Depending on your area, a blanket may be more suited than a quilted bedspread. Blankets are often the focal point of the bedroom design as they are part of room essentials. However, if it’s not already included with your sheet set, you should purchase one that matches your bedroom setting and is long enough to tuck underneath the mattress for extra warmth.


Closet Organizers and Storage

ClosetMaid 4561 Modular Closet Storage Stackable Unit with 4-Drawers- White

A well-organized closet is a necessity if you’re planning on keeping your bedroom clean and clutter-free. If yours is small, many storage systems are collapsible, so they don’t take up too much space when not in use. Plastic drawer organizers or stackable shoe boxes help store items neatly while maximizing the available space.

Instead of haphazardly stacking clothes on top of each other to make the most of your space, invest in some closet organizers that can help you both hang and organize your clothes. Shelves will help with the organization process, but hanging rods are also crucial for maximizing vertical space.


Shelves or additional storage units for your closet

ClosetMaid 22875 ShelfTrack 5ft. to 8ft. Adjustable Closet Organizer Kit, White

You might not think about shelves as part of your bedroom furniture, but it’s important if you want to fit a lot of stuff in a bedroom if you organize it properly. Purchase a few shelving units or a closet organizer to create a space for your clothing, shoes, and other items.


Shoe Rack

Simple Houseware 3-Tier Shoe Rack Storage Organizer 12-Pair / 20-Pair, Bronze

Most closets have enough space for a small shoe rack that can hold up to 5 pairs of shoes. An over-the-door shoe rack is great if you store more than five pairs of shoes if you have the room.


Shelf or Storage Unit

White Floating Shelves for Wall,Wall Shelves with Camber Yellow Golden Metal Brackets-White Shelves Set of 3 for Bedroom Bathroom Living Room Kitchen (White)

An additional shelf unit for your bedroom will give you more storage space. You can even get creative with it and paint designs on the wall behind it to add some depth to your room.


Over Head Cabinet or Rack

Nathan James Enloe Modern Storage, Free Standing Accent Cabinet with Doors in a Rustic Fir Wood Finish Powder-coated Metal Base for Hallway, Entryway or Living Room, White/Gold

This is perfect for hanging towels, coats, and jackets that aren’t used often. This can be hung on the wall or over a door.

Make sure that it is sturdy enough to hold all of your items, and use command hooks or nails to hang them without damaging the walls or leaving holes behind when you take them down.



Plastic Clothes Hangers (20, 40, & 60 Packs) Heavy Duty Durable Coat and Clothes Hangers | Vibrant Color Hangers | Lightweight Space Saving Laundry Hangers (20 Pack - White)

Always have a good supply of sturdy hangers available in your closet. You can never have too many, and you’ll need them if you’re going to use a hanging shoe rack.


Under Bed Containers or Bins

IRIS USA 53 Qt. Plastic Storage Bin Tote Organizing Container with Durable Lid and Secure Latching Buckles, Stackable and Nestable, 6 Pack, clear with Black Buckle

You can fit a lot of smaller items under the bed, from extra blankets and sheets to shoes or even toys for children. In addition, having several containers or storage bins that you can slide under your bed will help keep everything neat and organized.


Bedroom Lighting Ideas

LED Dimmable Ceiling Light Modern Flower Shape Ceiling Lamp Fixture Living Room Bedroom Children's Room Flush Hanging Lamp Metal Acrylic Petal Ceiling Chandelier Lighting,10 Heads/ ø33.5″/88w

Lighting is an important part of any room because it can be used to set a mood or create a cozy feel. Here are the styles you should know about:



Floor Lamp,30W/2400LM Sky LED Modern Torchiere 3 Color Temperatures Super Bright Floor Lamps-Tall Standing Pole Light with Remote & Touch Control for Living Room,Bed Room,Office(Black)

This style of light bulb is most often used in desk lamps and the overhead light in the bedroom. It’s very bright, but doesn’t spread light to larger areas. They can also be good for smaller bedrooms or lounging spaces.


Floor Lamp

Boncoo LED Floor Lamp Fully Dimmable Modern Standing Lamp Arc Floor Lamp with Adjustable Drum Shade, Golden Tall Pole Reading Lamp Corner Light for Living Room Bedroom Study Room, 8W LED Bulb Included

Provides more ambient lighting than table lamps or wall sconces because they are placed near the ground, but they are still good for places where you do a lot of reading.


Table Lamp

Bedside Lamp with USB port - Touch Control Table Lamp for Bedroom Wood 3 Way Dimmable Nightstand Lamp with Round Flaxen Fabric Shade for Living Room, Kids Room, College Dorm, Office(LED Bulb Included)

Ideal for nightstands or bedside tables because the light shines directly on what you’re doing. For most people, it’s one of the bedroom essentials that make the room cozy to sleep in. This style is perfect for people who love to read at night before sleeping or just want some extra light before turning on overhead lights.



EDVIVI Marya Drum Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Fixture| 4 lights Glam Lighting Fixture with Chrome Finish| Adjustable Ceiling Light with Round Crystal Drum Shade| Living room, Dining, Bedroom.

Designed to hang from the ceiling, this style provides bright light and can be very elegant. You can put them in larger areas like living rooms or dining spaces. A great bedroom design can incorporate a chandelier for a sense of grandeur. 


Ceiling Fan with Light

hykolity 52 Inch Indoor Oiled Bronze Ceiling Fan W/ Light Kit, Industrial Pull Chain Ceiling Fan W/ Lighting, Reversible Motor and Blades, UL Listed for Living room, Bedroom, Basement, Kitchen

It is perfect for bedrooms because it provides enough ambient lighting while still cooling down the room at night when you need it most, especially if it’s located right above the bed.


Ceiling Light

Dellemade Modern Sputnik Chandelier, 6-Light Ceiling Light for Bedroom,Dining Room,Kitchen,Office (Gold)

This style is great for overhead lighting in bedrooms and hallways because it casts a soft glow on everything beneath it. In addition, it can be controlled by a dimmer switch, which allows you to adjust how bright the light is at night or during the day.


Ceiling Lamp

Garwarm Modern Ceiling Light,23.6” Dimmable LED Chandelier Flush Mount Ceiling Lights,Remote Control Acrylic Leaf Ceiling Lamp Fixture for Living Room Dining Room Bedroom 60W

This is great for soft and bright light and can be used for extra reading or to relax. If you have a large bedroom, consider buying more than one lamp depending on your floor space.


Wall Sconce

Gold Swing Arm Wall Lamp, Adjustable Hardwired Wall Sconce Set of 2 with Cone Shade Rotatable arm Sconce- OVANUS

Another option if you want your room to be well lit is by placing wall sconces on either side of the bed. This will give you extra ambiance and will provide enough light for you to get ready in the morning if they are not too bright.


Other Optional Bedroom Items


Bedroom Rug

nuLOOM Ansley Shaggy Lattice Tassel Area Rug, 9' x 12', Grey

Rugs bring character to a room and can even help insulate rooms that aren’t carpeted. They are also great at reducing the impact noise you might make getting out of bed or tripping over things in the middle of the night. This can be especially helpful for families with young children trying to get to sleep.

If you have hardwood floors, a rug will help keep your feet warm and provide a comfortable place to sit on the floor. Area rugs also give a room more character and can be made from different durable, comfortable materials such as cotton or polyester.



VIZIO 50-Inch M-Series 4K UHD Quantum LED HDR Smart TV with Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDMI 2.1, Variable Refresh Rate with AMD FreeSync, M50Q7-J01, 2021 Model

There are pros and cons to having a TV in the bedroom. It can offer a ton of benefits like providing entertainment and reducing boredom when you’re in bed. However, it can also encourage staying in bed longer, which is terrible for your sleep cycle and health in the long run.

Consider how much time you spend in bed and what you use your bedroom for before deciding to add this element to it. One alternative you can go for is a tv that doubles as wall art when it is sleeping, hiding the tv in plain sight.

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Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock for Bedroom, 2 Alarms Loud LED Big Display Clock with USB Charging Port, Adjustable Volume, Dimmable, Snooze, Plug in Simple Basic Digital Clock for Deep Sleepers Kids Elderly Home Office

This gives you a way to wake up in the morning without having to rely on someone else who might be sleeping next to you. It’s also essential to keep one in arms reach and battered powered should the power ever go out.


Candles or Oil Diffuser

LAFCO NEW YORK - 3-Wick 30 oz. Scented Candle (Chamomile Lavender, Master Bedroom)

Having a few candles and/or oil diffusers around the house can help make your bedroom feel even more relaxing. Candles also give you a source of light when the power goes out in the middle of the night. You may not think of them first as part of a bedroom essentials list, but candles are a wonderful way to make them more cozy and homey, creating a more relaxing atmosphere.


Fresh Flowers

Benchmark Bouquets Orange Roses and White Oriental Lilies, With Vase (Fresh Cut Flowers)

This is one that is often overlooked, fresh blooms give the room a lovely smell and can brighten up even the darkest corners of your bedroom, creating all the difference.


Throw Blanket

BOURINA Throw Blanket Textured Solid Soft Sofa Throw Couch Cover Knitted Decorative Blanket, 60" x 80" Navy

These are perfect for that afternoon nap where you don’t want to unmake your bed. Make sure to get good quality.


The Complete Bedroom Essentials Checklist

If you are looking for a cozy bedroom, you need this bedroom essentials list. We have included them all in our Home Essentials Checklist to make it easier. Don’t forget to download the complete list using the form below. As we get more ideas we will continue to add to the list, so sign up for our emails, and we will keep sending you the goodies!


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