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Bedroom Essentials for Creating a Relaxing At-Home Oasis

Whether you're moving into a new home and starting from scratch or reinventing your current room, you might be wondering what pieces to get. There are a handful of bedroom essentials everyone needs, as well as some optional items that can really enhance the vibe of your space.

The key to styling your most relaxing sleeping chamber is carefully selecting the basics and then complementing them with tasteful, tranquil accents. Consider this your guide to bedroom essentials, including bed layering, styling advice, layout suggestions and curated decor inspiration.

There's no set formula for the perfect dwelling. However, to create the comfiest, most calming space, you should take your time selecting bedroom must-haves.

You know you need a bed and a mattress, but what other bedroom essentials should you get? In terms of furniture, you may also want to look for a headboard, nightstands, a dresser, a storage bench or ottoman, an accent chair and a vanity. Here's what to consider.

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01 Bed Frame

Your mattress is arguably the most critical component of a comfortable night's sleep. Still, you might be surprised how much weight your bed holds too. Look for a sturdy, hardwood bed frame.

02 Mattress

High up on the list of bedroom essentials and vital for restful sleep, a mattress should never be overlooked. But which type is best for you?

04 Nightstand

While there are some exceptions in which rooms simply can't fit them, nightstands are typically considered bedroom essentials. Classic end tables are always a great choice, but if you're short on space, you can install small floating shelves or narrow shelving units.

07 Accent Chair

When you think of accent chairs, living room furniture might come to mind first. While it's not as vital as other pieces, the right design can offer a sophisticated, welcoming appeal in a bedroom too. It could be an armless slipper, a rocking chair, a wingback, a chesterfield, a rounded swivel chair or even a chaise lounge.

05 Dresser

Most people have at least one dresser, but the size, style and placement are what matter most in terms of ambiance. With ample square footage, you might be able to fit a large dresser or two. However, if your bedroom is on the smaller side, you might want to snag a compact dresser or place a larger one in the closet.

08 Vanity

Vanities aren't necessarily bedroom essentials, but they have a way of personalizing a space — an important aspect of feeling relaxed and at home. Also, for those with lots of beauty products in their arsenal, a vanity offers an organizational solution. Not only can you keep your cosmetics tidy and out of the way, but you'll also free up vital space in the bathroom.

03 Headboard

If you get a backless bed frame, you'll likely want to get a headboard as well. Since your bed acts as the centerpiece of your bedroom, it's important to anchor it visually. Oversized pieces can make a bold statement, but low-profile designs lend to a pared-down elegance.

06 Storage Bench or Ottoman

Storage benches and ottomans make great end caps for beds. Whether you choose wood, upholstered, tufted or velvet, a bench or ottoman will elongate the look of your bed while enhancing the rest of your decor.

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