9 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary for $100 or Less

Woman relaxing in bed
Prostock-studio / Shutterstock.com

The older I get, the more I value a good night’s sleep — that deep, drooling, forget-the-world kind of sleep. But good rest doesn’t happen by chance, at least not after age 50. These days, it takes a little planning and effort.

If you’re having trouble unwinding during these unnerving times, take a look around. Is your bedroom a place you’d rather retreat from than retreat to? If so, it’s time to get to work.

Here are some affordable ways to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary of sweet sleep.

1. Organize your closet

Woman organizing her closet
Kostikova Natalia / Shutterstock.com

Serenity now! If your bedroom closets are overflowing, the contents are likely spilling everywhere and turning relaxing moments into taxing moments.

First, strategically cut the clutter. Then, keep it at bay by investing in a simple closet organizer. The Whitmore Double Rod Freestanding Closet Organizer can be assembled without tools. Large enough to hold loads of clothes and shoes, it sells for well below $100 on Amazon.

2. Invest in a sound machine

Sound machine in a bedroom
luca pbl / Shutterstock.com

If you’re a light sleeper like me, a sound machine can be your best friend. By masking ambient noise, sound machines can help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Sounds dreamy, right?

To create a true sanctuary, choose a machine that offers a wide variety of sound options, such as rainfall, ocean waves, wind or calming white noise (similar to hum of a fan).

Devices with a “non-looping” feature offer a more natural experience by eliminating obvious soundtrack start and end points.

The Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine sells for less than $100 on Amazon. Reviewers love its adaptive technology that gradually increases volume when background noises get louder.

3. Repaint in soothing colors

Couple painting a room in their home
sirtravelalot / Shutterstock.com

Painting is one of the cheapest ways to transform any space.

To promote a sense of calm in your bedroom, choose a color you find soothing. Although they’re often overlooked, pale greens, blues and violets can be just as neutral as white or gray.

Not sure what brand of paint to use? Consider this: J.D. Power’s 2020 Paint Satisfaction Study found that Sherwin-Williams was the best brand of house paint, including for interior painting.

Sherwin-Williams’ Captivate line is specifically made for the DIY painter.

4. Use flameless candles as nightlights

LED candles
PhotoSGH / Shutterstock.com

Who doesn’t love the soft glow of candlelight? Since candles and sleep don’t mix, buy the flameless variety. LED candles make a perfect nightlight, and most feature an on-off timer and remote control.

You can find flameless candles in various sizes and colors at almost any store that sells home goods — including warehouse clubs like Costco — and of course, online.

5. Buy a weighted blanket

Man sleeping with a weighted blanket
BaanTaksinStudio / Shutterstock.com

I was a bit skeptical about weighted blankets until I tried one at a hotel in Toronto in 2019. I’m now an enthusiastic convert.

Usually weighing 10 to 15 pounds, the blankets provide gentle pressure that some say helps reduce anxiety and promotes sound sleep.

Though some manufacturers use tiny plastic pellets to give their blankets heft, micro glass beads are an eco-friendly alternative.

If you’re ready for some (good) weight on your shoulders, one of Good Housekeeping’s top recommendations sells for less than $100: the Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket & Removable Cover.

6. Install dimmer switches

Electrical light dimmer switch
Vladeep / Shutterstock.com

Because my job involves staring at a glowing computer screen for hours a day, I like to control the amount of light I’m exposed to everywhere else. And although smart bulbs may soon render them obsolete, I recently installed dimmer switches in the living room and every bedroom of my home.

Like flameless candles, dimmer switches create instant ambience — minimizing visual stress and promoting relaxation.

And dimmer switches won’t stress your wallet much, either. Many manual — that is, not connected to a smart device — dimmer switches cost between $10 and $20. Even better, installing a dimmer switch is a fairly quick and easy project.

7. Install a solid-core door

Bedroom door
Svetlana Cherruty / Shutterstock.com

If your bedroom has a hollow-core door, it’s time for an upgrade. With no interior material, these doors are extremely light and have almost no sound-dampening effect.

Sure, hanging a new door might sound a little extreme. But if you’re serious about sleep, nothing is out of the question.

Although solid wood interior doors can easily run $125 to $200, there are less expensive options. For example, Lowe’s sells multiple solid-core slab doors for $100 or less.

8. Hang blackout curtains

blackout curtains
UM-UMM / Shutterstock.com

If you work third shift or simply prefer not to rise with the sun, consider investing in blackout curtains. But buyer beware: Many curtains marketed as “blackout” don’t quite do the trick. True blackout curtains have at least two layers of fabric — a densely woven outer layer and a heavy liner.

If you’re serious about blocking light, shop for curtains in-person and test them first. Hold a panel up to a store window or bright florescent light. If any light penetrates the layers of fabric, it’s not a good choice.

Pro-tip: Buy curtains larger than your window. To minimize peripheral light, buy floor-length curtains and make sure there’s enough fabric to extend 4-6 inches beyond each side of the window.

9. Choose high-quality sheets

Woman making a bed
wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.com

Microfiber sheets are fine, but for my money, nothing beats 100% cotton. Like a good pair of jeans, cotton sheets are all-natural and get better with age.

Discount shoppers already know where to find the best bargains on sheets — Marshalls. My local store regularly sells Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Kate Spade sheet sets for $39 to $59.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

Dollar stores have great bargains on both everyday and occasional purchases.

The 5 Most Expensive U.S. States for Retirees
The 5 Most Expensive U.S. States for Retirees

If you have or expect to have a modest retirement income, you may want to avoid spending your golden years here.

2-Minute Money Strategy: How Should I Invest My Retirement Savings?
2-Minute Money Strategy: How Should I Invest My Retirement Savings?

If retirement is on the horizon, you can’t afford to take too much risk, but you also need to make as much as possible. Here are your options.

7 Things You Should Do Before Claiming Social Security
7 Things You Should Do Before Claiming Social Security

To get the most out of your Social Security retirement benefits, you have to think ahead.

9 Products That Will Organize Your Home for Under $45
9 Products That Will Organize Your Home for Under $45

These clever Amazon finds can help transform a messy nest into the pristine home of your dreams.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
9 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping on Amazon
9 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping on Amazon

Are you losing money due to any of these missteps?

20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling
20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling

You don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper to survive an outbreak, but consider stocking up on these items.

Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?
Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?

Understanding survivors benefits rules is the key to getting the most from your benefit.

Can a Divorced Widow Claim Her First Husband’s Social Security Benefits?
Can a Divorced Widow Claim Her First Husband’s Social Security Benefits?

The rules are complicated when it comes to eligibility for survivors benefits.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

These Are the 10 Worst Cars for Depreciation
These Are the 10 Worst Cars for Depreciation

Two types of vehicles are especially likely to see steep plunges in value.

Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card
Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card

Credit cards offer many conveniences and protections, but sometimes it’s simply smarter to keep the plastic tucked away.

13 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

10 Things I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s
10 Things I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

From snacks to sweets to side dishes, stock your cart with these time-tested favorites on your next TJ’s run.

5 Ways Social Security Will Change in 2021
5 Ways Social Security Will Change in 2021

These adjustments will affect both workers and retirees in the new year.

11 ‘Disposable’ Items You Should Be Reusing
8 Things You Should Buy at Restaurant Supply Stores
8 Things You Should Buy at Restaurant Supply Stores

You don’t have to be a chef or a restaurant owner to shop here.

Stop Buying These 19 Things Online
Stop Buying These 19 Things Online

The internet has changed how we shop. But for some things, you’re still better off buying the old-fashioned way.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

There are easy high-paying majors available in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required. We’re here to help you find easy degrees that pay well.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early
Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early

Like the idea of financial independence? Part of the FIRE equation is cutting costs.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing emergency food supply. Is your pantry well-prepared for emergencies? Knowing what to stock up on for emergencies can be a difficult task and we’re here to help.

These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020

Medicare Advantage customers themselves rate these plans highest.

5 Secrets of Seniors Who Keep Their Minds ‘Young’
5 Secrets of Seniors Who Keep Their Minds ‘Young’

Here is why some seniors’ brains work as well as those of people who are decades younger.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.