We are the experts on how to create a cozy minimalist bedroom on a budget. While we’re at it, we will take pride in saying that we feel as though we have a pretty great grasp on making the best cozy minimalist home. We have limited space, so we are mindful of what encompasses that space.
Let us take you on a stroll through our coastal minimalism journey, and show you the possibilities of having a cozy space, while also living as minimalists with some fabulous minimalist bedroom ideas.
A few years ago, Gerry, Betty White (our adorable rescue fur baby), and I (hi, it’s Shannon) decided to trade the hustle for a hygge lifestyle. We ditched the 24/7 business grind, downsized our lives, and embraced the coastal breeze in our cozy bungalow.
Living minimally doesn’t mean compromising on warmth and style in your home. Check out the deets on Hygge and Minimalism: Can They Coexist? Why yes, yes they can. It’s simple and we can show you how.
Join us as we share tips on creating a budget-friendly, cozy oasis in our own bedroom. It’s all about weaving serenity and warmth into your sanctuary. So, buckle up for a ride into the heart of our snug, seaside abode!
Let’s get into just how to create that cozy minimalist bedroom you so greatly aspire to have. Minimalist style isn’t boring. We’ll show you what we mean.
Ten Ways for How to Create a Cozy Minimalist Bedroom on a Budget
Creating a cozy minimalist bedroom on a budget for doesn’t have to be just an aspiration. Let’s dig into some practical tips to achieve that cozy, hygge vibe without breaking the bank.
1. Go with a Neutral Palette
Stick to neutral tones. Our coastal bungalow vibes often blend well with whites, very light blues, and sandy tones. It not only looks refreshing but creates a serene atmosphere. Neutral colors, even white walls, are calming and make for an environment that is easy to relax and sleep in.
We also believe in a solid color that is not so busy. Bedrooms don’t need to be busy. If you are one for an accent color, try taking that into the living room, or dining area.
2. Lighting Matters
Always welcome the natural light when you can. Natural light is a great way to save money. At night, opt for soft, warm lighting. Fairy lights or string lights can add a nice touch. We have a small space for our bedroom so we went with task lighting mounted to the wall with warm-toned bulbs for that extra cozy glow.
If you have room, you can go with floor lamps that are easy to turn on and off from the bed. We never use overhead lighting as it provides an unnatural look.
3. Thrift Store Treasures
Hit up thrift stores or flea markets for unique, budget-friendly finds. You might stumble upon some cool coastal-themed decor or vintage pieces that add character to your space.
Our blinds are from a second-hand store where builders can donate items they are not going to use. Don’t be afraid to look for necessities in resell stores.
4. Soy Candles
Candles are one of the best ways to cozy up a bedroom, or any space for that matter. Minimalist bedrooms can up the cozy factor by about 100 with one single candle. Make it safe though, and opt for soy candles like these from Southern Oak Artisan.
5. Textured Fabrics
Introduce textures to make the room feel inviting. Think about adding a throw blanket, throw pillows, cushions, or an area rug in different textures. It not only looks cozy but feels cozy too. We love our Sherpa Bed Rest Pillows (also known as a husband).
We also have a faux fur rug that welcomes Betty White on and off of the bed at the end of her steps. She loves it and it is aesthetically pleasing, giving such a cozy feel.
Gerry has a weighted blanket that he adores. It makes him feel snug as a bug in a rug while sleeping. You are either a weighted blanket person, or you’re not. Gerry is, I (shannon) am not, so that blanket hangs out on his side of the bed.
6. Minimal Furniture for Storage
Invest in furniture that doesn’t take up so much room. Gone are the days of keeping grandma’s huge dresser that takes up more room than your bed. Store your clothes in an organized, minimalist way. We store our clothes in stackable Trones/Shoe Storage Cabinets from IKEA.
They take up little room, are sleek, and are perfect for our minimalist space. They even blend in with the wall of our bedroom allowing for white spaces. Best purchase we made when we downsized. We knew we wanted sparse furnishings. Less furniture, less to clean and worry about.
7. Greenery for the Win!
Bring in some indoor plants. They not only freshen up the air but also add a touch of nature, enhancing the coastal feel. We have a Monstera that is literally a monster, but it is beautiful. We have it hanging from the ceiling in front of our windows. It provides a visual interest for the eyes, but it also thrives in the natural light.
8. Declutter with Purpose
Minimalism is all about intentional living. Keep only what you truly love and need. Decluttering creates a serene environment and gives your cherished items the spotlight they deserve. Need some help in this arena, join our 30-Day Declutter Challenge. The fewer items in your bedroom, the more your body and mind will realize that the space is for sleeping.
9. Personal Touches
Display items that hold sentimental value or remind you of your adventures. We recommend not getting crazy here, but for us, we have a painting my sister made of our pup, Betty White, looking like THE Betty White. It hangs on the wall alongside a caricature of us at an event from years ago.
We are minimalists, but we do treasure certain things that make our space, ours.
There is not a lot on our walls, especially in our bedroom. We want our bedroom to be an area for decompressing, relaxation
10. Cozy Bedding
Invest in quality, cozy bedding. A comfortable bed is the heart of a cozy bedroom. Layer it with soft blankets and cushions for that extra snug feeling. We absolutely swear by Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheets. You spend so much of your time in your bed. This is where you want to spend the bulk of your budget, in bedding. Trust us.
We have made the mistake of skimping on bedding and regretted it. Really, invest in this area of your bedroom to make it a true cozy minimalist bedroom.
We love white crisp bedding but do change it out sometimes in the autumn and winter, though stick with the white duvet. We always stick with Cozy Earth though. They make their bedding with organic materials and we feel it is in line with what we want for our minimalistic bedroom.
Your Cozy Minimalist Bedroom is Waiting
You don’t need an interior design degree to make your bedroom, or your home, your sanctuary. You just need to put some thought into what the space is being used for. When looking at your bedroom, think about how important sleep is.
You will increase the probability of getting better sleep and enjoy your space more when you don’t have so much stuff cluttering the area.
If you want to take this a step further, we put together some of the best sleep sounds for adults. Make your bedroom even cozier, and more conducive for sleep with sounds that help get you in the deep sleep that you deserve.
A serene bedroom space will make a huge difference in your quality of life if you pay attention. Minimalist decor isn’t about being sterile. It’s about having a better understanding of what is needed for the space and how it makes you feel.
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
Listen, the bed, like the bedding is super important. We say, go with comfort. We purchased our bed frame and our mattress on Wayfair. Studies show that a lower bed makes for better sleep because it is cooler. We love our platform bed but you may like something different. Go with what you love. If you want a higher cozy bed, go for it! It’s about personal style, no rules!
A lot of people will disagree, but we do not want a bedside table. We don’t keep our phones in our bedroom, and when we read at night, we put the book up before sleeping. It’s one less thing without the bedside table. This makes a big difference when you have a small bedroom.
If you are limited on space, sure. But make sure you have boundaries on your work hours. At night, turn everything off at your desk. If you have the option, we recommend not having your desk in your bedroom. It is too tempting to go sit at it and work, and it takes away from your bedroom being your cozy space.