9 Bedroom Furniture Makeovers to Personalize Your Space

Put your own twist on plain bedroom furniture.

Your bedroom serves as a private retreat where you can relax and unwind, so its design should feel personalized to you. If your existing bedroom furniture doesn't suit your style, consider ways to make it your own. These bedroom furniture makeover ideas demonstrate how to transform basic dressers, headboards, nightstands, and more into one-of-a-kind accent pieces. With fresh paint, fabric, and other decorative details, you can create your dream bedroom filled with color, pattern, and personality. Try one of these bedroom furniture makeovers to make a familiar piece feel brand new.

diy black teal dresser floral wallpaper
Jason Donnelly

1. Wallpaper Drawer Makeover

Update a basic dresser or chest of drawers with this easy bedroom furniture makeover idea. Start by removing all of the drawers and hardware and painting the unit's frame in your desired color. Select peel-and-stick wallpaper in a fun pattern and cut pieces to fit the fronts of each drawer. Apply the wallpaper to each drawer, smoothing out any air bubbles with the edge of a credit card, before reattaching the drawer hardware.

bedroom blue velvet headboard next to table
Jason Donnelly

2. DIY Upholstered Headboard

Revamp your existing wood or metal headboard with fresh fabric for a softer touch. You can fake an upholstered headboard by fashioning a slipcover out of velvet fabric and slipping it over your headboard along with upholstery foam for padding. Attach button blanks covered in velvet with E6000 adhesive ($4, Target) to mimic a tufted look or add textural details.

modern bedroom with DIY nightstand
Brie Passano

3. Nightstand Storage Update

Boost the storage capacity of your nightstand with a few simple add-ons. We upgraded this basic side table with a lower shelf between the legs and another open storage area on top. A power strip adhered to the back of the top shelf creates a handy charging station while minimizing cord clutter.

white desk orange room
Ann Wilde

4. Bedroom Chair Makeover

Give a clear acrylic desk chair a bright makeover by painting it with a mix of paint thinner and transparent paint. Choose a color that contrasts with your bedroom walls for a complementary combination. The chair's transparency will lighten the difference between the two hues. Complete the look with artwork and desk accents that combine both bold colors.

pattern diy dresser
Adam Albright

5. Geometric Painted Dresser

Once a plain white dresser, this bedroom furniture piece now serves as an eye-catching accent. The geometric pattern is created by masking off sections with painters tape and using a consistent peach-and-orange color scheme. Alternate directions of the sections for a more eclectic effect.

neutral bedroom soft blue walls
Brie Williams

6. Nailhead Trim Bench

Nailhead trim adds a bit of shine and rustic style to this bedroom bench. To add nailhead trim to upholstered furniture, tap the first nail into a corner of the frame using a rubber mallet. Measure and mark where the next nail should go, then continue around the frame until the entire piece is covered in evenly spaced nailheads.

Faux Granite Dresser drawers
Jay Wilde

7. Faux Granite Dresser

Add unexpected class to your bedroom by applying a faux granite top to your standard dresser. We used a countertop transformation kit from Rust-Oleum ($179, The Home Depot) to re-create granite's signature speckled look. Consider painting the rest of the dresser in the same tone as the faux granite's flecks, and add extra appeal by updating the drawer pulls with modern replacements.

Stenciled Upholstered Headboard
Edmund Barr

8. Stenciled Upholstered Headboard

Turn your plain headboard into a work of art. This pattern was stenciled directly onto the gray headboard with white fabric paint. Pair with similar tones in other bedroom fabrics to create a cohesive look, then choose one bold accent color for some contrast.

Blue and white themed bedroom with star light
Greg Scheidemann

9. Reupholstered Bedroom Chair

A well-executed reupholstery project can make an old bedroom chair look brand new. Splurge on luxurious fabric for the cushioned part of the chair where you'll be sitting, but use a less expensive one for the backing where texture doesn't matter as much. Plus, the two-tone look puts a unique spin on seating.

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