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 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 makeover idea. Start by removing all of the drawers and hardware, then paint the frame in the color you've chosen. Find peel-and-stick wallpaper in a fun pattern, and cut pieces to fit the front of each drawer. Apply the wallpaper. To smooth out any air bubbles, use the edge of a credit card, then reattach the hardware.

bedroom blue velvet headboard next to table
Jason Donnelly

2. DIY Upholstered Headboard

For a softer touch, revamp your existing wood or metal headboard with fresh fabric. You can fake an upholstered headboard by fashioning a slipcover and adding upholstery foam for padding. To mimic a tufted look and add textural details, attach button blanks covered in velvet. Use E6000 adhesive ($4, Target).

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 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—paint it with a mix of thinner and transparent paint. For a complementary combination, choose a color that contrasts with your walls . 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 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. For a more eclectic effect, alternate the tape directions on the drawer fronts.

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 nailheads to upholstered furniture, follow our directions. In short, you'll 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 finished and evenly spaced.

Faux Granite Dresser drawers
Jay Wilde

7. Faux Granite Dresser

Add unexpected style to your bedroom—apply a faux granite top to your standard dresser. We used a countertop transformation kit from Rust-Oleum ($179, The Home Depot) to recreate granite's signature speckled look. Consider painting the rest of the dresser in the same tone as the flecks, then 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. For a cohesive look, use tones similar to other bedroom fabrics, then choose one bold accent color for contrast.

Blue and white themed bedroom with star light
Greg Scheidemann

9. Reupholstered Bedroom Chair

A well-executed reupholstery project can turn an old bedroom chair into something completely new. Splurge on luxurious fabric for the seat cushion, but use a less expensive one for the backing, where texture won't matter as much. The two-tone look puts a unique spin on the seat.

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