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How to Create a Cozy Sleeping Space

Sleep is a beautiful, wonderful thing. It’s essential for the healing of our bodies. A good night’s sleep feels incredible and one way to amplify this feeling is to create a sanctuary of a space in which to fall asleep… and one in which to wake come morning.

It’s a lot of fun to create a cozy space for sleeping – and you’ll notice a difference immediately. I like to call my sleeping area The Nook, and although I never, ever want to leave it, I always seem to wake up feeling refreshed and excited for the day ahead. Here are some ways to create a nook of your own.


Some spaces are cozy by nature, like the corner of a room or a spot with a low, angled ceiling. Placing your bed in a spot like this creates instant coziness. If that’s not possible for you, though, you can create a comfy area on your own by hanging curtains around your bed, almost like you’re in a tent. I also use just a mattress on the floor – no bed frame. To me, being close to the floor feels snug as well.


Pillows = coziness. And pillows with different textures = extra coziness. Crochet and velvet are my go-to textures. I also choose bedding in natural, earthy tones like moss green, mustard yellow, and pale blue.


Bringing in touches of real nature is another awesome way to create a sleeping sanctuary. I have plants in macramé hangers above the foot of my bed and a thick birch branch next to a big palm that hangs over the side of my bed. I always feel like I’m entering the jungle as I climb under the covers – and waking up among plants is even more magical.


Nothing induces relaxation quite like scents can. Surround your sleeping area with incense, perfume oils, and pillow sprays made of calming, grounding scents like lavender, sandalwood, and jasmine. I actually just got the Fat & The Moon Dreamweaver Mist as a gift, and I’m in love! Light a stick of incense, douse yourself with a bit of oil, and spritz your sleeping area before you get under the covers, and you’ll drift off into the most peaceful sleep in no time.

Finish off your space with some personal details, whether it’s a wall hanging you made or some photos of memories that make you smile. This is your space, and it should feel uniquely you.

And since you’ll be sleeping anyway, you might as well try out our favorite overnight beauty tips, and ways to help your face overnight!


Sleep well, babes.

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zadig -January 6, 2015, 8:00AM

On point! haha I call my bed the nook too! I have to force myself to get out of it every morning! I like to create my own ‘sleeping time mist’, right now it’s a mix of rose water and lavender oil

Cecil vedemil -January 6, 2015, 8:29AM

I love changing the decoration on mu bedroom, and the bed area is my favourite one. I like to add some extra pillows and a rug to make it more cozy, as you said. This post was very inspirational and useful!!

xx Cecil //

Marsya -January 6, 2015, 10:02AM

I like my bed to be at the corner and close to the floor. Sometimes I like to sleep on the floor instead. Great post <3 xo

Alexandra -January 6, 2015, 10:10AM

I adore this – it has been pinned to my “furnish with these” board. I definitely would love to incorporate plants into my room – and more textured pillows!

Warm Regards,

Stephanie -January 6, 2015, 10:29AM

This is so cute and cozy! wow!

Ashley -January 6, 2015, 10:35AM

I really adore this. I am currently a live in nanny staying in the family’s guest room, but I try to make my space my own. I really love the idea of pillows and earth tones. Last night I used essential oils and they seeped into my pillow, I felt like I was surrounded and it immediately calmed me.

This is wonderful!
xo Ashley

Danielle -January 6, 2015, 10:55AM

I would love to have a sleeping nook, I swear I would never get out of bed. Just the idea of having a nook is amazing. I try to make me bed as cozy and comfortable as possible buy having a heated blanket, tons of pillows, and pillow spray.

Susan -January 6, 2015, 11:41AM

thank you for sharing your gorgeous place, such a serene, uplifting and inspiring place!

Best Wishes,

Trang's corner -January 6, 2015, 12:05PM

How inspirational this post is! Such a cool post!
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous place
Love from

Natasha -January 6, 2015, 1:06PM

A wonderful post! I agree-pillows, plants & pretty scents are a must for the perfect place to dream. I burn palo santo before bed in the colder months, during the warmer months, I use rose water &lavender oil at bedtime. I love these little rituals each night.

Tiffany -January 6, 2015, 3:13PM

This looks heavenly. I love the natural lighting and everything that surrounds the area! Thank you for this piece, I may have to link this onto my blog! Xx

Tiffany |

F R I D A ▴ -January 6, 2015, 5:53PM

love this!!

Juliette Laura -January 6, 2015, 7:13PM

SO cozy! I am coming over asap! Haha!! But seriously Bridgette you always make the coziest spaces!

Faiza -January 6, 2015, 8:36PM

This blog helps me so much oh my gosh. This is more than important and though I can’t make many changes just yet, I will remember this for future reference. Thank you!

Sarah Loven -January 6, 2015, 9:09PM

I always love your minimal yet cosy room, Bridgette! Been taking some inspiration from it for our airstream remodel! <3

xx Sarah

Julie -January 6, 2015, 10:21PM

This is the coziest room I’ve ever seen! I’m currently working on making my temporary living space more cozy – the coziest room I ever had was my dorm. It was tiny but it felt like a hidden burrow and I loved it.

northern rustication

Megan's -January 7, 2015, 12:15PM

I love this!! I’ve been trying to think of ways to make my bed super cozy without interfering with my husbands sleep with fancy things. But since he works nights I can always cozy it up and then clear it out for him in the mornings. We already have a super soft comforter and throws on the bed for extra warmth. I also just bought us some new pillows that fit each of our sleeping needs. Now I just need to pretty it up.

LEE @ Modern Granola -January 7, 2015, 3:35PM

Great post! Sleep is one of my favorite things to do, so this really hits home for me :)

Admila -January 7, 2015, 6:37PM

This room is beautiful!!
I really need to put more work into my bedroom and make it cozier.

Lots of hugs, A

korin -January 8, 2015, 12:19PM

Wish my room looked like this!
great ideas.

Lidija -January 8, 2015, 4:37PM

Loooove it, is looks so cozy and cute!

genevieve @ gratitude & greens -January 9, 2015, 2:51AM

I love nesting and am all about getting comfy and cozy in bed. Love the plants!

Pillow center. -January 9, 2015, 3:36PM

Comfort in bed is the best thing to enjoy the sleep.

Heather -January 12, 2015, 11:06AM

I love Free People’s style! If there is anyone at your company responsible for buying pieces for the stores, I do a lot of boho inspired antique chairs that would be perfect!

meg -January 12, 2015, 11:28AM

i diffuse lavender and rose oil at night and sleep with a sound machine to help drown out the noises of the street outside…it really helps me! this little sleeping area looks so cozy…i love the idea of bringing in some plants to your sleeping space!

Home/Flats -January 14, 2015, 3:17AM

it is possible when your flats/apartments away from noise place. We all know that we want our flats with on the road but when we can not sleep at night that we think that what is profit while my home is on the road.

Amanda Winchester -January 23, 2015, 3:23PM

What gorgeous ideas <3 I love sleeping and having somewhere cosy to curl up, so I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing! And sweet dreams x

Karen -March 22, 2015, 8:23AM

That room is awesome and I really like the colors
I would love to sleep on your room for a whole week :)

Geoff -August 22, 2015, 5:01PM

A bed by a window to read by is fantasy.

Brittany Barber -October 11, 2015, 1:25PM

This room is delightful!!

I truly need to put more work into my room and make it cozier.

DecorNation -April 13, 2016, 7:59PM

This blog post was so perfect; it was sheer perfection. It felt dreamy and I just had to share the first bedroom pic. Brilliantly done this one. Really.

Cuttingmeal -April 20, 2016, 10:32AM

Sometimes I like to sleep alone with a quiet atmosphere, lying on the sofa

sleepingsmart -May 4, 2016, 8:02PM

There’s nothing better than a cozy bed with a huge doona and lots of pillows on a cold miserable day.

jenny -May 21, 2016, 2:42AM

This blog helps me so much oh my gosh. This is more than important and though I can’t make many changes just yet, I will remember this for future reference. Thank you!

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