The Master Bedroom: What to Spend Your Money on at Every Age
Our bedrooms are sanctuaries and peaceful retreats we spend most of our sleeping lives in. While it’s tempting to finish decorating your master bedroom all at once, investing in lifelong-quality pieces can put a significant dent in your budget fast. To help with planning your bedroom décor for the long-term, we put together a guide of the items we feel are best to invest in at every age. Each individual progresses through life at a different pace, but we believe you’ll find a few helpful tips below. Keep scrolling for our tips on what to invest in at every age, and bookmark this story for future reference.
In your early twenties, chances are you’ll move into your first apartment. Maybe you’ll bring furniture over from your childhood bedroom, or you’ll be handed down pieces from your parents. Because we tend to move a lot in early adulthood, focus instead on the small accents that will make your home feel comfortable: a pretty lamp, some artwork, and quality sheets.
Pro tip: I had a full bed in my early twenties, but knew I wanted to upgrade to a queen—so I splurged on everything but the contour sheet. It’s the only bedding item that varies between the two bed sizes.
Once a little more established, you’ll want to focus on storage: a dresser or clothing rack, if your bedroom doesn’t have adequate closet space, and a bedside table or two. You might also want to layer your bedding with a blanket or throw to give it some depth.
Pro tip: Choose furniture that can easily adapt to different bedroom sizes and shapes. Opt for smaller bedside tables, and dressers that are tall as opposed to wide. These will be easier to take with you when you move.
In your late 20s, you may start to feel back pain if your mattress is inadequate (I know I did)—that’s when you know it’s time for an upgrade. Take the opportunity to update your bedframe to a piece you’ll love for years to come, and get rid of basic metal frames and bed skirts.
Pro tip: Pick a mattress size that will grow with you but that you can also easily move to a new place. I found that queen was the perfect size—not too big, not too small. One day, it will be perfect for a guest bedroom.
Once you’ve covered the basics, you can start having fun with your décor: Add a rug, a ceiling light, or an accent chair. Maybe create a reading nook in a corner of the room. Choose quality pieces that you’ll want to keep for a long time.
Pro tip: Assess your needs for the space, and what it’s lacking: Do you need more storage, a place to sit down and unwind, or a jewelry box to store your valuables in? Prioritize according to your immediate needs.
In your early 40s, you may have young kids running around—so hold off on investing in high quality furniture, and build your artwork collection instead. If you’ve found your dream home, now might also be a good time to invest in light renovations—like a built-in bookcase or a custom walk-in closet. You may also want to upgrade to a king-size bed, if this hasn’t been done already. Sleep quality is more important than ever.
Pro Tip: Invest in more permanent fixtures like built-ins and walk-in closets that will increase the value of your home in the long term.
Custom drapery is a true luxury, so if this item hasn’t been crossed off your list yet, now is the time. You may also want to upgrade storage pieces, as we tend to amass many things over the years. If your belongings are overflowing, consider starting by editing down with the Marie Kondo KonMari method.
Pro Tip: Custom drapery can be expensive, but this is not something you’ll want to skimp on. Treat yourself to automated blinds or double curtain rods: one for blackout curtains, and the other for sheers. For blackout curtains, opt for a fabric with some weight, and always hang them as high as possible.
If your kids are grown, have fun a splurge on beautiful furniture pieces you’ve had your eye on for years. Chances are you have a very strong sense of your personal taste by now, so go with what you love. Maybe you want to add a writing desk or a seating area to your bedroom—or add a glimmering statement chandelier. Go for it!
Pro tip: Now is the time to look at longevity and craftsmanship in furniture more than ever. Look for collectibles, antiques, and heirloom pieces that will serve you and your family for decades to come.
Do you agree? Tell us how you plan on upgrading your bedroom in the comments below.