There are more than a few essentials to crafting the ideal space for catching some ZZZs. Whether you want to upgrade your bedroom or you’re trying to work with a small space, we’ve got some DIY projects to help you design the bedroom of your dreams. Not only is creating pieces in your space more rewarding, but let’s be honest: Sometimes we got to keep it thrifty.

1. Cozy Rugs for Chilly Mornings

Those hardwood floors are beautiful and all, but in the mornings, that cold floor has you running on tip toes. Make your room extra cozy with a little tootsie protection.

1. Pom Pom Rug: Got a pom pom maker? Great, you’re halfway to owning this rug. (via Brit + Co)

2. T-Shirt Braided Rug: Who doesn’t have a stash of old t-shirts that you just can’t bear to throw away (but will never wear ever again)? Put those tees to good use with a rug that looks straight out of a catalog. (via Megsie May Makes)

3. Rope Rug: Floor-sized rugs can really drain the wallet, which is why we’re loving this design hack. Just put a bunch of coiled rope together, and voila! (via Brit + Co)

2. Nightstands to Keep You Organized

You know the pile on the floor with your glasses, your current must-read and last night’s glass of water? Keep them off the floor (and easier to reach) with any one of these modern nightstands.

1. Table Upcycle: If thrifting is your thing, you know that it’s much easier to find one long table than two matching nightstands. You can solve that problem by simply sawing that table in half. (via HGTV)

2. Floating Bedside Shelf: Add levels of organization to your current nightstand situation with a floating shelf. Bet ya didn’t think of that one, did ya? (via Remodelaholic)

3. Copper Pipe Side Table: A copper pipe and a piece of wood come together to make a nightstand that’s perfect for frugalistas. In fact, the whole table is made from unexpected hardware store supplies. (via Brit + Co)

3. Headboards That’ll Inspire Sweet Dreams

A good headboard can add a little drama to an otherwise boring mattress and box spring, and a stylish one is so easy to make.

1. Upholstered Headboard: It’s hard to find a headboard for less than $100. Craft a professional-grade upholstered headboard just like the ones that run up in the triple digits. With total fabric freedom, it’ll match your room perfectly. (via Taylormade)

2. Weathered Wood Headboard: This rustic headboard looks way more expensive than it actually cost, and distressing the wood yourself counts as your workout for the day. (via Farmhouse 38)

3. Tied Fabric Headboard: This artistic bed backdrop is deceivingly simple to make. Plus, it doubles as wall art. (via bird’s nest)

4. Set the Mood With DIY Lights

There’s nothing quite like cuddling under the blankets among the glow of candlelight. But the right light can provide the same glow without the danger of forgetting to blow the candles out.

1. Hoop Light: Avoid your bedroom looking like a middle schooler’s art project by whipping up this light. The original version retails for $375, but you can make yours for a cool $60. (via Brit + Co)

2. Yarn Lanterns: Gather up some brightly colored yarn and a few low-wattage lightbulbs, and you’re ready to light up your bedroom like a true crafty gal. (via Brit + Co)

3. Gold-Dipped Light Bulb Chandelier: So you know that thing we said about blowing out the candles? A few light bulbs will solve that problem and still let you enjoy the warm glow of a jaw-dropping chandelier. (via Brit + Co)

5. Show Off Your Personality With Wall Art

Let your personality shine through with these art projects. Not really the artistic type? No worries! These projects are pretty fool-proof.

1. Nail String Art: This DIY art style seems to be popping up everywhere lately, even in the aisles of our favorite big box store (Target!). But why buy when it’s so simple to make? (via Brit + Co)

2. Magazine Wall Art: Upcycle those old magazines and catalogs piling up in the corner, and use your expert folding skills to make art that looks like it should be in a gallery. (via Brit + Co)

3. Batik: There are so many amazing things a girl can do with some tie-dying tools, but one of the best things you can do is make a little art. (via Brit + Co)

4. Wooden Wall Art: With just some craft wood boards and some felt, this bright look can be adorning your walls in no time. (via Brit + Co)

6. Mirrors for Checking Your #OOTD

Since we don’t all wake up looking flawless like Beyonce, it’s definitely necessary to check yourself out before you brave the other side of your bedroom door.

1. Nautical Rope Mirror: We love the simplicity of this nautical-themed mirror, and it would probably look perfect in any part of your house. Even if you don’t live by the shore. (via Shore Society)

2. Sunburst Mirror: Keep up with the interior design trends (without taking a hit to the wallet) with a sunburst mirror. Try a series of small mirrors for a cool effect. (via K Sarah Designs)

3. Amethyst Mirror: The ultimate in chic, this round mirror looks like you spent hundreds on it. It might have to make an appearance in your living room when guests are over. (via Design Love Fest)

7. Comfy Pillows for Cuddling

With pillows as thrifty as these, you can pile on the comfort with stacks and stacks of cozy cushions. But you might never get out of bed. (We warned you.)

1. Painted Pillows: These bold pillows will certainly embolden even the most boring of beds. And with fabric paint and gaffers tape at your disposal, you can make your pillows as bold or as subtle as you’d like. (via Brit + Co)

2. Colorful Jumbo Floor Pillows: If you lack in space, a floor pillow is your answer. It gives a guest a place to sit and talk to you while you get ready. (via Brit + Co)

3. Geometric Tasseled Pillows: We love the idea of tassel pillows. The tassels seems to add an extra level of cozy. Best of all, these babies can be made in 20 minutes. (via Brit + Co)

8. Work Your Tech Into the Space

While you should definitely stop sleeping with your phone, we’d be fooling ourselves if we said we didn’t need to stay connected even when relaxing in bed — whether its watching Netflix on the iPad or listening to music on the iPhone.

1. Log iPad Holder: Keep your tech rustic with this iPad stand. And no, we didn’t just contradict ourselves. (via Imperfectly Polished)

2. iPhone Speaker: This ingenious speaker for your phone is an economic way to keep the tunes flowing at home. That’s right: YOU CAN MAKE A SPEAKER. (via May Richer Fuller Be)

3. Charging Station: Keep all your devices organized and all their wires tucked away with this charging station. (via Driven by Decor)

9. Add Unexpected Bursts of Color

Even if you can’t rehaul your entire bedroom right now, it’s so easy to add a pop of color in unexpected places. It’ll take your bedroom’s style to the next level. Promise!

1. Bright + Bold Gallery Wall: Fill it with photos or leave it empty. Whatever your choice, this simple project will have your wall looking striking. (via Brit + Co)

2. Cell Phone Hanger: Using a lotion bottle (yes, you read that correctly), make a caddy to hold your phone while it charges. Make it a bright color or a bold print, and you’ve got a fashionable and functional new room accessory. (via Make It and Love It)

3. Simple Color Accents: The simplest of DIYs, there’s no excuse not to tackle this project. Perk up your alarm clock, or find an artist’s mannequin for a quickie project. (via A Girl in Transit)

10. The Perfect Color + Theme

Even as artsy ladies, we don’t have all the design answers, but a perfect bedroom needs a cohesive color scheme or theme, which is why we recommend turning to the experts for bedroom decor advice — and it’s easier than ever with these apps.

1. HGTV Folio App: Scroll through photo after photo of gorgeous interior design to figure out what direction you’d like to take your bedroom’s theme. Sort the photo galleries by color or room. (Free on iOS)

2. Like That Decor: Have an image of a bedroom you want to copycat, but can’t find the purchasable piece? With this app, you click on the item, and they find similar, shoppable pieces that you can get in your apt asap. You can also take a photo of something you like, and the app will find a similar piece. (Free on iTunes)

3. Color Capture: See colors you like out in the wild? Take a photo and save it to this app, which you can use for color inspiration and create palettes using Benjamin Moore’s collection of paint. (Free on iOS and Android)

11. A Way to Display Photos + Mementos

Even if you prefer not having photos of friends and family in your bedroom, photographs demand to be displayed. So whether it’s photos of Great Aunt Mary or your favorite vacation spots, hang them in style.

1. Hoop Photo Display: This stunning DIY display is perfect for photos, but even better for mementos like ticket stubs or postcards. Choosing a bold color like red is also a great choice. (via Pinke Pank)

2. Framing Without Frames: This is an adorable way to display nostalgic family photos. (via Brit + Co)

3. Salon Wall: Print out those Instagrams already! And get to work. (via Brit + Co)

12. Your Own Creative Corner

While your bedroom has its utilitarian uses (sleeping, getting dressed), it can also be the best space for crafting and creating. With these tips, a corner of your bedroom will be your go-to space for finding inspiration.

1. Magazine Rack: Keep your favorite magazines hanging on this rack for quick reference. This clever display also keeps them from littering the floor. (via A Beautiful Mess)

2. Triangle Wall Storage System: These geo cardboard triangles keep all your paint brushes, makeup brushes, pens, pencils and more right where you can easily find them for that moment when inspiration hits. (via Brit + Co)

3. Glamorized Desk: Take your desk to the next level with this simple IKEA hack. Painting the legs gold adds that little touch of glamour that every Brit girl needs. (via Burlap and Lace)

4. Chalkboard Calendar Wall: Stay organized and on top of things with a wall-sized calendar that serves as a constant reminder of your month’s obligations. You can also jot little notes and reminders to yourself without fishing for a piece of paper. (via Martha Stewart)

13. A Place for Your Baubles

Why hide away your gorgeous collection of jewelry when it should be on display! These crafty displays turn your favorite pieces into works of art.

1. Necklace Display: With some canvas, spray paint and VELCRO, this DIY project will let your favorite necklaces shine. (via Brit + Co)Pie N’ the Sky)

2. Sculpey Ring Holders: These sculptures of sorts provide the platform needed to keep your rings from getting lost. (via Brit + Co)

3. Branch Display: Keep your prettiest scarves on display by hanging them on a branch. The hardest part is finding that perfect limb. (via Brit + Co)

14. Clocks to Keep You Punctual

Hey sleepyheads, every bedroom needs a clock (or two… or three), so here are a few DIY wall clocks that’ll make you fashionably early.

1. Hoop Clocks: Remember the days when being a crafty lady meant needlepoint with embroidery hoops? Nowadays, those tools are perfect for nostalgic clocks. (via Brit + Co)

2. Color Block Clock: Cork trivets and a few dashes of paint are perfect for making a collection of clocks that are pretty hard to ignore. (via Brit + Co)

3. Marble Wall Clock: If you’re going for a chic theme, a mini marble tile clock is a perfect addition to your room. If you happen upon a treasure trove of tiles, a series of clocks would NEED to be made for all your friends and fam. (via Brit + C0)

In your opinion, what does a perfect bedroom desperately need? Let us know in the comments below!