6 Ways to Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Like a Relaxing Sanctuary

Self isolating in a small space has been… something. Sean is still working because his job has been deemed essential, but I have barely left my house in over a week except to go out into our backyard. Our home is 640 sqft and lately it’s felt too small because of my self quarantine! I’m a little stir crazy now that I’m an indoor cat (we’ve been joking about that). We only have 2 rooms with doors, the bedroom and the bathroom. So I’ve focused a LOT lately on making our small bedroom feel more like a relaxing sanctuary from all the craziness in the world. If you’re in the same situation, these 6 tips might help you!

Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Like a Relaxing Sanctuary With These 6 Tips


I have an extremely sensitive nose… like I literally smell all of the things. So I’m especially particular about what our bedroom smells like. I like to add essential oils to my humidifier (more on that here), but you can DIY room sprays, an essential oil pillow mist, or even soy candles. Lavender and eucalyptus are my go-to essential oils for their soothing, calming properties. But whatever scent helps you feel relaxed, go for it!

Air quality

While we’re talking about scent in the bedroom, it’s a good time to think about the quality of the air in your small bedroom. Our room is tiny and dark, so sometimes the air gets stale. I crack the window some days to help, but you could also use an air purifier. Also, make sure you have a few plants in your bedroom! Plants are awesome for purifying the air and will help improve the overall vibe of your space.

Improve your bedding

When it comes to bedding, I am allll about linen as you can tell from this recent post. I know new bedding is a bit of a splurge right now, so instead I have a really easy suggestion: iron your pillowcases. Nothing feels better than laying your head down on a cool, crisp smooth pillow… NOTHING. It’s literally something that takes 5 minutes and makes a world of difference. Try it and let me know how you like it!

No tech

With so many people working from home right now, I’m sure there’s been a ton of spillover of tech devices into the bedroom. We’re in scary times, so don’t beat yourself up about it… just try to be more aware and conscious. Leave your phone to charge in the kitchen overnight if you can. I promise it will help you to unwind and feel even just a bit more relaxed. Plus, we all need to step away from the news cycle every once in a while.


I’ve shared the importance of lighting in your bedroom before, but it definitely bears repeating. I like to keep my lighting low and dim so that there’s more of a sexy vibe and so it’s not as jarring on the eyes. To me, this means rarely using the overhead lighting. I also have edison bulbs in our sconces because I prefer the warmer hue. Sometimes I even just light candles and go with that. Play with lighting and see what makes your small bedroom feel cozier.

Music or guided meditation

Don’t forget that the sound in your bedroom matters, too! I like to play very chill music before we settle in, then I turn on this white noise machine after we’re settled. You could also put on a guided meditation, which something I actually want us to try again soon! I shared my favorite meditation apps in this post, so if you’re at a loss of where to start… here ya go.

Do you have other tips to make a small bedroom feel cozier? I’d love to hear ’em. Leave a comment and let me know!

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