17 Problem-Solving Products That’ll Upgrade Your Bedroom

Published on: Jul 22, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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We all know that getting in those precious eight(ish) hours of sleep can be tough. So making sure your bedroom is the coziest, most calming place in your home is essential. Too much light? Annoying. A mattress that makes your back ache? Time to troubleshoot. 

Introducing: fixes for your common bedroom woes. We’ve got cozy sheets (seriously the softest), a white noise machine, and a moldable pillow you can stuff and unstuff to your liking. On your mark, get set, sleep.

This post was originally published in July 2021 and has since been updated.

brooklinen down comforter
A down comforter that’s hypoallergenic and comes in different weights…

If you’re a hot sleeper, opt for lightweight. If you prefer to be toasty all night long, choose ultra-warm. There are loops on each corner so you can secure it inside a duvet cover. The outer shell is as soft as it gets (it’s made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen). ($159+, Brooklinen)

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jersey knit sheets that are super soft and comfortable
A sheet set made from organic cotton jersey…

Say hello to your new faves. These sheets are incredibly soft and made with organic cotton (and no toxic chemicals). Which means production uses 91% less water than conventional cotton’s. They’re our favorite to date: We’ve been sleeping on them for weeks and can’t get enough. They hold up wash after wash. ($120+, Pact)

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pillowcases that can decrease hair frizz
And a pillowcase that can greatly reduce hair frizz…

The trick is in its fabric. It blends natural yarn with synthetic yarn, so it’s breathable, durable, and cool to the touch. While you’re snoozing, the pillowcases won’t pull moisture away from your skin or hair. So you wake up with skin that doesn’t look slept on and with hair that’s much smoother. ($75+, Nollapelli)

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alarm clock
An alarm clock that's also a Bluetooth speaker, night light, and noise machine...

Loftie does it all. And with a two-phase alarm, you won't dread waking up in the morning. The first alarm gently stirs you, while the second is designed to get you out of bed. Plus the tones are meant to be soothing. You can schedule different alarms for separate days of the week. To explore what your clock can do, you can download the compatible phone app. ($149, Loftie)

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bed bands that can hold fitted sheets onto beds
A bed sheet holder so you don’t need to remake your bed every single morning…

Raise your hand if you find yourself pulling your fitted sheet back over the mattress each day.  Enter: this gadget with clips that attach to sheet edges. So even if you move around in your sleep (or have a partner who does), the sheet will stay put. It works on beds of all sizes and is designed to not damage the fabric. ($12.99/4 pack, Amazon)

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a top sheet that can stay tucked
And a top sheet that’ll stay tucked all night long…

Yep, you read that right. These top sheets are designed to stay in place. So even if you kick during the night, they won’t come loose. The best part is that you won’t have to spend time in the morning re-tucking. ($68+, Kitelinens)

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floating bedside shelf that can attach to a bed frame
A floating bedside shelf if you don’t have room for a nightstand on either side…

Tiny bedrooms, unite. This floating shelf clamps onto bed frames and can hold up to 15 pounds. No more keeping your phone, glasses, and cup of water on the floor. If your bed doesn’t have a frame with a lip, there’s a version that can also slide underneath your mattress. ($44.99, Amazon)

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weighted blanket with glass bead filling
A weighted blanket that’ll mold to your body…

If you’re looking for some deep rest, weighted blankets are key. They’ll feel like a hug, helping you stay calm with less urge to toss and turn. This one is made from cotton with a glass microbead fill. If you’re unsure which weight is best for you, take Baloo’s quick quiz to make sure you get the perfect blanket. ($159+, Baloo)

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sleeping pod that can apply gentle pressure while you sleep
Or a sleep pod that’ll cocoon your entire body…

It works much like a weighted blanket, but can accommodate any sleeping position. It’ll provide a bit of pressure to help you snooze deeply. It’s pretty much like being swaddled — and we can’t think of a more relaxing way to drift off to sleep. ($70.99+, Amazon)

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white noise machine with 20 sounds to choose from
A white noise machine with 20 sounds to choose from…

You can go from a babbling brook to a bonfire to bird chirps. Everything is adjustable to help you find your perfect fit, with 32 volume levels and five timer settings to choose from. This way you can stop focusing on street noise or the sounds of a roommate still awake. ($19.99, Amazon)

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air purifier
An air purifier to get rid of pet hair, pollen, dust, mold spores, and bad odors…

So you can breathe easily when you snooze. No more sneezing or coughing. It’s got three fan speeds, a timer feature, and an indicator light so you know when the filter needs to be changed. Inhale, exhale. ($99.99, Amazon)

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gel memory foam pillow
A gel-infused memory foam pillow that can be adjusted…

If the pillow feels too full for your liking, you can easily remove some filling. It’s ideal for overheaters, stomach sleepers, and those who want cloud-like softness when it comes to where they rest their head. Every pillow also comes with an extra half-pound bag of fill if you want to make it firmer. ($79.99+, Coop Home Goods)

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gadget that can keep sheets detangled while washing
A bed-sheet detangler so washing will be much easier…

No more wadded balls in your washer and dryer. Your sheets will stay untangled so they’ll wash thoroughly and dry more quickly. When you go to take ‘em out, you won’t have to spend time pulling them apart. Phew. ($18.99, Amazon)

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blackout curtains
Blackout curtains so you won’t be disrupted by unwanted light…

Sleeping late and thin curtains just don’t mix. These ones are thick and opaque, so they’ll keep light out and heat in. Trust us, they definitely work. We’ve used them and love them for their light-blocking ability. Those eight precious hours are right around the corner. ($11.99+, Amazon)

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mattress pad with cooling technology
A mattress pad if you need a bit of added support…

This pad has a down alternative fiber fill, so it’ll add a bit of cushion without causing you to overheat. It’s temperature-regulating, with NASA-approved fabric that’ll absorb heat when your body temp rises and release heat when you begin to cool down. Aka a smart way to make your bed more comfy. ($139+, Slumber Cloud)

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padded eyeglass cases
A lined eyeglass holder so you have a designated spot for your specs…

If you’re guilty of always losing your pair of readers, this is for you. Keeping a holder by your bed will end the game of ‘where did I put them down last?’ They’ll be in a safe spot, which will also reduce the likelihood of scratches. If you place them down on your nightstand, there’s a huge chance they’re gonna get knocked off when you go to reach for that glass of water in the middle of the night. Here’s your solution. ($10.99/2 pack, Amazon)

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gadget that can help tuck sheets under beds
A bed tucker for those with limited mobility…

Getting your fitted and top sheets perfectly tucked can be hard. If your mattress is extremely heavy...it’s even harder. This tool is a simple fix for those who may not have full range of motion and can’t lift up their bed while simultaneously trying to get their sheets underneath. It’ll do a majority of the work for you. ($19.99, Amazon)

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