Published on August 1, 2019

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The long list of decor decisions involved in designing a bedroom from scratch gets overwhelming fast. A dresser, nightstand, and headboard are just the beginning—let’s not forget good lighting, comfy sheets, a rug, and maybe even a work of art or two. Add a tight budget to the mix and you end up sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a month while you endlessly mull over your options. But don’t panic just yet; there’s hope to be found in the Target home department. We scoured the site for chic bedroom staples that are also refreshingly affordable and struck gold. You might think the price tag is the best part about each of these 16 finds, but the truth is we can’t get over how good they look either. Shop our picks, below. 

The Bed

When you slip into bed at night, the last thing you want to be worrying about is your bank statement. Breathable cotton sheets and a cream-colored quilt will transition easily through the seasons. Invest in textural accents with a couple throw pillows, like Nate Berkus’s abstract coral design and a woven leather headboard.

The Storage 

A three-drawer chest and a hanging rack cover all your bases, and they beat investing in multiple bulky pieces of furniture. Keep the blond wood theme going with a coordinating two-tier side table and an airy basket that can act as a hamper or a home for blankets. 

The Lighting 

Brass, marble, silver, rope—materials matter when searching for good-looking lighting on a budget. There’s no going wrong with Leanne Ford’s handsome woven pendant, which she designed for her Project 62 collection. A sleek fixture with a swivel head or a shapely lamp with a light-diffusing shade are perfect for your nightstand. 

The Decor

It’s time for the finishing touches. Fill in the gaps with colorful details, like sculptural ceramics, a gilded mirror, and a retro alarm clock, and tie it all together with a hand-tufted Moroccan-style rug underfoot. 

This story was originally published on August 25, 2018. It has been updated. 

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