How to Style a Farmhouse Bed Like a Professional Designer

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 05/08/24 •  5 min read

In my opinion, there’s nothing more cozy looking or inviting than a well-made rustic farmhouse bed. I don’t think I’m alone either, because the whole style is very popular these days and you can find great farmhouse decor items and farmhouse bedding sets at all price points now.

Whether it’s for a simple guest bedroom or a master bedroom, the farmhouse style makes any sleeping space a warm and welcoming environment.

But how to put your modern farmhouse style bed look together can seem a bit more complicated than other styles.

The truth is, there are endless ways to style a farmhouse-style bedroom with bedding because the whole look is dependent on one thing: layers!

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Modern Farmhouse Layering

To get the distinctive farmhouse look, it’s always been important to mix lots of textures and patterns. With that said, the textures and patterns used in classic farmhouse style and modern farmhouse bedroom materials differ greatly.

Here’s a quick visual:

Mix in Masculine Textures and Patterns

As you can see, the textures and patterns used in the farmhouse looks of yesteryear were very feminine, with lots of florals and ruffles, but modern farmhouse — especially rustic farmhouse — mixes both textures and patterns that are both feminine and masculine.

Layer in Neutral Tones and Solid Colors

You’ll also notice that while some pattern layering is still used in the modern farmhouse bedroom, it’s not overkilled like the pattern soup of classic farmhouse style.

Neutral tones, clean lines, and solids are layered in and used to calm any patterns used in farmhouse bedrooms now, which calms the space and makes it much more inviting.

A good rule of thumb is to pick an anchor color tone or neutral pallet and stick within it while mixing up other things like patterns, textures, and fabrics.

Mix Farmhouse Textures and Fabrics

Mixing textures and fabrics is essential when you layer your farmhouse bed.

You’ll also notice that a modern farmhouse bedroom doesn’t have layers upon layers of quilts like vintage farmhouse dows, but instead mixes all sorts of textures and fabrics.

Chunky wools, furs, felts, crisp linens and soft cottons can all be layered in with classic quilts to create a rustic aesthetic that is both cozy and still iconically part of the farmhouse theme.

Add Accessory Layers

While a million throw pillows may be annoying at bedtime, there’s no better way to get that distinctly modern farmhouse style than to add accessories to your bed. Pillows, throws, and extra blankets complete a farmhouse bedroom and make it feel cozy and warm.

How Do You Layer a Farm Bed?

Now that we know how to keep our farmhouse style modern, let’s dive into exactly how to layer a farmhouse bed, step by step:

1. Choose a Modern Farmhouse Bed Frame

To create a modern farmhouse look, you’ll need to start with a bed frame or headboard that fits your design aesthetic.

If you’re going for a rustic farmhouse feel, then you’ll want to choose a bed frame that looks like it belongs in an old barn. A solid wooden headboard works great for this and can be made in a variety of colors.

If you’re looking for something more contemporary, then you’ll want a bed frame that looks more like a sleek modern piece. Either way, you’ll want to keep the overall look simple and clean.

2. Add Your Farmhouse Bedding

Once you have your basics covered, your bed frame, you’ll need to start with some sheets and a comforter or quilt set (or two).

Click here if you’re looking for rustic farmhouse bedding ideas as I have a list of all my favorite options at all different price points.

If you’re looking for an ultra-modern or more glam farmhouse style, staying fairly neutral is going to be key to allowing you to stay true to the farmhouse design style. 

3. Add Your Throw Pillows and Accessories

Once your sheets and quilt and/or comforter is on the bed you’ll want to add at least another pillow or two and maybe a throw to complete the look.

All of these pillows don’t actually have to break the bank. Often your sheet set will come with two pillowcases and your comforter or quilt set will come with two pillow shams; this means you just have to stuff these with some inexpensive pillow inserts (these inexpensive and hypoallergenic ones from Amazon are perfect for this) and you’re almost ready to go.

I would just recommend one or two smaller farmhouse style throw pillows to complete the look (these Kiuree Black and Beige Farmhouse Throw Pillow Covers would look great in any farmhouse bedroom) and you’re all set!


The bed is the focal point of any gorgeous bedroom design, so once you have styled your farmhouse bed the rest of your room should naturally come together and feel like the farmhouse space you wanted.


At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.