How often do you spend time in your bedroom? Amazingly, it’s one-third of your life. You’ll use it to chill out at the end of the day and for restful sleep so you can be recharged and ready for tomorrow.
Some people feel tense in their bedrooms or experience issues with headaches and vision. If it’s not a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed, it might be time to make some changes. Whether that means buying new furniture or changing the layout of the room, there are many things you can do. In this article, we’ll provide you with some practical tips to help you do precisely that.
Upgrade Your Bed
If you have wooden chairs in your bedroom, why not replace them with padded seating to add some extra softness and comfort to your bedroom? Also, assess the quality of your bed. You’ll need one that will be comfortable and that can support the way you sleep at night. Here are some signs that you need to get a new one:
- An unsteady bed frame
- The mattress dips in the middle or is flat/bouncy/too hard
- Your mattress gets too hot at night
- You have allergies
It’s important to research the different mattresses types before you go shopping, so you can pick the right one for your needs, be it memory foam, latex, or spring. People who choose a puffy adjustable bed frame are typical of those in search of some extra luxury, using a remote to gain ultimate comfort control. You can buy mattresses online in different sizes, and access links to reviews.
Add Some House Plants
Adding some house plants can bring some color, light, and freshness into an otherwise dull bedroom. There are several different types of plants that would fit into this category, including:
- ZZ Plant
- Peace Lily
- Aloe Vera
- African Violets
Many house plants only need to be watered once every two weeks or so, which is perfect for people who don’t have time to tend them daily. If you don’t want to go with houseplants, you could consider adding other types of greenery such as ivy vines. These look particularly good when they are climbing up walls and furniture pieces.
Buy Some Curtains, Blinds, Or Shutters
Curtains can keep the sun (and heat) out and your bedroom dark when required. Blackout curtains can be even more effective if you don’t want to be woken up early during the summer. Blinds are also a good choice because they can be adjusted to let as much or as little light in. They are a budget-friendly alternative to curtains too. When it comes to curtains and blinds, do some research on styles and colors so you can match them with the rest of the bedroom decor. Choose materials that are durable and measure your window before buying.
If you want more privacy consider shutters – they’re easy to install and offer great insulation from the heat of the sun. Keep them open during milder days for cross-ventilation. Shutters can also keep out a measure of external noise.
Have A Clear-Out
You need to declutter your bedroom so that you can fully relax in it. You should start with anything you haven’t used for over six months. Get rid of anything you don’t really need or use anymore unless they are sentimental items (e.g photographs).
Anything broken should go straight in the bin (or recycling if possible). Make sure everything works before putting it back into storage (or packing up for charity/selling at car boot sales or online).
Maximize Your Space
Mirrors can make your room look bigger, and if you have a small bedroom, a bed frame with drawers built-in will provide additional storage options. This can reduce the need for you to keep everything on the tables, shelves, or floor.
Shelves are a great option to use as storage space. You can place them anywhere around the room and they work best in corners (ideal for bedside lamps and alarm clocks). For larger items, you might want to consider wall-mounted shelves or cupboards instead. Boxes/storage containers with lids are great for organizing your room. Stack them on top of each other neatly if necessary and label each box for easy retrieval.
Consider Air Purifiers
As air quality is becoming more important for people, air purifiers have become an increasingly common household item. This is especially true in places where air pollution can be high or where you live in close quarters with other people (e.g. near the subway).
Air purifying machines can help ease allergy symptoms while also reducing dust particles and keeping your bedroom clean. Studies suggest air purifiers actually improve our sleep cycle as well. Many models come equipped with automatic timers so they will turn off after 12 hours.
During the winter, we often try to keep our houses as warm and dry as possible. However, this can actually leave your bedroom feeling stuffy. This can lead to discomforts such as sore throats or even nosebleeds (due to drying of the nasal passages).
Adding a humidifier will help maintain an ideal level of moisture in your room. You should experiment with the different humidity levels depending on how you feel during the night. Some people prefer their rooms drier while others thrive on more moist air. Many models allow users to control precisely the percentage they want for optimal comfort and health benefits.
Make The Room Smell Nice
You can buy candles with different scents like lavender, vanilla, or sandalwood. They help create a calming environment and can actually help fight insomnia. You can also use pouches with scented sachets for this purpose. They are cheap and easy to find at your local department store or even online.
You could also think about hanging up some restful pictures or softening your lighting. Once you’ve made some changes – be they great or small – you will hopefully feel the difference immediately. It will be a real case of ‘home sweet home’ and your bedroom will become your room of choice.