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For many people, the bedroom is the heart of the home – after all, it’s the first place we wake up to in the morning and our destination at the end of the night. It’s no wonder, then, that we take so much time getting our bedrooms just right – a well organised, relaxing and cosy bedroom is sure to deliver us a great night’s sleep and prepare us for our busy days, year after year.
First and foremost, there’s the centrepiece of your bedroom – the bed itself. A good bed will have a mattress and frame or base that complement each other, so make sure you consider both for firmness and comfort. Consider your build and height as well – and while you might prefer a double or even kingsize bed for the sheer size, don’t forget that you’ll need space to move around the bedroom as well! Finally, don’t be too concerned about paying extra for quality – after all, the average bed is slept on for a whopping 20,000 hours over its lifespan, so it certainly pays to get the right bed first time.
A quality chest of drawers from a company like Indigo Furniture can perform double duty in your room, serving not only as a sturdy and handsome tidy for odd socks and items of clothing, but also providing a surface for decorations or ornaments, or perhaps providing the perfect spot for a music system or TV. Pick the size carefully – a tall chest of drawers will look great against a far wall, but can seem imposing and overpowering when placed next to windows and doors. Materials and finish are generally a matter of personal preference – while dark woods can provide a traditional feeling of cosiness that light wood can lack, too much dark wood can make your bedroom feel confined and gloomy. If you do go for dark wood, why not brighten things up with a floor-standing lamp placed nearby?
Finally, you might be used to having a TV set in your bedroom – but is it really necessary? Studies suggest a myriad of problems can be caused by having a TV in your bedroom, including simply staying up too late while watching TV or suffering from disrupted sleep cycles due to the presence of a bright light just as you’re getting ready to sleep. That goes for distractions like laptops and work too. Try and keep your bedroom exactly what it sounds – a room for going to bed – and you’ll find yourself sleeping a better night’s sleep and finding yourself more refreshed in the morning.