SAVE OR SPLURGE: CREATING THE PERFECT BEDROOM
Did you know that, if you sleep 7-8 hours a night, you’ll spend about 3,000 hours a year in bed? If you add time spent reading, watching movies, relaxing, recovering when sick and the many other activities that take place in our rooms, the bedroom is easy the one room in your home that you will spend the most time in! We’ve compiled tips to help you learn where to save and where to invest when planning your bedroom decor.
STEP 1: THE MATTRESS
SPLURGE: Did you know that if you sleep 7-8 hours a night, you’ll spend about 3,000 hours a year in bed? That’s a lot of time in one spot. In fact, you’ll probably spend more time on a mattress then anywhere else over your lifetime. Choosing a mattress is one of the most important decisions you will make when furnishing your bedroom. A poor quality mattress can result in a lack of sleep, sore muscles and any number of health issues. If you can only afford to splurge in one area – it should be your mattress.
SAVE: Purchase a mattress protector! Once you’ve taken the time to find the perfect mattress, protect your investment! Mattress protectors are usually fairly inexpensive and will protect from spills and stains, keeping your mattress in great shape for much longer.
STEP 2: THE BED
SPLURGE: The bed is the focal point, setting the tone for the rest of the room. When choosing a bed, there are two things you should consider.
1. Function: We already discussed the 3000+ hours you’ll spend on your mattress each year. Your bed holds the mattress and a good quality, supportive bed is going to work together with your mattress to improve sleep and comfort. A good quality bed will also hold up much better to the stress that a bed experiences: from tossing and turning when you sleep to kids/pets jumping up to greet you in the morning and everything in between.
2. Style: Yes, you could just put your mattress on a frame and leave it at that but – the bed is the first thing people see when they enter a room and is the first place you should consider when decorating. A bed creates a style statement that will flow into the rest of the space.
SAVE: Choose a bed in a neutral colour with clean, classic lines and you’ll be able to update the look and feel of your room over the years without the bed looking outdated.
SMALL SPACE TIP: Short on space? Choose a stylish headboard rather then a full bed set. The headboard will create an eye-catching style statement but the lack of a footboard will allow the room to feel more spacious and open.
STEP 3: LINENS
SPLURGE: There is nothing worse then a perfect mattress topped with cheap, scratchy sheets! Invest in a cozy comforter or duvet and two quality sets of linens (sheets and pillow cases) so that you always have a spare set. You’ll want to make sure you have the correct size for your mattress (remember, some mattresses need extra deep sheets!) because no one enjoys waking up in the middle of the nights, tangled in a sheet that’s slipped off the mattress yet again!
SAVE: A good place to save is toss pillows and throw blankets. Since these are primarily decorative, you can choose less expensive pieces and easily switch them out in the future to change the look of the room. Another budget-savvy choice is a duvet. Choose a high-quality duvet and simply change the cover when you want to update your room!
SMALL SPACE TIP: For a small bedroom, limit the number of pillows and patterns you use to keep the bed from overwhelming the room.
STEP 4: STORAGE
SPLURGE: Our bedrooms often become the storage area for not only our clothes but also books, keepsakes, make-up, jewelry and more! Main storage pieces like a dresser or chest of drawers, will receive frequent use making quality an important consideration.
SAVE: For added storage, make use of the space below the dresser, under the bed or at the top of the closet for storing out-of-season items or rarely used items in boxes.
SMALL SPACE TIP: Make use of vertical space! Choosing a tall, narrow chest or wardrobe instead of a long dresser will allow you make better use of floor space within a small bedroom.
STEP 5: LIGHTING
SPLURGE: A bedroom can be used for many different activities requiring different lighting levels. Your lighting plans should include bright, overhead lighting (for cleaning, putting away laundry, etc) and task lighting for various areas of the room including beside the bed or near the vanity table/mirror. Your main light sources should be on a dimmer switch, allowing you to brighten the room when needed and then lower the lighting level easily when you want a more relaxing atmosphere.
SAVE: Find a lamp you love in a classic style and neutral colours. In the future, when you want to change up the room, you can save by simply replacing the shades for a whole new look!
SMALL SPACE TIP: If space is limited and night tables with table lamps are not an option, wall-mounted fixtures are the perfect option to provide task lighting for activities like reading in bed without using any floor space.