One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to honor the space where it takes place, but most of us do not do that. Lives are busy, and things can get crowded. Our bedrooms become a free-for-all of kids toys, laundry folding, and exercise equipment.
Redecorating your bedroom and committing to keeping it a sacred space for sleep is one of the best expressions of self-care there is. There are several considerations for redecorating and strategizing for the space you have that could help encourage the sleep habits you need to improve your life.
Move Out Unnecessary Furniture
Do you have a treadmill doubling as a clothes hanger in the corner of your room? Your heart is in the right place, and exercise is a surprisingly great way to relax at the end of the day.
Exercise, however, is not the same as sleep so if there is somewhere else in your house that can store this equipment, you should strongly consider it.
The same goes for your desk. Work-related furniture and computers have no place in the bedroom and only serve to remind you of all of the things you could be doing instead of getting your rest.
Pro-Tip: Your work does not improve when you work longer, and sleep helps you to work more efficiently.
Start With Your Bedspread
Let’s save you the headache right now. It is much easier to match a color of paint to a bedspread that you’re in love with than it is to find a bedspread to match a color of paint that you’ve already chosen.
It’s surprising how many people do it the opposite way and end up compromising on their linens.
The bedspread is the focal point of your bedroom, and it not only sets the tone of your room, but it also can play a huge part in your nighttime comfort.
If you sleep hot, try to find fabrics like bamboo or cotton that breathe easily so hot air can escape and cool air can flow in. If you don’t like a lot of weight on top of you, forgo comforters and look for a beautiful quilt or a thinner spread.
Rethink Your Walls
Red may be your favorite color, but it’s not the best choice for your bedroom. Relaxation spaces tend toward lighter and more subtle colors for a reason, but don’t rule out deeper and richer jewel tones that may help create a cozy environment.
You’re not relegated to pastels, is what we’re saying here, but save the red for accent pieces.
Also, can you think of another room in your house where you stare at the ceiling as often as you do in your bedroom? Don’t forsake the opportunity to spruce up the view looking up.
You could think of building a canopy bed or installing a beautiful chandelier that emits soft and soothing dim lighting.
Pick the Right Bed Size
For picking a bed size, you not only have to consider the needs of yourself and your partner, but you also need to think about the space you have to work with.
You may feel like you can only sleep in a King but if it takes up every available inch of space, you’ll just end up stubbing your toes on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Some mattresses offer expanded size ranges beyond the usual Twin, Full, Queen, and King. Though less common, you might also want to think about Full XL, Olympic Queens and California King that could represent a change in shape you won’t notice while sleeping but could open up opportunities for your bedroom layout.
Think about Storage
If you don’t have enough storage for your clothes, it’s only natural that clothing will pile up on chairs and in laundry baskets. If dirty clothes collect in piles, it may be that the hamper is too out of the way or in an inconvenient spot.
Look at places where mess tends to accumulate and build and place storage in places that will help prevent it.
Kids like to play in mom and dad’s room, and if you’re not willing to break the habit, maybe a toy chest is in order to offset those middle of the night foot-to-lego disasters.
Invest in Linens
Sheets, pillows, and linens are one area that you don’t want to skimp, and selecting higher quality materials now will always save you money later because they won’t wear out as fast.
You do need to consider your individual needs, however.
Do not be seduced by thread count. The bedding industry has been peddling these myths for years, claiming that higher thread count means softer and more quality sheets.
This is not necessarily the case, and sheets between the 200-400 range should suit most folks just fine.
We know, we know. This is a lot to take in. It’s just a bedroom! But just a little restructuring can take your room from good to great and help you create the restful haven you deserve.
Do a little or a lot. Change one item or overhaul the entire room. The choice is yours, but you’ll be sleeping better (and feeling the benefits) either way.