Your Best Bedroom: 14 Ways to Upgrade Your Favorite Room in the House
Let the Linens Speak for the Room
For most of us, the bedroom is the ultimate respite. It's where we go to recharge, enjoy a guilty pleasure on television, or dive into a favorite book. The bedroom should be soothing; it should be clean, cared for, and welcoming, reflecting the type of peace of mind you'd like to achieve.
The cloth you use to cover your bed will set the mood for the room entirely. Red-patterned duvet cover: My, what a sultry room you have. Pale green sheets with white pillows: How very calming. The better you understand your bed linens, the better your relationship with your bed will be.
Learn How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
The seemingly impossible task: How does one fold something neatly when the thing itself is so amorphous? Dream the impossible dream and just learn how to properly fold a fitted sheet once and for all.
The bedroom is special -- it's where you are "at ease," curled on your side with a good book (or iPad), fading off to much-needed sleep. Make it truly unique by adding your own personal touches to your safe haven!
Buy the Right Pillows
Your pillow cradles your head at night. Make sure to buy one that matches you: The firmness of your pillow should depend on how you like to sleep. Both back and side sleepers should have a medium-firm pillow, filled with a combination of down and feathers, or silk. Stomach sleepers should have a soft pillow filled with down to prevent neck strain.
Remember to Wash Your Pillows
All pillows should have a pillowcase, which should be washed regularly. But in the event that the pillow itself gets soiled (we're looking at you, morning coffee!), you should know how to clean the pillow itself. Luckily, most pillows can be laundered, with the exception of silk and wool pillows.
Get Inspired by Superior Bedrooms
Feeling insecure about your plain-Jane bedroom? Looking to renovate? Draw some inspiration from these amazing bedrooms.
Give It a Thorough Revamp Every Once in a While
We love our bedrooms, but there are times when the old slumber room begins to feel stale. You've seen that wall before, and your headboard is boring. Try these ideas for a makeover that'll make sleepytime way more stylish.
Use a Linen Spray
Let the soothing scent of lavender permeate your sleep space -- you'll feel as if you've entered a private sleep spa. Make your own lavender-scented tonic and spray it across your bedroom for a restful sleep.
Make the Bed
The bed is the star of your bedroom -- so make it look good! Make it every morning -- you may find that snuggling into a well-made bed at the end of the day feels way more satisfying than flopping onto a pile of crumpled sheets.
DIY Your Organizers
Boots on the floor, pictures scattered across your desk, tangles of belts -- it's hard to feel relaxed in your bedroom if your personal belongings are strewn across the room like an obstacle course (don't step on the stillettos!). These crafty organizers will keep your clothing, collectibles, and more in fine form so that you can fully relax.
Where There's a Will, There's an Oasis
Even the best bedrooms don't always provide the best sleep. Is there light coming in the window? A blinking LED button from your laptop? What's the temperature in your bedroom? This checklist will help you build your sleep oasis so that it's truly sleep-inducing -- no more sleepless nights!