Good Things for the Bedroom
These smart bedroom ideas will help you complete the look and feel of your room.
Nothing completes your boudoir like a headboard -- it provides a focal point and makes the whole room more inviting. The store-bought kind can be expensive and bulky, so try this shortcut: Using the lines in a graphic wallpaper as your guide, cut out a silhouette that serves as a virtual headboard.
Mattress Rotation Reminder
For even wear and a longer life, a mattress should be flipped four times a year (alternating between end-over-end and side-over-side rotation). Hotels keep track by marking each end of a mattress: one says "January" (right side up) and "April" (upside down), the other "October" (right side up) and "July" (upside down). Whenever one of those months rolls around, adjust the mattress so that the appropriate month's name is right side up at the foot of the bed.
A simple technique lets you turn any expanse of pretty fabric into a welcoming coverlet.
Bedside Water Glass
You don't need carafes and matching tumblers to provide overnight guests with water. Simply fill a tall, narrow glass, and cover it with a shorter, wider tumbler to keep out dust. Set the glasses on a small tray on the nightstand to catch any drips. Houseguests can flip over the top glass and pour themselves water.
Easy Bedside Table
If you rarely make use of your serving trays, place one atop a collapsible stand or luggage rack and voila -- an instant bedside table to enjoy every day. Allow room for a second, smaller tray on top, and you can ferry a pitcher of water to your room and still have a spot for all your bedtime essentials.
Quick Duvet Cover
Ready-made duvet covers can be pricey, and you may not be able to find one with just the right color or pattern to complement your sheets. Make your own perfect match with just two flat sheets.
Clever Box Spring Cover
If you want to dress up your bed but find dust ruffles a bit fussy, consider slipping a fitted sheet over your box spring for a streamlined look.
A solid old door, refinished and hung sideways, becomes a perfect -- and perfectly inexpensive -- headboard for a bed.
Give your overnight guests the five-star treatment by setting chilled spring water on their nightstand. Choose a vessel, such as a vase or a large julep cup, that is deep enough to accommodate a small bottle and ice. Place a saucer underneath to collect the condensation and protect the surface of the table.
New Bed Skirt
It's hard to decide which is the bigger eyesore: an exposed box spring or some of the froufrou dust ruffles currently on the market. One easy, low-cost solution is to cover the box spring with a drape of rectangular fabric.
Leftovers are the bane of the sewing room as well as the kitchen. But the same creativity that inspired cassoulet can save odd lengths of fabric from ragbag ignominy. One idea: Use strips of cloth or lace to trim the opening of a cotton pillowcase. A monogrammed handkerchief from a flea market can be folded diagonally and machine-stitched to a pillowcase, creating a wonderful gift for someone with the right initial.
Given the increasing demand for all things eco, any aspect of your dream bedroom can now come in some type of organic, natural, or otherwise socially redeeming form -- not to mention stylishly chic and super luxurious. In this room, an old headboard was repurposed with a new linen slipcover. The window cover comes from Maharam, a company that supports eco-practices. And the Rugmark hand-knotted carpet's label signals that no child labor was used in its production.
Here's a way to display a favorite quilt and provide your bed with a new headboard. Purchase a wooden drapery rod, two brackets, and hanging hardware from a home-supply store. Paint the drapery rod and brackets to match the bedroom walls, and let dry. Install the brackets above the bed, positioning them at the desired height, and put the rod in place. Drape the quilt over the rod, lining up the bottom edges so that it hangs evenly.
A duvet cover does a yeoman's job in protecting a comforter from spills, stains, and general wear and tear. To prevent the comforter from shifting around inside the cover, most need a slight modification. Sew two pieces of 2-inch-long fabric tape to all four inside corners of the duvet cover; at each corner of the comforter, push the filler toward the center, tie the fabric tape around the bunched fabric, and sleep happily ever after.
Ombre Slipcover and Pillowcases
The headboard slipcover and matching pillowcases are shrouded in sky-blue linen that's dyed a deeper, sea-inspired tone, embodying the spare beauty of a monochromatic palette.