Everyone knows not getting enough sleep is bad for your health. Getting the right amount of Zs is a big deal, and it’s much easier to bed down for the night if you’re sleeping in a beautiful and well-arranged bedroom.
We’ve talked before about how to make a home layout that matches you and your family’s style. So, how do you go about taking the layout of your bedroom to the next level? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it with these easy-to-follow steps.
Get the lay of the land
First things first — you need to conceptualize your dream bedroom. What’s the shape of the room you have? Is it rectangular or square? If you’re really into solving the finer details, take some measurements and draw out the space on paper. At the very least, giving yourself a rough idea of the room’s size helps. If you need inspiration, check out our list of home improvement resources.
Some other things to consider:
- Are there windows in the room? Where will sunlight and shade be a factor?
- Where is the door positioned relative to the rest of the room?
- If it’s a small space, what are the most important elements you want in the room (besides your bed, of course)?
- What is your budget? Whether it’s redecorating or applying for your mortgage, it always pays to assess your financial situation.
Think about the room’s look and feel
You’re probably pretty excited to start moving furniture — but hold on! Something even more fun comes first: planning out the sights and scents.
Make sure you pick a restful shade of paint for the bedroom. You want something that’s serene and calming. Surveys show that blue bedrooms provide a better night’s sleep. Don’t care for blue? Choose any color that makes you breathe a tranquil sigh of relief. It all comes down to your personal taste.
The right scents can also help you rest easy. Open windows allow natural outdoor scents to waft in with a breeze. Or you can add your favorites smells by way of oil diffusers, candles, or even the wood your dresser is made from. There are plenty of options, though common ones for the bedroom include sandalwood, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, and sage. Get creative, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in here.
Move that furniture
Now that you’ve figured out your bedroom’s concept, it’s time to select and arrange furniture. Here are some ideas to help you decide what you’re going to place and where you’re going to place it:
- The wall opposite to the main door of the bedroom is a great place for your bed. This way, the headboard is the first thing you see when you come in. If space prohibits, try positioning it diagonally in relation to the main door.
- If the windows are going to be open a lot, avoid putting the bed beneath one, as this can be a source of uncomfortable airflow.
- Don’t obstruct your ability to swiftly enter or exit the room. In case of emergency, you need a quick way out.
- Find a home for the bed first. Arrange any other pieces in areas around it. Remember that your bedroom is for sleeping, so making it comfortable for that is top priority!
- If you need more space, you can try placing your chest of drawers in the closet.
Don’t forget to lift with your knees, not your back!
The finishing touches
You’ve got your room all painted and smelling nice, with a perfectly positioned bed. Now, you can add other features if you like. A comfy chair, a small writing desk, a wall-mounted TV — all of these can elevate your bedroom to a place of luxurious relaxation. Try to make your room as dark as possible with blackout curtains for optimal rest.
All that’s left after that is a great night’s sleep! Avoid looking at electronic screens too close to bedtime. And if you’re having trouble sleeping, get up and do something else for 10 minutes. There are plenty of other ways to spirit yourself to dreamland.
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