Treat Yourself to a Cozier Bedroom this Fall

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Fall is here, and for many of us, that means a drop in the temperature accompanied by more wind and rain. What, then, could be better than spending more time snuggled up in bed?

Fall is the perfect time to concentrate your efforts on making the bedroom a whole lot cozier, and it’s actually pretty simple to do. Here are some quick ideas to increase your comfort in the bedroom during the fall/winter seasons:

Upgrade Your Mattress

It’s hard to feel all warm, comfy and cozy when there are lumps in your mattress, or even worse springs sticking out, threatening to pierce a hole through your pajamas at any given moment. So, if your mattress isn’t up to scratch, consider upgrading to one of these hotel quality mattresses. You’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, floating through the warm summer sky if you do.

Get Your Flannel On

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Once you’ve sorted out your mattress, you’re going to want to dress that bed, and in the fall, the best way to dress your bed is with lots of cozy flannel sheets and blankets. Top them off with a luxurious down comforter and certainly won’t be feeling a chill in the bedroom.

Add a Splash of Color

If you’re up for a spot of decorating, adding warm neutral colors like browns, beiges, and grays, along with the occasional red or orange will help to warm your bedroom up and keep the space soothing enough that dropping off to sleep is easy.

Install Blackout Blinds

You know what makes the bedroom really cozy? Darkness. Okay, you’ll want to light a few nice scented candles, so that you can actually see what you’re doing, but when the only light in your room is emanating from a flame, there is something very pleasing about it that you just don’t get in a light, bright room. Blackout blinds also aid sleep, too.

Buy a Rug

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If you have wooden floors in the bedroom and you don’t want to get a nasty shock when you wake up in the morning and step directly onto a freezing floor, buying a comfortable, fleecy rug is imminently sensible and will make your room look, as well as feel, cozier.

Hang Some Fairy Lights

As well as having a few candles in your bedroom this fall, you may also want to  hand a few fairy lights on the wall, wrap them around your bed frame or arrange them around your floral display because fairly lights at a soft, comforting ambience to any room, and they’re pretty cheap and easy to hang too.

Cover it in Cushions

I’m firm of the opinion that you can never have too many cushions in the bedroom, High-quality cushions and throw pillows can not only be used to support your neck and body as you sleep, read or relax, but they are perfect for snuggling into when the wind is howling, and you’re watching the rain fall from your bedroom window.

As you can see, with a few simple tweaks, you can increase your bedroom’s coziness quota, by oh, at least 60 percent, and you’ll be glad you did when you’re safely huddled up in bed on those bitterly cold nights.

Hot Summers Night: How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleeping in hot weather is about as horrendous as a first world problem can get. All that tossing and turning, your sheets sticking to you as you roll over for the four-thousandth time, your sweat somehow becoming the strongest super-glue known to humankind. It’s one of the worst, and that is without even mentioning the side-effects of not getting any sleep which, let’s be honest, isn’t great. After all, sleep is one of those healthy habits we all need to get into the habit of doing.

 

That is why we have done our research, dug around, asked our most innovative friends for their advice, and come up with a list of little tips and tricks that can help you endure the warm summer nights and wake up feeling super-duper refreshed. So, without further ado, we bring to you a list of the best tried and tested means of keeping cool when your eyes are closed.

 

Sheet Splash

One of the best ways to keep yourself cool just long enough to fall asleep is to splash your sheets with ice cool water before you slip under the covers. We don’t mean fill up a bucket and toss it over your bed, we just mean sprinkle a bit on your sheets; a light misting if you will. This will help you cool down and prevent you sweating, which is exactly what you need in order to slip off into the land of nod.

 

Awesome Aircon

Aircon is fantastic for keeping you cool, but most people only used in the day because the costs can quickly add up when it is left on all night. Well, there are some tricks you can use to reduce the costs and allow you to catch some Zs. Home Comfort owner Ken Starr explains how a single maintenance check can restore your A/C device back to its factory settings, making it more efficient and cost-effective. The other thing you could do is plug it into a timer socket, which would prevent it from all night and switch off about half an hour after you start dreaming. That’s what we’re here for.

 

Power Down

If you are like the rest of society then you probably have a multitude of electronic devices on charge by your bedside table. Your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your Tamagotchi and whatever else. You may even have a bedroom TV and an alarm clock. However, by turning off all your plugs at the socket, not only will you be saving yourself some money and energy, you will also make your room cooler. The reason being, your plugs give off a significant amount of heat.

 

No Nakedness

It can be so tempting to get into your birthday suit when it gets really hot, but whipping off all your clothes is not the answer when it comes to getting a great night sleep. What you want to do instead is sleep in cotton pajamas, something light and airy. The reason being these will allow your skin to breath while any sweat is soaked up rather than clinging to your body. That means your sheets won’t come untucked every time you roll over.

 

Drink Awareness

What you drink in the hours before bed can make a huge difference to how well you are able to sleep, and that is without accounting for the hot, hot, hot weather. Booze will affect your ability to sleep even more when the night is warm. As such, drink something that is known to encourage a good night’s sleep, and take a glass of ice-cold water to bed with you. That way you’ll easily be able to regulate your temperature should you get too hot.

 

Ice Pack

When the winter settles in, we all love snuggling up with a hot water bottle and keeping warm that way. That’s why it is so worth going the way and making a nice ice pack that you can then snuggle up with when it is hot. All you need to do is fill a sock with rice, tie a knot in the end and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then take it to bed with you and place it gently on your pulse points – wrists, ankles, feet, temples – and feel your body temperature instantly drop. Hello, good night’s sleep.

 

Old-School

The big problem with having a fan in your room is that it just blows warm air about and no one wants to be in a bedroom where a hot desert wind is blowing about. That’s why it is worth making a few amendments to your fan’s abilities. First off, try filling a bowl with a large chunk of ice (or just loads of little chunks of ice) and placing that in front of the blades. As the ice melts, your warm wind will turn to a gorgeous cool wind. The other thing you could do is face your fan toward the open window. This will then pull the warmness away from your room and toss it outside, where it belongs.

Create The Perfect Playroom For Your Kids

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Your child’s playroom is the one room in the house where you can let your imagination run riot. From bright, funky colors to wonderfully themed wallpapers, there are many ways you can be creative.

So where to start? Here are some ideas you might find useful.

Talk to your kids

Before you make a start on the room remember one important thing. This isn’t your room! You are designing it for your children. You might want to let your inner child cut loose and design everything your way, but you need to compromise. What are your children interested in? Superheroes are the in thing at the moment, but your kids are guaranteed to tell you what they want in no uncertain terms. As far as is practical and affordable, create a room that suits their imagination.

 Flooring ideas

The room needs to be child-friendly. While carpeting will be soft on your child’s feet, it may not be the most practical choice. Instead, you may consider laminate flooring. This is ideal as you will easily be able to mop up any drink spills your child makes.  Another flooring idea is rubber tiles. There are many colorful and themed designs dependant on your children’s age, and it will be comfortable underfoot too.

Older children will be keen to invite their friends over and hang out. Therefore, consider seating, from beanbags to inflatable chairs. Sofa beds are also a good idea as they are perfect for sleepovers.

Storage options

A playroom needs somewhere to store toys and books. You can purchase brightly colored bookshelves and storage boxes that are good to look at as well as being practical. You should also color coordinate them with the overall look of the room. A moveable trolley is also a helpful solution when space is an issue. Remember to be safe. Your child needs to be able to reach their belongings, so don’t store toys on high shelves, and where possible attach storage units to the walls.

You can add to your child’s learning in your storage. On each toy box stick on an appropriate picture so your child can quickly access the toys they need. For example, a picture of a car or a Disney character on appropriate boxes will make it easier for you and them to find what they are looking for. Of course, getting them to put their toys away in the right boxes is another matter.

Creative spaces

Play is one way your children use their imagination, but you should also consider their creativity. Should you have space, create a designated area for whatever they are interested in, from reading to painting, as well as a homework corner. You should allow them to use their creativity in the design of the room, so have one wall that can be used as a blank canvas. Using paint or chalk that can easily be washed away, this is the perfect place to let their artistic imaginations flow.

 

Remember, your children will grow and their tastes will change. You will need to be flexible and adapt the room accordingly.

 

 

 

Your Messy Bedroom Disturbing Your Sleep?

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Your bedroom should be the most relaxing place in the home. But the reality for many parents is that becomes something of a cluttered mess, full of bits and bobs, laundry leftovers, and junk. And while your messy bedroom might be helping the rest of your home look OK, it certainly isn’t doing your sleep any favors. According to research, people with untidy rooms experience more sleep disruptions than those that keep their bedrooms nice and tidy. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some simple solutions to the cluttered bedroom conundrum.

Create a home for everything

It’s not much of a surprise that the bedroom quickly becomes a dumping ground – especially when you have kids. When there is a lot to do around the home, the simple solution is to hide away the mess, and your bedroom is often the ideal spot. But it’s important to stop doing this as soon as possible. If you don’t have enough storage around the house to give every item a home, invest in some. It makes tidying up so much easier when you have enough storage, and most importantly, means you don’t have to use your bedroom as a dump.

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Leave daytime life at the door

What goes on in the day often comes with us when we go to bed. It’s important to try and forget about the problems and stresses of the day, but it’s hard to do if you are surrounded by reminders. Don’t use the bedroom as a place to keep documents, bills, or work projects – leave them elsewhere in the home, so they have less ability to play on your mind. It’s the same with your electronic devices. Having a smartphone near your bed means you could be disturbed by notifications, or have work on your mind when you are trying to get to sleep.

Keep your bed clean – and cool

Make sure that you are washing your bed sheets and pillowcases at least once a week. And invest in some new covers, too – as you can view here, the sheets you choose can have a significant impact on your sleep quality, as some materials will help you keep cooler than others. Natural fibers are necessary, and you should also avoid choosing mattresses or pillows that have been made from allergen-free materials.

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Light and noise pollution

It’s not just mess, junk, and paperwork that are causing you clutter in the bedroom. Light and sound are also clutter of sorts, and you need to ensure you are doing all you can to block it out. Sources of light from outside, for example, could trick your brain into thinking it is time to get up, rather than time to go to bed. And outside noises will wake you up, too, so consider investing in some earplugs is a good idea. You also might have some success by sleeping with some form of white noise in your room – a bedroom fan or even an untuned radio might do the trick.

Hope these tips help – feel free to share your cluttered bedroom experiences below!