Your Guide To Creating A Cosy Bedroom Escape

Whether you work from home, or simply need somewhere to escape to at the end of a long day, turning your bedroom into a truly cosy space can do wonders to help you unwind and relax. From keeping things tidy but homely to installing a new bed for that ‘new room’ look, the smallest changes can make a world of difference to your physical and mental health. Here is your guide to creating a cosy bedroom escape.

A New Bed

A new bed can be a great way to inject some life back into your bedroom without having to completely redecorate. The trick, however, is to buy a new bed that is comfortable, suits your personal style and room decor and that gives you plenty of space to rest overnight. A 4ft small double, for example, gives you all the benefits of a double but takes up less room, perfect for a single sleeper. Having a comfortable night’s sleep can reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality too, which in our eyes, is a win-win! 

New Bedsheets

Soft and comfortable bedding is a must-have in any season and nowadays, you can usually pick some up relatively cheaply. However, finding the perfect set that not only suits your budget but is also comfortable and matches your bedroom’s decor can seem like an impossible task. With a bit of extra time and care spent searching, you can usually find something to suit and it can go a long way to making your bedroom feel put-together and cosy.

Rugs

If your bedroom has wooden floors or just an old carpet, a rug can make things feel cosy again by giving you something soft and comfortable to walk on. It can dull out any noise and provide insulation to keep your room warm even on cooler days. A large area rug that sits underneath furniture, such as your bed, can help to bring everything together and create a single space that you can relax in.

Get Creative With Lighting

When it comes to the lighting you use in your bedroom, the trick is to cover all bases. While having a bright ceiling light is a good idea for getting ready in the morning, having warmer lighting lower down in the room reportedly helps you sleep better at night. A bedside lamp, for example, not only leaves things feeling cosier as you head to bed, but have less of an effect on your natural drive to sleep compared to bright ceiling lights.

Candles are another good way to create a cosy ambience in a bedroom. The warm light can be inviting and relaxing and in the right scent, can have a calming effect after a long or stressful day.

Pick Peaceful Colours

As any decorator will tell you, colour can make or break a room. Different colour palettes will have different effects and so picking the right one for your bedroom can enhance a cosy atmosphere. Lavender, for example, offers all the stress-reducing effects of a purple shade while keeping things lighter and more muted. Soft greens mimic a more natural effect, bringing in a sense of serenity. A touch of soft grey tones can give your room a spot of colour without being too dramatic or dark, creating a calming effect, while blues are notorious for creating more calm environments, whether that’s pale blue or deep blue. 

If you do want to create a more dramatic look in your bedroom, offset these calming neutral colours with a single-wall bold print or deeper colour to create dimension.

Textures

Textures are everything in a bedroom and can create a comfortable look and feel as you settle down for the night. Soft comforters, textured pillows, embossed wallpaper and even an upholstered bed can dampen down sound, keep the room warm and give you something comfortable to lay with or against. Our Tamer Small Double Grey Fabric upholstered bed offers a comfortable sleep experience with the right level of texture to add visual weight and draw the eye.

Creating a cosy space involves a bit of TLC, careful design and a spot of self-care. Treating yourself to a new bed or a fresh coat of paint can make the world of difference when it comes to creating a comfortable place where you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Take a look at our range of small double beds to get started, or get in touch for help picking the perfect frame.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep For These Six Benefits

Time and time again, we’re all told that sleep is important for our health and wellbeing, but a surprising number of us don’t really know just what benefits a good night’s sleep can give. From helping improve concentration and attention spans at work, school or just in everyday life, to reducing stress and strengthening your immune system, getting the advised amount of sleep a day in the right bed can set you up for the day and help keep your health on track. Here are just some of the benefits of a good night’s sleep. 

Improved Concentration And Attention

Good sleep means more energy and with more energy, our brains can focus far better than when we’re tired. Having the right amount of sleep a night can help you to maintain attention throughout the day while a poor night’s sleep can actually impair your ability to concentrate or make sensible decisions. If you have a big event the next day, whether that’s a big decision, a long drive or you operate heavy machinery at work, you need to ensure you’re getting good sleep as much as possible.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

While sleep can’t directly affect your weight, studies have suggested that poor sleep can change hormones that tell you if you’re hungry or full. It can also have an effect on the types of foods you’ll be tempted to reach for, as less sleep usually means more energy is needed. For this reason, you could find yourself reaching for sugary or fatty foods for that energy boost you need, which may affect your weight in the long term.

Keep Your Immune System Strong

When we sleep, our bodies go through a rest and repair phase, tackling anything your body has been through throughout the day. It’s one of the reasons we’re always told to sleep if we’re feeling sick or healing from an injury or surgery! Sleeping gives your immune system a chance to do what it needs to do, while also restoring itself and staying in a fully operational and strong state so it can detect, destroy and prevent further invasions from bacteria or viruses.

Look After Your Mental And Emotional Health

Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our immune system, and sleep can have a positive effect on both. A lack of sleep can leave us feeling low or run-down, which can increase anxiety and the changes of experiencing depression-like symptoms. A lack of sleep in general can put you at increased risk of developing mental health issues and so taking our time to practice mindfulness before bed or simply making sure you get more sleep where you can, can make all the difference. 

Reduced Stress

Stress can be incredibly damaging to a lot of people, which is why we all need to take care to reduce our stress levels and manage existing stress properly. Stress can not only cause poor sleep, but it can be worsened by it and so this benefit is a bit of a dual-concern. Trying to relax a bit before bed can help you to get a good night’s sleep, which in term will relax the systems in your body that are responsible for the stress response, and ultimately leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever issues you are facing that cause the stress.

Lower Blood Pressure And Protect Your Heart

Sleep can help to lower your blood pressure and ultimately protect your heart against a number of issues, including diabetes and coronary heart disease. When we wake up, our sympathetic nervous systems are triggered, which causes our cardiovascular systems to start up and our blood pressure to increase in preparation of waking us up. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body won’t have the energy or ability to compensate for this, which can put strain on the heart and put you at higher risk of strokes, coronary heart disease and more.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for our health and mental wellbeing, which is why it’s vital to make sure you’re comfortable and getting the right amount of sleep. If you’ve been struggling to sleep lately, have you considered a new bed? Take a look at our range of 4ft small double beds to get started. For more information, feel free to get in touch, today.

Top Tips For Making A Small Bedroom Look Bigger

If you have or have ever had a small bedroom, you’ll know just how notoriously difficult they can be to decorate. Too little can leave the room feeling clinical, and too much create a cluttered, almost messy look that never quite feels clean and comfortable. With the right design tips, however, you can give the illusion of more space, ultimately making a smaller room look much bigger and more spacious. Here are our top tips for doing exactly that.

Be Smart With The Bed Size

Nowadays, you can get bed frames and mattresses in a huge variety of sizes, making it simple to find the perfect size for a small space. 4ft small double beds make for an ideal option for smaller bedrooms, by offering a larger, more spacious bed than a single, without requiring as much room as a full double. As long as the rest of the furniture in the room is scaled and sized to match, you can create the illusion of a larger room without compromising too much on space to spread out in bed.

Use Vertical Space

When there isn’t much in terms of floor space, using your vertical space – in other words, the walls – means making the most of the space you do have. By using the walls, you’ll draw the eye upwards, which ultimately makes the room seem larger. Using shelving, for example, will give you storage space for books or ornaments, while high-hanging curtains or drapes can also create an illusion of height and space.

Consider Storage Beds

If your room is small and lacking storage, your bed can be the perfect opportunity to bring in a little more space to store things. From divans with drawers or Ottoman beds for under-mattress storage options to bed frames on legs that offer space under the bed for boxes and other items, the possibilities are endless. The Livingston 4ft Hevea Oak Ottoman Bed Frame, for example, is a stylish but simple ottoman bedframe that promises plenty of under-bed storage room for extra pillows, blankets, clothes and more.

Keep Things Bright

Darker colours can make a room feel smaller, which is why the general advice is to keep smaller rooms bright and airy with lighter colour palettes. If you want prints or wallpaper, try and keep the design subdued with small patterns and lighter colours to prevent feeling closed in or suffocated. If you do want to include a darker colour in your room, why not consider painting the ceiling? This is another way to trick the eye into looking upwards and create an illusion of a taller ceiling – you can even have fun with it. Why not create the illusion of the night sky for a unique touch?

Reduce Clutter

Clutter is one of the biggest culprits for making a room feel small. The tidier a room is, the more spacious it can appear and this is particularly important for smaller bedrooms. While we all want some home comforts and decorations in our rooms to create a personal space, too much can leave things feeling claustrophobic and can limit the amount of space left for storage.

When it comes to making smaller rooms appear bigger, the possibilities are endless. It ultimately comes down to the size of the room, your personal style and what you need to fit into the space. Hopefully our tips have helped you get started, and feel free to take a look at our range of small double beds, including storage bed frames, perfect for smaller bedrooms.