A comfortable Bensons Bed

7 Things every bedroom
should be

Plus tips on how to achieve them

What makes the perfect bedroom?

The answer of course is lots of things, from the bed you sleep on, to the bedroom furniture you choose. But we think there’s more to it than that. We believe there are 7 key ingredients everyone wants their bedroom to be. 7 qualities that make a bedroom perfect in every way. Over the next few pages we’re going to count them down. And more than that, we’ll show you how to achieve them too.

Contents

This information guide will tell you all you need to know about creating your perfect bedroom.

 
 

5. Tidy

How tidying your room could help you sleep better

You’ve heard the phrase, ‘tidy house, tidy mind’. Well, there’s a lot of truth in it. A cluttered house can make you feel tired and stressed. So here are few tips on how to declutter and destress at the same time.

Goodybye floordrobe,
hello wardrobe

If you’re the kind of person forever dropping your clothes on the floor and forgetting to pick them up, you’re not alone. More and more people confess to having a “floordrobe” – but help is at hand. These days, the traditional wardrobe is more sophisticated than you might think. You can buy an array of helpful storage device to fit alongside the hangers – everything from drawers to shelves.


Hang it all

Floor space at a premium? Wall-hung storage units could be the answer. A cabinet that runs from floor to ceiling in the corner of the room would be ideal for storing shoes. Or you could invest in a fabric shelving unit that hangs from the back of your bedroom door.

Build around your bed

You’d be surprised how much space there is around your bed, especially when you go floor-to-ceiling, then right across the width of the bed. Even if the cupboards are thin, they will be plenty big enough for storing those items you wear less frequently – occasional dresses or suits,for example.


Get into baskets and boxes

They look good, cost next to nothing and are great for tidying away the clutter. Wicker baskets or smart cardboard boxes are ideal for dividing and conquering clutter, anything from jewellery and trinkets to small pieces of underwear. Next time you’re in the pound shop…

 

6. Functional

How to make your bedroom work harder.

A place for everything and everything in its place. Here are our tips on how to make your bedroom feel bigger, tidier and more efficient.

How about a sofa bed?

If your bedroom is on the small side, you may find your bed tends to dominate the room. Alternatively, a sofa-bed gives the impression that your bedroom is more of an informal sitting room, great for reading or reclining. Worth thinking about.

Choose mirrored wardrobes

Do you have to leave the bedroom to see your full reflection? Instead, invest in mirrored wardrobes so you can see your ensemble in its entirety. Not only will it save you time in the morning, it offers the added bonus of making the room seem bigger.

Make your furniture more efficient

A wardrobe needn’t just a be a place for hanging clothes up. There are lots of clever additions you can make to get the space working harder. Drawers for belts, floor shelving for shoes, even clever hooks and hangers... the possibilities are endless.

Invest in a storage bed

Making use of the free space under your bed is a simple way to create extra storage. A storage bed is ideal if you want something a bit more stylish than a standard divan bed. Choose between storage drawers or an ottoman-style bed that fully lifts up, letting you store your belongings inside.

The 5 key pieces of bedroom furniture

  • Wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Bed
  • Bedside tables
  • Dresser
 

7. Adaptable

How to turn a bedroom into a…

A place for everything and everything in its place. Here are our tips on how to make your bedroom feel bigger, tidier and more efficient.

There are times when a bedroom needs to be more than a place in which to sleep. It is important to work out in advance what the function of the room is tobe and then the decorating can be carried out accordingly.

Will the bedroom need to have an area set aside for a computer desk and is there any requirement for additional storage space? Advance planning is important and there are a number of things that can be done to create the space required within the room and allow it to be as functional as possible.

…TV Room

If you have to compete with your family to watch the TV show you want to watch, why not transform your bedroom into a TV room? The extreme way of doing this involved removing all bedroom furniture, sound-proofing the walls and investing in the best audio-visual system you can afford. Or... you could keep it simple and invest in a TV bed. TV beds store a full-screen TV in the footboard of the bed, ready for you to lay back and tune in whenever the mood takes you.

Lucetta Metal Bed Frame

…Spare Room

If you have guests visiting regularly, a guest bed is the ideal solution. With one fold-out bed that stows away discreetly under another, you can use a guest bed as a standard single, or two separate single beds. Or you could fasten them together as an oversized double. They can usually be operated with minimal effort... great for impromptu guests.

…Study Room

If you have kids doing homework, or you find yourself working from home now and then, a bedroom is a great place to work, being both quiet and comfortable. But you have to get it right. Fitting shelves gives you a useful place to keep books to hand. If you have a desk, position it so you have your back to your bed. And tidy up... a tidy room will help you concentrate better.

…Sitting Room

Your bedroom is likely to be the most comfortable and relaxing room in your house. So why not turn it into a sitting room? Even just a small side-chair, or a bench beneath you bedroom window would give you a place to sit and read... or simply somewhere to sit down and take of your shoes and socks in comfort.

 

Dr Guy's tips for a comfortable night's sleep

We’re all different when it comes to how many hours sleep we need. Most people sleep for about 7-8 hours but some can manage on far less and others, such as children need even more to help themselves develop and grow. So how do you know what your optimal sleep is? When waking up, if you feel refreshed and have plenty of energy to get through the day, then chances are, you are getting the right amount of sleep for you.

Dr. Guy Meadows