Last month, we showed you how to create a tranquil escape, right in your own bedroom. But no bedroom is truly complete without your best bed. It leads to your best sleep, snuggles, and truly…your best days.
Step One: The Mattress
Obviously you need your dream mattress! A mattress can be a large purchase with a lifespan of 8 – 10 years, so definitely do some research before you buy. You can always go to a mattress store, but many furniture retailers, including Value City Furniture, now also have a great variety of mattresses, allowing you to buy everything all in one place.
Be sure to note that mattresses are one of those products where a higher price point does not necessarily mean better quality. Sometimes you could end up paying for extra features that don’t improve sleep quality. This includes height! There has been a recent trend toward up-selling a thicker mattress for more money. But, so long as your mattress is at least eight inches thick, you’ll be just fine.
Although it’s not necessary, a mattress pad provides you with an extra layer of comfort and protects your mattress from dust. If you’re really looking for extra cushion, it’s a must-buy.
Step Two: The Headboard
You can’t call your bed a true “grown up” bed unless you’re rocking a headboard. It’s a sad but true fact. Some also claim that placing your bed in the center of the wall (not in a corner) is another sign of adulthood, but as someone who like to curl against the wall…I reject this claim.
Your headboard doesn’t have to be fancy, and you certainly don’t need a sleigh bed. There are plenty of affordable headboards out there that are the perfect introductory addition to your room. If you have neutral colored bedding, go for something bold in a bright color. But if you prefer amore classic look, there are plenty of options (here, here and here) that are great choices.
Step Three: The Toppers
Then you can outfit your bed just the way you want!
One of my favorite things about the summertime is finally getting to crank up the AC and break out my lighter bedding. It’s my own little surprise welcome to the season. And you don’t have to spend a fortune on high thread counts or fancy brands to do this, but just choose something light-colored (darker sheets can actually absorb heat from light in your bedroom during the day and retain it) and lightweight that feels good against your skin. I always choose something made from natural fibers because they also breathe better. This one from Value City Furniture is perfect for summer!
And of course any perfect bed needs a mixture of pillows for color and fluff. Top your bed with a pair of shams in whatever sizes you prefer. Your sleeping pillows will likely match your sheet set, but to complete the look, add decorative throw pillows. When piling them on, follow the rule of odds. Use a set of three, five or seven pillows to add aesthetic interest. And feel free to add different colors than the ones on your duvet, just keep them in the same color family. This is a great balance of a neutral color with added interest.
The cuddle down for a great night’s sleep!