Upgrade and Better


Looking to upgrade your bed so that it’s more stylish and comfortable? Look no further: we’ve got some expert tips on how to create your ultimate bed.

Whether you’re upgrading your current home, moving to a new space, or looking for ways to improve your sleep, you might be wondering how to create the perfect bed.

And you aren’t alone: many of us have been spending more time at home and looking for ways to make it more comfortable.

Your bed is a fantastic place to start, given you spend (ideally) at least 8 hours per day in it recharging for the day ahead.

Need some inspiration?

Check out these expert tips for creating the ideal bed for your individual preferences and needs.

1. Find the Right Mattress

A mattress that’s too old, firm, or soft can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Over time, this situation may even lead to spine misalignment and other types of body pain.

Fortunately, getting a high-quality mattress that’s right for you is more convenient and affordable than ever before.

One benefit of visiting a mattress store in person is that you can test out the array of options before deciding.

However, quite a few online companies guarantee your satisfaction and will pick up the mattress after a certain number of nights if you're not satisfied. And, of course, give you a refund, too.

2. Add a Mattress Topper and Cover

For an extra layer of luxury, add a mattress topper. These options are available in a wide range of materials and offer comfort in different ways depending on what appeals to you.

For example, many people opt for a memory foam topper to add luxurious comfort over a more firm, supportive mattress. Others enjoy the pillowy sensation of down (or a hypoallergenic alternative).

Whichever you choose, always cover your mattress and topper with a mattress cover to protect your investment from dust mites, sweat, and pet dander.

3. Upgrade Your Sheets

The sheets on your bed have direct contact with your skin, so it’s essential to make sure you’re treating yourself to a genuinely comfortable set.

But beware: the majority of sheets available may feel soft at the store but have a smooth coating that disappears after the first wash. This practice is particularly true of value-priced sheet sets made from cheaper materials.

If possible, avoid synthetic materials (like polyester) and select sheets with a high thread count of natural materials such as cotton and silk. Natural fibers are more breathable, making them more comfortable for every season.

4. Switch Up Your Comforter Seasonally

Unless you live in a region with one consistent climate throughout the year, you might want to have more than one comforter and swap them out when the temperature changes seasonally.

Some manufacturers claim that their products keep you cool in the summer and warm during the frigid winter months, but it isn’t usually the case.

Consider thinner options in the summer and spring, like a 100% cotton quilt that provides comforting weight without being too warm. You can get cozy with fluffy, soft comforters filled with down or a hypoallergenic alternative fill when the evenings become colder.

5. Pick Out the Perfect Sleeping Pillows

The right sleeping pillow can be a total game-changer. It can help you fall asleep faster and wake up less frequently during the night, as well as protect your spine from misalignment.

But sleeping pillows aren’t one size fits all. The good news is that most pillows show the sleeping position that will benefit most from each level of thickness on the label:
  • Side Sleepers
  • Back Sleepers
  • Stomach Sleepers
  • Combination Sleepers
Not sure which one applies to you? Think about the position that feels most comfortable and in which you typically fall asleep. While you are likely to adjust throughout the evening hours, most people (except combination sleepers) tend to return to their default position and stay there most of the night.


6. Reconsider Your Colors

Now that you’ve taken care of the comfort factors, you can start thinking about aesthetics.


The first step?
Choosing a color palette. You can certainly have fun with this process by getting creative, mixing different colors that play well together, and thinking outside the box.

However, keep in mind that certain colors and palettes are more helpful in promoting calm and relaxation.

Feel free to add accents of bolder colors with accessories like clocks and vases. But when it comes to your bed, stick to softer tones.

Think muted lavender, soft yellow, vintage shades of light blue, and earth tones such as sage green. Remember: using soft, light tones for your bedding doesn’t mean you can’t mix interesting patterns and use multiple colors.

Pro tip: add dimension by layering neutral colors like white and grey with your colors of choice.


7. Add Decorative Pillows

Sure, sleeping pillows are a functional luxury that makes the time you spend sleeping all the better. But during the day, after you make your bed, you can enjoy it just as much as you do at night by adding decorative pillows.


How?
Once you’ve selected your ideal color palette, choose some decorative pillows to give your bed that home store catalog appeal you’re always swooning over.

Mix different sizes, colors, textures, and patterns that align with your vision. No need for perfection, either. Don’t overthink the placement of decorative pillows, placing them casually in any arrangement that invokes comfort.


Add Side Tables

Make your bed a haven by adding side tables for keeping items like a water glass, book, glasses, and softly lit alarm clock nearby.

This simple hack can help avoid the need to get up once you’ve settled down for the night, keeping you on track to drift off to sleep more easily.

While you can opt for larger side tables that double as dressers and bookshelves, make sure the height is compatible with the height of your bed. Keeping the measurements consistent means that you'll avoid the temptation to allow clutter to build up on top.

If your space is small, you can find plenty of options to fit your needs that will give you the benefits of a side table without taking up too much space.

Spritz Some Linen Spray

Using a relaxing aromatherapy linen spray can be an excellent way to help you relax and fall asleep in your ideal bed.

There is a wide array of options available, but check the label to ensure that the linen spray you choose is safe for bedding. For example, some linen fresheners deodorize couches and accent pillows, but they shouldn't make prolonged contact with your skin.

Select natural options specifically designed to add the relaxing fragrance of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, vanilla, and rose. Avoid energizing scents such as citrus and peppermint to avoid stimulating your senses right before bed.

Conclusion

When you’re not getting enough sleep, it affects nearly every aspect of daily life. It can be frustrating, mainly when your bed is to blame.

Fortunately, these tips are sure to help you create the ultimate bed that’s right for you.

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Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Alexan Gallerie with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Alexan Gallerie the place to call home.