Wouldn’t it be great if all master bedrooms came with an en-suite bathroom? For me, a master bedroom is not really a master bedroom unless it does come with its own en-suite bathroom, as this is a big part of what makes that ‘master’ bedroom so special. This is especially true if the master bedroom happens to be located in the loft area of the house; if it doesn’t have its own en-suite bathroom upstairs then it would mean the occupant/occupants would have to traverse a set of stairs, twice every time they wanted to/needed to use the bathroom. Having to go up and down a set of stairs every-time I had to use the loo would completely over-shadow the other benefits of the so called master bedroom, in my opinion.
The added luxury that one has when having an en-suite of being able to roll out of bed and go straight into the bath or shower is a big one for me, also it offers another layer of privacy for the occupant of the master bedroom. The en-suite bathroom to that master bedroom will pretty much never be used by anyone apart from the person or persons living in the master bedroom, which is a big benefit if you ask me and I am almost certain that most people would agree. Having to share a bathroom with multiple people is always a drag, even if they are family, so for this reason alone I see the en-suite as really being a necessity.
The en-suite bathroom doesn’t need to be the top of the range, luxurious design though, as long as it has a basin unit, a mirrored wall-hung cabinet, a toilet and a shower unit then I would be happy. Just something that is good enough to offer all the essentials that one might need when using the bathroom and that is fine. The mirrored wall hung cabinet is quite an important fitting though as it is what will offer some much needed storage space, it will add light and the feeling of more space to the room and it is what the man will use when shaving and the woman will use when cleaning her face or applying some type of facial treatment or perhaps make-up. So it is worth investing in a well-made, solid oak mirrored cabinet, just like the ones you will find displayed on the Bathrooms and More Store website – which is actually a great place to shop online for pretty much all your home furniture. If you take your time to browse around their online shop, you will find that they have something for every room of the home and also what they have is all top quality, made to last furniture, so you will be investing in something that will be well worth it.
I’ve said it plenty of times before and you will hear/read me saying it plentiful times more; you should spare no expense when furnishing, renovating or even just decorating your Bedroom. The reason for feeling so strong about this statement is very clear to me obviously, and honestly I assumed it would be obvious to most people, however I have come to find that it isn’t. As I should have really known; tastes can & will vary tremendously, right from one end of the spectrum to the other and hitting everything in-between. If you are still wondering why I feel so strongly about spending big, or rather not allowing cost play a part in decision making when buying anything for your bedroom? Well, it is because of three main reasons really, all of which are (in my opinion) highly important and largely influential on the course to living a happy, healthy and wealthy existence.
- The bedroom is a room where you will be spending between a quarter and a third of your entire life. So if you will be spending so much of your time in that one place, you should focus on designing in the way that can best support and enhance your happy mood & wellbeing.
- The surroundings in your bedroom will be the first things you see when you wake up. As first impressions count in all situations; even the first impressions you have after waking from a restful sleep, it is important that you surround yourself with things that will leave a good first impression. These could be feelings of pride, joy, confidence, determination or anything else that will have a positive impact on your mood.
- The bedroom is the place where you will experience you last emotions each and every day/night. It is important to end things on a high and on a positive note, and this should be no different with how one ends their day. If your bedroom is designed and decorated in a way that perfectly meets your tastes and expectations then you will end each day with at least some sense of positivity – even during the darkest hours.
I wonder how many of you that did not agree with me at the start of this post have now changed your minds after reading and understanding my reasons. They are pretty good hey?
Whenever I stay at a hotel (well at least a semi-decent hotel), I always enjoy the most comfortable rest and a great long sleep that is usually well overdue. It is no wonder that they get away with charging so much per night for their rooms when they can offer such a good night’s sleep, but what is it about the hotel beds that make them so great, and why is it so difficult to replicate this same comfort at home?
Well the secret is usually in the actual bedding and although the mattress and frame will also need to be of a certain quality, the bedding is what maximises the comfort and sends everyone off to Lala land, or the land of the nod without too much trouble and tossing and turning. Most people will try and save a little when it comes to buying pillows, bed sheets and duvets, but this is where we are all going wrong because it is these very items that can have us sleeping much better more frequently. This elevated, improved sleeping will lead to being more alert during the day, being more effective at the office and being more clinical at closing the deals, so it wouldn’t even be long before the money spent would be made back and more!
You need to make sure that you buy the very best cotton sheets, the softest pillows, filled with duck feathers and the same for the duvets. Then the mattress will need to have a nice thick, but soft cover so you cannot feel the springs in the bed, and you have some extra padding. The frame will then need to be strong and sturdy so that you are not rocking the bed and making noise every time you move a limb or turn over during the night. So there you have it, you now know how to get the perfect, hotel kind of sleep at home, so go out, go forth and buy up all the best bed linen and enjoy!
I never actually owned one myself, but have always had an interest in having/owning a water bed of my own. I am not sure about the benefits that having one would bring with it, but it’s just the quirkiness and bring different thing about it that is what probably attracts me most, that and also the child that still lives within. They used to be a lot more popular than now I am sure, because during the late 80’s and early 90’s they appeared all over the place; advertising on TV, the radio, bill boards and all the magazines, they also made an appearance in many films at that time too. Whereas these days the only time I see or hear reference to a waterbed or water mattress is when someone is talking about or referencing something from many years ago – more of a retro era.
After doing some recent research into the topic I have found that there is certainly still a market for waterbeds/water mattresses, and they also are not so expensive too, actually they are a lot more reasonably priced now than they used to be when they were so popular back during the late 80’s. I think that at that time they were well over-priced which is what always put me off investing in one myself; also the thought of the bed popping during a deep sleep was another thought that would always put me off. However with the assurances the retailers give on this popping scenario being one that would just not occur and the modern day cost efficient price tag, I am actually going to go for it and buy my very own water mattress to fit into the spare bedroom (not quite that brave that I would risk the potential wrath of my other half on discovering her new bed is a water bed).
The new technology used in making the water mattresses is one that will ensure a long usage life and also ensure that the mattress maintains its shape, whilst also offering the more comforting, softness and flexibility that you would imaging a water mattress would. The salesperson in the shop also sold me on the benefits that they can have on joints, and the different, deeper sleep that one can enjoy with a water mattress. I get the logic in the way that perhaps it can help alleviate some joint pain with being more of a hugging type of mattress than anything I have had before, so I am keen to now give it a go and see how I like it.
I can never seem to find enough storage space for all the many items of clothing and other items of clutter I have spread across my bedroom, so it is always a challenge for me to keep my bedroom looking clean and tidy. This messy problem in the bedroom of course drives my other half mad, but honestly she has to take some of the blame as the collection of shoes, dresses and huge amount of perfumes and different make-up lines do not help the matter to say the least. So, to help alleviate this storage, or no storage space issue, we went ahead and invested in a solid oak bedroom sideboard/dresser unit, which I have to say, has made all the difference, and it also looks great.
When we started our search for the right dresser unit we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was a huge variety of options for us to choose between. All budgets and sizes are accounted for when it comes to this type of bedroom and furniture and we ended up with a shortlist of sideboards that all looked fantastic and just as importantly, offered a great deal of space to store away clothing and many other items. We ended up selecting the oak dresser unit as it blended in well with the rest of the furniture in our bedroom and it came at a great, reasonable price.
The sideboard or dresser furniture units that we shortlisted all contained a shelving unit as well as cupboard storage space, so offering two types of storage solution which I think is important when it comes to this type of furniture. It looks great in the bedroom and has provided the much needed space to store away many items that before would have been lying around the room, cluttering it up and making it look messy. So, if you have this same kind of storage, no storage issue at your home, in your bedroom, then I highly recommend you invest in your own sideboard or dresser unit.
Ignoring the obvious item of bedroom furniture that is the bed, there are two other furnishings that in my opinion should be found in every bedroom. Having storage space and somewhere to neatly keep your valuable collection of clothing is a must and so in respect of this, the two items of furniture that I see as being essential to all bedrooms are:
- The Wardrobe; the size of the wardrobe unit will depend on how big your clothing collection is and if you are going to be sharing the space with a partner or sibling. The unit should also be designed in such a way that it offers enough space for all your hanging clothing items like shirts, suits, dresses and jackets/coats, but also offers ample space for folded items too. The folded items space is usually accommodated via a couple shelves or drawers at the bottom of the wardrobe unit, as well as a shelf at the top of the unit, which is where I like to keep my towels and bedding. The wardrobe you invest in should also be designed and made to be durable and solid; there is nothing worse than a wobbly wardrobe with doors that no longer shut and drawers that cannot slide in and out smoothly and efficiently. Also it is best if the wardrobe has its own internal lighting, with a switch fitted to the inside, or an automatic on/off design for when the door/s are opened and closed. For the ideal wardrobe, I also suggest looking for one that has a mirror fitted to the door/s as this is kind of like killing two birds with one stone; everyone likes to have a mirror in their bedroom and this fills that requirement. The mirrors found on wardrobes are also always of a good size, as they fit the length of the door which means the owner can get a glimpse of their entire body before leaving the room and facing the world.
- A Chest of Drawers; again, the size and height of this unit will depend on how many items of clothing or valuable belongings you have that you will filling the drawers with, and also if you are going to have to share the space with someone else. The chest of drawers is usually where most people and certainly I like to keep their socks and underwear. The underwear and socks will usually take up one of the drawers or two (depending on how much space is within each drawer) and then the other drawers will be filled with folded items of clothing. I will always keep one of the drawers for my most valuable possessions; things like my watch, jewelry, keys, wallet, phone. Etc. Again it is important to only invest in a well-made, solid unit that is designed to last a lifetime, as otherwise you will soon have drawers falling apart and be losing items of clothing down the back of the unit due to the gaps in the drawers. You want the chest of drawers to look great and feel good, so that you have more pride in your room and feel better about the items you store away within it.
Although everyone has different tastes, so not all of our suggestions will be well received by everyone, there are some bedroom furniture essentials that all comfortable, convenient bedrooms will contain. As the bedroom is somewhere that we will be spending a large percentage of our lives, it is certainly worth putting extra effort, more time and more money into the re-design or renovation, and ensure it is just the way each of us wants it. So, take your time to plan out a list of all the decorations and furnishings that you would like to have in yours, and then use that list as reference when measuring up the various items and units you plan to fit into the room so that you can carefully place each item on the list in its more suitable area of the room, while also paying attention to how you can use the different furniture and decorations in a way that they help complement each other.
The more obvious furniture units that everyone should have in their own bedrooms are of course a bed, a wardrobe or closet, a chest of drawers or a fitted drawer unit, a mirror, a bedside table or two and a lamp of some sort, ideally a lampshade or two for each of the bedside tables. Then for me, I would also include some sort of console table or desk for studying, a trunk or other type of storage unit, a rug to place on the hard wood floor, preferably a cow-hide rug, a laundry basket and a couple /few paintings/pieces of art to hang on the walls. I also would opt for extra storage units built into the walls, high up where the wall and ceiling joins, and then below those units or on another wall, I would put up some shelving for stacking a book collection and some important files. Then to complete my ideal bedroom, I would purchase a nice new flat screen TV and place it on top of a stylish cabinet. If the space I have available in the room is not enough to comfortably fit in a TV Cabinet then I would buy myself some TV wall brackets. The wall brackets for the TV are of course a great space saving solution, and they also offer the flexibility to easily tweak the angle of view for your TV, enabling you to watch your favourite shows from anywhere in your room.
Hopefully reading this post will help you with planning out your perfect bedroom and perhaps it will provide some ideas that you had not been thinking about before. As with so many things in life, achieving great results with your renovation will be heavily relying on the attention applied to the planning. Good luck!
Have you ever stayed in a place that did not have bedside tables/bedside lamp tables? I recently moved into a new apartment that was sold as being fully furnished, and for the most part it has been great. The furniture is all new and of a high standard – none of it is cheap and uncomfortable, so I have to give the landlord some credit for that, however there is a bit of a lack of units of furniture throughout the entire place. It seems as though there was a budget that needed to be stuck to and rather than buying slightly cheaper furniture and making sure all necessary units could be accounted for, the landlord instead went with the approach of buying only the bare essential, but buying top quality; each unit must have come at a high price. I can’t grumble too much about this though, as honestly this is the way I would also go about furnishing my own place. I firmly believe that when furnishing one’s home, it should be thought of as an investment and you should stick to that approach even if it means having to furnish your home one unit at a time.
One unit of furniture that I really noticed missing, as it was making a difference to my day to day living, was the bedside table. I have always lived in a room that had a bedside table, sometimes 2 bedside tables and I guess I had just grown to become too used to having them and making use of them first thing in the morning and last thing at night, so now that I didn’t have a bedside lamp table it was causing me to misplace items, read a lot less and I even felt like it as impacting on the quality of my sleep. Is this just me with this problem or is it the same with everyone else? Perhaps you might not have as strong feelings as I do about needing the bedside tables, but do you see them as being a bare essential in a home/bedroom? If you moved into a ‘fully furnished’ place, would you expect without any questions, that there will be bedside tables?
As you will be spending much of your time in your bedroom, it is important that you plan and design it in a way that will have you living (or sleeping) in total comfort and satisfaction. So you need to make a list of the different items of furniture and bedroom fittings that you will need to purchase as well as planning out where each unit or item of furniture will be placed in your room. The number of furniture items and the size of them of course will be guided by the size of your room, so perhaps this means you will have to opt for a queen sized bed rather than a king sized, or maybe a wall hung TV instead of TV stand or cabinet. You also need to consider the space you will need for storing away all your clothing, bedding and maybe also towels Etc. Lastly, you probably have numerous items of memorabilia, files, books and other personal belongings that will also need their own place in your bedroom.
The most important item of furniture for most people will be the bed – you want to make sure that you get one that is big enough for either yourself or both you and your partner to sleep comfortably in, so give this some good thought. You will also need take time to decide on the type of mattress that will best suit you/and your partner – so this may be a strong firm type or perhaps one that has a bit more bounce, but not so soft that it offers your back no support.
For your clothing, you should try and get yourself both a wardrobe and also a shelving, styled storage unit – this might be a cupboard or a chest of drawers; these two units will give you the space for your hanging clothes and also your socks, underwear, bedding, towels and other items that you will fold and store away, neatly in their own place. If you can also find space for fitting a mirror somewhere within the bedroom then that is also ideal as it is a way of getting more light into the room. Also, everyone wants to be able to take a look at themselves every once in a while and make sure they are looking good before leaving their bedroom.
If you have a lot of books and files then you should think about where you can put up some shelves so that you can neatly stack all your reading material and important documents somewhere that is out of the way and safe. You should also plan to have some kind of work-top surface in the bedroom which is where you can place make-up, perfumes, computers and other personal belongings. Finally, I would advise investing in a storage trunk, because they look great and they provide lots of storage space to easily hide away any other personal items that you don’t want to be creating clutter and mess.
I hope this helps to give you some ideas and plan out the perfect room and helps to avoid any costly mistakes.
The bed can often be one of the more expensive home furniture items you have to spend your money on when moving in to a new place or moving in to the first home of your own. Although you can of course find beds at relatively low price points, I would advise against trying to save money on this item by going for the cheapest option, unless your financial situation really is in a bad enough state that it makes purchasing anything other than the cheapest option an absolute must. The reason why I can say with confidence, that you will be totally thankful & satisfied about spending big on the best bed your money can afford you, is because you will be spending between a quarter and a half of your life lying in that bed, so for this reason alone, you should make sure that it is a place that provides ultimate comfort and support.
You may have noticed that it is common for older or even middle aged persons to be complaining about certain types of aches and pains and a lot of the time these are actually back-pains/pangs and if you dig a bit deeper, you might find out that a majority of these pains and pangs have developed in these persons bodies because of the bed they lay down their head in each night. The poor quality beds can offer little to no support for a person’s back, and in some cases the bed springs actually start piercing through the mattress fabrics and leave bruises on the owners/sleeping victims.
Even if you are lucky enough to avoid being one of these people that suffers from back pains, another good reason to stay away from a cheap bed and opt for the more expensive is because of the quality of sleep you will enjoy, or not enjoy depending on the bed you purchase for yourself. Getting a good night’s sleep can be so important for helping with being productive the following day; if you have been up throughout the night, then you will likely be short tempered and have a low concentration span, whereas a good night sleep will help with being able to make decisions faster & with more clarity. Your ability to handle any situation will be greatly improved due to the good rest you awarded your body with the night before.
So, in a nutshell the answer to this question about ‘how much should you spend on your bed?’ should really be ‘as much as you can afford’.