Ideally, the average adult spends nearly one-third of their time sleeping. That’s 25 to 30 years over the course of a lifetime! As much time as we spend snoozing, isn’t it odd that we give so little thought to, well, our beds?
It’s easier than you think to create a one-of-a-kind bed that cradles you in comfort and reflects your personal style. Plus, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Truth. Here’s how…
STEP 1: Size Matters
What size bed do you need? There can be several factors that influence this decision. A few questions to ask yourself before making that all-important purchase…
- How big is your bedroom?
- Do you sleep in one position or do you like to spread out?
- Are you a sound sleeper or does it look like a tornado’s been up in your sheets?
- Are you sleeping solo or is someone—your hubs, your kids, your fur baby—cuddling next to you?
Getting a good sense of how you use your bed (and any space limitations) puts you on track for the best selection for you.
STEP 2: Invest in a Made-for-You Mattress
Chances are you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s seen its fair share of zzz’s. A good rule of thumb—the lifespan of a quality mattress is about 10 years. Possibly longer if you’ve treated it well. Shorter if your kids use it as a trampoline. Yes, mattresses can be expensive, but this is where spending more cash on a quality product is going to pay off in better sleep and more hours of productivity that follow.
There are three or four options when it comes to mattress type:
- Traditional innerspring
- Memory foam
- Adjustable air mattresses
Unlike some purchases, it’s important to try before you buy, even if you are purchasing online. Visit a mattress store and lay on each model for a few minutes so you can feel if it’s right for you. After all, you’ll be spending more than 25,000 hours of your life on it for the next 10 years!
STEP 3: Protect Your Investment
You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance, right? Likewise, no mattress is complete until you place a mattress pad on it, protecting that expensive purchase. Mattress pads also add a luxurious layer of comfort to any bed.
Look for a mattress pad that fits your sleep needs. For example, Welspun’s exclusive HygroSoft™ Mattress Pad is made of unique HygroCotton®. It wicks away moisture and regulates temperature to keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter, and actually gets softer and more comfortable over time. It also has a mineral-based antimicrobial treatment for natural freshness. A perfect combination of comfort and protection.
STEP 4: Pick Out a Headboard and Frame
You have your mattress and now you need something to support it. Something stylish, something sturdy, something that sets the tone for how you plan to decorate the rest of your bedroom. But there are so many options! A few ideas to get you thinking…
Feeling functional: Heck, you don’t even need a headboard. A sturdy frame with a simple design should do the trick. They’re inexpensive, and often come with the purchase of a mattress. If not, why not ask if they’ll throw one in with your expensive purchase?
Mad about modern: Stick with a sleek solid upholstered or wood panel headboard. If possible, look for one made with sustainable wood!
Cray creative: Go geometric with a cutout headboard in a lacquer finish. Or make your own with recycled materials. Yep, that’s right, check Pinterest.
So sophisticated: An upholstered tufted headboard in a handsome neutral like gray may be just the thing for you.
STEP 5: Say Yes to New Sheets
There’s nothing quite like settling into a bed with clean, new sheets. Now’s not the time to skimp. You’ll be spending lots of time between them, so go with something breathable and soft on your skin. HygroCotton is just the trick for many people who like cool sheets in summer and warm sheets in winter.
Make sure you choose a set that fits your new mattress (especially if you need extra-deep pockets), and buy two sets so you always have a spare when one is in the wash.
STEP 6: Dress It Up…Your Way
You can really let your imagination fly here! Add as many decorative pillows as you like. Throw on a bold print comforter or smooth out Grandma’s heirloom quilt. Get in touch with your wild side with a faux fur throw. Do whatever works for you!
You see? With just a little time, effort and know-how, you can rest easy in a unique, one-of-a-kind bed designed for you, by you. That’s something to sleep on.