The bedroom is a haven in the home; a place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. If the decor needs sprucing up and you’re looking to refurbish your bedroom space, it’s the ideal opportunity to turn this humble room into a place of sanctuary with a fresh new look. So what are the important factors you need to consider when sprucing up your little oasis? Here we will look at 5 essential things to consider when you’re refurbishing the bedroom.
Carpet in the home can become worn down over time, leaving track marks in well-trodden areas with the pile even starting to wear off if the damage is heavy. Old carpet is also a hiding place for dust mites and their droppings, dropped hair and skin cells and trodden in dirt and dust over the years.
A bedroom refurbishment is the perfect opportunity to give the room a facelift by deep cleaning or replacing the carpet. A new, different texture or style of carpet can be a luxurious and beautiful change to a room. But if your carpet isn’t quite work out yet, or you want to save your existing carpet for continuity throughout the house, consider a deep carpet cleaning either by a professional cleaning company or do-it –yourself, to really get at those old stains and caked in dirt.
Your mattress and pillows
While they are often hidden under your sheets and duvet, your mattress and pillows are two of the most important components of your bedroom, considering that an average person will spend 3000 hours on their mattress in one year. If your mattress and pillows haven’t been changed since last time you refurbished (or since you moved in!) it might be time to take a look at their condition. The life span of a mattress is generally 8 to 10 years, after which time the mattress tends to not function the way it did when you first bought it, not providing enough support and showing signs of wear and tear like sagging.
Over time a mattress collects sweat, skin cells, dust and dust mites (dead and alive) and should be replaced, or at least cleaned and aired. It’s also important to have the right mattress to get a good night’s sleep, so if you’re tossing and turning during the night, it might be a good idea to replace your mattress in your bedroom overhaul as well. Pillows have a shorter life span than mattresses, usually lasting 1.5-2 years before they start to lose functionality and become not so clean.
Your storage options
Nothing keeps a room clean and tidy like having adequate storage space to keep mess off the floor or hanging on the furniture, and keep everything safely organised and stored away. There are so many excellent options for storage in the bedroom that you can introduce during your refurbishment, including chests, shoe racks, hanging closet organisers, and benches.
If you’re planning a bigger refurbishment or renovation, consider built-in closets to provide you with ample storage options without losing valuable floor space in your bedroom. If you simply have too much clutter in the bedroom, consider buying some water-resistant storage boxes to store your beloved items in another area of the house, or to compress space taken up by stored soft items, removing the air in vacuum packing.
If you share your bedroom space with your partner, then you will want to consider their needs and preferences when refurbishing the bedroom (or potentially live to regret it!). Sit down when you have space and time to have a good discussion about what each of you would like for the bedroom space, and what you think it possible given the time, resources and budget that you have. Make sure to mention colour scheme, style, any new big purchases and any drastic changes, like completely overhauling the decor from a light, airy and romantic style to a dark, sleek and modern look.
With both of you on the same page for style, purchases and timing, you can ensure a peaceful refurbishment with a result you will both absolutely love.
When refurbishing the bedroom, it’s good to keep in mind the decor you’re leaving behind, and what the style is in the rest of your house currently. Flicking through home magazines, doing some online searches, visiting homewares stores, or even recruiting the professional help of an interior designer can help you to pinpoint what your design goals are for the bedroom, and how that will integrate with the rest of the house.
There’s no reason why you can’t branch out and do something different, featuring the bedroom as a unique space, but if the style is too incongruous it will upset the flow of the house and look unplanned and messy.