Monday, May 2, 2011

Sleep Sound when Designing Your Sanctuary Bedroom

Designing your bedroom? You must be excited, or perhaps you’re a little overwhelmed with all the options available to you. Nevertheless, here is a check-list to consider when designing your dream bedroom, no pun intended.

The first thing you want to do is decide what style, theme or atmosphere you and your partner are looking for. Two common bedroom themes are: the comfortable/cozy look and the modern functional design. Choose one that better suits you and your partner. If you choose the comfortable look, a fireplace and thick rug are nice additions. If you prefer a modern style feel, which is great for condo living, consider getting an urban-looking platform bed and don’t be afraid to add abstract art pieces. Whichever style you choose, try to use soft colors to enhance a restful mood.

It has been proven that the color of a room has a great impact on your mood, so much so that a red room will increase your blood pressure and make you more anxious. Soft blue and neutral colors are one of the most restful tones, but any soft color will do the trick.

Once you have an over all idea of what you want your bedroom to look like, the next step is getting a bedroom set that accommodates all of your needs. Know what pieces of future will pertain to you, whether you would like a bedroom desk, a bookcase, or multiple dressers.

The bed is the most important part because it should always be the focal point of any bedroom; therefore, it should be a good size in relation to the room. A good idea is to invest in two comfortors, not only to freshen up the look of your room but also to adjust by seasons. Enjoy your new bedroom sanctuary!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why Choose a Platform Bed?

Platform beds are being more and more popular in recent years – especially in condos and loft spaces that complement its modern style.

The main reason people choose platform beds over traditional ones is to avoid needing a bedspring. Bedsprings can become inconvenient over time –they start to creak after a while, they can break and on top of that, for a new bed, it’s an added cost and an added hassle to get it into the bedroom. Plus, platform beds often have storage drawers underneath, giving you extra space for your items.

That’s why platform beds were invented: to remove the need for a bed spring.
Platform beds are designed so there’s a slight indent in them where the mattress goes. The whole bed is slightly higher than a normal bed, so it makes up for the height a bedspring would normally add. There are a variety of styles, finishes and brands offered, such as South Shore and Modus platform beds.

If you are looking to avoid the additional expense of a boxpring and have more storage space, a platform bed is a great option to consider.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Choosing a New Baby Crib

Becoming a parent is an incredible experience. Awaiting the arrival of a new addition to your family is a joyous time in a parent’s life. It’s also a time that takes a lot of preparation. One of the most important elements of setting up a welcoming environment for your little one is finding the perfect crib. After all, a baby sleeps for more than half a full-24-hour day, during the first few weeks of life. Baby cribs are also used for at least two years of the first few years of a baby’s life. Getting a crib that safe and fits your infant’s every need is extremely important.

Keep in mind when selecting a crib is you want one that’s durable and one that has bars close enough together to restrain your tiny bundle of joy. It’s a good idea to measure the space reserved for your new crib because baby cribs do come in all shapes and sizes. As well, cribs come with different features one should consider such as, cribs that are foldable for those looking for a crib that’s easy to move to different areas of the home, cribs that have adjustable mattress heights and a 4 in 1 crib. The 4 in 1 cribs, such as the Da Vinci Cribs, are cribs that convert into 4 different models including a day crib all the way to a full size bed. What a deal! Buying the best crib for your child so you can watch soundly as your baby dreams sweet dreams is what it is all about.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How to Pick a Crib for Your Baby

This is an exciting time for you! You have so many ideas for your baby's nursery that you don't know where to begin but you would like to incorporate as many of them as you can. As new parents, you want to do everything "right" and that includes designing the perfect first room for your newborn. Let's take it one step at a time. Not only is it the focal point of the room, you will want to pick a crib for your baby that will keep your child safe and sound.

Quality Construction: Since your baby will be sleeping in it for two to three years, it must be durable and strong. The crib you select should be well-made, sit level on the floor without wobbling or tipping and edges and corners should be smooth. Hardware such as locking mechanisms, etc. should be user-friendly and hidden from baby. For safety's sake, the distance between each slat must not be any wider than 2.38 inches. This will prevent your child from getting stuck in between.

Comfortable: You're not going to put your child into a bare crib; it's the mattress that makes it comfy for your baby. Crib mattresses fall into two major categories, foam and innerspring. Neither one is more or less beneficial than the other; it is simply a matter of personal preference. Studies have shown that if the parents sleep on an innerspring mattress, they will probably choose the same for their child; the same of course applies to those who prefer to sleep on a foam mattress. Trusted manufacturers of baby nursery furniture and accessories like Da Vinci, Dream On Me and LA Baby offer both foam and innerspring baby crib mattresses.

Affordable: There are so many different types of cribs available in a range of different prices. Select one that you can afford: many high-end cribs have economical versions that are just as charming and appealing. Definitely make a budget for each piece of baby furniture you will need.

- E. L.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Contemporary Beds for the Contemporary Bedroom

With the appearance of thinking outside the box, contemporary beds are often on the cutting edge of design. Contemporary bedroom furniture is well-known for smooth lines, sleek profiles and the creative use of construction and decorative materials. Beautiful and practical, a contemporary bed breathes new life into the space and in turn, revitalizes you.

Contemporary Wood Beds

A contemporary style wood bed is ideal for those who want their bedroom to posses a clean, uncluttered look, but still include elements that lend the room a warm, comfortable and relaxed look. Contemporary beds with lighter finishes such as birch, pine or maple can make a bedroom appear lighter. But wood bed with a dark rich finish like the Modus Maui Wave Birchwood Panel Bed that incorporates texture will definitely create visual interest.

Contemporary Metal Beds

Contemporary metal beds possess a unique and timeless elegance that is conducive to a tranquil bedroom environment. Metal beds a generally strong and long lasting. Typically the frame of a metal bed will be made of iron. But it's what a designer can do with the metal that makes metal contemporary beds so interesting. When going for a trendy look, choose a contemporary bed like the Hillsdale Neopolitan Metal Bed with its individual bowed design and sleek nickel finish.

Platform Beds

An essential element of the contemporary bedroom is the platform bed. As far as contemporary beds go, there is just something inviting about its low-profile design that literally breathes new life into a room's d├ęcor. Platform beds with underbed or built-in storage drawers are ideal for a contemporary bedroom, especially one that doesn't have much storage space to begin with. Maybe because they are closer to the floor or they commonly don't have a footboard, the appeal of a platform bed is its casual air of relaxation.

- E.L.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Top 3 Reasons to Own a Futon

I feel like almost everyone I know has owed a futon at some point in their life. They are just so convenient! In fact, here are my Top 3 reasons to own a futon:

1. It’s Much Easier to Move
Instead of taking apart a traditional bed, moving it to its new location and then reassembling it all over again, you can much more easily move a futon. Simply collapse the frame and carry it anywhere you want. The actual futon is much lighter and folds in half, making it easy to fit in any doorway.

2. It’s Inexpensive
Futons are much cheaper than beds and sofas, however, don’t mistake low cost with low quality. There are many, many high quality futon frames and mattresses you can buy. Futons are often less expensive than beds and sofas because there’s less material required to make the frame.

3. Versatile
Futons can fold out into a bed or it can easily fold into becoming a sofa or a futon chair. It can double both as living room furniture and bedroom furniture. This saves both space and money. Also, futon covers can be purchased separately, completely changing it’s style, which is convenient if you want to redecorate, but minimize your costs.

Have you ever owned a futon, what has your experience been?


Full Bedroom Sets vs. Individual Pieces

Why buy a bedroom set?
Full bedroom sets are already professionally chosen and designed to look great together. The style, the materials they’re made from, the various designs are all similar and complementary. Not to mention, they definitely save time and money if you are limited on resources but want a new look for your room.

The great thing is that with full bedroom sets, all the interior designing is done for you. All you need to do is decide where to put each piece. Buying a full bedroom set is usually cheaper than buying individual pieces as well. If anything is missing, then that’s when you’ll want to supplement your bedroom set with added furniture.

Why buy individual pieces?
If you do have a bit more money to spend and are confident in your eye for design, why not invest in individual pieces? By going this route you can make your space more reflective of your personal style, which is also very important. On the other had, if you are quite strapped for cash, you can buy pieces over time, saving up for each one.

What do you prefer: purchasing a full set or buying pieces individually?