Night, Night, Sleep Tight…
As the nights draw in and we move closer to the clocks going back, we take more notice of our bedrooms and their comfort factor. In our house, interest in the garden and ‘outdoor living’ fades and I tend to turn my attention to the quality and comfort of the living room, snug and bedrooms. Perking things up with new throws and pillows is a seasonal treat, but of course, the bed has to be perfect in the first place.
This year, the clocks go back on Sunday October 30th; it’s always the last Sunday in October, meaning we get an extra hour in bed, and it’s also a day celebrated by The Sleep Council as National Sleep-In Day. We think National Sleep-In day should also be ‘Breakfast in Bed’ day too!
Why not surprise the family with a gorgeous breakfast in their respective beds … Send us some pics to our Instagram account or tweet us on Twitter, (search for wroughtironandbrassbed) – we would love to see what everyone’s having for breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning!
So, do you need a new bed for Christmas? Whether it’s for your master bedroom or for the guest room, now is the time to think about it. It’s time to replace the mattress if the mattress if it’s lumpy and uncomfortable, too hard, too soft or maybe even not quite the right size for the bed frame.
Our Bronte bed in nickel looks particularly inviting, especially teamed with plain white bedding and a chunky winter-ready knitted blanket.
Our Sophie bed is neat and understated, it would work perfectly as a ‘traditional’ statement in a contemporary home.
Many of us end up always sleeping in the same position and over time the mattress develops dips and hollows…. That’s one reason to regularly turn and flip your mattress.
If you want to invest in a new bedframe, make a floor plan with the other major items of furniture marked on, and allow ‘moving around’ and ‘opening doors and drawers’ space. It makes sense to aim for the most generously sized bed you can, upgrading from a standard double to a king size really is worth it (and from king size to super king) if floor space and budget allows.
The Christmas shopping can wait another few weeks, but a new bed should take priority – perhaps it could be an early Christmas present!
What’s on the bed is as important as the frame and mattress …
Make sure the bedroom stays cosy and warm; if you’re being energy-bill-conscious a fabulously cosy duvet and bedlinen may mean that you can turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Take a look at our Warm Bedding Bundle, which includes a wool mattress protector, a warm wool duvet, and pillows, or, if you are very prone to cold feet and the shivers, try a look at our Superwarm Bedding Bundle which has a 14+ tog duvet.
We think it’s a great idea to update the bedding and linen as well if you’re buying a new bed. This time of year is also a good moment to make sure the guest room is ready for your seasonal visitors too, and new pillows and duvet are a real treat.
This months’ pick of jolly good ideas for the best bedrooms!
Number 1: We love this SnuzPod three in one bedside crib from Cuckooland, it’s got lots of clever features including a mesh side window, zip-down side panel, is height-adjustable, and can be used as lift-off rocking cradle too.
Number 2: A bedside rug is a must in the winter months, we’re rather keen on this Silver textured and sculpted rug, handmade in China, from The Rug Seller.
And finally … Number 3 … the Temple Table Light from Made.com would look super as a contemporary touch in a traditional room (and it would match our brass beds too!). It’s in mouth blown glass with a smoked finish, and stands 24cm H.
Meet Our Guest Blog Writer Linda Parker
Linda Parker has been a freelance interiors journalist for over 20 years; she has written for numerous home and design magazines, including Ideal Home, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful. She is currently contributing to Period Homes magazine, amongst others, writing several blogs about kitchens (www.thekitchenthink.co.uk) and bathrooms (www.utopiagroup.com), and is trying to finish off her ‘forever’ home. Other projects are in the pipeline … watch this space!