Latest Interiors gets some expert advice on how to make the most out of your sleeping arrangements in the boudoir
When the daily news and weather combine to make getting out of bed a less-than-inviting prospect, you might as well stay just where you are. A comfy bed, plenty of soft bedding and some fresh linen are the only requirements for serious downtime. And, since both quantity and quality of sleep impact on health and wellbeing, the world just might seem a better place for it. This week, Latest Interiors goes to bed…
Mattress & bedding
A good mattress can last up to ten years or more, so this is one area where it’s a good idea to pay for quality – and try before you buy. There are a range of different types of mattress: open string, pocket sprung, latex or memory foam – and the best way to work out what suits you is to try lying down on a few.
Once you’ve chosen your mattress, look after it: open or pocket sprung benefit from regular turning; latex and foam like to be rotated now and then to distribute the wear. And invest in a mattress topper or protector for extra comfort.
It’s also worth investing in good-quality bedding – you’ll use your duvet and pillows every night, so you need them to be both comfortable and durable.
Again, the type of bedding you choose is a matter of personal choice. Some people prefer natural feather or down fillings for softness, others prefer synthetic or hollowfibre fillings which can be washed more easily, and may be better for allergies. Different weights or ‘togs’ of duvets may be appropriate for different seasons, too – spend a little time in the bedding section of your local department store, and do your homework before you buy.
Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, the size of bed you choose is important for a good night’s sleep. If you like to stretch out, opt for the biggest bed you can afford (just make sure you can fit it into your bedroom!).
Make your bed the focus of the room, and opt for a statement style – low-level oriental, sleigh bed, or four-poster – whatever you choose, go large. Make sure your bedroom has adequate storage, so that you can pare down the clutter and keep your space simple and relaxing.
Good quality Egyptian cotton or pure Irish bed linen in white or cream are timeless, and if you opt for eco-friendly organic, sustainably produced or fair-trade choices so much the better. Keep the basics neutral, adding on-trend colour with seasonal accessories like throws and cushions.
Use soft quilts and comforters, wool blankets and bolsters to accessorise – we’ve a soft spot for some of the Kylie At Home range at the moment (a few sequins can really brighten those cold February nights). Now lie back, and relax…