Month: January 2020

The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

Will a nightlight keep your child awake for longer or help them to relax and fall asleep faster at bedtime?

We’ve put together the pros and cons of using a nightlight to help you decide whether it is right for you and your child.

Pros

Fun designs available – if your child fights going to bed, having a fun nightlight that they’ve picked out themselves can help to make going to bed a more attractive prospect.

Makes it easier to check in on them – if you check in on your child before going to bed, a nightlight can make it easier for you to see that they’re sleeping soundly and comfortably.

Can relieve a child’s anxiety – at some point most children will go through a phase of feeling afraid of the dark or having nightmares. A nightlight can help to quell anxieties, relaxing your child and making it easier for them to fall asleep and have a restful night’s sleep.

Light the way if your child gets up in the dark – if your child needs to get up in the night for a toilet trip then a nightlight can make them feel more comfortable about doing so. This can be particularly useful if your child has bunk beds or a raised bed and has to navigate a ladder in the dark.

Cons

May disrupt your child’s natural sleep pattern – Scientific research shows that we sleep better in complete darkness and any kind of light, including artificial light, can disrupt our natural sleep pattern. A light sleeping environment can prevent the body from releasing the natural sleep hormone melatonin which is responsible for making us feel tired and helping us to relax and fall asleep.

Can be distracting – Some nightlights may have the opposite effect to what is desired and stimulate your child when you most want them to relax and go to sleep. This can be particularly true of nightlights that move or play music.

May cause a child to fear the dark – When babies are first born, they have no fear of the dark. By introducing a nightlight to their bedroom very early on they may grow up used to it always being light and so develop a fear of the dark as it is so unfamiliar to them.

Whether or not you choose to add a nightlight to your child’s bedroom is a personal choice, there is no right or wrong answer. Many people find that a child may need a nightlight during certain periods of their childhood, for example during toilet training, when they are sick, or if they become afraid of the dark. Children often grow out of these phases and then no longer require the nightlight.

Posted by m6beds in Child’s bedroom, Children's Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress
Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Prevent your kids’ bedroom from becoming cluttered and untidy with these creative space-saving tips.

If your kids share a bedroom, it can be challenging to design a space that provides them with a comfortable amount of floor space to play.

Here are our top space-saving tips for creating a shared kids’ bedroom that is fun, functional and uncluttered.

Bunk beds

One of the best ways of freeing up floor space in your kids’ bedroom is by investing in bunk beds. Not only are bunk beds a practical solution, they’re also a lot of fun and most kids will love the novelty of bunking together.

Utilise wall space

If your kids’ bedroom is lacking floor space, putting shelves and hooks on the walls can help to add extra storage to the room. Be careful not to add too much to the walls though or you risk making the room look cluttered.

Multi-functional furniture

Choose the furniture for your kids’ bedroom carefully, investing in multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Choose beds that include underbed storage, a desk or dressing table that also has shelving, or even a toy chest that doubles as a seat.

Fold-down desk and chair

If the kids need a desk in their bedroom but you’ve run out of floor space, try attaching a fold down desk on hinges to the wall. Pair the desk with a fold up chair and both can be tidied away when not in use.

Less is more

Small bedrooms feel even smaller when they are very busy, untidy or full of clutter. Encourage minimalism and get into the habit of sorting through your kids’ old clothes and toys regularly and either getting rid of items they have outgrown or putting them in storage.

To find out more about the bunk beds we stock here at M6 Beds, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Bunk Bed Safety, Bunk Bed Safety Tips, Buy The Right Bed, Children's Bed, Improve Sleep Patterns, Investing in a Bed, Kids, Kids Sleeping Patterns, M6 Beds
5 bedroom interior design trends for 2020

5 bedroom interior design trends for 2020

Bored of your bedroom’s outdated décor? Here are five bedroom design trends to watch in 2020.

If you’re thinking about making over your bedroom this year, we’ve got some fresh interior design tips to inspire you. 2020 is set to be a year for embracing elegant, natural and calming décor to create a relaxing bedroom that is right on-trend.

Hushed and natural colour palettes and hues

In 2020 bright and dark colours are out and calming, natural palettes and hues are in. Think beige, cool blue, sage green and burnt dusty reds for a bedroom that is relaxing, sophisticated and stylish.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been a re-emerging interior design trend for several years now and looks set to keep gaining popularity in 2020. Geometric and botanical wallpaper designs in earthy colours are set to be big this year. Apply wallpaper to your whole bedroom or to just one feature wall depending how daring you feel.

Multi-functional and modular furniture

Designers and TV personalities like Marie Kondo have made minimalism trendy. Multi-functional and modular furniture can help us to declutter our bedrooms and create the tidy, organised and spacious interiors we dream of. Think purpose-built, bespoke, modular wardrobes and ottoman beds with useful built-in storage.

Natural textiles

As many of us search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably, natural and eco-friendly textiles are becoming a popular addition to the bedroom. In 2020 we expect to see more bedrooms kitted out with curtains, throws and bed linen in natural cotton and woven rugs, plant pots and storage baskets in jute, seagrass and rattan.

Plants

What better way to complement a natural colour palette and eco-friendly textiles than by bringing nature itself inside? Add elegant trailing plants to high shelves and large leafy plants to the bedside for a bedroom that is brimming with life. Bringing plants indoors also has the added benefit of improving your bedroom’s air quality.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom Trends, Choosing The Right Mattress, Choosing the right pillows, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep Better, The Right Mattress
3 great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020

3 great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020

Hankering after a new bed but not sure that you can justify the expense? Here are three great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020.

Sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing, and the average person spends around 25 years of their life sleeping.

With so much of our lives spent asleep, it’s well worth investing in a bed that is comfortable and that you enjoy spending time in.

If you’ve fallen out of love with your existing bed, here are three great excuses to make 2020 the year you invest in a new one.

You plan to redecorate your bedroom

If you’re planning on redecorating your bedroom this year, you may find that your existing bed doesn’t fit in with your new décor. A new bed can completely makeover your bedroom, particularly if you go for a different style. If your bedroom is feeling cluttered and lacking storage, a new ottoman bed could be just what you need. If you want to add some elegance to your bedroom, a decorative metal bed frame could provide the wow factor.

You want to improve your health and wellbeing

Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health and wellbeing, helping the body to heal, repair and recharge itself. So, if your new year’s resolution was to become healthier, a new bed could play a vital part in this. Throughout your life the type of mattress, pillow and bed you require to get a good night’s sleep is likely to change too. If you have begun to suffer aches and pains upon waking up, then you may benefit from a memory foam mattress or a reflex foam mattress. If you are getting older or suffering from a health condition, you may find that you can get a better night’s sleep with an adjustable bed.

Your existing bed is very old

Whilst a new bed or mattress is a long-term investment, you can’t expect either to last forever. On average, you will find that most bed frames and mattresses are ready to be replaced after eight to ten years. If your mattress has become uneven or uncomfortable, or your bed frame is squeaking, rickety or worn, then it’s probably served its time.

For help or advice choosing a new bed, speak to our team here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bedroom, Better Night’s Sleep, Bigger Bed, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, The Right Mattress