Month: March 2021

How to arrange bedroom furniture in five simple steps

How to arrange bedroom furniture in five simple steps

1. Measure your space

It’s time to bust out the tape measure and get super familiar with the dimensions of your room. Working out the measurements of your space will help you map out where your current furniture can go and if you have space for some new homely purchases.

2. Assess the furniture you already have

When it comes to arranging your bedroom furniture, doing an audit of what you already have is a brilliant way to avoid unnecessary spending. Once you know what you have – and what you don’t – you can fully map out the layout of your bedroom to help maximise floorspace and create a sophisticated sanctuary for sleep. If you require any new furniture or just need some inspo, check out our bedroom furniture on our website.

3. Start by placing your bed

Real talk – the bedroom is the most important part and focal point of any bedroom. Plus, your bed is one of the larger, if not the largest, pieces of furniture in your bedroom so it needs to take priority when it comes to arranging bedroom furniture.

Typically, beds are placed against the wall opposite the door, so you’re instantly drawn to the comfort of your bed as you walk in. If this isn’t workable for your space, the next best bet is against the longest wall, but other practicalities might also come into play such as whether space is at a premium or if you and your partner need space either side of the bed to hop in and out. If this is the case, play around with positioning whilst all your other furniture is out of the room to find the perfect fit.

4. Work down through your furniture from big to small

The aim of the game here is to maximise your floor space without compromising on storage. Starting with your bigger items means placing your wardrobe or dressers first, followed by any bedside tables and then other less essential pieces such as desks or chairs. Working down from biggest to smallest is a fab way to constantly keep an eye on retaining floorspace and have you thinking about what you really need to make your bedroom work for you.

5. Add in any finishing touches

Once your staple pieces of furniture are ready in place, it’s time to think about adding those finishing touches to your bedroom. Soft furnishings, indoor plants, floor lamps and well-placed eye-catching prints can be just the ticket to make your bedroom an inviting and relaxing space for sleep. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out our latest our website!

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How to arrange bedroom furniture

How to arrange bedroom furniture

Does bedroom furniture have to match?

When it comes to your chosen level of uniformity, it’s all about personal preference. If you fancy yourself as an interior designer, mixing and matching furniture can be a fun way to flex your creativity as you cultivate the ultimate bedroom. On the flip side, a matching set can provide a very pleasing symmetrical aesthetic to give your bedroom a sharp and balanced feel. Want to see a furniture set in action? Check out what we have to offer on our website.

How to fit furniture in a small bedroom?

If your bedroom is on the smaller side, that doesn’t mean you can’t curate the ultimate safe haven. It just means you’ll have to get smart with furniture placement, maximise storage solutions and focus on what is truly essential to retain your precious floorspace! If you’re pushed for space, you could opt for one of our fabulous Ottoman beds for underbid storage.

And what about irregular shaped bedrooms?

Not all bedrooms come in perfect rectangular setups, just like us humans they can come in all shapes and sizes! All you have to do is embrace the unique nooks and crannies your space has to offer. Deploying some bookshelves or floor-to-ceiling storage can be a greatly innovative way of getting the most out of your irregularly shaped space, or it could be that mapping out your furniture helps to break up different sections of your bedroom. Experiment with your space to find what optimises your floorspace and works for you.

Contact us today and we’d love to help you!

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Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Struggling to sleep? Your diet could be to blame. Unfortunately, the food we love the most could be causing sleep deprivation and consequently a whole host of mental and physical issues. 

In this article we will give you some insight into the top foods that could solve all of your sleep problems.

Carbohydrates

In order to avoid you blood sugars spiking before you go to bed make sure you eat complex carbs such as brown rice, wholegrains or starchy vegetables. Although branded by many as unhealthy, digestible carbohydrates may help us fall asleep faster and get better quality sleep. Specifically, carbs increase the availability of tryptophan in the brain – this is an amino acid which produces melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone). 

Foods that are high in protein

B vitamins from protein are vital for the healthy functioning of the brain and are also involved in the production of melatonin. Any sort of deficiency, be it mild or severe, in any of these B vitamins is associated with poor sleep.

Vitamin B12 is present in animal foods (e.g. oysters, oily fish, poultry and eggs). Vegans and vegetarians may want to introduce more nuts and lentils into their diets are these foods are also full of protein. 

Zinc from cereal grains

Both human and animal studies have shown that an increase in zinc intake leads to improved sleep quality. 

The best sources of zinc include oats, wheatgerm, sesame seeds, oysters, meat and eggs. 

Seeds for the production of magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral which not only serves as a muscle relaxant but also enhances the secretion of melatonin which helps to promote sleep. 

Magnesium is found in shelled hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and almonds. A magnesium supplement may also be beneficial. 

Introducing the latter foods into your diet could not only help you fall asleep quicker but also improve the quality of your sleep, why not give it a go?

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Optimising your sleep schedule for night shifts

Optimising your sleep schedule for night shifts

Before your night shift starts

In the build-up to a night shift, there’s one fundamental question that is forever on your mind – to nap or not to nap? Whether you can sleep all day or not, having a nap during the day in the run up to your shift is a great way of diminishing your sleep debt and reducing your tiredness at work.

However, timing is everything and whilst we’re a huge fan of naps at M6 Beds, a planned-out sleep schedule is probably more effective if you’re working nights long-term.

Post night shift sleeping rituals

The trick to conquering a night shift sleep schedule is to find out what routine works for you and stick to it as best you can. For example, a hot shower or calming yoga stretch before bed could be the perfect way to relax your mind and ease yourself into a quality sleep.

In order to have the best chance of drifting off for a dreamy sleep, you need to replicate normal night-time conditions as best you can. As such, we’d recommend investing in some quality blackout blinds and a good pair of earbuds to help reduce outside stimuli such as light and noise.

Beyond your routine of getting ready for bed, there’s also the important issue of timing. On an average day, early birds wake up a few hours before heading into the office. So, although it’s tempting to hit the hay as soon as you clock off, it might feel more natural to hold off on your longer sleep and time it to wake up a few hours before your next shift so you feel more alert when it comes to worktime. That said, if you’re tired – you’re tired, and we know that sometimes the call of fresh sheets and a cosy duvet is too much to resist.

Improving your sleep in-between shifts

Planning ahead and trying to reset your body clock is essential to achieving quality sleep if you’re working nights. If you’re transitioning from a day to a night shift, you could plan to have a long afternoon snooze before the night shifts begin so you can get a head start on any sleep debt you might accrue.

Whether you’re nailing a good sleep pattern on nights or not, there’s always room to improve your sleep quality more generally. Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is one of the best weapons in your arsenal when it comes to quality kip. Tackling some exercise in-between shifts could also help improve your sleep, as could cutting down alcohol and caffeine, particularly before bed.

Creating the ultimate sleep sanctuary

There are many different types of sleeping aids on the market designed to have you out like a light. Blackout blinds, or even a comfortable eye mask, could be a huge help if you’re bedding down as the sun starts to rise. Or perhaps some candles, sleep scents, or audiobooks could be the perfect tools to help you wind down after the night shift? But when it comes to creating the ultimate sleep sanctuary, your attention first and foremost needs to be on the bed!

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