Bedroom Trends

Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

With normal wear and tear a bed should last around seven years – but our quick Bed MOT can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

Research shows buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep – up to an hour extra – and if you sleep better, you feel much better. Remember to buy as big as you can, spend as much as you can afford, and look out for the National Bed Federation’s Approved big tick logo to ensure you’re buying a product that is safe, clean, and honest.

The right bed is extremely important to health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically. A bed with the correct support, comfort, and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.

Ideally try before you buy, as comfort and support are all down to personal preference. Take your time and spend at least 10 minutes lying down in your natural sleeping position – together if the bed is for two as it needs to be right for both of you.

Too often, people rush the bed buying experience – some spend less than two minutes trying them out! It’s a huge investment and time needs to be taken to choose the right bed.

Why don’t you come and visit us today and take the Bed MOT now!

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Making the Most of your Guest Room

Making the Most of your Guest Room

Know Your Space

Dust off your tape measure and plan how much room can be allocated for a comfy bed, a handy bedside or even a signature piece of furniture.

Feng shui is a real thing and taking the time to strike the ideal balance of furniture to floorspace will help your guests to feel truly relaxed.

Find the Right Bed

So, what size bed is best for a guest bedroom? Finding the right bed largely depends on the size of the room itself, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on storage. Try these beds out for size:

Single Ottoman Bed

A single ottoman bed is a great option to maximise space in a small room whilst also providing additional storage for luggage or bedding, as the ottoman bed mattress is simply raised to reveal a large capacity storage area within.

Single Guest Bed with Trundle

Contemporary single guest beds – also known as trundle beds – are a fantastic space-saving solution as an underbed easily slides out from under the main bed frame to provide additional sleeping space.

Day Bed

No matter the size of your room, a day bed is a fantastic way to transform your guest bedroom into a multifunctional space. As well as having an additional underbid, our day beds provide extra seating space as they can be used as a sofa in the day!

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How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

Ready to get started on saving the planet and upgrading your bedroom style? Here’s our pick of the best tips for designing an eco-friendly bedroom!

1. Choose a gorgeous yet durable wooden bed

Beautiful, built to last and eco-friendly, the benefits of wooden beds are endless when it comes to eco-style design.

2. Use organic paints

Unlike normal gloss or emulsion paints that contain solvents and other harmful chemicals, you can purchase organic paints that are totally free of all pesticides, herbicides & toxins. VOC paints (and flooring for that matter) are very harmful for the environment, so make sure you opt for anti-VOC paints or low VOC paints at the very minimum. As well as paints there are also varnishes, primers and even wallpaper that are eco-friendly, too!

3. Make sure mattress is a plastic-free zone

Whilst you’re working toward styling your eco-friendly bedroom, don’t forget about your mattress. Many mattresses out on the market today actually contain PV or flame retardants that are a form of plastic. Not only are these harmful for the environment, but they are harmful for you too and can have negative implications on your health.

Instead, invest in a good quality mattress that has natural material components for the benefit of both you and the planet. Look out for materials such as wool, cotton, hemp and bamboo that are all-natural but still incredibly comfortable and supportive.

4. Opt for natural bedding

Using natural bedding made from organic cotton or bamboo is another way to be healthier and greener. These fabrics don’t contain any pesticides and 100% unbleached duvets, mattress protectors and pillows are becoming far more common these days and are found in any bedding store worth its salt! Yes, organic bedding is slightly more expensive, but they are a fantastic investment as they’re warm, soft, durable and sustainable. Be sure to stay away from any bedding that contains teflon, formaldehyde or flame resistance as these all defeat the aim of achieving a more green and eco-style design.

5. Go eco-friendly with your furniture

Eco-friendly bedroom furniture has been on the rise in recent years as the design world has searched for ways to become more sustainable. As a result, there’s a lot of eco-style furniture to get your hands on that doesn’t take up too much space and uses all-natural materials!

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Tips for Designing an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

Tips for Designing an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

So, where do you start on your new sustainable style quest? In the bedroom of course! But before you begin, it’s important to understand the benefits of an eco-friendly bedroom so you can fully appreciate your efforts beyond just the visual aesthetic.

It’s energy efficient

We’ve all heard about carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions, but there’s a lot more you can do beyond buying energy efficient light bulbs. Eco-style design places focus on how we can better measure our energy output by making smart choices with materials, lighting and heating. For example, think about how insulating your carpet is, your curtains and drapes – do they effectively control the temperature in your room?

It helps you reduce waste

Rather than championing plastics and fast fabrics, eco-friendly design is all about recycling, upcycling and calling upon nature’s resources to furnish your space. Can you reuse something rather than discarding it? Would that old dining room chair look fabulous in the corner of your room with a lick of paint and a fancy cushion?

It’s durable

In the spirit of waste reduction, this type of interior design can be extremely durable and your natural material furniture will last a lifetime if you care for it correctly. Opt for quality over quantity, functionality over seasonal trends and invest in sturdy natural statement pieces – you’ll soon find that you’ll be replacing items much less, saving yourself money and the environment in the process!

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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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Relax yourself to sleep

Relax yourself to sleep

We know how important it is to get enough good quality sleep each night. Sleep is so much easier when you are relaxed. When you are stressed or anxious you may find that your brain is too busy worrying about things that you have not done, or thinking about things that did not go well in the past, making it hard to sleep. Also, when you are anxious or stressed, your body becomes alert and aroused, also making sleep much harder.

When you are anxious or stressed over a long period your body produces more cortisol, which is our “stress hormone”. Increased cortisol makes us feel extra alert and ready to face any threats. In addition, when you are in an immediate threat situation, your body will produce adrenaline to increase your heart rate and elevate your blood pressure. Increases in these threat and stress hormones disrupt sleep.

What can you do to relax?

There are many things you can do to help you relax and reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.

Take some time and effort to prioritise your bedroom itself. Make your bedroom a place you really want to be Choose natural materials where possible and calm colours – blue is a particularly good colour for a bedroom. Also, make sure that your mattress (from M6 beds!) is really supportive and comfortable so that you feel really relaxed in bed itself. M6 Beds have a wide range and variety of greta mattresses and pillows to choose from. Visit us anytime, simply call to book an appointment for a time that suits you!

If your bedroom is calm and decluttered, then you will feel calmer at bedtime. Do not have piles of paperwork, or dirty laundry in your bedroom as that will only make you think about everything you have not done – increasing stress.

Scents are also a good way to help us relax. Lavender is a well known relaxing fragrance. You  could use a lavender pillow spray, or a diffuser in the bedroom with some lavender essential oils to fill the air with the relaxing smell of lavender. In addition to lavender, there are also other relaxing fragrances such as jasmine, bergamot, valerian and vanilla. This is not a complete list though, as any fragrance you love and makes you feel happy will help you to relax. You could put some of your favourite fragrances in an oil burner and enjoy while you have a long warm bath, or pop a few drops on a tissue under your pillow just before bed.

Relaxation techniques can also help you to sleep better. Slow, deep breathing can be done during the daytime when you are feeling anxious, or at bedtime to help promote sleep. There is a deep breathing technique recommended by the NHS where you breathe slowly in through your nose, and try to fill air deep into your lungs (into your belly), and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. The NHS recommend that you breathe in for a count of 5 and then out for a count of 5, and to continue this for 3-5 minutes.

You can help yourself to be more relaxed at nightime by looking at what you are doing during the day. Exercise is a great way of de-stressing, so go for a run or a brisk walk during the day to help relax tension. Try not to exercise too close to bedtime though. Also, see if there is anything you can do about some of the things you are worried about… get your tax return in early, or call that friend you have been meaning to for ages, so that you feel you have accomplished something by the time you go to bed.

Lastly, make sure that you have a wind down time before you go to bed. If you are working right up until bedtime them you will still be thinking about work stress instead of relaxing off to sleep. Stop working an hour before bed, and read a book or have a warm bath to wind down before you go to bed.

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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.

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Should I buy my child a double bed?

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Have double beds really become the new norm for today’s kids?

If your child has been nagging you to swap their old single bed for a double that rivals yours, then you’re not alone.

Over recent years, sales of single beds have fallen whilst doubles have risen.  Studies have shown that this trend is due to more kids having a double bed in their bedroom.

One study suggested that the ‘digitalisation’ of kids’ bedrooms is to blame. Children are spending more time in their bedrooms playing and socialising on laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones, and a double bed allows them to do so in comfort.

Another contributing factor is families making purchasing decisions with longevity in mind. Teenagers often request a double bed, and when your teenager moves out, a bedroom with a double bed can easily be turned into a guest room, so a double may seem like a more future-proof option than a single.

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Whether or not a double bed is right for your child depends on a variety of factors including the size of their bedroom and your budget.

It may seem like a bit of a luxury if you always had a single bed as a child, but if your child has enough space and you can afford it, then why not?

Many retailers now even sell children’s bedding in double sizes because of the high demand.

Having an extra double bed in the house can also come in useful if you have guests visiting. Compromise with your child, they can have a double bed in their room, providing they’re happy to give it up when you have visitors.

If your child’s room is a bit small for a double, you could invest in a day bed instead. A day bed can be pushed away into a single when floorspace is required but pulled out into a double when they want space to sprawl or you have guests staying.

Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the single bed if that’s your preference. Many younger kids love the idea of having bunk beds for extra space and in case they have friends over to stay too.

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M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

Help guests to get a good night’s sleep when staying in your home by creating an inviting and homely guest room.

Make guests in your home feel welcome by putting some thought into how you furnish and decorate your guest room.

With a few simple changes you can transform the space from box room to comfortable and relaxing retreat.

Maximise space– If like many people, your guest room is a little on the small side, be space-conscious when furnishing and decorating it. Use the tips in our blog ‘How to gain more space in a small guest room’ to make a small room feel more spacious.

De-clutter– Apart from what’s tidied away into storage behind closed doors, only leave visible decorative items and essentials. Keeping your guest room tidy and minimal will make it feel fresh, airy and relaxing.

Invest in a comfortable bed– Chances are that your guests will be asleep during most of the time that they spend in your guest room, so its worth investing in an inviting and comfortable bed. If you’re not ready to invest in a new bed, then a mattress topper could provide guests with some extra comfort in the meantime.

Indoor plants– Indoor plants don’t only look beautiful, they also refresh and oxygenate the air, creating a fresh, comfortable and healthy environment.

Be generous with pillows and blankets– Help your guests to get a comfortable night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed by offering a selection of blankets and pillows. Depending on personal preference and the individual’s sleeping position, different guests will prefer different pillows so provide a variety of firm and soft pillows. Some people may feel the cold more than others too, so add some cosy blankets for layering up on the bed if needed.

For help and advice choosing a suitable bed for your guest room, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379 and we will be happy to help you.

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