Your bedroom is a personal space, perhaps even a haven of refuge for you. Chances are, few people will visit your bedroom, so it doesn't have to be set up for anyone but you (or you and your partner). This fact makes your bedroom the perfect place to indulge yourself and do anything you like without the worries that may accompany decorating other rooms.
In your bedroom, you will likely need a bed, a dresser, at least one night table, and a lamp. You might also like to have a chair, a vanity, an additional night table, and something to hold a television set.
Of all your necessary furnishings, I'd venture to say your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. Youve probably slept on a bad mattress or two in your life and experienced waking up tired and cranky and not at all ready to face the day. When you shop for mattresses, don't be shy about testing them out before you buy. If you'd like a headboard, they are abundant at flea markets and yard sales and also can be purchased new at furniture stores in many different styles, colors, and sizes. But if your budget is too tight for a pre-made headboard, there are several ways to create your own. You can try:
An old fireplace mantel
A quilt, rug, or blanket hanging from a rack
Doors or shutters hinged together
Fabric stapled (on the back) to a wood or foam board cutout
A mesh canopy hanging over the head of the bed
A faux headboard painted on the wall directly behind the head of the bed
Remember the main thing you do in your bedroom is rest. A bedroom that's filled with bright colors may not be conducive to rest for many people, but if you like it, then you should have it that way. The key is to find what makes you feel calm and relaxed, then use those concepts in your bedroom. For instance, if you love to be lulled to sleep by music, invest in a small radio and keep it in a spot that's easy to get to. If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to buy some aromatherapy candles you can light as you get ready for bed. You also might want to purchase thick curtains or shades to block out the morning light and increase your sleep time.
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