Furnishing your first home can be a daunting experience – you want to pick furniture that’s going to be an investment and last for years to come and you want it to be stylish. But where do you start?
Every home needs certain items of furniture to make it into a home. A sofa, a bed, a dining table, chairs, bookshelves and a TV unit are just some of them, but what really makes a home is the bedroom. It’s the space where we retreat and relax at the end of the day, so the bed is an important decision. When it comes to picking a bed, there are certain things you need to consider; how big it is, what it’s made from, what it looks like and how comfortable it is. With so much choice to consider, it can be hard to make a decision. Leather beds are an ideal solution for any first time buyer and for a few good reasons. Leather is a luxury material but with so much competition out there, prices these days can be very low – especially if there’s a sale on! The quality of faux leather now is also so good that you can get the look of a high quality luxury bed for a fraction of the price.
Leather is a great thing that the longer you have it, the better it looks as worn leather is a very popular look. It’s also very easy to look after; just dust with a dry, clean cloth and help keep the leather soft and supple by treating it to a condition every couple of months. Another great reason to choose a leather bed is the choice of colours. Most people think of leather as just being brown and black, but you can also get a variety of dyed leather beds too, such as bright reds and futuristic white. All in all, a leather bed is a great, timeless investment for your new house.
Getting the right bed for your child is just as important as making sure they eat a balanced diet and get enough exercise. A good night’s sleep is vital for healthy growth and back problems later on can easily be avoided by buying a decent mattress.
Age obviously determines where to begin when looking to buy children’s beds; if this is their first time out of the cot, then you may want to get a smaller “starter” bed until they get a bit older. If funds are tight, you could buy a standard single that’s big enough to use right the way through childhood as it’s better to have more room rather not enough.
Older children will have more choice in terms of style including bunks, cabin beds with under-drawer storage and elevated loft beds which allow for play room underneath. This may have to be a compromise between the size of their room and how many toys they have.
The difference between slatted and box spring support in beds is not huge but it may be sensible to go with springs for younger children as they can withstand the inevitable jumping on the bed more effectively. The main thing here is safety; check that there’s at least five inches between guard rails and mattress height in bunks and loft beds.
In terms of mattresses, there are several good options; innerspring types are among the most supportive while foam might be a little hard for a child. Consider carefully before using hand-me-downs as there may be a risk of dust mites and it is usually advised not to keep a mattress for more than 10 years.
Children’s beds need to allow ample room to grow and they should come with a quality mattress. Of course, all children are different. It’s therefore a good idea to take your child along with you and test out what they find comfortable before buying.
A bed is far more than just somewhere where you sleep. A bed is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom; therefore if your bed is not a masterpiece of bed manufactory then you will be reluctant to show off your bedroom. My point is that the bed takes up most of the room in a bedroom, so therefore should be both good looking and practical. These two things tend not to coincide leaving you with a beautiful ornate bed that can only provide sleeping space, or a boxy bed that offers advantages such as storage, but looks as if it is made from an oversized matchbox. The answer to this dilemma is a divan bed with an excellent headboard. Nowadays divan beds are less boxy but still offer the huge pull of storage underneath. This storage can come in the form of sliding cupboards, pull out drawers and pull out boxes. The answer to any over cluttered bedroom. Then, when embellished with a stylish headboard, you end up with a bed to be proud of.
Headboards come in all shapes and sizes, so there should always be a suitable option. To make the divan bed look really attractive why not opt for a traditional leather headboard? They tend to come in dark leather in a square shape, once up on your bed they look both stylish and masculine; solving many debates between a man and his wife!
Another headboard option is one with three curves with the middle being the highest. This softer shape creates a calm effect in a bedroom and gives the bed curvature that it lacks in the base.
Finally you can constantly change your headboard if this is your liking. Changing a headboard on a divan bed is simple and effective. You could change it to match the seasons, or to simply give your room a new lease of life once in a while. So in one swift move you will have both a practical and an attractive bed, exactly what is needed in ones bedroom.