We spend a third of our lives sleeping, more so than eating, travelling, listening to music or even typing, and yet I’ve found through the years that many people don’t really seem to care about the most important extension of our sleepy times- the bed. Whether feelings stem from the bed being a personal, almost taboo object, or from the fact that people only consciously interact with their beds for a few minutes every day, our beds are a big part of our lives, both from the health and design points of view.
Beds need attention. They wear out, they become unfashionable and they chart our moods- they are the first and last things we see and experience each day, after all. Think about your bed right now. What feelings spring to mind? If they’re not all that positive, it might be time to change your bed and improve a small (yet huge) aspect of your life!
If you’re waking up each day with aches, pains or feelings of numbness, or if you awaken each day tired and strung-out, you probably need a new mattress. Old spring mattresses and those that are over seven years old are likely culprits behind these sorts of morning ailments, so if yours is looking worn out and tired, perhaps think about getting a foam or padded pocket spring mattress to replace the decrepit offender.
Such large pieces of bedroom furniture might seem a headache to get removed, but in reality it’s not as difficult as you might think. If you’re buying a new mattress from an online retailer, they’ll likely have a recycling and disposal service that, for a small fee, you can take advantage of. Retailers such as Bedstar have been doing this for a while, so much that many competitors are cottoning on to the practice.
Mattresses aren’t the only item you might want to consider replacing though; bed frames are another piece of boudoir furniture that can create headaches too. As the visible part of the bed, they’re much more likely to influence your mood and emotions. As we know, architecture and pieces of design can hugely impact the way we think, so if you’re feeling like your room might be in need of a refresh, the humble bed frame should be the first item in your crosshairs.
There are millions of different contemporary bed frames out there, as one might expect, but it’s always a good idea to stick with solid woods, keeping tacky-looking plastics and metals out of your bedroom and generally continuing the ‘feel’ of design that flows through your room. Frames can incorporate storage too, quite the boon if you’re perpetually lacking space to hide away all those slowly accumulated clothes and items.