Giving your bedroom a much needed make over can be a fun and rewarding project. Whether it’s the master bedroom, a child’s room or a guest bedroom, you can achieve a complete transformation by following a few easy steps.
A good place to start is with the bedding. When buying new bedding, especially when you’re dealing with fitted sheets and bed skirts, its important to know your exact mattress size. This might seem like a no-brainer but there are subtle differences in sizes that some people might not be aware of.
Twin: Twin size mattresses are typically used for children today. A standard twin mattress is 39" wide by 75" long. However, there is also a Twin Long mattress, commonly found in dorm rooms that are 39" wide by 80" long. Twin Long mattresses are also used for adjustable beds, so the head and foot of the bed can be raised independently of each other.
Full: Full sized mattresses used to be common in master bedrooms, but is now one of the least used sizes as Queen and King are the standard for today’s adult bedding. Full size mattresses are 54" wide by 75" long and are usually used for older children or guest bedrooms.
Queen: Queen sized mattresses are currently the most popular sized mattress as we and our homes have increased in size. These types of mattresses are 6 inches wider than a typical full size, measuring 60" wide by 80" long.
King: King sized mattresses are a whopping 16 inches wider than a Queen, measuring 76" wide by 80" long. This size is rapidly gaining popularity as master bedrooms become more spacious. A bed of this size also requires extra decorative pillows and accessories to give it aesthetic appeal.
California King: Initiated in California, this is the newest size of mattress. While not larger than a typical King size, California King mattresses are slightly narrower and longer, measuring 72" wide by 84" long.
If you’re not sure what size your mattress is, measure the width and length. It should fit into one of these categories. Now you are ready to choose your new bedding. Decide whether you want a bedspread, duvet cover, comforter or quilt. Next, decide on s style. Do you want a floral print, a lodge or rustic look, a modern or contemporary look or maybe a retro design. Do you want handmade luxury bedding or are you looking for something more practical that can easily be thrown in your own washing machine? Also think about the colors you want for this room. Will the colors of your new bedding compliment or contrast with the color you want to put on the walls?
This is important when trying to put the whole new room design together. It will be easier to bring paint sample cards home and try to match or contrast the right shades with your new bedding than deciding you have to repaint or re-paper the walls you just did because the colors don’t work together.
Once you have chosen your new bedding, you can then look for other accessories such as decorative pillows and throws, window coverings, lamps, mirrors, wall decor, candles, vases, fountains etc. that complete the design you are trying to achieve. Just remember to have fun with it, especially if you’re decorating your own bedroom. Your bedroom should be a reflection of your personality, while also being a peaceful and relaxing room that you enjoy spending time in.