May 1

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bed

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modern bedroomThink about it: you spend approximately a third of your life on your bed (if you get adequate sleep at night, that is), so it makes sense to invest some of your money there—investing your money where your time is, so to speak. A high quality bed and mattress have a tremendous influence on how well you sleep at night, so if your current bed and mattress aren’t doing much for you, now is the time to upgrade. Here are five ways you can upgrade your bed and get better rest at night.

Mattress

Your mattress is, of course, one of the first places to start. Everyone has their own preferences regarding firmness and softness, so it’s definitely a good idea to spend some time in a mattress store testing out mattresses before you commit to a particular one. Preferences aside, there are some qualities that every good mattress should have. First, it can’t be too firm; otherwise, the mattress will push on your main pressure points and take you out of alignment. A mattress also can’t be too soft, as the mattress here won’t properly support those pressure points, leading to an achy morning. No particular mattress material stands out above the rest, but one material might be better for you depending on particular needs your body might have. Spring mattresses, for example, can be comfortable for just about anyone but are particularly good for those who are overweight, as these mattresses can offer firmer support. Memory foam mattresses, meanwhile, are good for those who have chronic fatigue or some type of muscle pain. And latex mattresses offer a great combination of comfort and support but may not be best suited for those who don’t like the feel of a firm mattress.

Pillows and linens

Pillows and bed linens, of course, also play a role in the overall comfort of your bed. Pillows are an easy upgrade to make, and if you’re still using pillows you purchased over three years ago, they’re an upgrade you should make. Bed linens, meanwhile, are all up to personal preference, but there are some quality considerations you should make. The highest quality cotton sheets, for example, are made from either Egyptian cotton or pima cotton (not just 100% cotton). You should also avoid any sheets that are made from more than 30% synthetic materials, as these sheets are not the most comfortable and can make you sweat.

Slat system

Opting for a bed that features a European slat system can add increased support while eliminating the need for a box spring. And when you don’t need to invest in a box spring for your bed, you can afford to spend a little more on a nicer mattress.

Lower height

You may be wonder how opting for a lower bed can be considered an upgrade. But as it turns out, if you happen to be into feng shui, a bed that is lower to the ground while still allowing for open space underneath can help you feel more “grounded” while maximizing chi energy. In addition, lower beds tend to lend a more modern look to a bedroom, so if you’re wanting to give your home a modern upgrade, a lower bed is the way to go.

Upholstered headboard

Clean, smooth wood makes for a classic and modern look in a bedroom, but if you want something that is also comfortable to lean or lounge against as you are reading or relaxing before bed, an upholstered headboard is the way to go.