The average adult
grows in the night by as much as two centimetres. During the
day the spine is compressed; at night it is given the chance
to straighten and recover.
Ergonomic studies show that couples sleep better in a bigger
bed before trials only 15% said they would buy a larger
than standard bed. After the trial 50% said they would.
By the time we are 50 well each have spent some 16 years
in bed. So, if you are going to spend all that time there,
why not make the most of it?
16 other countries have bigger average bed sizes than Britain.
Top of the league are Belgium, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Finland
and Switzerland where most people sleep in a roomy 160cm by
200cm bed. By contrast we Brits still have to put up with
an average bed size of 135cm by 190cm.
The average person tosses and turns some 60 to 70 times a
night so you want to put as much space between you
and your partner as possible to reduce the disturbance factor.
A standard double bed (135cm/4ft 6in) gives each person just
2ft 3in of space less than a baby in a cot.
This is an extract from "A DOZEN REASONS WHY YOU NEED
A BIGGER BED" by The Sleep Council, The Sleep Council
is a non-profit organisation, limited by guarantee and funded
by bed manufacturers, retailers and suppliers.
Choosing Your Bed The bed is the heart of the room. It is
the focal point, and it attracts full attention of the eyes.
That is why the feeling you want to create in the room depends
mainly on the feeling that you create in the bed. Our collection
is designed with only one desire: to bring romance and harmony
to your bedroom. So you can choose safely any piece, and the
result will always be the same: romance and harmony. The bed
is a form of self-_expression. It reflects your style, personality
and ever-romantic heart. We hope you choose our beds for this
important creation of your own. The bed is a symbol of love,
witness to your dramas and happiness, it will know your passions
and secrets, so we believe it has to be made with noble materials
and crafted with pride. We create our beds to last for generations
and to hold a lifetime of memories.
Prepare a Room Plan
A room plan answers the overall questions of what you want
done and how you plan to accomplish this. The plan takes into
consideration questions like these: Who uses the bedroom?
What purposes does the bedroom serve? Is the bedroom
a quiet repose and sanctuary that serves to perform the traditional
bedroom functions or is the bedroom a multi-functional room
that also includes a sitting area, an exercise center, a home
office, a bathroom, and a TV/media center? The bedroom should
reflect the personal style of the occupant and iron beds should
reflect that style as well. To help determine the size of
the iron bed and the other bedroom furnishings, a floor plan
should be developed. The floor plan can be drawn to scale
on graph paper and furniture templates can be created that
are drawn to the same scale as that used in the floor plan.
The floor plan will allow you to move the bedroom furniture
on paper and experiment with different options. If you don't
want to bother with paper, you can also find online tools
to help you design your bedroom.
Pattern, and Texture
Color and pattern
are used to create the atmosphere or mood of the bedroom and
can be chosen to relax or stimulate. Warm colors can make
the room seem more intimate and cozy and cool colors can make
the room seem more spacious and elegant. Because bedrooms
are a place of serenity and rest, a calming color scheme may
be considered. However, different people react differently
to colors so the the color scheme should be one that reflects
the personal preferences of the occupants. Create a color
pallete of several of your favorite shades that are close
in color, highlighted with a couple of accent colors to begin
testing your personal color scheme.
Pattern also sets
the mood of a room and can be used in wallpapers, canopies,
bedding, dressing table linens, curtains or floors to contribute
to the style of the room. The colors used in the room should
be harmonious with the patterns and the different colors and
pattern should be tested together to find a combination that
is harmonious and balanced. Textile patterns should be tested
in position - in the actual spaces where they will be used
to see the effect they will create.
Texture, like color
and pattern can enhance the mood of a room. Create contrast
between the textures used in the room to create interest.
There should be a balance between smooth and rough, hard and
soft, and shiny and dull surfaces.
Our designer iron
beds are works of art that serve as the focal point of the
bedroom. The way the iron bed is dressed will be a main factor
in the appearance of the bedroom. The color scheme of the
room will be a factor in selecting bedding for the room. What
atmosphere do you want to create in the bedroom? Do you want
the bedroom to be elegant, warm, intimate, and restful? A
restful bedroom that shelters you from the worries of everyday
life will emphasize an atmosphere of calm and peace. For example,
a classic style creates a look of times gone by when life
was less hurried. This atmosphere will be one of serene elegance.
The color scheme will influence the atmosphere of the room
since color affects our mood. Warm colors used in a room can
make it seem cozy and intimate, whereas cool colors may be
more soothing and restful. Because people react differently
to different colors, the choice of a color scheme is a personal
one that should reflect the preferences of the occupant. The
bedding can give you an opportunity to experiment with colors,
patterns and textures to help create the atmosphere you choose
and the bedding can be changed as your interior style changes.
Sheets, pillows, bedspreads, and dust ruffles should coordinate
with you color scheme and style to help to set the mood of
the bedroom. With canopy beds, canopies can be added to increase
drama and interest. Floral patterns can easily mix with solids
and stripes to create interesting effects. Decorative pillows
and shams can be added to mix color and texture.
Walls and Ceilings
The bedroom is probably
the only room in the house where you might actually spend
some time looking at the ceiling. Consider adding a mural
or decorative ceiling medallion to add interest to the ceiling.
The walls usually
provide the background for your room design although they
can be a made into a focal point of the room as well. Walls
provide the largest surface area of the bedroom and they can
be painted, papered, tiled, paneled, or covered with tapestries
depending on your personal preferences.
For example, with a traditional wall design the wall is broken
into 3 areas and each area is decorated differently: The lower
part of the wall is paneled, a mid height chair rail is painted,
and then the top of the wall is papered. A more contemporary
wall design would be to paint or paper the entire wall area
with a single muted color or design so that the wall serves
as a backdrop for the other bedroom furnishings such as the
iron bed which serves as the focal point of the room. Simple
painting is the easiest, quickest, and most economical way
to set the atmosphere of the bedroom. Interest can be added
to a painted wall by using special effects to create textures
such as sponging, ragging, and combing. Patterns can be added
to a painted wall by using stenciling or stamping. Wall papering
is an efficient method of applying a regular pattern to a
wall. There are an almost unlimited number of styles, colors,
patterns, and textures of wallpaper to aid you in creating
the atmosphere of your bedroom. When selecting wallpaper,
consider size of the room and proportion the pattern on the
paper to the size of the room youre decorating. A tiny
pattern should be used in a small bedroom and a larger pattern
can make a large bedroom look better proportioned. Before
purchasing the wallpaper, try out a sample and tape it to
the wall of your bedroom to see how it looks in the room.
The paints and wallpaper should be coordinated with the other
colors and fabrics in the room to reflect the character you
are creating in the room. Other options besides painting and
wallpapering include mirrors, paneling, tapestries, and murals.
Mirrors can make a small room look larger. Paneling can be
used to add a look of richness or a rustic look to the room.
The wall can become a focal point of the room by adding a
tile mural or tapestry to the wall. Marble can be added to
walls and floors to create a formal setting in the bedroom.
To get ideas for decorating your bedroom walls, consider visiting
home decorating websites that specialize in wall coverings
including wallpapering, wall murals, wall accents, painting,
wall tiles, architectural wall finishes, and more.