If there’s one thing that you need for a good night’s rest, it’s a clean and comfortable bedroom. To feel truly at home as a renter, it is important to create a bedroom sanctuary of your own. Most people spend a lot of time – almost one-third of your life! – in their bedroom. Consequently, the bedroom should be a place of peace and relaxation. If yours isn’t providing that for you, perhaps it’s time to change things up a bit. You can always find ways to transform your bedroom into something special and more personal.
While you have the freedom to make changes to your room, since bedroom updates require no landlord approval, it’s a good idea to check with your landlord about it first– just to be safe. One of the best no-approval-required places to start to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing bedroom is with your bed. If you want to get a good night’s sleep, you have to first get yourself the essentials: a nice mattress, sheets, and pillows. If your mattress isn’t as comfortable as it used to be, that’s probably because it’s already old. Usually, if a mattress is seven years old or more, it’s due for replacement. If you can’t afford to immediately replace it, consider adding a plush mattress topper. While you’re at it, check if your pillows are still in good shape. If they’re no longer soft and comfortable, it might be time for an update. As far as your sheets, if they’re polyester, you can swap them out for a nice cotton set. Cotton breathes much better and can help keep you comfortable all night long.
Naturally, the most comfortable bed is only half of what provides relaxation; the other half comes with a bedroom that’s just as pleasant as the bed inside of it. Don’t underestimate the value of looks. To improve the appearance of your bedroom is to achieve an attractive and personalized space of your own. Is your bedroom filled with clutter and unused items? Clear them out! A clean and arranged area helps alleviate stress. Get your bedroom ready by putting everything back to its proper place. The organization is key to relaxation.
Any space (even a rented one) is given visual appeal and personality when it is decorated. For instance, embellishing your walls with beautiful artwork or photos is a way to add color and visual interest to your room. A bedroom update that surely requires no landlord approval is the use of a colorful bedspread, heaps of pillows, and the addition of an accent lamp — get creative! If your bedroom has a large wall, try adding a colorful quilt or other items to add warmth and liven up your space. Without making any permanent changes, you can add some life to your home by simply picking out elegant curtains or rugs that fit your chosen aesthetic. Blackout curtains can help eliminate outside light while adding a houseplant can help freshen up the air.
Of course, there are more permanent ways to personalize a bedroom. However, landlord approval should be obtained in writing before attempting to do so. This can be for things like you wanting to paint an accent wall, adding paneling and a chair rail or even a small detail like a border to your bedroom walls. Also, should you feel the need to install shelving or other fixtures on the walls, seek the approval of your landlord before moving forward, since the installation might leave obvious and permanent changes to the house. Once you get the approval to implement these changes, you’re one step closer to your ideal sleeping space. A good rule of thumb is that anything you add that cannot be easily removed, damage-free, generally requires pre-approval from your landlord first.
The final step to maximizing the comfort of your bedroom is to make certain that your room has stable ventilation and airflow. This requires an HVAC system checkup and prior landlord approval, most of the time. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but if it’s necessary to install a ceiling fan, contact your landlord and ask if it’s okay to do so. Just remember that if you plan to make such changes yourself, any electrical work must be performed by a licensed electrician. In case you prefer installations that aren’t permanent, you can opt for freestanding fans, air purifiers, or diffusers. These can help circulate and freshen the air in your bedroom and keep you deep in restful sleep.
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