Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

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F you're keen to transform your cluttered old bedroom into a beautiful boudoir before Christmas, it's not too late.

IThere are a number of specialist bedroom companies who will help you to make the right decision. From traditional furniture to ultra-modern, retro to shabby chic, there's plenty to choose from and it's all waiting to be discovered. Most offer a free estimate service and will create a made-to-measure bedroom using quality materials to your own specifications.

If you're investing in a new bed, there's a lot to think about.

Consider the size of you and your room - a bed should be 10-15cm longer than you. For couples, the bed should be big enough so you can lie side-by-side, with arms behind their heads and enough room so that elbows don't touch.

Choose a bed which complements your decor scheme and other furniture. A sleek, contemporary leather bed frame, for example, wouldn't look right in a French shabby-chic styled room.

Low-level beds, such as orientalinspired designs, are ideal for instilling a touch of zen to your decor, but beware - they're not good for those who have difficulty getting in and out of bed.

Always shop around, trying as many beds and mattresses as possible to find the one that suits both you and your partner the best.

Never choose a bed because it's cheap - look for a well-built bed that offers the most comfort and support, not the cheapest price. The better the quality, the longer it will last too.

Before deciding whether you want a bedstead, a divan or a bed frame, consider the mattress and find the right firmness for you.

Soft mattresses are good for those who sleep on their side, medium are also suitable for those who sleep on their side, but want a bit more support; while medium/ firm are ideal for those who change position a lot in their sleep. …

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