A clean and comfortable bedroom facilitates a good night’s rest. 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. It’s important for us to understand that if our rooms don’t nurture feelings of peace or relaxation, we should consider changing the setting. There are a number of ways to change things up in your bedroom to turn it into something more than just a space for sleeping.
Generally, bedroom updates require no landlord approval. There are changes, however, that might be of concern to your landlord. To be safe, check with your landlord first before deciding on anything. One of the best no-approval-required places to start to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing bedroom is with your bed. The quest towards a good night’s sleep begins in finding the best mattress, sheets, and pillows. Without these essentials, a good night’s rest might be hard to come by. If your mattress is not comfortable, you’re not going to get the proper rest that you need. For mattresses that are seven years old or more, they should be replaced with new ones. If your budget restricts you from getting a new one, you can restore the comfort temporarily by 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. If you are currently using polyester sheets, consider switching to a nice cotton set, instead. Cotton breathes much better and can help keep you comfortable all night long.
Needless to say that the most comfortable bed can only do so much in providing relaxation if it’s not paired with a bedroom that’s just as pleasant. 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. Sort your personal effects and place them neatly where they should be. An organized room promotes relaxation.
Let your personality shine through your room by decorating your space (even when you rent). Customize and organize — this is sure to give it a harmonious visual appeal. Adorn your walls with photos or artwork. By adding color and visual interest to your space, you let your creativity shine through. Without having to ask for landlord approval, you can start designing your space by simply using colorful bedspreads and heaps of pillows. If that’s not enough, place an accent lamp on the bedside table. The possibilities are endless! If your bedroom has a large wall, try adding a colorful quilt or other items to add warmth and liven up your space. Tie-dye your curtains to get that hippy vibe or add a simple rug for a dash of minimalism. Really easy ways to decorate your place without making any permanent changes. 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. For instance, painting an accent wall, adding paneling or chair rail or even adding a simple border to your bedroom walls. Installing shelving or other fixtures on the walls are other options, as well. However, these lead to more permanent changes like drilling a lot of holes and whatnot. In your creative pursuit of the ideal sleeping space, again, please don’t forget to ask permission from your landlord. 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.
And, last but not least, good ventilation and airflow inside the room. Once these two are guaranteed, your bedroom is certainly going to be comfortable. For the most part, this requires an HVAC system checkup and prior landlord approval. If the need to install a ceiling fan arises, don’t hesitate to seek permission from your landlord. Just remember that if you plan to make such changes yourself, any electrical work must be performed by a licensed electrician. If that’s too permanent of installation for you, you might want to go for a freestanding fan, air purifier, or diffuser, instead. These can help circulate and freshen the air in your bedroom and keep you deep in restful sleep.
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