How to create a stylish and practical bedroom
Planning to makeover your bedroom? Here’s how to choose and care for your two biggest purchases!
If you’re giving your bedroom a makeover, there’s a lot to consider. From your decor theme, to floor and window coverings, to wall colour and light fittings, you have plenty of decisions to make.
But the two biggest decisions are undoubtedly your wardrobes and bed. They’re large, expensive purchases that you are unlikely to change any time soon. So it’s important to get them right.
To help you, here are some tips on how to choose (and care for) the right wardrobes and the right metal bed frame if you’re giving your bedroom a modern makeover.
Choosing the best wardrobes
If you’re giving your bedroom a modern makeover, then a contemporary wardrobe will absolutely be on your list. But what type should you opt for? The problem today is that we’re overwhelmed by choice, making it hard to know where to start.
Wardrobes for contemporary bedrooms will be stylish and minimalistic, so avoid any fussy patterns or handles. Instead, look for something that is sleek and sophisticated. If you want to add a striking touch, go for a bold color or a gloss finish.
You also need to carefully consider the size of your DIY fitted wardrobes. While it’s tempting to go as large as possible to ensure you have all the storage space you need, you don’t want the wardrobes to dominate your entire bedroom and look disproportionate.
And it may sounds obvious, but make sure the wardrobes you choose fit the space. Measure carefully and remember to take into account skirting board and any picture rails, which can eat into your dimensions.
You should also carefully think about the material of the wardrobe, as you want something that not only looks good, but is practical too. So research well before buying. Look for ratings and reviews that have been left by previous customers, as this will give you a good indication regarding the level of quality.
Many wardrobes today have clever storage solutions, so consider what you’ll be using your wardrobes for (for example, do you have a lot of shoes, or need more shelves than hanging space) and choose your wardrobe interiors accordingly.
Cleaning your wardrobes
Once you’ve chosen the perfect wardrobes for your home, you’ll need to look after them properly to ensure they look great for years to come. After all, you’ll be spending a considerable amount on them, so it makes sense to keep them looking good for as long as possible.
To start, let’s look at some of the cleaning products you need to avoid, as they can damage your wardrobe. This includes polishing, waxing, and cleaning products that are silicone-based, as well as those that include bleach.
You should also avoid petroleum-based or solvent-based products, such as nail polish removers and mineral spirits. And stay away from dishcloths and sponges, as they may contain particles that could scratch the surface of your wardrobe.
Finally, it is important to avoid any abrasive cleaning products, strong soaps, harsh detergents, self-polishing waxes, scouring pads, and scouring powder.
Usually, a damp soft cotton cloth with warm water will be enough to clean your wardrobe. If you do need something a bit more effective, you should mix warm water with a mild hand dishwashing liquid. Once you have wiped the surfaces, use another clean and soft cloth to dry the surface.
It is important to dust your cabinets regularly with a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth, and make sure you deal with all splatters and spills immediately. Finally, it is not advisable to wax your cabinets, as this can build up over time, and cause a yellow, streaky, or hazy appearance.
Add style with a metal bed frame
So now you’ve chosen your wardrobes and know how to keep them looking good. Let’s move to the second big purchase when making over bedrooms: your bed.
When picking the right bed frame you need strike the perfect balance between look, style, and affordability. Wood has been the most popular material for bed frames for a long time, but over the past few years, metal bed frames have taken over.
One of the reasons for this is that metal bed frames are usually the cheapest option. They’re also extremely durable, sturdy, and long-lasting. If you’re going for a modern look, metal is modern, sleek, and stylish and is available in a whole host of different designs, meaning that there is usually something for all tastes.
When choosing a metal bed frame, just as with wardrobes, you need to consider the size. You don’t want your bed to dominate your bedroom – either in width or height.
Look at the finish too – do you want an industrial, raw look, or a more elegant finish? Do you want the metal left in its natural state, or painted?
Whatever your choice, take the time to get it right. Just like your wardrobes, a bed is a significant purchase that you’ll use for many years – it’s also one you’ll use every night! – so you want to ensure it’s something you’ll love.
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