How to Build a Raised Bed

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds, DIY Tips, How To Guides

Raised beds are a fantastic addition to any garden, especially for those who want small easily maintained growing areas.  They are also great for gardeners who may have movement difficulties, as raising the bed from ground level and having plants at a more manageable height is a great help.  Moreover, with many urban gardens now being so small, they also make the most of the growing space that an individual has to work with.

Making a raised bed is relatively easy, and with only a few simple tools and materials, a new easy to manage flower or vegetable growing area can be made in no time.

Step 1:
Measure out the area that you need to construct the bed for.  Beds can be as long as you like but should not be wider than one and a half arms length so that they can be easily managed.  Take measurements to create a box with four sides, and remember additional materials for creating the height.

Step 2:
If using recycled railway sleepers, which are a fantastic raised bed building material, ensure that they are cut to size before they arrive, as cutting such components will need specialised equipment.  If you are using more easily cut materials, cut all components to the correct lengths before using a drill to create pilot holes for the screws.  You can then screw the planks together to form the box.  Wooden stakes can be used in each corner, allowing planks to be stacked and drilled to create the required height.  If using sleepers, they can simply be laid on top of one another with retaining stakes driven into the ground to keep them in place.

Step 3:
Once the overall shape has been constructed, use fresh compost to fill the bed.  This prevents the introduction of weeds and unwanted pests, and allows for your new raised bed to be as productive as possible.  You can then put in seeds and plants and start to enjoy this simply made and easy to manage raised bed.

What sort of Bed to Choose?

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

A good night’s sleep is extremely important to your quality of life, especially in the busy modern world where many people assume the can get by on just a few hours rest. However, the payback comes in the form of aching back and joints, lethargy and often depression. Sleep is the time when we recharge our batteries and prepare for the next day, so selecting the correct bed frame and mattress is an important decision.

When you choose the bed frame itself there are wooden beds and metal beds available, depending on individual tastes. Larger beds are suitable for the master bedroom, but when it comes to children’s’ beds and guest beds you have quite a varied choice.

Sofa beds are ideal for smaller rooms such as guest rooms, but they can also fit well into living rooms, typical amongst these are the three-seat sofa beds with plush cushions, which come in a range of attractive styles and materials. They can be folded out with minimal fuss to make a good bed for any unexpected guests.

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes, the smallest being chair-beds that can be placed in a small room and converted swiftly into a bed. These are also ideal as children’s’ beds.

Divan beds have extra storage space underneath, which is an important consideration as bedrooms are frequently overcrowded and short on space. Bunk beds for the kids will free up a lot of space and be popular at the same time.

Beds for all the Family

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

With so many styles and types of beds available we are no longer limited to the old choice of double or single, metal beds or wooden beds, for every bedroom in the house. Instead, your choice of beds for different rooms can be an integral factor in the interior decor of your home and can even express the personalities of their occupants.

The master bedroom will typically be dominated by a double or king-size fixed bed, with or without storage space beneath, but even here you might choose to try out a sofa bed. These come in a range of designs and fabrics and convert easily into fashionable and comfortable sofas during the day. The bedroom can therefore be used as an area for relaxation during the daylight hours and as a bedroom at night.

Children’s beds come in all shapes and sizes and space can be freed up if you choose bunk beds, which stack neatly on top of each other or can be detached and used as normal beds if the novelty wears off.

Sofa beds are very popular with teenagers, who highly prize their living spaces and who appreciate the flexibility they afford.
For the unexpected visitor, guest beds can be tucked neatly away as sofa beds in spare rooms or even in the living room. Futons also make for ideal guest beds, which can be rolled out of the way when not being used.

Choosing a Sofa Bed

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

Sofa beds have been looked down on for far too long. Many people remember the sofa beds of old, with the metal bar beneath a thin mattress that caused sleepless nights and backaches for days thereafter.

Things have progressed quite a bit since then. Sofa beds now come in a variety of styles and sizes, from the traditional design to futons to the newest “flip flop” sofa beds that have no metal frame! These newest designs have wooden frames, but the back and seat of the sofa simply slide down so they lay beside each other, creating a flat sleep surface.

Sofa beds also come in many fabrics and materials, from zebra-striped fabric to sumptuous, elegant leather. Some have a sleek, modern look that may incorporate touches of metal for a more urban feel; others have arms or feet of thick, dark wood that give more of an Old World feel. Some have arms, some don’t, and the sizes can vary substantially.

One of the newer sizes is the “apartment size” sofa bed. Larger than a loveseat, but shorter than a standard sofa, this size is perfect for those furnishing a small apartment or flat. A real space-saver, this piece of furniture can function as seating during the day and sleeping space at night. And it still leaves space for you to walk around!

Of course, for those with more space, a standard Queen sleeper can usually accommodate sheets that you already have in your home, saving you from buying sofa bed-specific sheets. And some sofa beds have hidden storage space for pillows, allowing you to keep them tucked neatly out of the way until they’re needed.

Sofa beds should be a strong consideration for anyone needing style and versatility to co-exist within the same room.

Choosing a bed

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

Choosing a bed is at least as important as choosing a car. You’ll probably be spending a lot more time in it, and it’s much better for you. When you think about the importance of a good night’s sleep for recharging your drained batteries, the importance of the type of bed you lie in can hardly be exaggerated.

Bed frames come in a wide range of styles and materials. Metal beds are becoming increasingly popular as they’re seen to lend elegance to the decor of the bedroom, but many people still prefer the traditional wooden beds. Leather beds are also available. It depends on individual aesthetic and the existing bedroom furniture.

Choose headboards that enhance the ambience of bedrooms. Many are fixed to the frame, but wall-mounted headboards are very popular because not only can they be a design feature in themselves, but they free up a valuable few inches of space in an often crowded room.

For guest beds, divans are a popular option, incorporating extra storage space underneath and helping to keep a small room relatively uncluttered. Sofa beds transform a bedroom or other living space into a multi-purpose area.

The choice of mattresses is vast, and the technologies deployed to help give you a good night’s sleep are impressive. Memory foam will react and soften to body heat, moulding to your shifting positions, and pocket spring systems will allow every spring to separately and independently push against differential weights applied to them.

Choosing the right headboard for your bed

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds, Home Improvements

Headboards may be considered a banal and almost negligible addition to a bed, primarily serving a decorative purpose. Headboards are decorative to some extent, as with all other household items, but they are also functional and many people wouldn’t be able to sleep without one.

Headboards can incorporate elements of design, and a well-chosen one can make a bed look more complete and enhance the decor of a room. They are available for all types of beds. Wooden beds, metal beds, children’s beds and guest beds can all benefit from a headboard, and anyone who’s tried comfortably reading a book or watching a long movie with just the wall to rest against, will appreciate the practical benefits of headboards.

Your bedroom is where you spend a large slice of your life, and a headboard with the right contours and colour, and made from the desired material, can make a great contribution to the look and feel of this important living space.

More traditional headboards are made of wood and are usually selected to match the other furniture. They are usually mounted to a metal frame and give support for pillows.

Metal headboards are actually normally constructed from metal rods, rather than being solid pieces of metal. Wrought iron headboards and brass headboards can lend an antique appearance to beds, and aluminium gives an art-nouveau look.

There are padded and wall-mounted headboards to choose from too, and headboards specially designed for small children. Wall-mounted versions help free up more space and have decorative potential, and can be used with any type of bed. 

Saving space with a sofa bed

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

Sofa beds are a common, traditional way to save space whilst still having a bed to sleep on. Other beds that save on space include bunk beds, futons and stretchers. A sofa bed is a perennial favourite, not only because of its space saving function, but also because it can be used during the day as a seating area.

Sofa beds come in different shapes and sizes, from single beds that are chairs when folded, to double beds that are larger couches. Key to choosing the right sofa bed is not only the size and function of it during the daytime, but also how easy it is to unfold, how much space it contains to store bedding and pillows internally and the type of material it is made from. Leather sofa beds are stylish, while more basic fabric sofa beds can do the trick perfectly well for a relatively lower cost.

Sofa beds are sometimes known as futons, which is also a thin mattress mat originating in Japan. The sofa bed futon retains the thin mattress but this is part of a larger set that functions as a seat or couch when folded.

A common misconception about sofa beds is that they are difficult and aesthetically less than pleasing to the eye when in the chair or couch mode. Both are incorrect: sofa beds typically fold out easily and are often indistinguishable from regular chairs or couches when folded.

Buying a Bed – What to Know Before You Go

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds, How To Guides

Before you head out to the shops to compare bed models and prices, make sure you’re prepared.  You’ll need to know three key things:  the exact measurements of your room, the size of bed you wish to buy, and the size of mattress you need.

Measure the dimensions of your room carefully.  When you know exactly how much space you have available you’ll be better equipped to shop for beds

Once you know how big your room is, you can set out to find the perfect bed.  But remember that a bed is much more than just the frame and mattress.  Will you have space for a bed frame, headboard, and footboard?  Is the length too much for your room?  Can you incorporate additional furniture like a night table, mirror, dressing bench, or vanity in your space along with the bed?  Will you be able to get into and out of the bed?  If you’re shopping for bunk beds, trundle beds, sofa beds, or other alternative sleeping options, can your room accommodate the extra space that will be taken up with the bed is unfolded or opened up?

Now that you’ve measured your room and your bed, be sure you select a mattress that will fit the bed frame.  An ill-fitting mattress is uncomfortable to sleep on, wears unevenly, and won’t last as long as one that fits properly.  If you sleep with a partner, buy the largest bed and mattress combination that your room and your budget will allow to ensure that both sleepers are comfortable.

Form and Function Meet in Children’s Bedrooms

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds

More than any other room in your home, your kids’ rooms need to be practical and organised, yet fun and fresh.  The right children’s beds will not only ensure your kids get a good night’s rest, but can also help them keep their rooms clean and tie their bedroom decor together perfectly.

From bunk beds to canopy beds, sleigh beds to daybeds, wooden beds to metal beds in a rainbow of colours, finishes, and themes, you’ll certainly find a bed to make both you and your child happy.

Bunk beds are a classic space saver in rooms where two or more children sleep, while loft beds raise the sleeping surface off the floor, leaving room for a desk, dresser, toy chests, shelves, and bookcases below.  Combination or futon beds are ideal for older children and teens, with a twin bed on top and a convertible full size futon/sofa on the bottom.  A trundle daybed lets you hide away extra sleeping space when it’s not in use.  A canopy bed gives drama to any child’s room, while giving you the freedom to indulge in a bit of fantasy; a sleigh bed adds instant elegance.

Many children’s beds feature storage in the base to help organise thee room.  Clothes, socks, toys, games, and more can be tucked away in drawers under the bed right at child level, keeping these items off the floor and minimising clutter.

No matter what type of children’s beds you choose, letting your kids select bed linens and accessories will ensure they love their new bedroom.

Wooden Beds Lend Versatile Style to Any Bedroom

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bedrooms, Beds, Home Improvements

Wood is a very popular choice for beds, and understanding your options lets you find the perfect wooden bed for your room.

Different woods give a different look, so knowing the types of wood most commonly used to build furniture will help you choose a style that suits your decor.

Mahogany, oak, pine, cherry, maple, walnut, and rosewood are all popular furniture woods.  Finishes and stains range from dark espresso to light honey, painted to natural.  Hardwoods like oak, walnut, and mahogany are usually used to make high-end, solid wood furniture and beds, while softer woods like pine and cedar are used by many budget manufacturers to create veneered or particleboard pieces that are more affordable.

Cherry is a reddish wood known for its strength and durability.  Maple is a popular choice for painted beds.  Oak is very heavy and strong, and carves extremely well so it’s often used to create ornate headboards.  Pine is lightweight and evenly textured, though its durability and knotted surfaces make it ideal for rustic beds.

Wooden beds provide a wide range of style options for any decor.  The sleek, elegant look of a raised platform bed is well-suited to modern design; many platform beds also include built-in storage.  Dramatic wooden canopy or four-poster beds certainly make a statement in any room, and draping fabrics over the canopy can tie a room together.  A sleigh bed can be modern or traditional and is perhaps the most versatile wooden bed.  And, of course, classic wooden bunk beds are a great space-saver for any child’s room.