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casey-11-wood-daybed,daybed with finials,roll our trundle,If you’re looking around for furniture and considering a  buying a daybed you might be overwhelmed. There are as many choices out there as there are ways to decorate a room.

Here is a guide to daybed bedding to help you make a choice:

A daybed is nothing more than a really functional couch. You can use it as an extra bed or as a living room accent piece. Some daybeds even pull out to turn into a larger bed. If space is limited in your home a daybed can help make a room more functional; a daybed turns a living room into a bedroom!

There are a lot of options for the actual bedding part of the daybed. One is to use decorative throw pillows as a backrest. Of course there are daybeds that have a built in padded back piece too. Even a back piece is optional.

There are  daybeds  that  have a small arm chair sort of back rest, othere have a full blown couch look, and there are even ones that look just  like a swanky psychologist’s couch with a gentle S curve.

For functional daybeds you can use a twin mattress and then cover it with a tight fitted sheet to match any décor.

Stone Cottage Daybed SetStyle wise they can be made with any sort of framework. From minimalist utilitarian steel tubing to a funky contemporary design, to a rustic rough-hewn wood there is a style frame for any decor.

There are plenty of other options available. You can go with a futon, sleeper sofa or a purely decorative upholstered daybed.

What it all boils down to is what looks best in your home.

Do you need functionality or just an extra couch?

Whatever the reason, a day bed can help liven up any home while giving you the functional aspect of having an extra bed on hand.

Once you have decided on the style of daybed that suits your home, you will find lots of daybed bedding available with which to dress it up and complete a totally coordinated look.

All you need to do is grab a coffee and take the time to  browse online  for what works just right for you and your decor.

Here is an example of a handy daybed with a trundle for even more bed space.

Traditional Style Oak Finish Daybed with Trundle

You probably spend more time in your bedroom than any other room in your home. Since a third of your life can be spent in the bedroom it’s a good idea to figure out how to Feng Shui this space.

The first thing you’ll want to do is place the bed as far away from doors and windows as you can.  Also be sure to keep the bed out of line from a window-door connection. You don’t want the bed interrupting the chi flow between the window and door and sucking out your chi.

If your bedroom has an attached bath then make sure the door between the bed and bathroom is always closed when you’re sleeping. This keeps chi from flowing out through the drainpipes.

Another thing to consider with the bed is the importance of a headboard. The more sturdy a head board you have the more it will hold the chi up next to your head. Likewise it’s important not to have a footboard that could block the flow of chi.

Still focusing on the bed it’s important to have a neat clutter free area beneath it. You want the elements to be able to flow. You don’t want to impede and cut the flow of chi around the bed.

If you have nightstands and dressers in the bedroom then you’ll want ones that have rounded corners. This lets chi flow around it. Sharp edges can cut chi rendering it ineffective. If you share your bedroom with a partner be sure to balance the furniture out with the number of people in the bedroom.

Finally you want to limit the use of mirrors in the bedroom. You don’t want anything that can reflect your image while you’re sleeping. Instead look to place mirrors near a dressing area away from the bed.

shiver-me-timbers-set-1Do you have a teenager? How about a preteen that is about to become a teenager? This is a point in their life when they will want you to make some changes to their living space.

Teens are just starting to get more and more of their individuality and personality. This means they are going to want to express it in their bedrooms.

This is also a time when a child is growing bigger and towards adulthood so many of those children’s furniture pieces they have are no longer fitting them. So, how do you furnish a teen’s bedroom?

Here are a few tips:

  • Talk to your Teen or tween – First and foremost you want to talk to the teen to make sure you know what they want. Your teen will definitely have their opinion about what is best to decorate their room with. While you may not agree with all the things they say, try to listen and see the kinds of things they like.
  • Meet in the Middle – Once you have talked to your teen, see if you can find some common ground to start furnishing their room. While you may not like all of their decorating ideas, remember, they are trying to flex their wings of individuality. If you can, let them do that, within reason, by trying to use as many of their decorating ideas as you are comfortable with.
  • Think of the Future – A final consideration is to think about the future of your teen. After high school is your teen going to go to college? They will need furniture when they move away to the dorms. If you are smart you will take the time now to choose furniture pieces for their room that will hold up over time and also be the furniture they take when them when they move out.


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And don’t forget to check out our website for teen bedding options to complete the look of their bedroom.

Is it time to change out your mattress? Is your old one lumpy and saggy? Hopefully a few tips on how to choose a mattress will help you get a better night’s sleep. Bedding choices seem endless and overwhelming. They don’t have to be. You just need to keep a few things in mind.

Type of Mattresses: The three largest selling types of mattresses available today are coil and spring, waterbed, and memory foam.

Coil and Spring mattresses are the most common variety. This is the traditional bed. When looking for a coil and spring mattress one of the key indicators of quality is how many coils the bed has. The larger a number of coils, the firmer, and better quality the mattress. There are plenty of levels of firmness from hard as a board to a light, airy pillow top. What matters is what’s the most comfortable for you!

Waterbeds are another affordable option. Once again there are plenty of varieties from wave less to full wave. This determines how much motion the water in the bed will have. If you don’t feel like sloshing around choose a waterbed with a waveless bladder. Waterbeds require a bit more care than a coil and spring or memory foam mattress. They are also much heavier, be sure the floor can support the weight before purchasing one. Once they are in position you are unable to move them  without emptying them if you want to rearrange the room. However, I have one and find it very comfortable.

Memory Foam mattresses are one of the more expensive options but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. Memory foam mattresses use close cell foam that molds to your body, perfectly fitting your particular body type.

Whatever you choose for a mattress just remember it comes down to one simple concept, what is the most comfortable for you? These few tips on how to choose a mattress can help you narrow down your options but only you know what’s the most comfortable!

Moving from a crib to a bed is a huge step for your toddler. Every kid is different. Some of them will fear change; others will jump at the chance to grow up. Here are a few easy tips to get them to accept their new sleeping arrangement.

Is it time? Before you think of moving to the big leagues make sure your child is ready for the move. Just because he or she is escaping the crib at night doesn’t mean they’re ready for their own bed. Try taking out any guards, and lowering the side of the crib first. By moving slowly your little one gets a sense of freedom in small doses instead of having it thrown at them all at once.

Use the same location: Perhaps your child fears leaving the secure crib. By putting the bed exactly where the crib used to be the child will still have everything familiar and reassuring around. A good option is to try and keep the same bedding, a favorite blanket, or stuffed animal.

Plan a party: Make a big deal out of his or her achievement. Call it moving day. Make him or her feel like they’ve accomplished an important goal. It helps to have your child help in picking out the new bed too.

Encourage: Every child is different. If your child resists moving into a new bed just keep encouraging them. Positive reinforcement is essential. You can help your child only so far. Punishing the toddler for not moving won’t accomplish anything. Be reassuring and offer positive support.

Colorful Bedding: put bedding on the bed that features your toddlers favorite characters. Make the bed look colorful and welcoming for you toddler.

There are many ways you can encourage your toddler to make the move from a crib to a bed these few can help get you started on your way with as little fuss and crying as possible. Just remember to be patient!