We’ve all been told growing up how important getting a good night’s sleep is. Healthy adults are supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night but with how fast the world moves, we know that getting the right amount is hard to come by. According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million Americans live with a sleep disorder and 37% of 20-39 year olds don’t get nearly enough sleep a night.
So while sleep habits depend on several varying factors such as occupation, eating habits, and possible medical conditions, there are some things you can do to help you get a full night’s sleep. Believe it or not, how you design your bedroom can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting a solid set of hours in bed. Whether it’s for your room, or you’re designing and furnishing a room for a potential Airbnb or short-term rental guest, we have four starter tips on how you can make the bedroom the perfect place for a good night’s sleep.
1. Cut Out The Clutter
Your mother always told you to clean your room, and this is especially important if you’re an Airbnb host or a short-term rental owner. Whether it's your bedroom or one you're including in a listing, the first thing you should do for any bedroom is to make sure to clean out the clutter. A disorganized room can be distracting, induce anxiety, and make it hard for anyone to fall asleep.
This starts with how you layout the design of the room and what you choose to furnish it with. Add bedside tables and storage systems like cupboards or wardrobes that match the style of the room to put loose papers, clothes, books, or any other things laying around that might have no place. Having a place for you or your guests to put things away can aid in a night of sleep without any distractions.
2. Bed Placement
The next thing to consider is the placement of the bed. Good Feng Shui says that the bed should be in a commanding position, which means facing the doorway, but not directly in line with it. Also, the headboard should be up against a sturdy wall and not directly under a window. Also, make sure that the wall the headboard is up against is not a bathroom wall.
It’s also important to have space on either side of the bed if you’re an adult, and not have one side pressed up against a wall. This gives ample room for couples who share a bed and creates enough space for each, especially when waking up and getting out in the morning. If you need more tips when designing your Airbnb or short-term rental, Fülhaus is always available to do the work for you.
3. Choose The Right Colours
One of the things you’ll hear the most when it comes to decorating a bedroom to ensure you or your guests will get a good night's sleep is the colour of the bedroom. White is a popular colour for a reason, it's neutral and calm and is versatile enough that it goes with almost anything. Neutral colours are popular for a reason -- they’re easy on the eyes and not “loud”, so choosing shades that promote easiness will be a big plus. Cooler tones like blue pastels or darker shades like green for the walls work as well, as they are conducive to a calm and serene night.
Try to avoid going with bright or vibrant colours as they tend to stimulate the brain, which could lead to a more difficult time getting some shut-eye. This doesn’t mean you can’t use oranges or reds in your room at all, just try to keep those for accents in the furniture of your bedroom, like on pillows, and not for the walls. Also, a good idea is to rent your furniture, so you can be flexible in how you decorate the room.
4. Assess The Lighting
It should be obvious that when it comes to proper sleep conditions that lighting plays a massive role. The amount of light that your body is exposed to has a direct effect on how much melatonin your body produces, which is a chemical that regulates sleep and waking.
Blackout curtains for the window are fine, but you’re still going to want some natural light to help you wake up in the morning. In the winter, look to furnish the bedroom with a daylight lamp which is meant to create the effect of natural light. Next, make sure to eliminate or at least limit the amount of electronic light you’re exposed to. Don’t put digital clocks in the bedroom and if you need to furnish your room with a television, use clever and stylish ways to hide it like inside an armoire.
Hopefully we’ve provided you with some solid ways to improve sleep quality for you or for your guests. The most important thing is to make sure that the bedroom is a comfortable space no matter how you set up your bed. If you’re still not sure how the bedroom in your Airbnb or property should be laid out, make sure to contact Fülhaus and we can help design, furnish, and photograph your space. Sweet dreams!