The bedroom tends to be far down on the priority list when it comes to interior decorating. That’s probably because the bedroom is the room few people but you see and you want to spend your interior design budget on the places in your home where guests are going to spend the most time. But believe it or not, a little interior decorating in the bedroom can actually help you catch some more z’s. Since nearly one third of all Americans will suffer from a bout of insomnia sometime this year, it’s crucial that your bedroom is conducive to getting restful sleep. Here are five bedroom decorating tips for a better night’s sleep.
Surprise, surprise. Okay so you’re probably not too surprised to see bedding for the first tip. Your bed needs to be comfortable if you’re going to get a good night’s rest. So start with the mattress, if you’re still using the $300 mattress you bought right out of college, it’s time to splurge on a real mattress (think $1,000 or more). Mattresses can range from plush (the softest) to extra firm and different people need different levels of support in a mattress to sleep well so make sure you pick the right one for you. In addition to having a good mattress, you need a nice set of sheets. Sheets with a higher thread count will feel the nicest on your skin but keep in mind that they tend to be less breathable so they may not be ideal if you tend to sleep warm. Get a down comforter if you tend to get cold during the night.
The Travelodge hotel chain was interested in finding out if the color scheme of a room could affect how much sleep people got. In a study, they found that people who slept in a room with a blue color scheme got the most rest. This finding is supported by other studies that have proved that our eyes are sensitive to the color blue and that receptors in our eyes feed this information to the part of the brain that regulates our sleep/wake cycle. If you’re not wild about the color blue, any muted cool color will do just as well, just avoid oranges, reds, and yellows.
For every other room in the home, it’s important to allow as much natural light into the room as possible. The bedroom is the obvious exception. You should make use of heavier drapes or roller blinds that block out as much of the natural light as possible. This allows you to let in sunlight easily during the day, but block out any light at night. For the light bulbs, themselves, go with something with low wattage or better yet, get some with a dimming feature so you can lower the lights as you wind down and get ready to sleep.
Many studies have shown that melatonin levels (the hormone that affects our circadian rhythm) can be affected by the use of bright screens. So as much as you like having your smartphone or tablet right by your bedside or a TV at the foot of your bed, these technological distractions are sure to keep you up past your bedtime even after you’ve turned them off. Keep any technology with artificial light out of the bedroom and you’ll find that sleep comes easier.
Perhaps most surprising of all, the layout of the furniture in your bedroom can affect your sleep. Your bed should be centered in the room and not up against a wall so that you can climb in an out of it from either side easily. Have a bedside table on either side of the bed and make sure your bed doesn’t point towards an opening such as a door or window. It may be all in your head but for whatever reason, these layout tips really will help you get to sleep easier.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.