Cuddling up – getting your bedroom cosy for winter
Winter is well underway and, with Jack Frost nipping at all your extremities, it’s tempting to just hibernate at home.
But where in the home can you find solace? You can eat hearty roast dinners in the kitchen and curl up in your living room in front of the fire. However, the place to really indulge your nesting instincts might be the bedroom. But what if yours feels about as cosy and inviting as a dentist’s waiting room? Below are some tips to transform your bedroom into being cozier.
Make it warmer and more energy efficient
There are a number measures to help make you feel like a snug bug in a rug:Are your bedroom windows old and inefficient? If so, you could consider saving or applying for a loan to have them replaced with double or triple glazing. Not only will efficient windows help to reduce your energy bills, you may also benefit from a sounder night's sleep, which can help promote your overall health.
Get warm winter linen
Pack away your light summer cotton sheets – they’ll make your bed feel like an ice block to get into. Instead, buy fleecier-feeling sheets in a material such as flannelette and go for warmer colours, such as dark browns or caramels, to make the room look warmer.
Change your mattress
A warm bed starts with a warm mattress, but buying a new one just for winter is an extravagance. You’ll want one that lasts year-round so choose a mattress with a fleecy side for winter and a cooler side for the summer months. Too expensive? Consider a memory foam mattress topper for added insulation or, alternatively, a soft, fleecy blanket to lie below the undersheet.
Get togged up
If your room brings you cold comfort, go for the maximum tog-rated duvet, which is currently 13.5. Have a double bed? If so, go large. Placing a king-sized duvet on a standard double bed will really keep you warm and toasty (oh and stop you fighting over the covers!).
The more layers you have on your bed, the warmer it will feel; so pile on the extra blankets or cosy throws. And don't forget to layer yourself with plenty of warm clothes!
If all you have are light curtains or blinds, all the expensive heat you for could be going straight out of the window. Putting heavy drapes up (or putting a draft excluder by the door) will help block chilly breezes, and you’ll be amazed at how much warmer it feels inside.
Warm your tootsies
Having cold feet can make the rest of you feel chilly so invest in some cashmere bed socks. Buying rugs for the floor and using a hot water bottle can make your tootsies really toasty.
Let there be light
Flickering candlelight might look warm and cosy, but you’ll never sleep easy if you’re worrying about fire. Acquire some rechargeable LED ones for a safer and better bedroom ambiance. Some evenrelease a candle-like scent!
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