If you want to get a good night’s rest, get yourself a clean and comfortable bedroom. To feel truly at home as a renter, it is important to create a bedroom sanctuary of your own. Most people spend a lot of time – almost one-third of your life! – in their bedroom. Consequently, the bedroom should be a place of peace and relaxation. If yours isn’t providing that for you, perhaps it’s time to change things up a bit. Your bedroom should be a reflection of who you are — customize it to your liking, and allow it to be a display of your personality and creativity!
Generally, bedroom updates require no landlord approval. There are changes, however, that might be of concern to your landlord. To be safe, check with your landlord first before deciding on anything. One of the best no-approval-required places to start to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing bedroom is with your bed. If you want to get a good night’s sleep, you have to first get yourself the essentials: a nice mattress, sheets, and pillows. If your mattress is not comfortable, you’re not going to get the proper rest that you need. For mattresses that are seven years old or more, they should be replaced with new ones. If your budget restricts you from getting a new one, you can restore the comfort temporarily by adding a plush mattress topper. A good pillow is key to good sleep. If you feel like it no longer provides comfortable support for your head and neck, don’t hesitate to replace it. As far as your sheets, if they’re polyester, you can swap them out for a nice cotton set. Cotton breathes much better and can help keep you comfortable all night long.
Needless to say that the most comfortable bed can only do so much in providing relaxation if it’s not paired with a bedroom that’s just as pleasant. Achieve an attractive and personalized space of your own by enhancing the appearance of your bedroom. If you have unused items or clutter, clear them out of the bedroom. A space that is clean and organized helps relieve stress. Arrange your things by placing them in compartments. This is one step towards relaxation.
To decorate your space (even when you rent) is to give it visual appeal and personality. For instance, embellishing your walls with beautiful artwork or photos is a way to add color and visual interest to your room. A bedroom update that surely requires no landlord approval is the use of a colorful bedspread, heaps of pillows, and the addition of an accent lamp — get creative! If your bedroom has a large wall, try adding a colorful quilt or other items to add warmth and liven up your space. Tie-dye your curtains to get that hippy vibe or add a simple rug for a dash of minimalism. Really easy ways to decorate your place without making any permanent changes. Blackout curtains can help eliminate outside light while adding a houseplant can help freshen up the air.
Of course, there are more permanent ways to personalize a bedroom. However, landlord approval should be obtained in writing before attempting to do so. For instance, painting an accent wall, adding paneling or chair rail or even adding a simple border to your bedroom walls. Another option could be to install shelving or other fixtures on the walls. Those need holes to be drilled into the wall and other more lasting changes. In your creative pursuit of the ideal sleeping space, again, please don’t forget to ask permission from your landlord. A good rule of thumb is that anything you add that cannot be easily removed, damage-free, generally requires pre-approval from your landlord first.
Finally, good ventilation and airflow are essential for making your bedroom more comfortable. For the most part, this requires an HVAC system checkup and prior landlord approval. If you need to, don’t be afraid to ask your landlord for permission to install a ceiling fan. Just remember that if you plan to make such changes yourself, any electrical work must be performed by a licensed electrician. In case you prefer installations that aren’t permanent, you can opt for freestanding fans, air purifiers, or diffusers. These can help circulate and freshen the air in your bedroom and keep you deep in restful sleep.
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