A restful slumber is a fitting reward we all look forward to at the end of each day. From having fresh sheets and fluffy pillows to filling the room with calming scents and playing soothing music, we have go-to hacks than can turn the tiniest of sleeping spaces into a warm and inviting spot. If you’re currently dealing with a cramped bedroom situation, it’s best to identify common problems first so you can invest in the right solutions. Let our list below guide you:

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Problem #1: Lack of storage space

Before completing your bedroom, identify the things you plan to have in the space. Will you have books, clothes, shoes, and other knickknacks?

Solve it: Once you’ve specified your belongings, determine what type of storage will work best in your space. Are you willing to invest in built-in storage units or do you prefer freestanding storage options? The former can add a streamlined appeal to your space, while the latter can be built according to your specifications. For starters, you may want to purchase baskets, bins, and storage boxes for easy organizing. You can have one for shoes, another for books, and an extra bin for other essentials.

Problem #2: Too much or too little lighting

Do you have a window in your bedroom? Keep in mind that natural and artificial lighting play big roles in your space as these can help set the mood that will allow you to get the rest you need.

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Solve it: If you prefer having bright rooms, make sure you have sheer white curtains that let in just enough natural light. However, if you’re the type who likes dark rooms, thick drapes and blackout curtains are must-haves. In terms of lighting pieces, make sure you have a table lamp or a floor lamp for reading purposes. Depending on the mood you want to achieve, you can choose between warm white light and cool white light.

Problem #3: Not maximizing the available space

It’s quite common to see small spaces that aren’t maximized. Many homeowners are scared of bringing in extra pieces and taking decorating risks because it might result in a cramped space.

Solve it: Furnish your room according to your habits. Determine the things you’ll be doing in your bedroom to help you invest in the right must-haves. If you love to read, an extra chair might be the best option. If you love getting ready before heading out, consider having a vanity corner. 

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Problem #4: Not investing in the basics

Getting enough sleep is important so you can power through the day. Don’t scrimp on quality sheets and pillows.

Solve it: It pays to know when to get a new batch of pillows. To see if your old ones need to be replaced, balance it on one hand. If the pillow holds its shape, it’s still good; otherwise, it’s time to shop for new ones. Don’t hesitate to ask the store attendants for recommendations. Down pillows are extra soft, while pillows with synthetic materials as filling are perfect for those with allergies.

Problem #5: Not having the right mattress

Are you content with an affordable piece? You need to go with a mattress that provides proper support.

Solve it: Save up for a quality mattress and make sure you visit stores so you can test the options accordingly. Different showrooms allow customers to test the mattress to help them find the perfect one. The more expensive the mattress, the better the quality. Don’t regret investing in one as it can last for a long time.

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This article is based on a previously published snippet in Real Living's Real Home Ideas 2: 101 Design and Space Tips.

This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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