Like loads of married couples, when we moved into our house three years ago, we didn’t focus much attention on our master bedroom. While it got a fresh coat of paint to cover up the aqua walls, we didn’t change anything else until this past summer. It was a functional room and it was fine, but I had dreamed of a few key things to update if we ever had the chance.
Once we had started the master bathroom renovation and moved everything out of our bedroom for the summer, it was definitely the perfect time to spruce things up. Having to move all our furniture, clothes, lamps, decor out of the room was essentially like moving. Before we put anything back, we wanted to make sure it actually worked and was necessary in our room.
Part of this process included assessing and planning out our master closet. I was really excited once we realized that we could eliminate a big IKEA wardrobe from our bedroom.
While the room was a construction zone, we took down a ceiling fan, which I have cropped out of nearly every outfit photo I’ve taken in my bedroom, for a light we bought three years ago when we purchased the home. Lights totally change a room for me. They are like the little accessories that make a big difference to the character of a home. Switching from a ceiling fan to a brass and milk glass flush mount instantly made the room feel more like ours. Since we do occasionally like a fan running, I ordered a small vintage-style fan to sit on our nightstand.
Our bedroom has two walls of windows – seven in total. To switch out the old owner’s DIY blinds quickly added up to a big investment. Once we saw how lovely and finished the bathroom was going to be, we knew it was time to upgrade the blinds to these cordless linen blackout roman blinds I had been eyeing ever since we moved in. They are subtle, but since there are seven of them they really change the entire room.
As we got closer to the construction end date, we started to think about our old wobbly, squeaky metal mattress frame. It was a hand-me-down and had done some damage to our wood floor when we didn’t realize a wheel had broken off. It was neither functional nor beautiful to look at.
So, our last big change in the room was to buy a solid wood bedframe. Instead of metal bars, it has a series of wooden slats that screw into the frame. This thing is built to last and there has not been a single squeak out of it. Once we had it put together, we nixed the box springs that can also be a source of squeaks. The wooden slats are enough to support the mattress, so the box springs were redundant. Without them, our headboard is more visible and functional.
I’m sure it’s cliche, but giving our bedroom some attention and thought has created a room that is a treat. While the problems weren’t a huge issue, we were bumping up against them every day and it is nice to have a space that works well for both of us. It feels super grown-up to have a room that’s all put together.
Even something little like getting rid of the box springs, which seemed essential in American bedrooms but really isn’t, made the room lighter and more open. And I can’t say enough good things about a fresh coat of white paint. I had been meaning to paint the trim around the windows for three years, and I managed it in two hours one late summer night.
I know we’ll be enjoying this room for years to come.
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