Decorating Your Bedroom For Optimum Sleep Quality

designer tiles in interior design

When decorating your bedroom it can be easy to forget about practicalities – like ensuring the room is designed well for sleep. These tips help you decorate your room for good quality sleep.

When you’re redecorating your bedroom, it’s easy to get carried away – forgetting the key use of the room – sleep. Although your bedroom should be expressive and individual to your style, it is important to remember it needs to really work towards helping you get a good nights sleep.

So try to think practically first, then let your imagination go wild with beautiful designer tiles, bright paint and exotic furnishings.

 

using designer tiles in bedroom design

Here are some tips to help you decorate your bedroom for optimum sleep quality:

Keep Pets Out

OK so this isn’t a decoration tip, but it is so important when it comes to sleep quality. Pets (especially cats) are known to be quite demanding in the night.

Whether they are going on a ‘mad one’ running at a million miles an hour ping ponging around your room, sprawling out across the bed making you sleep in odd positions, or simply pawing at your face to wake you up – they definitely don’t aid sleep so keep them out of the room.

Symmetry

Sleep experts recommend your room is symmetrical to help aid sleep. So try to place the bed in the middle of a wall and place tables on each side, rather than placing a bed in a corner and one table to the side of it.

Black Out Blinds & Curtains

The darker your room, the better your level of sleep, so opt for black out blinds and curtains to create a good level of darkness to aid your sleep. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on colour – blackout doesn’t mean black material.

Double lined curtains will do the trick, as will thick blinds. So place more emphasis on the thickness of the material than the colour.

Keep Your Cool

We as humans don’t sleep well when it’s hot, so the cooler your room is the better in relation to a good nights sleep. We’re of course not suggesting you turn your room into a fridge, but rather avoid bringing any unnecessary heat into it.

So keep windows open throughout the day (if safe), keep the curtains closed and keep the radiator off in that room unless it’s winter. It’s also a good idea to place a fan in the room and direct it so it’s moving air around the room but isn’t blowing directly on you.

For optimum coolness, consider some beautiful floor tiles instead of carpet to keep your room cool. Perfect for keeping temperatures low in summer, and in winter you can lay down a thick rug for extra warmth, or even get underfloor heating installed when you get your floor tiles laid.

Add Foliage

Some lovely plants will breathe life into your room and bring the outdoors in – a wonderful way to add natural serenity to your room.

Good Quality Bedding

Your mattress should be good quality, as should your bedding. Opt for breathable fabrics that feel lovely to touch and don’t be afraid to layer up – layered blankets and sheets are perfect for summer months when temperatures can change so much.

 

10 Absolutely Beautiful Backyards with Pools

beautiful backyard pool

Ten awe-inspiring backyard designs with beautiful pools in the most gorgeous locations.

It’s amazing how beautiful some of these locales are and how the incredible the architecture and thought that went into the designs.

Keep saving your money for the next one that comes on the market or start buying more lotto tickets…

Amazing Mountain View

beautiful mansion backyard pool
via Giesen Design

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High Desert Retreat

high desert backyard
via houzz

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Cabin-Side Landscaping

beautifully landscaped backyard
via Diply

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Relax by the Fireplace

backyard blue pool fireplace
via Top Dreamer

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Natural Beauty

beautiful natural landscape backyard
via The Home Touches

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Nevada Charm

beautiful nevada backyard pool
via Mail Online

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Great Gazebos

beautiful gazebo backyard
via Tsafrir Melamed

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Incredible Pool

violin shaped pool
via Captivatist

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Natural Mountainside Perfection

Awesome Bakcyard Landscaping Ideas Small Backyard Swimming Pool
via bubaraba

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Castle Style Elegance

castle style backyard pool
via Luxury Home Magazine

 

How to Find Wall Surface Area for Painting

interior paint

When you buy interior paint, the number of gallons or liters you need depends on the total surface area of your walls.  Buy too little paint and you’ll have to make a run to the store for another gallon or two.

Buy too much and you’ve wasted money.  Each manufacturer of paint has its own recommended gallons per square footage; average specs for a single coating are about 1 gallon per 350 square feet (32.5 square meters) of wall area.

If you do two coats, you need to double it. If you do three coats, you need to triple it.  As long as you know the square footage of your paintable wall space, you can be sure to buy the right amount of paint.

Here’s how you can do the math quickly by hand, or get the raw numbers you need to plug into a calculator.

 

Step 1: Find the combined perimeters of all the rooms you are going to paint with the same color.  The perimeter is the distance around the room.  For rectangles, the perimeter is 2*L + 2*W, where L and W are the length and width.  For other shapes, there aren’t always such nice neat formulas.

Step 2: Measure the height of the walls from the floor to the ceiling.

Step 3: Multiply the numbers you found in Step 1 and Step 2. For instance, if the total perimeter of the rooms is 67′ 9″ and the wall height is 7′ 2″, then you multiply 67.75 feet by 7.17 feet to get a pre-total of 485.77 square feet.

Step 4: Compute the combined ares of all the windows and doors. (The area of a rectangle is length times width).

Step 5: Take the number you found in Step 4 and subtract it from the number you obtained in Step 3.  For instance, if the total area of windows and doors in the rooms is 59.42 square feet, then you calculate 485.77 – 59.42 = 426.35.  This is the total square footage of wall area you need to paint.

Step 6: Divide the number you found in Step 5 by the number of square feet per gallon.  For typical paint, you would divide by 350.  For instance, 426.35/350 = 1.22.  This means you need 1.22 gallons to cover all the wall space with a single coat.

Step 7: If you are doing two or three coats of paint, multiple the number of gallons accordingly.  1.22*2 = 2.44 and 1.22*3 = 3.66.  To be on the safe side, you can round up to the nearest whole gallon so that you have extra paint for touch-ups and repairs.

 

How to Refinish or “Reglaze” a Bathtub

Nichols Hills Refinished Tub

What Goes Into Bathtub Refinishing or Reglazing a Tub?

How to Refinish a Bathtub- a quick article on what to expect when refinishing a bathtub. You can choose to do it yourself or have a professional refinish your tub for you. This article is just to give you a little more information regarding the process.

 Bathtub Refinishing Chemicals Are Dangerous

Home improvement is expensive. It seems to get more expensive every day. Many older homes have porcelain tubs that, even though they are clean, always look dirty. This is from years of staining and mineral buildup which makes the tub harder to clean.

Bathtub refinishing makes it possible to get the tub back to its shiny, near new appearance making it much easier to clean and care for.

This is an economical option versus the cost of ripping it out and replacing it, which can be five times the cost of a professional refinish job.

There are kits available in major home improvement stores that enable a homeowner to refinish their bathtub themselves.  The most important aspect of refinishing a tub is safety.

 

The chemicals used to clean and prep, repair, and refinish a tub are very hazardous. Gloves, protective clothing and eye-wear and respirators are required. It is impossible to not wear a respirator. Chances are you wouldn’t make it through the process.

Not long ago there was an article I read about a person lost to breathing fumes from the stripping process on a previously finished tub…

Fire Damaged Tub Before Refinishing
Fire Damaged Tub Before Refinishing

Do-It-Yourself vs. Professional Bathtub Refinishing

Now I own an Oklahoma City bathtub refinishing company, but I’m not here to tell you how you must have your tub refinished by a professional.

However, I have stripped many a tub that was refinished using a home improvement store kit and they usually strip fairly easy.

But every once in a while I run into one that is tough to strip and why is this? Because the homeowner really took the time to prep the tub. In my business, 90% of the job is getting the tub ready to accept the product.

If all of the directions are followed that come with these kits, then chances are you will have a nice tub for a few years.

Other than the safety instructions the absolute most important aspect of refinishing is making certain there are no dirt or oils left on that tub.

You can scrub and scrub a tub until it looks as clean as it ever was and then take a razor blade and scrape the wall of the tub under the soap dish and soap film will come flaking off. This is what makes home and professionally refinished jobs fail, failure to fully clean and prep the tub.

A Typical Bathtub Refinisher’s Day

Perhaps the best way I can explain the refinishing process it to take you on a typical refinish job. Okay, ride shotgun. First I meet the customer and go over safety and other precautions (like my masking may pull wallpaper or fresh paint) and then I get the bathroom prepared.

We remove anything in the way of decor or hampers and put plastic up over the toilet and vanity making sure to cover the mirror. Any wall decor or furniture is covered in plastic. Ventilation is then set up.

I use a strong ventilation fan that usually vents out the bathroom window. If this is not possible I make a door out of plastic and vent out of another window or door of the house (my fan has a 25′ duct that can be attached).

Now I assess the tub. I remove the overflow on the tub but if the screws are frozen I just will have to mask it. My greatest enemy is silicone caulk. It permeates the surface of the tub and makes it really hard to remove.

Using my utility knife I begin cutting at the old caulk around the tub. I slice it from the top and from the side to make it easier to remove with my putty knife and razor scraper. All of the old caulk must come off or this tub will fail.

Even if the caulk is not silicone it gets removed. I use some silicone remover after I have scraped off the caulk and it helps some, but not much. Most of the work is done with the razor scraper.

After the caulk is removed, I rub down the area with lacquer thinner (not paint thinner) to remove any silicone remover left over. If there are hard water deposits now is the time to run my orbital sander with 120 grit paper over the areas until smooth.

You have got to wear a respirator, some of these older tubs have quite a bit of lead in them. It is now time to start cleaning the tub…

Bathtub Cleaning and Prep

I will start with a handle scrubby and some abrasive Ajax® or another abrasive powder. This tub gets scrubbed for 20 minutes.

Afterwards, I use an industry-specific cleaner that can only be purchased with an account from the manufacturer. (sorry I know this isn’t helpful, I use the industry’s absolute best bathtub refinishing  products from Hawk Research Labs up in Illinois).

The next step is a de-filmer from this company.

After all of this, I do the razor blade scraper test all over the tub to see if I can find any leftover soap film. Now that the tub is clean, I use a mixture of hydrofluoric and hydrophoric acids (purchased from the above distributors) to etch the surface of the tub.

This is only for porcelain tubs. Fiberglass tubs get cleaned and then sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. You cannot breathe or get these acids on your skin.

Any other tile in the bathroom that these acids touch will be etched as well so I am very careful with this stuff (this acid doesn’t affect chrome but will destroy the patina on oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel fixtures).

Fire Damaged Tub After Refinishing
Fire Damaged Tub After Refinishing

The good news is that both of these acids are neutralized with normal tap water and are dissolved when large quantities of water are added (I once had a Department of Environmental Quality instructor tell us that “Dilution is the Solution to Pollution”).

Okay, back on track. I neutralize the acids with copious amounts of water and then dry off the tub with Bounty® (seems to be the most lint-free) paper towels.

I then take my HVLP blower (more on this in a sec) and blow out all of the cracks where I removed the caulk and then all around the drain which holds water at and under its lip. Any water will wreck the finishing job.

It is now time to make any repairs needed to chips in the tub with polyester glazing putty/filler. If the tub is rough on the bottom I float it out with a very thin layer of filler using a plastic putty knife.

After the filler sets up (just a few minutes), I sand the areas smooth with 120 and then 200 grit sandpaper.

I wipe out all of the leftover debris and then give the tub and the area where my masking tape will be applied a quick lacquer thinner wipe down (only on the tile and tub, this helps the tape stick to the tile).

 

It is finally time to mask.

First I plug up the overflow hole and shove a paper towel into the faucet. The faucet and shower head then get a rubber glove applied and taped to them to help catch renegade water that is waiting to leap out while I am refinishing.

I mask all of the walls but save the floor (in front of the tub) for the end. The drain gets masked by applying some two-inch tape and then cutting it out with a sharp razor blade.

After everything but the floor is masked I take my HVLP blower and blow out the tub, where the tub meets the tile and the overflow again, trying to find straggling dirt or grout or caulk or water or anything that will wreck all the hard work I have put into this tub already.

Now it’s time to mix primer.

I use a High Volume Low-Pressure spray rig to apply my product. My primer and topcoat is purchased from the above-mentioned company and is specifically designed for tubs and regulated for industry use only.

The topcoat is a two-part resin and catalyst acrylic polymer. I go back into the bathroom, check my dropcloth, use a tack cloth to wipe down the tub, mask the floor in front of the tub, say a prayer and begin to spray. After the primer dries (20 minutes) the tub gets two coats of the top coat product.

I let these flash (20-30 minutes) and then remove any masking carefully (except for the faucet, in case it has gathered water). If it is possible I will go ahead and re-caulk this tub right away. And that’s it for this tub.

Are you still there? If you are still reading you really should take a break from staring at your monitor. You have got to get out more, ya know?

Anyway, this tub should last 15 years if it is taken care of, wiped out after use and not cleaned harshly. I hope you left today knowing a little bit more about tub refinishing.

As far as do-it-yourself kits are concerned? Read the manual. But get that tub clean first!

-Dwayne Eaton
Edmond Bathtub Refinishing

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