The summer is upon us, and already, we’ve experienced our share of scorching temperatures. When the hot weather sets in, we’re not ready for it, and one place where we don’t want to suffer with it is in the bedroom. That’s our refuge where we can sleep in peace without needing to throw the duvet to the other side of the room. It isn’t always easy to keep out the hot temperatures, though. Here are some interesting ways to do it.
Upgrade Your Bedding –
The first thing you can do to make your bedroom summer-proof is to upgrade your bedding. Firstly, you want to make sure you’re extra-comfy during periods of extreme heat. Consider browsing through the memory foam mattress guide and also investing in a better bed frame. The duvet is a big consideration — most people like to switch to a thinner variant during the summer. Finally, think about the types of pillows you’re currently using. Focus on your comfort and don’t be afraid to spend some money.
Install AC/Fans –
The next step is to install an air conditioning system or a system of fans. It’s up to you whether you feel an air con system is both affordable and worth the purchase. Or, consider buying stand-up fans or going one step further and installing a bedroom ceiling fan. Keep in mind that the cheapest options are the stand-up plug-in ones, but they’ll cost a bomb on your electric bill. It’s better to spend a little extra if you can afford it.
Ditch The Electronics –
If you’re operating a system where you keep the majority of your electronics in the bedroom; bad idea. Throughout the summer, it’s a good idea to ditch the TV, computer and any other devices that might live there. The reason for this is that they’ll constantly be generating heat, and the only way to stop it is to unplug them entirely. Get used to an electronic-free summer, and you might even find that you spend more time with your significant other!
Install Shutters –
Your blinds are probably doing a reasonable job, but shutters might give you the extra cooling factor you need. Firstly, they look great, which is a fun design choice for your bedroom. Then, they also can be fitted to practically any window, so you don’t need to worry there. External shutters can help to keep out the sun in a very effective way if you’re willing to install them. Blinds are good, but shutters can be even better. It’s up to you whether you think they’re worth the cost of installation.
Keep The Lights Off –
One of the bad habits that many of us fall into is leaving the lights on in our homes. Not only will we be wrestling with the electric bill, but we’re making it worse for ourselves in the summer. Keeping the lights on in the bedroom does exactly what other electronics do; generates heat. You could change the design by picking a different set of lightbulbs, but it’s best to keep them off anyway. Wherever possible, focus on that natural light to do the job instead of hitting that switch.
Sheets In The Freezer! –
Here’s a fun idea that requires no monetary investment and takes very little time. We’ve already talked about how many people throw the duvet off them during the summer. When you’re desperately seeking a cool source, why not put those sheets in the freezer? All it takes is a few minutes for them to be suitably cold to help you drift off to sleep. Don’t go overboard with this technique or you could end up doing damage, but when done right, it can be effective.
Plant A Tree –
Don’t fancy any of the ideas we’ve mentioned today? Why not plant a tree outside for next year? Alright, so you won’t enjoy the benefits of it today, but in future summers, the shade it provides will cool your house down. If you’re not sure how to go about this, seek expert advice before you go planting anything. You need to understand exactly where to place it in order to get the most benefits in years to come. Of course, you also want to make it stand out in your garden area, too.
Those are just a few ways of making your bedroom summer proof, and we hope you’ve found them useful. You don’t have to go crazy with interior design during the summer, but make some changes to adapt to the situation. Good luck!
Love, Charlotte x
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