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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/14/2019

Buying a new mattress requires some careful considerations because a bed is not what you buy and use for a few months. A mattress lasts for several years in the home. On this note, there are some factors you should consider when buying a new bed. You must be able to choose the mattress that will give you the needed comfort after a hectic day at work. 

Have you been using a mattress for years and you don’t know exactly when to replace it. Here are the signs that show that your bed needs replacement:

- Waking up with stiffness in your neck or pains in your shoulders and back.

- When you no longer have a good sleep on the bed, you always turn and toss during the night.

- When your mattress gives visible signs of tears and wears like springs sticking out and sagging.

- When you discover that you are rolling to the edge of the bed.

If you have decided to buy a new mattress, below are four practical ways to pick the right mattress for your household.

Consider the durability of the Mattress

The lifespan of the mattress is crucial when buying a new mattress. Depending on the quality of material used, a typical mattress can serve you for 8 to 10 years. Purchasing a mattress is as important as buying a fridge or stove. Therefore, you have to be equipped with the right information that will enable you to get the right one that will last longer. 

Look at the type of Mattress 

The kind of mattress is also another factor to consider when buying a mattress. They come in diverse kinds ranging from firm ones to those with foams. Before purchasing a mattress, you should know the basic types of bed available in the market and see the one that is best for you. Here are some examples of mattress that you can consider:

- Innerspring

- Memory foam

- Latex foam

- Hybrid

- Adjustable

- Pillow Top

- Airbed

- Waterbed

- Futon

Think about the sleeping position 

The sleeping position is another thing to consider when buying a mattress. You may need a softer mattress if you are a back sleeper while you should consider something firm if you prefer to fall asleep on your belly. 


Mattresses come in diverse shapes, sizes, and types. Your decision should not be based on your comfort level alone but also your how much you can afford. Just like many other things, the most expensive might not be the best for you.

Visit your local home décor store and speak to a sales representative to make a great choice.

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 4/28/2017

If you’re looking for space in your house to create a third or fourth bedroom, consider your attic. This uppermost room of your home could become a favorite hangout. Add in a comfortable queen or king size bed, a chair, dresser, greenery and office desk and your attic could become your bedroom and office space. But, first make the room inviting and easy to get to.

Attic durability goes a long way

You could open attic access panels and place a ladder from the second or third floor of your house to the attic entrance. You could also build a drop-down ladder that when unfolded, extends from the highest floor of your house into the attic.

Access openings must meet housing code standards. Depending on where you live, your attic’s opening may need to be 30 inches by 30 inches at the minimum. Size of the opening depends on whether the opening is located in the ceiling or wall.

Make sure that the attic ladder is durable, preferably built with three quarter inch plywood. Permanent stairs and wrought iron steps with rails offer additional support. If young children will access the attic, steps with rails may be your best option.

For durability and to prevent sagging and potential breaks, opt for attic floors that are built with three quarter inch plywood as well. As another option, you could also go with solid hardwood floor panels.

Pay attention to the price, look and feel of flooring before you renovate your attic. But, don’t make buying the cheapest floor panels a priority or flooring could give way if heavy furniture is placed in the attic or children or adults cross the floor hard while walking or playing.

Create a welcoming attic space

Adequate insulation is a must to create a welcoming attic space. Install quality insulation in the ceiling and walls. Cover insulation with drywall. If you don’t have experience installing insulation, flooring and drywall, consider hiring an experienced contractor.

Renovate your attic right the first time, and you can save money, time and frustration. After you install the attic door, steps, flooring, insulation and drywall, start adding in furniture. Be careful where you place furniture, as you want to allow as much natural light to stream into the attic as possible.

Avoid placing too many heavy furniture pieces in the center of the attic. For example, you can place a bedroom dresser or chest near a back wall and place the bed along the longest wall in the attic. If you do use your attic as an office space, try placing a desk and chair in front of the attic window. That or you could place your office desk and chair across the floor from the attic bed.

Just make sure that you don’t cram too many items into the room. It may take a few weeks to adjust to seeing your attic as a bedroom and office space. To help you accept the space as a true bedroom and office space, place plants and flowers in decorative vases. Hang portraits and paintings on the wall. Before long,your attic may become a favorite room.

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 3/24/2017

If your family is growing and you're not ready to take on a larger mortgage, you have options. You can add more sleeping space to your current home. The additional space comes

 in handy if you have extended family or friends visiting during graduations, weddings or holidays.

A good night of sleep should be stress free

Say good-bye to worries. Try these simple ways to add more sleeping space to one or more rooms at your house.

  • Buy sofa beds instead of traditional sofas. Two adults can comfortably sleep on a sofa bed. You might be able to fit three to four small kids on one sofa bed. Check a furniture store, and you might be surprised to see how attractive sofa beds are. In fact, it's hard to tell a sofa bed from a traditional bed. Both are also generally equally comfortable.
  • Pull out rollaway beds. Use rollaway beds that are padded with quality mattresses. Otherwise, there's a high likelihood that people will feel the bed springs pushing into their back while they try to sleep.
  • Turn twin beds into bunk beds. To convert twin beds into bunk beds, attach support beams, safety rails and a ladder. If there's enough room to place two twin beds side-by-side in a room, create two sets of bunk beds. That simple step adds enough space for four people to sleep comfortably at your house.
  • Place a mattress on the floor. This is a temporary option, best used when company is visiting for a few days.
  • Add a double bed, thin sofa bed, dresser and chair to your attic, turning the top room of your house into a bedroom. Just make sure that the attic meets local housing standards.
  • Line the longest wall in your home office with a thin sleeper sofa. Choose a three-seater sofa. Bright colored pillows add decor and personality to the furniture.
  • Buy an air mattress. These mattresses take up more space than traditional mattresses. But, air mattresses are functional in that you can easily store them in a closet in the morning. You can get an air mattress from a neighborhood department store.
  • Design half of your basement into a bedroom.Adequate insulation and floor padding are needed to make the space comfortable.For padding, you could place decorative throw rugs on the basement floor. Consider moving boxes, cans and other items that you store in your basement to one side of your garage.
  • Donate old clothes, shoes and furniture to organizations that support the community you live in, and watch the sleeping and living space at your home expand.
  • Move coffee tables to one side of your living room or den to allow for more sleeping space in the middle of the floor.

Renovations that you make to add more sleeping space to your home could easily become hits with your children. The changes may also help you to find more work and living space. Small, simple changes could even sharpen your interior design skills,gifting you with a greater appreciation for your home.

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 10/14/2016

Living a stress free life is the best way to get a good night of sleep. Designing your bedroom for optimum comfort and relaxation is another way to improve your sleep quality. What you may not realize is the positive role that certain plants could play in helping you to sleep better. Plants as Sleep Aids

  • Aloe Vera - Releases oxygen into the atmosphere. Not only can Aloe Vera help you to sleep better, it also helps to keep your skin healthy. People have put Aloe Vera on wounds to hasten the healing process.
  • Cactus – Variety is a plus when it comes to cactus. These plants are good energy balancers. Place them in or near windows. A cactus can also thrive if placed on a dresser that’s several feet away from a window. Few plants are as easy to care for as a cactus. Because some cactus grow big, the most you may have to do with this plant, in addition to watering it, is to re-pot it.
  • Gardenia – This plant has a reputation for being a sleep aid. Just make sure that you understand how to care for your Gardenia before you bring it home as these plants tend to require more than a once a week watering.
  • Bamboo – Some people consider bamboo to be a “good luck” plant. Bamboo is great for improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
  • Jasmine – When budded, jasmine explode with beautiful white flowers. In addition to helping you sleep, Jasmine emits a pleasant fragrance. This plant grows indoors or outdoors.
  • Lavender – Part of the mint family, lavender has a relaxing scent. Lavender has also been said to help reduce anxiety.
Oxygen is a sleep aid as well as a stress reducer. After you put one or more plants in your bedroom, consider opening your windows during the day while you’re at home, especially if your bedroom is on the second or third floor. Close and lock windows before you leave your house or work in the basement or attic to keep burglars from seeing your home as an easy target. Also, make sure that the air quality in your home is good. This could call for a humidifier, especially if you or a family member has allergies. Keep carpets, floors and furniture clean to reduce allergens as well. Good air quality can help plants to grow and thrive. So too can giving your plants attention. Place plants in decorative pots to add more design and style to your bedroom. Keep plants out of the reach of young children and animals. Place plants that have thorns or prickly ends on them on tall dressers or top bedroom shelving. Read and follow the directions associated with plants that you buy for your bedroom, so you know how to care for the plants.

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