The average person spends about one third of their lives sleeping, or less depending on your demanding job and busy lifestyle! Rest is important for every mans health, focus and wellbeing and a bachelor pad bedroom is not all about the aesthetics. Yes, your room needs to look good (and appeal to a guest) but with all things Designer Man Cave, there also needs to be an element of practicality. After recently hearing about Sleepmakers new online tool to make your life and shopping experience MUCH easier, it’s something I knew I had to share with you. First up though, some bedroom talk about the basics and necessities of your sleeping quarters…
A good mattress can have a life span of about 10 years. Any longer than that, and you are increasing your chances of neck and back issues, not to mention the hygiene risks. It’s kind of gross, but something you need to know. After years of your mattress accumulating sweat, saliva and normal skin shedding, it becomes an unhealthy breeding ground for dust mites, harmful organisms and bacteria viruses. Have you done the maths yet of when you bought your bed? If it’s time for an upgrade, here is where I can help…
If you are not sure what to do with the bulky issue of your old mattress, I encourage you to reconsider just throwing it out. Our beautiful planet doesn’t need anymore landfill than we are already overloading it with, and the components (steel, wood, fabric and foam) of mattresses can be recycled. If you are based in Sydney or Melbourne, there are some companies dedicated to removing and recycling your mattress and reducing your carbon footprint!
And while we are talking about replacing bedroom items, and this is an important one – when was the last time you tossed your pillows and bought new ones? If you can’t remember, it’s time to go shopping. Immediately. You should replace your pillow about every 12 months. Why? Hair and body oils will have soaked into a pillows fabric and stuffing after a year of nightly use, making it another breeding ground for odour causing bacteria and allergy triggering mites. A simple trick to extend the life of your pillow is to use a pillow protectors.
HOW TO PICK A NEW MATTRESS
This is where Sleepmaker can help. With a huge appreciation of innovative online tools, I’m always excited to discover ways to do things that make life easier. The new Sleepmaker mattress selecting tool is nothing short of awesome and time saving. I went through the online process myself, because I like to try things out before I share them with you – I call it ‘DMC quality control’! The tool is quick, easy to click through and asks you all the right questions.
Once you’re done entering your specifications, it will give you the short list of recommended mattresses and stockists located near you, where you can go and try them out. How easy is that!?
LOOKING AFTER YOUR MATTRESS
Here are some simple ways to maximise the lifespan of your mattress:
– Turn it over and rotate it end to end regularly
– Alternate the flipping and turning so that both sides of the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ of the mattress get equal wear
– One manufacturer recommends turning or rotating every two weeks for the first three months, then every two or three months thereafter
– One-sided mattresses only need rotating
So there you have it – bachelor bedroom 101. I have plenty more bedroom information and inspiration to come on Designer Man Cave, so stay tuned. If you would like to stay in the loop and be the first one to know when there is new info hitting the pages of DMC, you can sign up right here for [quality over quantity] weekly updates: