How to Design Your Room for a Better Night’s Sleep

How to Design Your Room for a Better Night’s Sleep

Let’s see if you can relate to this all too familiar scene: After a long day at work, you collapse into bed, only to watch your mattress fall into the floor. Your exhaustion is immediately replaced with frustration. But it doesn’t have to be! Skip the pity party and treat yourself to a bedroom makeover that gives you the sanctuary you deserve.

From investing in a quality mattress to fostering a soothing atmosphere with soft lighting, here’s how you can upgrade your bedroom into a room full of sweet, uninterrupted dreams.

Invest in a Quality Mattress

There are a few things you can sacrifice when designing a bedroom on a budget but comfort is not one of them. So, start by searching for the right mattress. It’s easier than ever to get one at an affordable price, thanks to online companies such as Leesa and Casper, which will deliver right to your doorstep. Once you select a new mattress, pair it with a strong and sturdy bed frame that complements your space.

Splurge on Bedding

Repeat after us: soft sheets are the key to a restful night’s sleep! Stay cozy by wrapping yourself in warm but breathable bedding. Whether you choose cotton, linen, flannel, or wool, choose a fabric that is non-irritating and gentle on your skin. Depending on the season, layer blankets, quilts, and plush pillows on top of your duvet to make your sleep infinitely more relaxing!

Design a Reading Nook

For some, there is nothing more comforting than a good book. Dedicate a spot in your room that serves as a quiet reading corner to indulge in all your favorite books. Sit back in a snug armchair or chaise lounge and dive into your favorite novel.

Upgrade the Vanity

Who doesn’t love a vanity full of makeup and skincare goodies? Be sure to add some personal touches to your vanity, including pictures of friends and mood boards that capture your current state of mind. Complete your space with a comfy bench or patterned stool.

Dim the Lights

Leave the glaring, fluorescent lights in the office and install warm light bulbs with no more than 15 watts. Soft, mellow lighting at nighttime will ease your weary eyes and create a calming space.

Learn About Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)

Learn About Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)

Aerated Concrete is a type of precast concrete composed of all natural raw materials producing great benefits and better energy efficient performance. As early as 1914, the Swedes discovered a mixture of cement, lime, water and sand, just like regular concrete but adding aluminum powder. This last material gives the Autoclaved Aerated Precast Concrete expansion properties.

How Aerated Concrete Is Manufactured

Aerated Concrete is a lightweight pre-cast concrete that contains air bubbles throughout the material to generate the low-density lightweight material in an autoclave oven.

It is so manageable that can be cut with a saw blade and can be drilled easily. Because of its characteristics, the concrete must be tested for compressive strengths, moisture content, bulk density test, and shrinkage test. The concrete can be used on walls, floor, roof panels, blocks, and lintels.

The Properties of Aerated Concrete

Aerated concrete blocks are solid lightweight blocks joined together with an adhesive and reinforced with steel for additional strength. AAC has incredibly high insulation values and provides an excellent soundproofing barrier and for such reason, they are used in above-grade construction. The precast autoclaved aerated concrete wall units are large-size solid rectangular prisms, which are to be laid using thin-bed mortar. Installed units shall be protected against direct exposure to moisture using a coating material.

Aerated Concrete Benefits and Applications

Some of the benefits that you will get when using autoclaved aerated concrete are:

Excellent thermal protection, approximately 1.25 per inch. The thermal conductivity of AAC is 6 to 7.5% that of conventional concrete, making it energy-efficient.
AAC will have lower energy costs because it has a greater thermal resistance.
Excellent soundproofing material and acoustic insulation.
Aerated concrete provides fire and termite resistance.

AAC is manufactured in a variety of form and sizes.
AAC blocks store and release energy over time.
The aerated concrete is recyclable.
Route chases can be cut to install electrical and plumbing rough-in.
Extremely lightweight precast blocks stacked like conventional CMU.
Shipping and handling more economical than regular concrete or CMU.
Panels are available in thicknesses of between 8 inches to 12 inches, 24-inches in width, and lengths up to 20 feet.
Blocks come 24”, 32”, and 48” inches long, between four to 16 inches thick, and eight inches high.

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Drawbacks

Aerated concrete as any other material has also some disadvantages:

Consistency in quality and color may be difficult to obtain.Unfinished exterior walls should be covered with an exterior cladding to protect them from wear and tear.
If installed in high humidity environments, interior finishes with low vapor permeability and exterior finishes with a high permeability are recommended.
Aerated Concrete Material Cost
Autoclaved aerated concrete walls installed as CMU can cost approximately $3.50 in 8” x 8” x 24”, depending on the complexity of the project. Labor cost might be lower because it is easier to install and easier to handle.

These costs might change from zone to zone depending on the labor costs and building code requirements.

Building Codes Acceptance of Aerated Concrete

Aerated concrete has been accepted by many building codes and international standards such as:

ASTM C1386 (Precast Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Wall Construction Units)

ASTM C 1452 (Standard Specification for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Elements)

ACI 523.5R, which is a guide for using autoclaved aerated concrete panels

How to Install Aerated Concrete

Aerated concrete can be easily installed with a thin-set mortar and can be easily finished by paint, plaster, cladding, or siding materials. Autoclaved aerated concrete can be finished on interior surfaces by plastering, tiles, painted, sheetrocked or just left exposed.

12 Terrific IKEA Treasures for Your Home

12 Terrific IKEA Treasures for Your Home

The behemoth discount furniture retailer that we loathe… and love. It’s the one-stop shop for designing a space on a budget. The pinnacle of convenient Scandinavian style. Though you may associate IKEA with frustrating self-assembly, temporary furniture buys, and Swedish meatballs, we’ve scoured the aisles and found some incredible hidden gems that look sleek, posh, and stylish in the home.

This sturdy little cart offers endless possibilities. Use it as a nightstand, in your kitchen, as an office supply organizer, or even as a bar cart. Plus, it comes in five different colors, meaning it blends well with any interior.

This staple dresser is as chic, sturdy, and versatile as they come. If you need something for a smaller space, the HEMNES comes in a 2-drawer and 6-drawer model, as well as multiple colors. It’s also an easy piece to hack yourself — try swapping out the knobs or painting it for a unique look.

This black and white, low pile rug has been popping up in interiors everywhere and we totally get why. The diamond pattern adds an instant layer of style and eclectism to every space it touches.

This simple desk hack starts with a tabletop like the LINNMON and ends with a trestle or a pair of sleek hairpin legs. The pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the tabletop make the legs super easy to attach. And voila — an IKEA-chic desk is yours!

Nothing brightens up a space like plants. Not only does IKEA have an abundance of real and fake ones in store, but they also carry a surplus of planters and stands. We can’t get enough of their SATSUMA pieces.

IKEA is all about creating smarter, functional kitchens. With a range of fully customizable cabinetry, your kitchen will be as fresh as the food you prepare in it. We love the look of the leather pulls added to the HAGGEBY cabinets in the space on the left. On the right, gilded hardware brushes up the BOBDYN cabinets with luxe glamor.

We’re a bunch of softies, which means we love cowhides and sheepskins. They immediately add a dose of flair to your space and IKEA’s small sheepskin’s are perfect for throwing over a chair or the end of your sofa. Major plus: IKEA offers both real and faux fur throws and rugs.

The KOTTEBO basket makes storage look good. Made from coconut palm leaves, its earthy surface adds eclectic texture to any space.


A simple, black adjustable floor lamp literally brightens up every space. We love how the UPPBO lamp’s sleek, contemporary design plays against the intricate architectural details in this Scandinavian space.
One of IKEA’s original pieces, the BILLY bookshelf is a designer’s dream. It’s inexpensive, easy to assemble, and classic. Because it comes in both a vertical and horizontal model, it works for any room layout. The original white is great, but the shelves can easily be painted for an added pop of color.


It’s the perfect outdoor patio set for a number of reasons. 1: It’s sturdy, transportable, and cute. 2: It’s only $49.99. Add seat cushions, a layer of paint, or leave as is. Regardless, your patio or outdoor space is set with the TARNO.
Big or small, colorful or neutral, IKEA’s NORSBORG sofa is a living room staple. Whether your space is minimal in design or full of mid-century modern flavor, this sofa anchors any room.