Maybe It’s Time to Replace Your Sofa

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Aside from beds, sofas are also among the top comfort providers in every home. They’re also typically considered as big ticket purchases, which is why for most households, sofas should last a long time. But, like other furniture that gets a lot of use over time, you should know when to swap your old couch for a new one.

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So, how do you know if it’s the right time to get a new sofa? Here are the top signs:

1. The materials are already falling apart.

If your couch is already full of tears and patches, accompanied with some foam spilling out and spring peeking, you should definitely toss it to the curb and get a new one. Especially if it doesn’t have an inner frame that you can still salvage and have reupholstered, sofas that are literally falling apart should already be replaced.

2. The frame is starting to warp.

If your couch is already losing its original shape, then it’s high time you should get a replacement sofa. A misshapen couch wouldn’t have the right support and could break any time. This makes it perfectly unsafe for your family, so replacing it with a new one is important.

3. It doesn’t fit the new home you’re moving into.

If you’re moving to a smaller property like a condo or apartment, bulky sofas may not literally fit into the small space. Especially if your new home is in a high rise building, maneuvering a large object in its utility areas may be impossible. Getting a new one could be a lot easier option in cases like this.

4. Deep cleaning won’t thoroughly clean it anymore.

Through the years, your sofa may experience different ways of use. It may cause stains and dirts that are hard to clean and remove, not to mention accumulated dust and possible molding. If this is the case, maybe it’s better if you just replace your old couch with a new one. It could even help lessen allergic reactions and illnesses in your home.

Salem Bed's Ashford Sofa

Salem Bed’s Ashford Sofa

With Salem Bed’s new sofa collection, you can now replace your old sofa with a product that you can be sure to last a long time. Made with the same expertise as our mattresses, our sofa collection will surely stand the test of time and provide you the comfort you need.

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Top Tips in Caring for Your Bed this Summer

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With daily heat indexes already reaching up to 40 degrees in some parts of the country, there’s really no denying that summer is already here. As summers can be cruel in this country, special measures should be done by everyone to help them keep cool and fresh despite the inevitable sweating. This is why we’re here to remind everyone that your bed also requires some special TLC during these sweltering months.

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If you don’t sleep at night with an airconditioning unit on, you’ll know just how hot it can get even in the wee hours of the morning. There are times when you sweat so much that you wake yourself up in the middle of the night just so you can wipe yourself off or down a cold glass of water. Having a fan doesn’t even prove to be foolproof nowadays, as it can really get muggy even when the sun’s already out.

With all of the perspiring you’re going to do this summer, your bed will surely suffer as well. Especially if you’re the type who likes to sleep in the nude, all those body fluids will instantly get into your sheets and even seep into your mattress. This is why you should really pay close attention to caring for your mattress during the summer months, as your sweating could result into stains, dirt, and bad odors.

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Summer Care for Your Mattress

To give your mattress some loving this summer, here are a few tips you should try.

1. Air it out

Your mattress is probably covered in layers of sheets and linens that it really doesn’t get to breathe. If you can, take it outside the house (or even just your veranda if your mattress fits) so you can expose it to some sunshine and air it out. In the case of heavy mattresses, you can just opt to leave it bare for a few hours with windows open and a fan on to help air circulation. This allows the mattress to dry up a bit to prevent possible mold growth and to get rid of bad odors.

2. Vacuum your mattress

When we sleep, we shed a lot of dead skin, hair, and other debris. Some of these are so tiny that they can stay behind even after we try dusting and changing our sheets. Vacuuming can do a much better job at cleaning our beds and with the help of some baking soda, you can also eliminate bad odors as well. Just make sure to sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on your mattress and leave it for a while so the powder can sop up the undesirable smell.

3. Wash and change your sheets every week at the very least

Just think of your bedsheets the same way as your clothes: if you perspired a lot, you should definitely change. Because it’s summer, you will definitely sweat in your sleep and in bed, so it’s just right to change your sheets at least once a week. Doing it twice a week is even better, so you can be sure that your bed is cleaner.

4. Flip your mattress

Since you’re already moving your mattress to air it out or change your sheets, flipping it for a summer can be a good idea as well. This way, you can be sure to give one side of your mattress a break from all the use it gets.

5. Use an extra layer of covering

To ensure your mattress’ good shape despite the heavy sweating it will endure this summer, you can always double up on your mattress’ covering. Instead of using just a single layer of bed sheet, you can always put on some extra layers so it can create a better barrier between you and your mattress. More layers of bed covers also mean more fabric to absorb your sweat before it gets to the mattress. This minimizes the odds of getting your mattress dirty and ensures its good hygiene.

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This summer, give your mattress a hand in surviving the heat. Give these tips a shot and enjoy good quality sleep on your squeaky clean mattress.

Easy Tricks to Update Your Bedroom in a Jiffy

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A lot of people procrastinate in redecorating their bedrooms because they think that it takes a lot of work to pull off. What they don’t know is that there are actually perfectly simple tricks to change the look of your space in a jiffy.

Don’t believe us? Here are some examples:

1. Create a slipcover for your headboard. This will easily transform the look of your space without having to do or spend much. As headboards take a substantial amount of space, the new fabric, color, or texture will surely give your bedroom a different feel.

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2. Get some new pillowcases. Pillowcases are inexpensive items that can really spruce up your bed and even the entire room. Choose a pair or two that are bold and make a statement so they’ll stand out better.

3. Re-arrange. Nothing beats re-arranging when it comes to low-cost redecorating. It will take a lot out of your energy, but once you find the right place for your furniture, you can be sure that it’s all worth it.

4. Put up some tapestry. Easily available, washable, and removable, tapestries can be the best wall decors ever.

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5. Let go of some furniture. Are there pieces of furniture you don’t need in the bedroom anymore? Get rid of them. This will easily open up space and make the room look less cluttered and crowded, creating a new feel for the area.

6. Find more ways to utilize your walls. It’s very likely that your walls are currently empty or barely holding anything. Create shelves, install some lighting, hang art to make use of them. This will definitely transform the look of your bedroom and create more storage for your bedroom.

7. Get rid of junk. Empty boxes lying around waiting to be reused for years? Old knick knacks scattered because you’re too sentimental? Get rid of them. It may require a lot from you to actually purge your belongings, but, believe us, you’ll feel better after.

8. Add a potted plant or two. Having some greens inside the bedroom have lots of benefits, including the fact that it can spruce up any space they are in.

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9. Get a rug. Rugs not only add some charm to a bedroom with their patterns, colors, and textures but they also actually make the space feel cozier as they add some extra softness.

10. Clean up. Sometimes your room doesn’t really require any sprucing up, it’s just that it is completely messy that you can’t appreciate it anymore. Take time to clean and get re-acquainted with your beloved bedroom again.

The best thing about these tips is that they’re so easy. Try some this weekend and enjoy a fresh looking bedroom in no time.

3 Apps that Promise to Help You Sleep Better

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We know we keep telling everyone that in order to get better sleep, you should keep electronics outside of the bedroom. But since no one is really actually bothering to listen to that tip, might as well find some use for these nifty gadgets that all of us keep sleeping with.

The great thing about technology is that it also provides a lot of help to those who need it. This is why it shouldn’t be surprising that there are also a few apps that are designed to help you get better sleep. So, if you think you’ve done almost everything to improve your zzz’s and already running out of ideas that work, these apps could be worth a try.

1. Sleepio

Developed and tested by leading experts in the field of sleep medicine, Sleepio is an app for those who are serious about improving their sleep. It boasts of a personalized program that will actually get your sleep data and create a tailor-made program that will improve your zzz’s.

What’s great about Sleepio is that it actually base its program on its subscriber’s sleeping habits, guaranteeing results in the long run. It’s basically like you’ve signed up with a medical program without the hassle of having to spend your nights away from your very own bed.

Learn more about the app through this video:

Professor Colin Espie Introduces Sleepio from Sleepio on Vimeo.

2. Twilight / F.lux

If you think it’s all the blue light that’s keeping you up late at night, a simple light alteration app could be the very thing you need. These apps are basically light filters for your devices, imitating natural light to help keep your Circadian rhythm in tune. It can be weird at first, especially if you’re used to a bright screen, but you’ll eventually get used to it and even get more sleep from it.

3. Sleepyti.me

Sleepyti.me is a very basic website that is designed to compute the time you should be heading or getting out of bed depending on when you intend to hit the sack or wake up. Of course, it’s still entirely up to you if you’re going to follow the schedule or not.

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Since most of us are already inseparable with our portable techs, why not make the most out of them to improve your sleep. These apps are some of the handiest and most popular today, so why not give them a shot and be pleasantly surprised in case they work.