The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

Snobbish Thoughts February 2010

Stand by your man, erm, bed

There’s no rule that says your nightstand has to be an actual nightstand.  For those who might not be able to afford “real” furniture, or maybe just those who like to get creative, you can fashion a nighstand from things you might have around the house.  The classic example would be a stack of thick, hardcovered books – not just functional but a conversation starter as well.  Chairs make excellent and eye catching nightstands that also serve a utilitarian purpose – extra seating in a pinch.  Even something as simple as an upturned waste basket, a kitchen stool, or even a cardboard box (with or without a fabric cover) can be transformed into nightstands.  Scoping out thrift stores or yard sales can also yield interesting, purposeful items, such as plant stands (this is a handy DIY tutorial), old luggage, or construction materials such as glass blocks.  When you think about it, the sky’s the limit – all a nighstand really is, is a surface, and there are untold objects that could serve as such.

Have you encountered any unique items masquerading as nightstands?

Photos #1, 2, & 4 are courtesy of this Apartment Therapy post.  Photo #3 can be found in this Apartment Therapy post.  Photo #5 is care of Couture Carrie.  Photo #6 found on Real Simple.

 

Sleep: the next feminist frontier?

If you’re female and feeling sleep deprived, you’re in good company.   There have been a few articles written of late discussing this topic as well as some suggestions as to how to combat it: The Huffington Post’s Sleep Challenge 2010; Naomi Wolf’s “Sleep is a Feminist Issue;” Lisa Belkin’s “Why Woman Don’t Get Enough Sleep;” and this Times Online article, written by Professor Jim Horne, that explains how women need 20 more minutes of sleep than men, but aren’t getting it.  What are your thoughts?  Is society demanding that we give up our zz’s?  Or are women doing this to themselves?

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