Ideal Bedroom Window Coverings for Great Sleep

Deep sleep…a “good night’s sleep” is healthy and rejuvenating. It’s never been more sought after and more important.  These tips for creating a bedroom setting that invites a better night’s sleep from interior designer Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home …known for her eco-friendly aesthetic and an eco-healthy focus.

window treatments for great sleep

  • Window Coverings (Our Specialty!) – Light pollution is a huge factor that often gets ignored in the quest for healthy, relaxing…good night’s sleep. A well-fitted set of blinds, shades or shutters is a great choice, and it can be a healthier one, too, as draperies can be dust-catchers. Hunter Douglas Silhouette A Deux shadings combine the sheer, light-diffusing beauty of Silhouette shadings with a room-darkening roller shade for increased light control and privacy when desired.
  • Pillow Change – Is it three years old?  Dump it…especially if it hasn’t been washed.  It weighs more now than when you bought it.  Why? Because it’s loaded with dust mites. Use hypoallergenic pillows over down pillows, and use a zippered pillow protector that you wash weekly for a double barrier.   Pillows need to be Washed at least twice a year and replaced every three years.
  • Mattress Cover – Cover your mattress with a hypoallergenic cover and wash it every two months. Make sure your mattress is non-toxic without formaldehyde-based fire retardants.
  • Paints – Use Only non-VOC – Why? They won’t off-gas, leave an obnoxious paint odor and stir up allergies. It looks just as good on the wall as regular paint.
  • Nylon Shower Curtain Liner – Allergy sufferers are told to shower often to remove pollen and pet dander from their bodies. However, the phthalate chemicals in vinyl shower curtains off-gas with humidity and heat, and also attract mold and mildew. This off-gassing can easily spread from the bathroom into the bedroom. Replace your vinyl liner with a nylon shower curtain liner.
  • Stuffed Toys – Wash or freeze them – Teddy Bears, Stuffed animals and dolls are breeding grounds for dust mites. Wash them or put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill them.
  • Pets – Keep ’em Clean and Off Bedding – Cat and dog allergies are very common, so keep pets bathed regularly to reduce the dander and don’t allow them on your bed.
  • Flooring – Tile and hardwood floors are usually a healthier choice than carpeting, as floor spaces are the largest dust collectors in the home.