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What does your night stand look like? Do you crawl into a cozy bed at night, look over at your nightstand and feel calm and relaxed? Sometimes a simple makeover can help promote natural sleep while taking your room decor up a notch. My husband’s nightstand was really bare, it wasn’t more than a basic lamp. He likes to lay in bed at night to read and relax and this corner was not helping. The light was harsh and there was nothing calming about the bare space. Take a look at this simple nightstand makeover I did to help him read, relax, and promote natural sleep.
My goal in making over this space:
- Not to spend a lot of money
- Use items I already had that have meaning to my husband
- Create a calming and relaxing space that would help promote natural sleep
Here is what the nightstand and lamp looked like before. Not much to see.
I chose to create a map themed space for my husband, he loves to read about history and at one point he had an entire office decorated with maps. I pulled out some of his old maps and got to work.
The nightstand has a couple of components.
To create this I used:
- 16×20 shadow box
- White craft foam
- Parchment card stock
- Adhesive foam squares
- Heart Stencil
- USA map
To keep costs down I picked up a shadowbox using a coupon and opted to make my own matte. I cut white craft foam and used card stock as the backing. I printed a line from one of our favorite songs on a piece of card stock “Home is wherever I’m with you”.
I used a heart stencil to trace and cut out states that have special meaning to us. We got engaged in Vermont, we met and live in Wisconsin, one of our favorite pre-kid vacations was to Tennessee, and we just had an amazing vacation as a family in Florida.
I added the hearts with foam squares to the card stock to complete this piece.
Take a look at how I easily covered the lamp shade with a map
We went from having a bare and harsh nightstand to a warm and relaxing space. I tried out a GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb in this lamp. It gives off a soft orange/yellow glow that helps promote the body’s natural sleep cycle. The bulb contains very low amounts of blue light which helps you rest easier.
My husband has been using this light in the evening, 30 minutes before bedtime, while he reads. Using this light can help your body maintain its natural sleep-wake cycle and help maintain better sleep rhythms.
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Styling the nightstand, form and function
I added a simple wood bowl to hold his glasses, change, phone and anything else he may have when he heads to bed. I also added a silver candle in a subtle scent we both love. I kind of love how all of this looks with his current book.
My husband loves his new nightstand and has been impressed with the bulb. He is able to relax and read in a calming space before bed. Not only does the soft light help promote sleep but being surrounding by things he loves helps him relax as well.
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Tell me about your nightstand, does it promote natural sleep? What does it need to help you relax at night?
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