More than you might think! I bought a new bra last week, and was surprised to find my clothes fitting a little differently (hmmmm). I also bought a new Sealy pillow top mattress. Suddenly my old bedding didn’t look right. Let me back up and show you the evolution of our bedroom:
When we first moved in, we painted the walls a lighter neutral and added new linen curtains. We also moved in our gargantuan king sized sleigh bed! We lightened it up with colorful accessories to give it a coastal New England feel.
All was well until we got our new BIG 20” pillow top mattress. Suddenly, the bedding looked ridiculous – like a bad hair piece on a bald head. Now bald men can be very sexy, but I despise seeing the side of a naked mattress.
Do the math…if a King bed is 76” wide, and the mattress is 20” deep, then you need bedding that is 116” wide (most King bedding is 104″).
But I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I do like the existing color palate.
Here’s my solution. Can you guess what was changed, and how much was spent?
Answer: I spent $50 on the bed (side note: the bra was $42). Here’s what was changed:
I bought new white sheets (that’s where the $50 came from). Yes, that’s pretty cheap for sheets – but they’re 600 TC Egyptian cotton with 20” pockets and a wider-than-normal top sheet. I’m hoping they’ll soften as they’re washed, and I can live with a few wrinkles for that price. (Update: yes, they have softened, and I love them!)
I flipped the comforter with the quilt – because the bed is so big now, the brown was overwhelming the room (and a bit faded from the sun). To get the quilt the right size at the end of the bed, I had to double my favorite “Z” fold, which will take some practice. I like to be able to reach down at night and pull up an extra blanket if needed without having to completely wake up.
I also switched out the night table lights (these had been in our living room). This gave us more room on the night tables, and the task lighting is much cozier. Of course, once you start moving one light…you know…I changed lights in 3 other rooms as well (but that’s another blog for another day).
And finally, I changed accent pillows. I already had these silver sage herringbone pillows (they were stored in the basement). Another good reason to store accents and pull them out seasonally or as the mood strikes you – they feel brand new again!
Now I can’t see the side of the mattress anymore. (Note: I used an old fitted sheet to cover the boxes).
Now that’s cheap change I can really relax in!
I must give a shout out to Sealy for their wonderful new Posturepedic line – I am sleeping MUCH better now!
And the bra? Well, that will have to “shout out” for itself. 😉
Hi Liz, Thanks for the words of encouragement! It’s funny…as we opt for bigger and bigger mattresses, I feel like the princess and the pea! 😉
A fabulous yet inexpensive makeover. Our bed is a superking and I constantlu struggle to find a fitted sheet that really does fit it. You’ve done a brilliant job.
Hi Summer Kitchen Girls (great name!) – yes, those darn mattresses are just so big these days! Thanks!
Looks great…very cozy and relaxing.
The Summer Kitchen Girls says
Catchy post! Great idea to cover that pesky mattress….looks really good!
Hi Linda, they sure are! Funny thing is, after I put them up and light them up, they’re actually too bright. Gotta wear shades! So I alternate them when I do light them.
Thanks for stopping by!
Linda @ Lime in the Coconut says
Very clever…and what a lovely relaxing room! Are those little things candles above the headboard?
Hi Sassy Darla! Wow, that’s a tough combo. But hey, as long as you’re sleeping well, right?
Hi Masked Mommy – Glad you like that idea (I’m all about practicality!)
The Masked Mommy says
Love it! And what a great idea to put an old sheet on the box springs!!! I’m going to do that! Thanks for sharing!
We have that same problem with all of our bedding too. California King with pillow top, not much works well with that. Great idea with the sheet.
Thanks Fifi – the only downside is that it’s tougher to get out of bed now. LOL
Fifi Flower says
Your room looks great!
Hi Kimm, Yes, I’m frugal and proud of it! 😉
Great transformation for little money! I love your color scheme.
Thanks Astrid! The tough part is lifting a big ‘ol king pillowtop mattress to get the sheet on the boxes! I just waited til we got a new one – was too heavy!
Lovely bedroom! I love your style. I really need to get a fitted sheet to cover up my box spring. I can’t believe I haven’t done that yet!
Hi SoBella – I’m picturing the princess and the pea! We also just switched our daughter’s bed to a high one too…she seems to feel more powerful. Maybe that’s because it’s harder for her little sister to get up there to bug her. LOL
SoBella Creations says
A good mattress makes all the difference in the world. My daughter just got a big girl bed. And I can’t believe how the mattress are up so high from the floor. But, she doesn’t seem to mind sitting up high like a Princess.
Ah, the unsung heros of a good nights sleep! Thanks for all you do! And thx for the decor compliment…it’s all about making good night dreams happen. 🙂
I work in the mattress industry, so I’m happy to read that a new mattress is helping you sleep better. Yay!That’s what it’s all about!
Plus I really like your decorating style–clean walls, dk furniture, linen on windows. V nice, soothing.
Hi Julie – great to meet you (don’t you just love Twitter!). Glad you like the pics. What I didn’t share in this post is the effort it took to get the mattress up our colonial staircase. Guess we can’t move now! LOL
julie beck says
WOW. What a difference! we had that same problem with our bed…GREAT advice. Love the feel of the bedroom now…still has that coastal New England feel but on a more upscale level!