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Tips for Designing Sleep-friendly Bespoke Fitted Bedrooms

Did you know that most adults need around 7-9 hours’ sleep a night? If you’ve missed out on sleep during the week or after a big night out, playing catch-up with a lie-in at the weekend will only disrupt your body clock, making you feel ‘jet-lagged’. When we are able to sleep well, we look better, feel better and perform well. So why not create perfect fitted bedrooms with an atmosphere that’ll help you to enhance the quality of your sleep.

Here are a few quick and simple tweaks to help you turn your bedroom into a sleep-friendly tranquil space.


Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Bedroom Layout

At Neville Johnson, our experienced design team will make sure that you’re maximising every inch of your space to the very best effect. If you currently feel restricted by architectural quirks such as sloping ceilings or alcoves, we can find a solution that can give you more space and more storage by embracing what many may see as ‘dead zones’. By installing beautifully designed bespoke bedroom furniture, awkward features can actually become valuable opportunities for providing original, additional storage.

dressing room

Bespoke Fitted Bedrooms

When you have a place for everything from neck-ties to ball gowns; shoes to shirts, you have space to breathe. A sleek, tidy environment, free from clutter can bring a sense of calm and tranquillity to fitted bedrooms. It’s easy to pile clothes in corners, but bespoke bedroom furniture can help you to organise your space, making any room look and feel bigger, brighter and more stylish. With crafted drawers, measured hanging spaces and integrated lighting so that you can see exactly what you have, you can immediately change the whole mood of your bedroom.


When it comes to interior design and paint colours, choosing certain shades can help relax the mind and create a tranquil environment that’s conducive to sleep. Warm grey tones mimic moonlight and pale blues, and muted neutrals encourage you to switch off before sleep. Sumptuous shades that absorb light and create a cocoon effect are also good for bedrooms but avoid busy patterns and ‘noisy’ brights that stimulate the mind, making it harder to doze off.

shaker style fitted wardrobes

Shaker Style Fitted Wardrobes

Choosing the Right Bedding

Now winter is here, warmth as well as comfort and style is a priority in fitted bedrooms. Choosing bed linen needn’t be tricky; opt for linen with breathable natural fibres such as pure Egyptian cotton with a thread count of around 400. A high thread count is worth the investment as it wears well and feels luxurious for longer. This type of linen is also gentle on skin, helping you to feel snug and comfortable even on the coldest nights. Take time to choose the correct pillow too. If yours is too flat, too thick or no longer providing adequate support, it will contribute to neck pain, back pain and general discomfort, which won’t help you to sleep well.



Some people love a pitch dark room while others prefer a gentle night light. Opaline bulbs are perfect for fitted bedrooms because they’re not too harsh and their warm glow is soft on the eye. Choose bedside lamps over harsh overhead lighting when you’re in bed or switch to dimmers so you can get the perfect level of illumination. Have your light switches close to your bed, so you don’t have to get up to switch off the lights once you’re settled. If you have lots of external lighting that shines into your bedroom at night, consider blackout blinds to aid comfortable, disturbance-free sleep. Shutters and heavy, floor to ceiling curtains effectively exclude the light and will also help to insulate the room and muffle any sound from outside.

boutique hotel bedroom

Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Tech to Help You Sleep

It’s always a good idea to keep tech in the bedroom to a minimum. Avoid watching TV or looking at your laptop for at least 20 minutes before you plan to fall asleep as these activities stimulate the brain. However, reading a book or listening to calming music or meditation apps can chill you out and promote a night of deep and peaceful sleep.

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