Everywhere you turn, somebody is trying to explain to you the 100 things your bedroom must have. In this age of minimalism, where the efficiency of space is as vital as the aesthetic, it’s important to focus on the most vital foundations of a bedroom and build up from there. Littens has narrowed the list down to three essentials for a bedroom on which to build.


A Duvet (Preferably Two!)

No bedroom is complete without a duvet. Piles of sheets are no longer in fashion – duvets have firmly cemented themselves at the top of the choice list for beds. Who wants to spend that much time making the bed before leaving for work? Besides, it’s not all about layers and the time it takes to replace them. The main reason for the popularity of duvets is a range of choice. Lower tog duvets keep you cool in the summer; higher tog duvets keep you warm in the winter.

But tog is not the only choice you have today. You can also decide on personal preference of fabric. Synthetics are better for people with allergies; they are also better and easier to care for. Quality and temperature regulation is also approaching that of natural fibres. Nothing compares to the combination of insulation, durability and breathability of natural fillings.


The Right Pillows

The second priority on your list of soft furnishings should be your pillows. Like duvets, you have a choice of natural or synthetic with pretty much the same reasons for each option. However, there are many other reasons you should strongly consider your pillow options. Not everybody likes the feeling of feather pillows no matter how comfortable they are or how much they keep you warm. Synthetics are better for keeping cool and for allergies.

But now there is another option in memory foam. A synthetic, memory foam moulds to the shape of your head as you lie down to sleep. The process of turning the pillow because it isn’t quite the shape it was yesterday or turning it over for comfort are over. Memory foam is the perfect choice for people who need bedding to mould to their unique shape.


The Right Curtains

In the overwhelming majority of cases, bedrooms with blinds feel much less cosy. They feel colder, more restrictive and they are less attractive. Keep the blinds in the workspace such as a home office. We feel strongly that every bedroom needs curtains. Curtains not only restrict the light for a good night of sleep, they add colour and warmth no matter their style, weight or length. Whether you go for blackout curtains to create a dark environment for sleep or something thinner to filter the light, the right curtains are as functional as aesthetic.

Curtains offer real choice to the customer. Plain or printed, silk or cotton, thermal, eyelet, pencil pleat – some of these choices are aesthetic but others have functional considerations too. Don’t use silk in rooms where you’re likely to experience damp as they will rot. You’ll find hotels use velvet curtains for heat retention and light limitation.