When asked whether or not they always changed guest bed sheets after having visitors to stay, just 32% said ‘yes'. Of those who didn't, two-thirds claimed that they left the same sheets on until they'd had ‘several guests' to stay in them. Yuck! Jed MacEwan, the spokesperson for Ergoflex UK, which carried out the survey, said: ‘We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents.
Another benefit of a divan is that you can change the look with a new headboard without buying a new bed. When choosing a mattress, the traditional favourite is a sprung base. Pocket springs in individual casings deflecting independently to support the body is the best example, combined with padding made from natural wool, cotton or flax. Or consider synthetic visco elastic memory foam, which moulds to your shape, or latex, which is durable and resilient. Springs can also be combined with a layer of memory foam.
Imogen 100% cotton percale 180 thread count bed linen, £15 for an Oxford pillowcase and £70 for a double duvet cover, Joules. Pale blue and fresh white create a seaside vibe, although it's bluebirds rather than seagulls you'll find on this bedding. This set is ideal for a guest room as it's neither too feminine or masculine and has a timeless feel that is set to last.
Hang industrial lighting for the final finishing touch to this contemporary scheme. Look for bare light bulbs, and hang them in a cluster for a statement focal point. This look is all about luxurious textures so choose heavy velvet curtains, silk cushions and soft chenille rugs for a sumptuous boudoir that's a restful retreat.
Take inspiration from boutique Edinburgh hotels and decorate your bedroom in a masculine, Scottish style for a smart look. Be bold go for a tartan patterned carpet in chic black and white. It's stylish but will also hide dirt and fluff so it's practical, too. Very has a tartan rug that would work well if you aren't feeling that brave.
Put up a peg rail This is an instant way to add more storage to your room, as well as breaking up large areas of block colour. Choose a peg rail in a contrasting shade to the walls and fix up several lengths of it end to end across a whole wall. Use it to hang up mirrors, pictures, scarves, handbags, laundry bags and small trinkets. Perhaps the quickest transformation ever?!