Being online has changed the way people put together their bedrooms
Did you know that almost 60% of the world is connected by the internet? Most of that traffic comes from Americans, with the United States leading the way with around 90% of our population connecting to the internet every day. Most people do so through their smartphones and other portable devices, and the number of households with a home computer is decreasing.
Being globally connected almost all the time has had a huge impact on our society and the needs of the average household. But is being consistently linked to the outside world a good thing or a bad thing? There are generally two minds on the subject.
The first is that society can only improve by working together across boundaries, real or imagined. These people will be more likely to be on smart devices for a larger part of the day, and they have a few requirements that interior designers are just beginning to employ.
The second frame of mind is that being connected all the time through the internet only serves to drive us further apart. These households believe that it is important to renew personal connections and spend time as a family, and as such, they try to decrease internet usage at home, particularly during the school or workweek.
These two mindsets have borne out in the recent interior design trends. For those who enjoy being connected all the time, bedroom sets now offer features like nightstands with built-in charging stations and lighting, making it easy to charge all of your devices as you rest while keeping them close at hand. This also eliminates the frustration of ill-managed charge cords.
Those who are also using their bedroom as an office have a further need for this connectivity. Yet it is important to be able to separate yourself from your work and be able to rest, even though you are doing both in the same room. A decorative partition is a great way to divide the space – out of sight, out of mind.
On the other hand, some furniture collections are geared toward simple functionality, encouraging the household to leave their bedrooms and meet in the common areas to spend time together as a family. Getting the right furniture for the rest of your home can also make spending that time pleasant with lots of opportunities for family games and activities.
Bedrooms for these family-oriented individuals offer many more options, and you can choose a bedroom set based on your tastes. If you are aiming to break the habit of constantly being on the web or social media, consider a media chest rather than nightstands with charging stations. The media chest offers the opportunity for easy cord management to charge your devices away from the bed or any usable seat, deterring you from using them on a constant basis.
Regardless of which camp you belong to, you can find plenty of bedroom sets and furniture options on the web to give you some great ideas for redesigning your bedroom.