We spend one-third of our lives asleep (in theory) so our beds should be a cozy oasis, a place that envelops us at night and a place from which we have to peel ourselves reluctantly each morning. Beds are not just for slumber, though; they are a space for reading, cuddling children, cat-napping and some other unmentionable activities.
For me, the coziest beds have crisp white sheets (not sateen slippery but not remotely scratchy)-- like a 5-star hotel without a hotel's sterile anonymity. I think a slightly rumbled bed is sexy the way "bed head" is sexy. Hospital corners and minimalist, stark bed linens don't do it for me. But nor do chaotic, overly messy beds. One should never have to fuss and struggle with aligning and straightening the covers at bedtime; this sets the stage for restless sleep.
Bedside tables should be within reach for easy access to water, light switches, and a stack of books. Pillows should be plentiful but not excessive, some firm and some squishy. For me the most somnolent bedrooms are comfortable but quite tidy, with the remnants of the day's clothes, clutter and worries tucked away from sight.
What do you think makes a bed cozy and inviting?