With a few high-tech additions, your master suite can be a sweet retreat for bedtime, lazy mornings, and any time in between. Here are some ideas, and alternate options where applicable, to bring a no-tech bedroom up to speed in ways that will make it more comfortable and pleasant.
Made in the Shade
One of the most important additions to a bedroom would be motorized shading. Tied to a timer, the shades can close at bedtime and open at a preset time in the morning. Using a handheld remote, the shades can be lowered to block out the sun when you’d like to watch TV … or just need a nap. Be sure to choose a fabric with the appropriate weave: The tighter the weave the more privacy and sunblock you’ll get. In addition, utilize your shading system to save energy. In the winter, open the shades to take advantage of sunlight warming a southern façade. And in the summer, lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain, can help reduce your cooling costs. View fabrics and styles.
Adjust lights, temperature and window treatments with a RadioRA 2 system.
With a RadioRA® 2 system you can set up special scenes like movie time, bedtime, wakeup and romantic that will brighten and dim to the intensity levels appropriate for each activity. If you have a full-blown home control system, keep a control or touchpanel (or mobile device and appropriate apps) on your nightstand so you can adjust the lighting, as well as the thermostats, ceiling fans, security and other connected subsystems, before closing your eyes.
Due to the windows facing the bed, the logical place for a TV would be in the corner. Attach the display to a mount that pulls out and swivels so you can aim at the bed, and then push it up against the wall when you’re not using it. OR Once you’ve got the shades taken care of, have your custom electronics pro work with a company like Inca or Auton that designs custom lifts that can be modded into foot of the bedframe so the TV pops up when you’re ready to watch. Another way to hide a TV, if you don’t have to put it in a corner, is by using a motorized artwork concealment mount, like from Vutec and Media Decor, to make the set disappear.
Due to the layout of this room (the TV in the corner), a surround-sound system might be difficult to pull off. Still, be sure to install at least two speakers in the ceiling, preferably near the bed so that you don’t have to crank the TV to hear the audio. OR Use a mount that allows you to attach a soundbar speaker below the TV, so when it swivels out the speaker goes along for the ride.
For extra audio impact, consider sliding a subwoofer underneath the bed. Many wireless models are available for installation ease. Your mattress will shake, rattle and rumble right along with the movie. Many soundbars include a wireless sub, too.
Late night trips to the bathroom needn’t involve stumbling over the dog. An occupancy sensor can activate the bathroom lights, but at a dim level so you don’t wake your sleeping spouse or need to shield your tired eyes from the glare.
These solutions show you the beginnings of what’s possible. Check out these award-winning examples of innovative high-tech solutions that have helped create bedroom bliss:
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.