Things we want in our bedrooms as we get older 25



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The older we get, the pickier we get about the things in our bedroom. And it got me to thinking about the things my parents love to have around them.  t is a simple list, but important when you stop on each item and consider it.

Good quality sheets

Forget the silky satin and waterbeds of the 80s, nowadays, all we need is a good quality set of high thread count cotton sheets. There should be no roughness allowed. You decide how posh yours need to be… I know my parents in their 60s have high standards for their sheets indeed.

A supportive mattress

A mattress that doesn’t move when your partner does, and doesn’t leave anyone fighting for space. We did our years waking up every time the other person rolled over. Now, it is one thing we demand.

A picture of the kids and grandkids

There is no better time to contemplate your legacy than when lying in bed looking out at the world first thing in the morning, and the first thing I want to see is my beautiful family.

A reading lamp that you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off

‘The older I get the longer I read’, is what my stepmum always says, and so she installed the most convenient set of bed lamps available, switched right from the corner of the bedhead.

A dimmer

At those special times, one doesn’t need the glare of a bedside lamp, nor fumbling in the dark. A dimmer on that side-light can be all that necessary for flattering, “anytime dear” action.

A new electric blanket

No one wants to worry about a 20 year old electrical appliance burning their house down while they sleep. So take the time to invest in a new one, every ten years. I couldn’t live without mine.

A sheer curtain for the mornings

There is nothing like waking up with the sun peeking through the curtains egging you to get out of bed. But with the heavyweight blinds as your only option, there is no gentle way for it to do so.


I’m a great believer in keeping bunches of lavender in your bedroom. Calming in scent, and peaceful in the bedroom, I couldn’t think of a nicer scent to go to sleep to.

Ugg boots

It’s cheeky I know, but I cannot survive without my uggies beside my bed.


What can’t you live without in your bedroom?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Must have been checking our bedroom out Julie Porteous. Have to add a Golden Retriever in there as well.

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