Bedroom Furnishings for the Second Half of Life
From the age of 50, the demands on comfort and equipment in your own home change. This is exactly the right time to think about the future of an upcoming modernization – including the bedroom. Because here, too, the following applies: Better prevention than aftercare.
The second half of life: demands change
From the age of around 50, for many people, the time comes when another general overhaul of the apartment or house is due. The furnishings may no longer be in keeping with the times and should be modernized. Or the children are out of the house, making a new division of the rooms ideal for a complete renovation.
Anyone who plans for the long term must at this point – perhaps for the first time – inevitably think about their needs in old age. Many associate the terms “senior bed” or “senior bedroom” with furniture in a barren hospital style. But the opposite is the case. Because senior-friendly bedroom furnishings are of high quality and just as visually appealing as conventional pieces of furniture, but offer much more comfort. That is why they are often referred to under the term “comfort furniture”.
Central point: the right bed
With older age or if there are physical impairments, one is happy about extras in bedroom furnishings that make daily life easier. The central point of age-appropriate bedroom design is the bed. Senior beds or comfort beds are constructed in the same way as standard beds, but have a higher lying area. This comfort height (frame height over 40 cm) enables easy and safe sitting down and standing up. The height creates additional storage space that can be used with a bed box or a drawer under the bed.
This makes the bed even more comfortable
A comfort bed is completed by an individually tailored mattress. The demands on mattress hardness change over the course of life. As people get older, they often prefer softer mattresses. Electrically adjustable head and foot sections provide additional comfort, for example when reading. Divisible beds offer flexibility: these double beds can be divided into two single beds in just a few simple steps. An upholstered and / or sloping headboard offers an additional option for comfortable leaning.
Also, think about the little extras when it comes to bedroom furnishings
If a new bedroom furniture is to last well into old age and offer comfort, then quality is all the more important. Pay attention to high-quality materials and good workmanship. In addition to the bed, there is other furniture that can be designed according to age. The bedside table should be chosen at a suitable and comfortable height. A bed bench offers space to dress comfortably while seated. A practical valet or clothes rack is ideal for storing clothes.
Even when choosing a wardrobe, little things can make everyday life easier. The cupboard should be easy to open, with good access to all cupboard compartments and enough space to open the doors (if there are no floating or sliding doors). Look out for doors with handles. Keys are harder to grip, misunderstood or fall out.
Age-appropriate bedroom: what to look out for
Our tips for interior planning for the second half of life, for reading or printing:
- ✓Comfort height (frame height at least 40 cm): The seat height should allow you to “slide” comfortably out of bed instead of having to get up.
- ✓Divisible or not divisible: Should a double bed be easily divisible into two single beds in order to have more flexible options later?
- ✓Adjustable slatted frame: the head and foot sections can be tilted electrically at the push of a button.
- ✓Mattress: adapt the type of mattress and hardness to the individual needs of the coming years.
- ✓ Foot section: With or without foot section? Choose the appropriate bed model.
- ✓ Headboard: Cushions provide protection and additional space to lean on.
Bedroom furniture for the second half of life
- ✓Wardrobe: Convenient accessibility and handles (no keys).
- ✓ Bedside tables: height to match the bed.
- ✓ Bed bench: Comfortable dressing while sitting (and, depending on the model, additional storage space
through a shelf or storage compartment).
- ✓ Servant: Comfortable setting of clothes for the next day.
More tips on bedroom design
- ✓ Ensure freedom of movement and avoid tripping hazards such as loose carpet edges, raised thresholds, protruding corners and unnecessarily bulky furniture.
- ✓Good lighting (or even motion sensors) reduce the risk of accidents and falls.
- ✓The light switch should be accessible from the bed and easy to find in the dark.
- ✓Should a phone be placed next to the bed?