Home improvements are a tricky business. They can so easily start to lurch away from the budget you've (hopefully) planned for them that you can end up in a world of spiralling costs and a project that doesn't look like it'll be completed anywhere in the near future.

Because you might want to do up your home to sell it on or simply to make it a nicer place to live in line with your stylistic tastes, quality home improvements are a must. It's not worth skimping on materials or trying to do it all yourself if hiring someone else to do it would mean that it turns out better. Your vision is the only thing that matters – plan your budget carefully but be prepared for the fact that you're going to have to spend a fairly significant amount of money to ensure that the renovations are a success.

One of the rooms that you might want to change or improve in some way is the bedroom. In many ways, this is the most important room in the house – if you sleep for eight hours every night, you'll spend 2,920 hours a year in that room, far outweighing the amount of time you might spend in any of the other rooms in the house. Therefore, any changes you make are ones you're going to need to be able to live with over a long period of time.

The most important aspect of the room is the bed. It's the centrepiece of the room and the first thing that the eye will be drawn to, so it has to be chosen carefully. While the size of the bed (whether you opt for one of the single, double or kingsize beds UK that are available) will be important in terms of matching it to the size of the room, the style and colours of it are probably more important. A four-poster in lime green and fluorescent pink might look fantastic in a child's room, but it's not really the kind of thing that an adult should be looking at. The room is supposed to be neutral in its colours and generally non-stimulating so you can get to sleep rather than staying awake all night. There are many things you can do to the rooms in your house to give them an entirely new look and feel, and changing your bed is just one of them.