When was the last time you seriously contemplated clearing your schedule for the day and staying in bed? Last week? Yesterday? 15 minutes ago? If you've been daydreaming about your pre-alarm clock comforts, then it seems like you should just go for it: consider this your excuse to be in bed from dawn until dusk. But before you slip back between the sheets, you need to go all out and treat yo’self. Make sure that your bed is inviting, your entertainment is top-notch and your meals are indulgent. Follow these 11 steps to have a perfect day in the comfort of your own bed — and it may be better than you imagined.
Step 1: Prep Your Bed
First things first: make your bed as comfortable as possible. DIY a padded headboard for a fraction of a furniture store’s price, and elevate your coziness game to a new level. Add some extra pillows, put on fresh sheets and you're all set.
Step 2: Keep Your Curtains Closed
If your bedroom gets a lot of direct sunlight, you’re going to want to make sure your curtains block out a comfortable amount of light. Don’t worry if you don’t have curtains or even like the ones you do have — if you’re going to schedule your day in bed for Sunday, you can make this dyed curtains project on Saturday. Refreshing your decor will make your day even better.
Step 3: Assemble Your Reading Material
Take some extra time for yourself and catch up on that ever-growing pile of magazines and books. When you’re done, throw them onto this wooden magazine rack. Pro tip: if you’re not into natural wood, you can paint this to match the rest of your bedroom decor.
Step 4: Adjust the Lights
If you’re a real champion and manage to stay in bed until it gets dark, you’ll want some accent lighting next to your bed. Instead of opting for a standard store-bought design, you can make your own chic lantern table lamp. And hey, this will still come in handy for any regularly-scheduled day, too.
Tim and Mary Vidra
Step 5: Set Up Netflix
One of the keys to a successful day in bed is the beautiful autoplay feature on Netflix. If you need help setting up your Netflix account or redeeming a gift card, check out these tips.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani
Step 6: Bring Your Meals In
Comforters and crumbs don’t exactly mix, so you’ll need something to keep your snacks nice and neat. That’s where a lap tray saves the day. It’ll come in handy later, too, when you take a sick day or want to have breakfast in bed before work.
Tim and Mary Vidra
Step 7: Break Out the Chocolate
Staying in bed all day is serious business, and you need to make sure you’re prepared for the long haul — with brownies, of course. Make this recipe the night before, and enjoy a few while binge-watching your favorite movies or catching up on the latest must-see shows.
Step 8: Try a New Skincare Routine
Lounging around is the perfect time to experiment with new beauty products so that you look as rested as you feel. Try this 10-step routine if you’re new to the Korean beauty world. Trust us — after you do it once, you’ll get hooked on sheet masks and essences.
Step 9: Take Care of Dinner
Responsibilities often stop us from doing what we really want to do, but not today. Check off one of those responsibilities — making dinner — without putting in much effort at all. Throw everything into a slow cooker for chicken rice soup, turn it on and crawl back under the covers.
Step 10: Think Ahead About Your Drinks
You’re gonna need at least a glass of water, a cup of coffee and maybe your favorite tea or juice. Protect your bedside table or lap tray with a coaster that you can make yourself. You can find map prints on the internet, or use ones from your travels. It’ll feel like you went all over the world, even though you never left your bed.
Step 11: Settle In and Relax
And to go along with those coasters, make a personalized plastic tumbler to keep on your nightstand. By the time you really fall asleep, you’ll have spent a blissful day in your favorite place in the whole world.
Zoe Lance is a writer and editor interested in all things art and culture. She earned her bachelor's degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.