While you try to figure out how to catch up on shut-eye during the week, why not take a little extra time to consider where you do your nightly snoozing? A well-appointed bed can make every night better, even if your night is a little shorter than you'd like it to be. Here are some picks to spruce up your sleeping arrangements. -- Lara Ewen, Special to Newsday
Never go to bed angry again. The You're Right pillow ($99) from Alexandra Ferguson is a great way to end any argument. The eco-friendly 14-by-18-inch pillow includes a recycled polyester fill, and the felt on the removable cover uses 100 percent post-consumer recycled water bottles. The pillow comes in four color combinations. Available at Shop, 1431 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-626-4120 and alexandraferguson.com.
A bright, cheerful shade and a fashion-forward texture combine to create bedding that's perfect for the kind of person who's up on the latest trends. The Apt. 9 Ripple bedding coordinates ($34.99-$249.99, also available in indigo) feature a cotton cover with a polyester fill and come in three sizes. At Kohl's and kohls.com.
Add a bit of dotty charm to your bed with this Ikea PS 2012 Duvet cover and pillowcases ($49.99-$59.99). The machine-washable set comes in two sizes and is available in white or natural 100 percent linen. The duvet cover features buttons to keep your duvet in place, and the full/queen set comes with two pillowcases. Available at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-681-4532, and ikea.com.
Linens aren't the only fabrics you can bring into your bedroom to soften the edges. In fact, upholstered headboards from Calico are both pretty and functional, because the padding prevents sleepy heads from going bump in the night. Shown here in the Hilary shape, covered in Safi/Maize duckcloth fabric by Nate Berkus, Calico's headboards are available in five standard widths, 10 shapes and an almost unlimited number of fabric options. The custom-made headboards can also include lots of additional features, from tufting and welting to nailhead edges. Available at Calico, 118 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station, 631-547-6750, and calicocorners.com.
Deck out your bed in colors soft as springtime with the Martha Stewart Collection 300 Thread Count Printed Sheet Set ($50-$135). The sets include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet and one or two pillowcases, and come in six colors, in twin through California king sizes. Pillowcases also are available separately. At Macy's and macys.com.
You're certain to have colorful dreams when sleeping on the rich rainbow hues in this Bespoke Garment-Dyed Diamond bedding collection from Restoration Hardware ($79-$259). Shown here in chocolate, but available in 18 shades, the 100 percent linen quilt and sham are each garment-dyed in small batches, giving the pieces a depth of color. Available through The Gallery at East Hampton Restoration Hardware, 69 Main St., East Hampton, 631-907-1300 and rh.com.
When dressing your bedroom, include a few accent pieces. The cheerful, 24-inch-square Tropical Dream pillows ($315 each) are cotton and linen, and feature an island-themed design. Available at Mecox, 257 County Rd. 39A, Southampton, 631-287-5015, and Mecox, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-9405.