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How to set up a smart bedroom

You may have set up your own smart bedroom, but what about your children? Kids have different needs, so you’ll want to take a different approach. With the right devices, you can give them a smart bedroom that benefits everybody.

Why a Child’s Smart Bedroom?

If you already have a smarthome, your children may already love the voice controls and convenience it affords them. As they grow and want more and more independence, it may be time to trust them with that same control in their bedroom.

And convenient access to smarthome controls doesn’t just benefit them; it can help you enforce schedules and keep in contact when you’re traveling.

Consider an Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for Voice Controls

All voice assistants come with privacy implications, so when considering adding one to your child’s bedroom, you want to keep that in mind. To that extent, an Echo Dot Kid’s Edition is tailor-made for children.

With this Echo Dot, you get many of the same capabilities as the standard Echo but with more granular controls. You can prevent explicit songs from playing, set daily time limits and schedules (no Echo use after 8 P.M.) and monitor your children’s activity.

One area concern is Amazon’s practice of having humans review what you and your children say to Alexa. But, you can tell Amazon to stop, and we recommend you do that for at least your children (if not yourself too).

If you already have a spare Echo, you can convert it to a Kid’s Edition instead of buying a new device.

Voice Controlled Smart Lights Solve Out of Reach Problems

Does your child still have to hop for the light switch? They may be able to say “turn off the lights” well enough for an Echo Kid’s Edition to understand. Smart light bulbs and smart light switches make all the difference here, as they can be voice-controlled.

Even when you children can reach the switch, they’ll appreciate the convenience of voice controls when they’re already in bed, getting ready to sleep. And you can set a “lights out” schedule both for nighttime, and when they’re at school. That’s something you’ll appreciate if your children tend to leave the lights on.

Smart bulbs are dropping in price rapidly. Wyze Bulbs are as little as $10 a bulb with shipping.

If your child’s bedroom has a ceiling fan, with just a few changes, you can add smarthome controls to the fan blades and the integrated light.

Smart Plugs Enforce a Schedule

How to set up a smart bedroom

Lights aren’t the only things you can make smart in a child’s bedroom. If it plugs into the wall, you may be able to control it with a smart plug. That includes fans, lamps, and even rechargeable toys.

With the right application, smart plugs can pay for themselves. Using schedules and routines, you can prevent devices plugged into an outlet strip from using energy all day long. Anything you want to be charged by the time your children arrive from school you can schedule to turn on an hour or two before school lets out.

Pair an Echo Button with your Echo Kid’s Edition, and your children can even turn off their smart bedroom with a single button press.

And while it’s fun for your children to turn on a floor fan by calling out a command, you can continue your “lights out” rule by cutting power to unnecessary devices when it’s bedtime.

Nest Protect is Also a Night Light

A smoke detector might not be your first thought when planning a smart bedroom for your children, but Nest Protect includes a secondary beneficial feature: a bright night light.

It’s so bright; we don’t recommend placing one directly in your child’s room, especially if they’re light sleepers (or if you do, turn off the night light feature).

In either case, place one in a location just outside the bedroom and one near the closest bathroom. When your children get up at night, they can make their way to the bathroom with enough light to see, but not so much they get blinded.

Nest Protect is motion-activated, so just walking to the bathroom activates the night light.

A Wi-Fi Camera Lets You Check-In

If you travel for work or have to work late frequently, often the hardest part of the job is not seeing your children. And sometimes the biggest obstacle to “date night” is building trust in a babysitter. Wi-Fi cameras can help with that.

While it’s true, you can call or video chat with your children, that’s not always appropriate when you want check on your little ones, especially if it’s past bedtime.

With a Wi-Fi camera, you can feel present when you can’t physically be there. A quick load of the feed and you’ll know the babysitter got the children to bed on time, or that they’re having a good time playing. It’s a peace of mind that doesn’t unnecessarily interrupt your kids.

And when you do want to interact, most Wi-Fi cameras have microphones and speakers so you can talk with anyone in the room.

Admittedly, Wi-Fi cameras in your children’s bedroom is a privacy concern, and that’s why we recommend Nest and Wyze cameras. Both companies offer two-factor authentication for securing your account. According to Microsoft, two-factor authentication blocks 99.99% of account hack attempts, so that’s a first you should take with any Wi-Fi cameras, no matter their location.

As a secondary benefit, Wyze cameras are compatible with the company’s sensor products. If you add an IR or door contact sensor to your child’s room, you can completely automate their room. Smart lights and plugs can turn on and off simply because they entered or left, negating any need for a voice assistant.

You’re the best judge of your children and what they can handle. But don’t forget to talk with them to see what smarthome devices they’re interested in—if they’re even interested in any at all! You may be surprised with a suggestion you hadn’t even considered.

You may have set up your own smart bedroom, but what about your children? Kids have different needs, so you’ll want to take a different approach. With the right devices, you can give them a smart bedroom that benefits everybody.

Why a Child’s Smart Bedroom?

If you already have a smarthome, your children may already love the voice controls and convenience it affords them. As they grow and want more and more independence, it may be time to trust them with that same control in their bedroom.

And convenient access to smarthome controls doesn’t just benefit them; it can help you enforce schedules and keep in contact when you’re traveling.

Consider an Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for Voice Controls

All voice assistants come with privacy implications, so when considering adding one to your child’s bedroom, you want to keep that in mind. To that extent, an Echo Dot Kid’s Edition is tailor-made for children.

With this Echo Dot, you get many of the same capabilities as the standard Echo but with more granular controls. You can prevent explicit songs from playing, set daily time limits and schedules (no Echo use after 8 P.M.) and monitor your children’s activity.

One area concern is Amazon’s practice of having humans review what you and your children say to Alexa. But, you can tell Amazon to stop, and we recommend you do that for at least your children (if not yourself too).

If you already have a spare Echo, you can convert it to a Kid’s Edition instead of buying a new device.

Voice Controlled Smart Lights Solve Out of Reach Problems

Does your child still have to hop for the light switch? They may be able to say “turn off the lights” well enough for an Echo Kid’s Edition to understand. Smart light bulbs and smart light switches make all the difference here, as they can be voice-controlled.

Even when you children can reach the switch, they’ll appreciate the convenience of voice controls when they’re already in bed, getting ready to sleep. And you can set a “lights out” schedule both for nighttime, and when they’re at school. That’s something you’ll appreciate if your children tend to leave the lights on.

Smart bulbs are dropping in price rapidly. Wyze Bulbs are as little as $10 a bulb with shipping.

If your child’s bedroom has a ceiling fan, with just a few changes, you can add smarthome controls to the fan blades and the integrated light.

Smart Plugs Enforce a Schedule

How to set up a smart bedroom

Lights aren’t the only things you can make smart in a child’s bedroom. If it plugs into the wall, you may be able to control it with a smart plug. That includes fans, lamps, and even rechargeable toys.

With the right application, smart plugs can pay for themselves. Using schedules and routines, you can prevent devices plugged into an outlet strip from using energy all day long. Anything you want to be charged by the time your children arrive from school you can schedule to turn on an hour or two before school lets out.

Pair an Echo Button with your Echo Kid’s Edition, and your children can even turn off their smart bedroom with a single button press.

And while it’s fun for your children to turn on a floor fan by calling out a command, you can continue your “lights out” rule by cutting power to unnecessary devices when it’s bedtime.

Nest Protect is Also a Night Light

A smoke detector might not be your first thought when planning a smart bedroom for your children, but Nest Protect includes a secondary beneficial feature: a bright night light.

It’s so bright; we don’t recommend placing one directly in your child’s room, especially if they’re light sleepers (or if you do, turn off the night light feature).

In either case, place one in a location just outside the bedroom and one near the closest bathroom. When your children get up at night, they can make their way to the bathroom with enough light to see, but not so much they get blinded.

Nest Protect is motion-activated, so just walking to the bathroom activates the night light.

A Wi-Fi Camera Lets You Check-In

If you travel for work or have to work late frequently, often the hardest part of the job is not seeing your children. And sometimes the biggest obstacle to “date night” is building trust in a babysitter. Wi-Fi cameras can help with that.

While it’s true, you can call or video chat with your children, that’s not always appropriate when you want check on your little ones, especially if it’s past bedtime.

With a Wi-Fi camera, you can feel present when you can’t physically be there. A quick load of the feed and you’ll know the babysitter got the children to bed on time, or that they’re having a good time playing. It’s a peace of mind that doesn’t unnecessarily interrupt your kids.

And when you do want to interact, most Wi-Fi cameras have microphones and speakers so you can talk with anyone in the room.

Admittedly, Wi-Fi cameras in your children’s bedroom is a privacy concern, and that’s why we recommend Nest and Wyze cameras. Both companies offer two-factor authentication for securing your account. According to Microsoft, two-factor authentication blocks 99.99% of account hack attempts, so that’s a first you should take with any Wi-Fi cameras, no matter their location.

As a secondary benefit, Wyze cameras are compatible with the company’s sensor products. If you add an IR or door contact sensor to your child’s room, you can completely automate their room. Smart lights and plugs can turn on and off simply because they entered or left, negating any need for a voice assistant.

You’re the best judge of your children and what they can handle. But don’t forget to talk with them to see what smarthome devices they’re interested in—if they’re even interested in any at all! You may be surprised with a suggestion you hadn’t even considered.

How to set up a smart bedroom

One of the main problems with a house stuffed full of smart home kit is having to try and remember what you’ve called everything: was it the lounge light or the living room light that you wanted to turn on? Now, with Alexa’s improved smart home groups, that pain goes away. I’ll show you how to set up and use Alexa smart home groups.

Groups have been available for a while but Amazon has dramatically improved them. Now, you can group your Echo devices with your smart home devices, which tells Alexa where it’s located. That makes control far easier. For example, once you’ve grouped items together, you can just say, “Alexa, turn on the light”, and your Echo understands which light your talking about with no further clarification. And, an update to the Sonos skill means that when you now talk to Alexa, on the Sonos player in the same room ducks its volume rather than your entire system (see, how to use Alexa with Sonos for more information).

Groups make it easier to understand and manage your home, too, as you place everything in one room together. In short, if you’ve got more than one Echo device, you’ll want to follow these instructions. Please note, that not all third-party Amazon Alexa devices can be put into groups. For example, if you buy the Netgear Orbi Voice, it won’t let you place it in a group. Using third-party devices often means going back to the older form of control where you tell Alexa which device you want to control.

1. Create a smart home group

Open the Alexa app and tap the Devices icon at the bottom-right of the screen. This will take you to the main smart home screen, listing all of your devices plus any groups that you might have. To add a new group tap the Plus icon and select Add group. You’ll be given a list of common room names that you can choose from, although you can type in a custom name if you prefer. Tap Next when you’re done.

Next, on the Define Group page you’ll be given a list of smart devices that you can add. Choose the devices that are in this room, including any Amazon Echo devices, Sonos speakers, smart lights and even thermostats. Don’t worry if you miss anything, as you can edit a Group later and add or remove devices. Tap Save when you’re done.

How to set up a smart bedroom

2. Control your devices with the app

Back on the Devices page, you’ll see your new group. Tap a group and you’ll see all of your devices in there; you can tap Edit to make changes to the devices.

At the top of a group’s page are All On and All Off buttons. Tap these to turn your group devices on or off. Note that this feature only works on devices that have switch-like capabilities, such as smart plugs and smart lights.

How to set up a smart bedroom

4. Control your devices with your voice

When you talk to an Echo that’s in a group, you can use simplified commands to control smart devices. Here are a few to get you started:

“Alexa, turn on lights.”
“Alexa, turn off lights.”
“Alexa, set temperature to 19 degrees.”
“Alexa, what is the thermostat temperature?”

This type of command is far easier than remembering device or group names. To control other devices from your grouped Echo, you can use the old style of command, naming the smart home device that you want to control, such as “Alexa, turn on office light.”

5. Edit Alexa smart home device groups

Once you have created an Alexa smart home group you can change its settings and rename it. To do this just go to the Smart Home menu in the Alexa app, select Groups and choose the group you want to edit.

You can change the group name by selecting Edit Name, add or remove devices from the group or delete the group entirely by hitting the trash icon.

How to set up a smart bedroom

You could have set up your own smart roombut what about your children? Children have different needs, so you will want to take a different approach. With the right devices, you can give them a smart room that benefits everyone.

Why a child’s smart room?

If you already have a smarthome, your kids may already love the voice commands and the convenience that it offers them. As they grow and want more and more independence, it is perhaps time to trust them with the same control in their room.

And convenient access to the controls of the smart home not only benefits them; he can help you keep the schedules and keep in touch while traveling.

Consider an Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for voice commands

All voice assistants have privacy implications, so when you plan to add one in your child’s room, you must keep this in mind. To this extent, a Echo Dot Children’s Edition is made to measure for children.

With this Echo Dot, you get many of the same capabilities as the standard Echo but with more granular controls. You can prevent explicit songs from playing, set deadlines and daily schedules (no use of Echo after 8 pm) and monitor your children’s activity.

A major concern is Amazon’s practice of asking humans to review what you and your children say to Alexa. But you can tell Amazon to stop, and we recommend you do it for at least your children (if not yourself too).

If you already have a spare Echo, you can convert it to a children’s edition instead of buying a new device.

Smart, voice-activated lights solve problems out of reach

Does your child still need to jump for the light switch? They may be able to say “turn off the lights” well enough for an Echo Kid’s Edition to understand. Smart light bulbs and intelligent lighting switches make all the difference here because they can be controlled by voice.

Even when your kids can reach the switch, they will appreciate the convenience of voice commands when they are already in bed and getting ready to sleep. And you can set a “sleep” schedule for both the night and when they are at school. This is something you will enjoy if your children tend to leave the lights on.

Smart bulbs are rapidly falling in price. Wyze light bulbs are as little as $ 10 a light bulb with shipping.

If your child’s room has a ceiling fan, with only a few changes, you can add smarthome controls fan blades and integrated light.

Smart plugs apply a schedule

How to set up a smart bedroom

Lights are not the only things you can make smart in a child’s room. If it’s connected to the wall, you may be able to control it with a smart plug. This includes fans, lamps and even rechargeable toys.

With the right application, smart plugs can self-finance. With the help of schedules and routines, you can prevent devices plugged into a power outlet to use energy all day long. Whatever you want to be charged by the time your kids arrive from school, you can schedule an hour or two before the school comes out.

Associate a Echo button with your Echo Kid’s Edition, and your kids can even turn off their smart room with one touch.

And while it’s fun for your kids to turn on a floor fan by calling a command, you can continue your “lights off” rule by cutting off unnecessary power at bedtime.

Nest Protect is also a night light

A smoke detector may not be your first thought when planning a smart room for your kids, but Nest Protect includes a beneficial secondary feature: a bright night light.

It’s so brilliant; we do not recommend placing one directly in your child’s room, especially if it is light sleepers (or if you do, turn off the night light function).

In either case, place one in a location just outside the room and one near the nearest bathroom. When your children get up at night, they can go to the bathroom with enough light to see, but not so much they go blind.

Nest Protect is motion activated. Therefore, walking up to the bathroom activates the night light.

A Wi-Fi camera allows you to register

If you are traveling for work or have to work frequently late, the hardest part of the job is often not to see your children. And sometimes, the biggest obstacle to the “rendezvous evening” is to gain confidence in a babysitter. Wi-Fi cameras can help you.

While this is true, you can call or chat on video with your children, this is not always appropriate when you want to check your little ones, especially if it is bedtime.

With a Wi-Fi camera, you can feel present when you can not be there physically. A quick charge of the flow and you will know that the babysitter has slept the kids at the hour, or that they’re having a good time. It’s a peace of mind that does not interrupt your children unnecessarily.

And when you want to interact, most Wi-Fi cameras come with microphones and speakers so you can talk with anyone in the room.

Certainly, Wi-Fi cameras in your children’s room are a privacy concern, and that’s why we recommend Nest and Wyze cameras. Both companies offer two-factor authentication to secure your account. according to Microsoft, two-factor authentication blocks 99.99% of account hacking attempts, so it’s a first that you need to take with all Wi-Fi cameras, regardless of their location.

Another advantage is that Wyze cameras are compatible with sensor products. If you add an infrared sensor or door contact to your child’s room, you can fully automate his room. The lights and smart plugs can turn on and off simply because they are input or output, eliminating the need for a voice assistant.

You are the best judge of your children and what they can handle. But do not forget to talk to them to see which smart home devices they’re interested in, if they’re not interested at all! You might be surprised by a suggestion that you had not even considered.

How to set up a smart bedroomA small, awkward shaped bedroom can be a serious design challenge for many people, including us. The tricky thing about these bedrooms is that there’s usually only one spot where you can fit your bed. After that, you’re pretty much left with little to no space for anything else. It’s tough, especially when you want your bedroom to feel serene and relaxing, not limited and lackluster.

With that in mind, we decided to explore ways we can tackle the awkward bedroom layout. Get some of our layout solutions for an oddly shaped bedroom we designed below. And even if your bedroom isn’t oddly shaped, we promise these tips will inspire you to rethink your own space.

The Space: An 11’ x 18’ awkwardly shaped bedroom

The Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: Maximizing space and style in a small, oddly shaped bedroom that has slanted walls, lots of doors and windows, and only one place to fit a bed. Plus, there’s a radiator in a corner nook that further limits what can go in one area.

How to set up a smart bedroomIdea #1: The Big Function Layout

The main goal in our awkward bedroom layout #1 is to pack in as much function as possible into the space. But we wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s all about function. It’s a bedroom after all, so the primary purpose should be a space where you can kick back and rest.

To nail that balance, we chose furnishings that have a small footprint and can be used in more ways than one. Of course, the key to finding the right pieces was to measure every wall and corner before committing to anything.

Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

How to set up a smart bedroomPack In Functionality

Instead of matching nightstands, we opted for a dresser and small desk combo. The small dresser with deep drawers functions like a nightstand but has storage as well as a big surface that lets you display art.

On the other side, the slender desk doubles as a vanity and also catchall. The desk is paired with a moveable sling stool that tucks away easily and also works as an extra seat or footrest.

Make Use of All Space

We worked with the vertical space and the different sizes of the walls via a few small space hacks. For example, hanging a sconce (for lighting), mirror (for an airy feel), and hooks (for storage), all add function without taking up floor space.

Along the awkward slanted wall by the radiator, we incorporated a bench to add more seating that also provides a great place to get ready in the morning.

Keep It Cozy

Common design knowledge says that you should paint small rooms light colors to help them feel more open. While this is true, we say small rooms can also benefit from darker shades, which give them a cozy feel. Here we painted our awkward bedroom a shade of dark blue to add contrast and create an extra serene vibe.

Rug Struggles

Rug placement is the greatest struggle in this room. A standard placement would mean you could only fit a smaller size due to the slanted walls. To combat this, we rotated a larger size rug under the bed as a way to cover more floor space. We then balanced out the awkward placement by layering a cowhide to soften the hard angles.

How to set up a smart bedroomThis Is Great If You…

  • Live solo and want to get the most function out of an awkward room.
  • Work from home a lot and don’t have room for an actual workspace elsewhere.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is within easy reach.

How to set up a smart bedroomIdea #2 – The Expanded Space Layout

For layout #2, we took a bright, crisp approach with white walls that helped to make the room feel and appear larger and less awkwardly shaped. To further open up the space we opted for designs that played up an airy note. The idea here is to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

How to set up a smart bedroomCreate Visual Space

Like we mentioned before, white walls help open up the room and make it feel more spacious and cheery. This is a great option if you want a more airy vibe in your room. We also added small, low-profile matching bedside tables help maintain an open look. Round and minimalist table lamps help to keep the nightstand surfaces appear balanced and uncluttered.

Be Smart With Space

A large floor mirror adds function, reflects light, and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it seems and not as awkwardly shaped. By the odd wall near the door, we swapped in a wall-mounted bookcase, one of our favorite small-space hacks, which adds vertical storage and increases the usable storage space by four times. An armchair, pouf, and C-shaped side table turn a corner into a cozy reading nook that’s comfy and compact.

Layer Your Rugs

Layered rugs are another solve for the awkward room shape: The top blue and white patterned wool rug adds personality and plush texture to the space—perfect for bare feet in the morning. Meanwhile the jute rug underneath helps extend coverage across a larger surface area (which will help reduce noise/echoes in your room). A fluffy sheepskin helps cozy up the reading nook.

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If you’re stuck with a small bedroom, it may seem like there’s just not enough space for all of your furniture. Since a bed is a must-have item — and is usually on the large side — it takes up the bulk of the space in room and you’re left scrambling to find a spot for the other pieces in your bedroom set. There are ways to arrange your bedroom furniture so you can comfortably move around the space and fit all the necessary pieces — it just requires some careful planning.

Place a Double Bed in Center of Wall

In a bedroom, the bed should always take center stage, and there are usually several ways to place a bed so it becomes the focal point of the room. However, in a small master bedroom, your options are usually limited because you have to leave enough room on either side of the bed to get in and out of it comfortably. Placing your bed in the center of the room’s most visible wall is usually the best arrangement. The most visible wall is usually opposite the door, but the wall that runs perpendicular to the door on the left side may be a better option depending on the size of your bedroom. If the room is large enough, you can place small nightstands on either side of the bed and a dresser on the wall opposite the foot of the bed.

Place Twin Bed in Corner

When you’re arranging furniture in a bedroom for a child or teen, you may be dealing with a twin bed instead of a double. Since the bed is slimmer, you have more options when placing it in the room. Centering it on the most visible wall as you would with a larger bed is an effective option, but it may not be the best use of space in a small room. Instead, try placing your twin bed in a corner of the room so the head of the bed and its side are up against perpendicular walls. This type of arrangement frees up the center of the room to make the space feel larger and leaves two entire walls — and most of a third — free for other furniture like a dresser, desk or bookcase.

Place Storage Furniture in Closet

When your bedroom is small, large storage pieces can take up valuable floor space that could be used for other items or left open to give the room a more spacious feel. Instead of keeping a large armoire, tall chest of drawers or wide dresser in your actual bedroom, place it in your closet where it is out of the way. You may need to rearrange your closet to accommodate the large furniture item, but this type of layout can actually make it easier to get ready in the morning since all of your clothing is in one spot.

Use Multipurpose Pieces

When you’re dealing with an extremely small bedroom, you may only have one arrangement option that fits in the space – and there still may not be enough room for your bed and other furniture items that you need. If that’s the case, look for furniture that can do double-duty so you can maximize the space that is available. A headboard that features storage like bookshelves or cubbyholes may make bedside tables unnecessary. A bench for the foot of your bed can include storage under the seat so you may not need a larger dresser or armoire. You may even want to consider a futon or sofa bed instead of a traditional bed in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, so your bedroom can double as a living room.

How to set up a smart bedroom

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If you had to pick one room in the home, you definitely want to feng shui your bedroom.

The bedroom is the most important room of the home in feng shui philosophy. It is the room that you spend the most time in, and it’s the most personal to you. Besides that, you spend many hours sleeping in this room. Therefore, you’re in a more passive state when sleeping so you’re really affected by all the energies in the bedroom.

9 Layout Ideas for Better Feng Shui in Your Bedroom

The bedroom symbolizes you. So, any feng shui changes you make in the bedroom are closest to you so they affect you the most significantly. Here are nine tips to feng shui your bedroom.

Place Your Bed for Good Feng Shui

How to set up a smart bedroom

Here are guidelines for your best bed placement for good feng shui:

Be sure your bed is in commanding position. This means that in bed you’re facing the door, while not directly in line with the door.

You don’t want any doors to open up directly in line with the bed. Especially avoid the “coffin position” where your feet point out the door.

Place your headboard against a solid wall, with space available on the other three sides of the bed (left, right, and foot).

Avoid placing your headboard against a wall that has a toilet on the other side.

If possible, don’t place your bed under any low beams, soffits, and sloped ceilings.

Get a Headboard

How to set up a smart bedroom

A headboard represents stability and support in your life, and especially your romantic relationships. The best headboards are solid, without any perforations. A headboard of bars? You, or your partner, may feel like you’re a prisoner with this setup.

Be sure to fasten your headboard securely to the bed so you can feel the most support and strength.

Declutter Underneath Your Bed

How to set up a smart bedroom

Take a good look at what you have stored under your bed. The items under our beds affect you while you’re asleep in a passive “yin” state. Whatever you have under there may also represent or create subconscious blocks in your life.

Letters from ex-partners may keep you stuck in your current relationship status. Shoes can keep you feeling like you’re moving rather than resting. Luggage might keep you on the go and never feeling quite at home.

It’s time to clear out the space under your bed. If possible, it’s recommended to have no storage at all under the bed. Then, the qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping. If you must utilize it for some kind of storage, stick to soft, sleep-related items like linens, blankets, and pillows.

Reduce EMFs in the Bedroom

How to set up a smart bedroom

EMFs are electric and magnetic fields created by electronic devices and power lines (among other things). They can be harmful and affect our well-being, including influencing our quality of sleep.

On a practical level, we all know that the presence of devices in our bedrooms disrupts our sleep and circadian rhythms. If you have trouble getting a good night’s rest, try your best to keep electronics out of the bedroom. Buying an alarm clock and reading only books are two ways to keep you entertained and on top of your schedule without needing a phone or other electronics.

How to set up a smart bedroom

When it comes to smart home technology, TVs are no exception. With the wide range and variety of affordable models available, I wanted to find out if smart TVs could work without an internet connection.

A smart TV can be used without an internet connection; however, without the internet, you lose access to all the device’s advanced smart features, like connecting to your favorite streaming apps.

In other words, smart TVs will function like a standard TV when it is not connected to the internet. In this article, we’ll cover which features smart TVs can access with and without an internet connection and how to troubleshoot connectivity issues with your device.

How Does a Smart TV Connect to the Internet?

How to set up a smart bedroom

It’s worth discussing how smart TVs connect to the internet to better understand what features require that functionality. Let’s start with what you’ll need to get connected:

  • A smart TV with built-in internet functionality (most connections use 802.11ac for Wi-Fi)
  • An internet connection (Ethernet or Wireless)

Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues

So you’ve decided to purchase a smart TV, but you’re experiencing some connection issues. Let’s take a look at some common troubleshooting steps you can take:

  • Weak Connection: If you’re having intermittent connection issues, try updating your TV’s firmware. Ensure there are no other devices nearby interfering with your connection (microwaves, phones, monitors, etc.)
  • No Connection: If your TV has the appropriate port, try hardwiring your connection via an Ethernet cable to isolate the issue. When in doubt, try resetting your internet router.

Smart TV Features that Require Internet

Though smart TVs can be used extensively without an internet connection, some features require you to be connected:

  • Streaming Services: If you’re looking to use popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, etc., you’ll need to be connected to the internet.
  • Downloading Apps: An internet connection is required for downloading and updating apps on your smart TV.
  • Firmware Updates: To keep your TV up-to-date with the latest firmware, an internet connection is required.
  • Voice Features: If your smart TV is compatible with Alexa, for example, you will not be able to use the voice assistant feature unless your device is connected to the internet.

Smart TV Features that Don’t Require Internet

The following smart TV features do not require an internet connection:

  • Streaming Local Media: You can share photos and videos using a USB stick (assuming your TV allows USB connections) without an internet connection.
  • Watching Media: Without an internet connection, you can still watch media on your TV like Blu-ray, DVDs, etc.
  • Connect Devices: As long as you have the appropriate connections, you can hook up various devices such as DVD players, Blu-ray players, Satellite TV, etc.

Even though some features require an internet connection to work properly, you can still use the TV for many of your multimedia needs.

How to Watch TV without Internet

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If you can’t get your smart TV to connect to your home’s internet or don’t have the ability to connect the device to your network, don’t worry; you can still manage to watch your favorite shows in a variety of ways.

Stream with the Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV

HDMI streaming products, such as the Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, are designed to plug-in to your smart TV and directly connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. From there, you can use these devices to access platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and more.

Setting Up Amazon Fire Stick

  1. Connect the Fire Stick to your TV using the HDMI cable that came with the device. Make sure it is also plugged into a socket with its power adapter.
  2. Turn on your TV and select the appropriate HDMI input.
  3. Ensure your Fire remote is paired with your TV; if not, press its Home button until a prompt appears on the screen (usually shows in 10 seconds).
  4. Continue following the instructions on-screen to connect the device to your home’s Wi-Fi network.
  5. Sign in to your Amazon account.

Setting Up Apple TV

To connect your Apple TV streaming device to your TV:

  1. Connect your Apple TV to the TV using an HDMI cable, and plug the device into the nearest power outlet.
  2. Turn on your TV and select the appropriate HDMI input for the device.
  3. There will be a series of on-screen instructions you will need to follow to configure the device’s internet connection and other settings.
  4. Sign in to your Apple account.

Stream from Mobile Devices

The Google Chromecast is a unique device that you can use to stream content directly from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your TV. Simply plug it into your TV, download the Google Home app on your mobile device, and follow the instructions there to set up your device. After setting up, you can use your mobile device to cast videos, movies, pictures, and more (Source: Google Support).

If you own an Apple device, you may be able to use your phone’s Airplay feature to connect to your smart TV. However, this feature will only be available with AirPlay2-compatible smart TVs or Apple TVs.

In Summary

Smart TVs offer a high-quality viewing experience that can be appreciated regardless of whether you have an internet connection. If you’re looking for a smart TV to integrate into your existing ecosystem, or if you want to stream popular media, you’ll want to make sure you have an internet connection up and ready to go.

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Bright Patterned Bedroom With Zebra Rug and Colorful Coverlet

This bedroom is decorated in a variety of patterns that creates a busy yet restful feeling.

Maximize the View: Floor-to-ceiling windows in this urban bedroom offer a breathtaking view of the city and are the room’s best asset. Rather than arranging the furnishings to compete with the windows, designer Shelly Reihl David planned the layout around them.

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Simple Uncluttered Bedroom

Designer Ammie Kim creates restful bedrooms by limiting furnishings, accessories and patterns. She recommends maximizing a room’s visual space by minimizing details. Ammie’s Tip: Don’t fill the room with unnecessary items or let it become overly decorated with fussy window treatments or a plethora of busy patterns as seen on HGTV.com.

Keep It Simple: Designer Ammie Kim creates restful bedrooms by limiting furnishings, accessories and patterns. She recommends maximizing a room’s visual space by minimizing details. Ammie’s Tip: Don’t fill the room with unnecessary items or let it become overly decorated with fussy window treatments or a plethora of busy patterns.

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Mirrored Closet Doors

Mirrored closet doors reflect off the natural light from the windows, making this bedroom feel even bigger and brighter.

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Downplay Odd Angles

With unusually angled walls, this bedroom made space planning difficult. Rather than have a custom rug created to fit the space, which would also emphasize the room’s angle, designer Ammie Kim opted to showcase the hardwood floors. Ammie’s Tip: Sometimes it’s good not to have a rug under the bed: it creates spaciousness as seen at HGTV.com.

Think Outside the Box: With unusually angled walls, this bedroom made space planning difficult. Rather than have a custom rug created to fit the space, which would also emphasize the room’s angle, designer Ammie Kim opted to showcase the hardwood floors. Ammie’s Tip: Sometimes it’s good not to have a rug under the bed: it creates spaciousness.

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Chic Suite-Like Bedroom & Sitting Room

A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo’s Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.

Divide and Conquer: A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo’s Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.