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11 Home Upgrades You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Right Now

It’s all too easy to get used to our surroundings.

Whether it be the faded sofa you’ve had for years, the wardrobe you’ve repaired more times than you can remember or the dust-filled books you have on your bookshelf, sometimes all it takes is a fresh pair of eyes to identify what needs upgrading.

Well, we’re here today to provide that metaphorical fresh pair of eyes for you, helping you to pinpoint the areas of your home you either hadn’t thought about upgrading or weren’t aware of how great they could become with a little investment.

From the hallway to the bedroom to the kitchen, let us guide you through some of the best ways to bring your home into the 21st century, making the most of the technology of our time.

The Bedroom

Right, let’s start with the room in your home where you need to feel most relaxed: the bedroom.

Rather than putting up with shoddy curtains that let the light through, or an outdated TV set up with an indoor aerial that doesn’t work, have a think about the areas around your bedroom in need of improvement. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Mattresses should be replaced every six to eight years or else they become a health risk. So, if you’ve not invested in a new one for quite a while, it might be time to bite the bullet in order to keep you and your family healthy.

Streaming Sticks.

If you have a TV in your bedroom, you can quickly give it smart TV capabilities using a streaming stick. This, in turn, will give you access to a range of streaming channels like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and many more.

Sleep Sensor Tracking Pad. 

If you’ve ever wondered about how well you sleep, thanks to sleep sensor tracking pads, you can now monitor exactly that. What’s more, you can even sense your heart rate, breathing and snoring as well all on one handy app.

Automated Blackout Curtains.

Is there anything worse than the light waking you up at an ungodly hour in the morning? Well, thanks to automated blackout curtains, you can now not only keep the light out but also control them using either your smartphone or voice.

The Living Room

Moving into the area of your home where you’re likely to spend most of your downtime, your living room should be an area where you can kick back, relax and – fundamentally – enjoy living in.

Therefore, if your front room has become a little run down or tired, why not think about investing in some of the items below to give it a new lease of life?


The focal point of your living room should always be your sofa – the place where you can put up your feet and relax with your dinner, a book or in front of the TV. Therefore, you need to make sure it’s comfy, not too big and somewhere you actually enjoy sitting.


To revolutionise your home, upgrading your TV setup could make a huge difference. Thanks to the rise of technology over the years, TVs have come on leaps and bounds in terms of their specs and can now even reach screen resolutions of up to 8K.


Generally speaking, your TV’s speakers aren’t particularly great so, by investing in a decent quality soundbar, this could not only make the TV shows and movies you listen to sound a lot better, but it’ll also give you an extra speaker for any parties you host.


If upgrading your TV setup sounds a little expensive, why not think about giving your living room a fresh lick of paint instead? By choosing a white or light-coloured pastille colour, this could help make your room look a lot bigger and feel a lot more enticing.

The Hallway

We end with the first room you are likely to come across as you enter into your home: the hallway.

While you may think of your hallways as simply a place to dump your shoes, umbrellas, coats and various other bits and bobs, it can actually offer so much more. Here are a few ideas to think about:

Smart Thermostat. 

If you’re looking to cut down on your home’s energy bills, investing in a smart thermostat could help you do exactly that. Enabling you to control your heating schedule from your phone, smart thermostats only need an internet connection to be used from wherever you find yourself in the world

Smart Hub. 

If you’ve heard of Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, chances are you know what a smart hub is. These AI-based units allow you to control your home’s various smart functioning gizmos and gadgets (lights, thermostat, TV, etc.) from one central unit and ask any questions you need a quick answer to.

Smart Lighting. 

Rather than just your hallway, fitting your entire home with smart lighting could both help you cut down on your home’s energy consumption while also enabling you to control your lights using either your voice or smartphone.

Final Thoughts…

It doesn’t take much to give your home a quick lift. In fact, with just a little time, effort and careful thought, you can transform it into an entirely fresh place to live.

Start by going around your home and identifying the areas in need of improvement. Then, instead of upgrading everything at once, take it one step at a time and think sensibly about what would make your living experience better.

That way, you’ll not only create a beautiful home for you to love and enjoy yourself but one that will be the envy of all your friends as well. Talk about a win-win.

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