Before a hot date, you (hopefully) shower, put on clean underwear, dress up nicely and generally get gussied up. If there’s any chance you’ll end up back at your place, then your bedroom deserves the same sort of attention. Here are six steps to turning your bedroom into a genuine love nest.

1 Invest in sheets with a decent thread count — there’s nothing sexy about your bare skin against the equivalent of burlap. And please wash them regularly.

2 Make sure your bed gives you both proper support. If you’ve got a bad back, you’re not going to feel like pelvic thrusting.

3 Get rid of the bright overheads and decorate with some soft, flattering, low lights in various corners — even better if you put them all on dimmers.

4 Don’t put one side of your bed against a wall — that’s for kiddies and college students.

5 Remove any of the following: photos of family, work-related materials, towering piles of stinky laundry, self-help books (like “Straight Talk About Surgical Penis Enlargement” or “If Men Are Like Buses, Then How Do I Catch One”), stuffed animals.

6 Have live plants or flowers in your room instead of fake ones — but only if you’ve got a green thumb. Having a rotting plant in your love haven defeats the purpose.

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