Everyone knows how to make a bed. Your parents probably drummed it into you a thousand times when you were younger that making your bed should be part of your daily morning ritual. But are you doing it properly?
When you’re little, you might get into the habit of taking short cuts when it comes to making your bed. But a little attention to detail goes a long way, and with a couple extra steps you can really feel like you’re sleeping in a luxury hotel room.
What You’ll Need:
- Bed and mattress (obviously)
- Bed skirt or box-spring/divan cover (optional)
- Wool rest, mattress pad or mattress cover (to your preference or availability)
- Bed sheet
- Flat top sheet
- Duvet, quilt, comforter or blanket (depending on season or preference)
- Bed throw or quilt
- Pillows (2 or 4 – Maybe more if you have a large bed)
- Throw cushions or accent pillows
1) Clear your bed so your mattress is tidy and there is nothing on the bed.
It might sound obvious, but any crumbs that may have somehow made it in between the sheets and your mattress can cause little prickles of discomfort – think The Princess and the Pea! Remove all pillows and bed linen from the mattress so that there is nothing at all on the bed.
2) Fit your bed skirt or divan/box-spring cover.
Particularly if you have an unsightly bed frame, divan base or box-spring (but completely unnecessary if one would obviously not fit your style of bed frame to begin with – use common sense for this one), you may want to use a bed skirt or a divan cover. Not only does a bed skirt make the bed look more welcoming and attractive, and can be changed to suit the rest of your choice in bedding design, but it will also help to prevent dust from being kicked under the bed. It’s also a good solution for if you like to use the space underneath your bed for storage but don’t necessarily want this storage compartment to be on show. Divan bases are notoriously dull to look at, so even a simple divan cover or bed skirt can help to hide any dull or mattress-like divan bases.
3) Fit your wool rest or mattress pad to the mattress.
Many wool rests or mattress pads feature elasticated corners that you can fit to the corners of the mattress to keep it in place. The extra layer on top of your mattress will not only protect your mattress but also provide a little extra cushioning on top of your mattress.
4) Lay down your bed sheet and tuck the corners.
Whether you’re using a fitted bed sheet or regular bed sheet, lay it down flat to ensure an even surface more tight than it is saggy. No creases, no wrinkles.
5) Lay down your top sheet and fold the edges beneath the mattress.
This is the flat sheet that sits in between you and your duvet or blanket while you’re sleeping. If your top sheet is patterned, you will want the patterned side of the sheet facing down so it will be visible once folded in the next step. Make sure that all sides of the top sheet hang equally off the sides of the bed. Then you can make “hospital corners” at the bottom end of your bed by folding the bottom excess of the sheet first and using the draped corner to neatly tuck under the side excess of the sheets beneath the mattress.
6) Spread the duvet or blanket over your bed.
When spreading the duvet or blanket, make sure that the overhang on both sides is even. If you are using a thick duvet, you may want it resting lower on the bed as it doesn’t need to be folded over. However, if you are using a blanket or a very thin duvet, you could bring it up to a similar level as your top sheet depending on preference.
7) Fold back your duvet and top sheet.
Now you will want to fold back the top sheet over the edge of the duvet, or along with the blanket so that both are folded back.
8) Fluff your pillows and arrange them at the top of the bed.
Everybody’s favourite part of making the bed… Time to fluff your pillows! Once sufficiently fluffed and thrown into place, smooth down the top of the pillow cases lightly. If you use quite thin pillows, you can double up and have four pillows at the top of your bed between the duvet/sheet and your headboard – just put a top pair on top of the bottom pair. You could even have both different (but matching!) cases for each pair of pillows.
9) Fold your bed throw or quilt and drape at the end of your bed.
At the end of your bed, you can fold a bed throw or a quilt and drape it so it hangs evenly off either side of your bed. If you were to lay on top of your made bed, the throw should be enough that it could cover your feet and then some.
10) Add any throw cushions, accent pillows or stuffed toys.
Now’s your chance to really finish it off and make your bed your own. You can arrange a couple of extra throw pillows or stuffed toys to make the bed look more personal or just more inviting. Finally, smooth down your finished bed one last time and look upon your master piece with a sense of complete and utter satisfaction.
Always iron your sheets!
You won’t believe the difference crisply ironed sheets make.