HOW TO MAKE A BED
Who hasn’t admired those perfect homes shown on the full page spreads of decorating magazines or on the popular interior decorating websites? Accessorized to perfection, not a bit of mess in sight, and if the room in question is a bedroom – sporting a bed that looks straight out of a professional decorators dream. Made neatly enough to win a drill sergeants approval, topped with perfectly positioned shams and throw pillows, and finished with a contrasting throw blanket folded just – so at the foot of the bed – these beds too good to mess up when it’s time to go sleep!
The materials needed are not crazy. You just need a bed frame, a mattress, pillows, and a set of sheets. Our set of sheets includes a mattress pad, a fitted sheet, a duvet, and pillow cases, but you can get fancy and add other blankets if you wish. Making your bed may sound like a simple task, but doing it neatly and correctly actually involves a little know-how. So start with the steps below to learn how to make a bed perfectly.
Step 1: Clear the Bed
For a properly made bed it is best to start from scratch. This means clearing off any sheets and pillow you have on your bed.
Step 2: Add the Mattress Pad
While a mattress pad is not necessary, it adds another comfortable layer between you and the mattress, which is great if your mattress is uncomfortable. This step is very easy, as most mattress pads have little elastic bands on the corners. Just line up the corners of the mattress and the pad and put it on. Since this is the bottom most layer, make sure to stretch out the pad completely so there are no wrinkles.
Step 3: Add the Fitted Sheet
The fitted sheet is named this because its sides are completely elastic, which will make for a tighter fit around the bed. Like a normal sheet, one side of this sheet should be longer than the other. However, since the entire side of the sheet is elastic, the corners are less defined and the sheet can look more circular than rectangular. Make sure to orient the sheet the correct way. Same as with the mattress pad, make sure to put the sheet on tightly to avoid any wrinkles. The easiest way to do this is lift the mattress slightly as you go, to tuck the sheet in as well as possible.
Step 4: Add the Top Sheet
First, find the side of the sheet that is hemmed. That is the side that will be lined up with the head of the mattress. From there, spread the sheet out so there is an even amount of sheer hanging off each side of the bed. The leftover sheet hanging off of the bed should be tucked into the bottom of the mattress.
Step 5: Hospital Corners
This is the most important step to making the bed. This will keep the sheets in line and far less likely to come apart during the night, as well as making the bed look neat.
Step 6: Add the Duvet
The duvet will be placed on top in a similar manner to the top sheet. Make sure it is spread evenly over the bed, with the same amount hanging off both sides of the bed. Line up the duvet a little below the top sheet. Since the duvet is very important for appearance, make sure it is spread out nicely and wrinkle free.
Step 7: Fold down the Sheets
The reason we lined up the duvet below the top sheet is so the extra length of sheet can be folded over the duvet. There is no functional advantage to this, but it will look nice and presentable. If you want your bed made as tight as possible, tuck the remaining sheets and duvet if you wish hanging off the side of the bed under the mattress.
Step 8: Pillows
Pillows are mostly decorative, so feel free to use any kind of decorative pillows you please. Most people like their pillows flat as a pancake, but others like fluffy and voluminous pillows. If that’s the case, make sure to fluff them up before you put them on the bed.
Those are our tips for making the bed. We hope they helped!
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