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Your bedroom should be a retreat—a calming place to rest your head after a long day. Since we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, devoting time to enhancing your resting place will be rewarding in the end. There is nothing more luxurious than a cushy bed piled high with soft blankets and pillows. A perfectly made bed is easy to achieve; lucky for you our editors breakdown how to make a bed into six steps and share expert tips to making a five-star-hotel-worthy bed.

1. Base Layers

Before you begin to make the bed, determine whether you would like to include these two optional items: a mattress pad and a dust ruffle. A dust ruffle goes over the box spring, hiding the box spring and anything underneath the bed. If you prefer a sleeker, modern style, you may not want a dust ruffle. A mattress pad is a protective covering that can, but does not always, include a little bit of additional padding. You will want to put these items in place before you move on to sheets and bedding.
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2. Bottom Sheet

Most people use fitted sheets on their beds. Slip the corners of the sheet over your mattress and you are ready to move on to the next step. 

If you want to use a flat sheet instead of a fitted sheet for the bottom, tuck in the sheet at the top and bottom of the mattress and fold the corners following our How to Make Hospital Corners instructions below.

3. Top Sheet

How far you pull up the top sheet is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to pull it all the way up to the top of the mattress and tuck in their pillows. Others choose to pull it far enough up that they can fold it over the duvet, quilt, blanket, or comforter for a stylish contrast. To secure the top sheet, follow the instructions for neatly tucked corners, called hospital corners, below. Leave the sides untucked if you would like, so it is easier to get into bed at night.

How to Make Hospital Corners

Step 1: Lay the top sheet flat, ensuring it hangs evenly on both sides of the bed.

Step 2: Tuck in the sheet along the foot of the bed. Excess fabric should be hanging down on either side of the bed.
Step 3: At one corner, grab the fabric that is hanging down along the side, lift straight up, and place it on top of the mattress. The sheet should be smooth around the corner of the mattress. Tuck in any part of the sheet hanging below the mattress.
Step 4: Fold the fabric laying on top of the mattress down over the side. The sheet corner should form a 45-degree angle with the mattress corner.
Step 5: Tuck in any part of the sheet that hangs below the mattress.
Step 6: Repeat on the other corner.

For a picture-perfect bed, a little bit of the top sheet should peek out under the pillows. When using patterned or embroidered sheets, lay the top sheet on the bed patterned side down. This way, when you fold it over, the pattern or embroidery will be right-side up and visible on your made bed.


4. Blanket

Some like to use a blanket in-between the top sheet and top bedding layer (duvet, quilt, comforter). To keep things neat, follow the hospital corners instructions above and leave the sides of the blanket untucked for easy bed access. 

A blanket in a contrasting color or pattern can add visual interest to the bed. Adding multiple layers to a bed not only allows for temperature flexibility, it also helps complete the comfy feel.

5. Top Layer

You can follow these instructions whether you are using a duvet, comforter, or quilt as your top layer. If your top layer has a contrasting pattern on the reverse side, fold it over to show it off. Otherwise, pull the top quarter of your sheet and/or blanket over the top layer for an eye-catching detail.


6. Pillows

Use both bed and decorative pillows to achieve a beautifully made bed.

To insert pillows into their cases, fluff the feathers by "chopping" the pillow down the middle with your arm. Then fold it in half lengthwise to make it easier to insert into the pillow case. From the outside of the pillow case, pinch a corner of the pillow and pull the case down. 

Place the pillows you sleep on and standard-sized shams closest to the headboard. Then layer in large square pillows, also known as Euro shams, and three to five smaller decorative pillows. It is best to leave a little space between the pillows and the folded down top layer, so the bed does not look crowded and stuffy

Now that you have learned how to make a bed, put this new knowledge to use in your home!

If you have a lot of pillows, place an empty basket bedside to toss pillows in it at night so you can get into bed. You can also roll up an extra blanket in the basket so it is easy to grab on chilly nights.

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