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's nothing more luxurious than a cushy bed piled high with cozy blankets and pillows. A perfectly made bed is easy to achieve. We share the simple steps to making a five-star-hotel-perfect bed.
1. Bottom Sheet
Most people use fitted sheets on their beds. Slip the corners of the sheet of your mattress and you're ready to move 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 and fold in the corners on the sides following the "hospital corners" instructions below.
2. 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 otherwise called "hospital corners" below. Leave the sides untucked so it's easier to get into bed at night.
To create clean hospital corners, grab the overhang and lift it vertically over the bed to form a triangle while smoothing the sheet down onto the side of the mattress with your other hand. Fold the creased side of the sheet down over the side of the mattress and tuck it under the mattress.
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 cozy feel.
4. Top Layer
You can follow these instructions whether you're using a duvet, comforter, or quilt as your top layer. If your top layer has a contrasting pattern on the reverse pull it down to show it off. Otherwise, pull the top quarter of your sheet and/or blanket over the top layer for an eye-catching detail.
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 decorative pillows. It's best to leave a little space between the pillows and the folded down top layer.
If you've got 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's easy to grab on chilly nights.