How to make a bed like a magazine. Different tips & tricks to help you create a comfortable bed.
It’s a new year, and the best time for a bedding refresh! Truth be told, I am not one for making the bed every morning. Still, I recognize the impact that a made bed has on how a room looks and feels, plus it does set the tone for the day.
So today, I am going to show you how to get a beautiful bed even if you aren’t the world’s best bed maker (like me!).
Being a home blogger means that I often have to showcase the best of my house, including tidy beds, organized bathrooms, and counter tops free of clutter (ha!). I remember the first time I needed to photograph our bed and I became so frustrated. I have learned many tricks since then, so I put together this step-by-step guide with simple tips and tricks to making a beautiful bed without going to extremes.
- Mattress pad (optional)
- Pillow protectors (optional)
- Bed Skirt (optional) – I have a platform bed with drawers on the sides
- Sheet and pillowcase set – Bottom sheet, top sheet, and pillowcases
- Comforter or duvet and easy care duvet cover
- Quilt – we use one similar to this one.
- Pillows and throw blanket (optional) – Sources at the bottom of this post.
Although a mattress pad and pillow protectors are optional, I highly advocate for them! You invested a good chunk of money in a mattress and that perfect pillow, protect them. They will last longer and enhance cleanliness.
What to Look For when purchasing sheets?
Apart from your sleeping pillow, sheets are the most important purchase for your bed as they provide comfort, and the primary point that comes into contact with your skin. You’ll hopefully spend 8 hours a day lying on them, so you want them to feel good!
- Thread count is the most prominent differentiation of sheets. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the fabric feels.
- However, a higher thread count does not automatically mean higher quality sheets, higher thread count sheets can mean thinner threads that do not wear as well.
- Cotton is the most popular material for sheets and combed cotton is the best for filtering out impurities and ensuring long lasting strength. But get what you like best!
- Long-staple cotton sheets are less likely to pile over time and multiple washings.
For those on a tighter budget, I’ve tried and recommend these sheets because they fit all the criteria and they are very high quality for the price. They are 100% combed long-staple cotton! They are crisp, yet soft, thick, and breathable with an attention to detail that makes them superior in look and feel to many other sheets sets found for similar price – or more expensive.
How To Make The Perfect Bed
So starting with a bare mattress and working our way up to that final decorative pillow and throw, here we go:
Step 1: Sheets
Pull the sheets to the top of the bed and smooth out all over. Tuck in the bottom. I use these 100% combed cotton sheets.
*Lazy Girl Tip: Try and pull it out of the dryer before it has had a chance to sit all night getting lumpy and wrinkled. If your sheets are heavily wrinkled out of the dryer, you may be stuffing too much in.
Extra Credit: Spray a wrinkle release on the top decorative edge. This Crease Release is eco-friendly and works great.
Step 2: Duvet and Cover
Smooth out a duvet and washable cover (or a comforter instead) across the top of the bed, all the way to the top. The bottom of the comforter should cover the foot of the mattress completely.
Smooth out a quilt or coverlet over the top. This covers any wrinkles!!!
If your quilt doesn’t reach all the way to the top, prioritize covering the foot of the mattress. Next, Fold down the quilt and duvet about ⅓-1/2 down the length of the bed
Extra credit: I like to pull the top sheet down as well – Pull down the comforter, top sheet, and quilt down ⅓ of the bed. This only works if the top isn’t too wrinkled.
Below is a graphic of one way to design pillows for different size beds.
I don’t like a ton of useless pillows so I buy nicer shams for my sleeping pillows and place them in front of the euro pillows. If your pillows don’t stand up well, you can tuck them behind the Euro pillows, and place nicer ones in front of the Euro pillows.
Lazy girl’s tip: Buy pillow covers that won’t wrinkle or have some sort of rouging that makes wrinkling look purposeful. Also, use fabrics that don’t attract dirt or hair like these velvet pillow covers I bought (a steal at less than $15).
More Ways To Create a Luxurious Space:
Extra credit: I would never expect anyone to do this in real life, but bloggers and magazines love to add a casual welcoming touch like a tossed throw blanket or a small basket. It’s also great as way to welcome guests with essentials they may have forgotten.
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Now you just need to slip into your favorite pajamas and get into your designer bed with a good book or movie. Warning: once you’ve created the perfect bed, you might become more likely to make your bed!