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 partnering with California Design Den 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.
What You Need
- 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.
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! Although everyone has different tastes, there are a few considerations when buying the perfect set of sheets.
What to Look For when purchasing sheets?
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. There are additional factors to consider, and 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. I also look for long-staple cotton as these are less likely to pile over time and multiple washings.
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:
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: Iron the top 1/3 of the top sheet, or at least the top decorative edge. If your sheets are too long on either side, create a pleat in the middle all the way to the top of the sheet, or tuck in the sides.
Smooth out a duvet across the top of the bed, all the way to the top. We currently have our winter comforter so it is extra lofty and full for our cold mountain nights.
Extra Credit: Pull the duvet down just a few inches from the top of the sheets. Add an easily washable duvet cover. The bottom of the duvet should either tuck in to the foot-board or cover just the bottom of the mattress on a platform bed.
Smooth out a quilt or coverlet over the top. This covers all the wrinkles!!! If your cover is smaller than your duvet, prioritize the side of the bed facing the door. If your cover doesn’t reach all the way to the top, prioritize covering the foot of the mattress.
Lazy girl’s guide: Fold back the quilt about 1/3 down the length of the bed. If you have a thin duvet, fold it as well. If it is thick and plush, leave the duvet up. Double over the quilt section back onto itself to make the bedding look more plush.
Extra credit: You actually ironed! Pull down the duvet, top sheet, and quilt down 1/3 of the bed.
Put 3 Euro shams across the headboard (2 if you have a queen size or full size bed).
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 tips: Buy pillow covers that won’t wrinkle or have some sort of rouging that makes wrinkling look fabulous. My Euro pillows are rouged and my sleeping pillow shams (the grey ones) have a quilted pattern to them. Also, use fabrics that don’t attract dirt or hair like these velvet pillow covers I bought (a steal at less than $15).
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.
Now, you know 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!
Sources (similar items where exact could not be found):
*I was provided sheets by California Design Den for the purpose of this post. I only recommend products that I personally use and love. All opinions are my own.