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How to Make a Bed: In Six Simple Steps

Are you someone who makes their bed every day? I feel like making my bed is my first achievement for the day, other than making a cup of coffee. Today we’re going to master the fine art of bed-making. Yes, you read it right! You’re about to learn how to make your bed perfectly and efficiently in just a few simple steps. So grab your pillows, fluff your duvet, and let’s get started!

Start With a Clean Slate

First things first, clear your bed. Remove all pillows, stuffed animals, throws, and most importantly, your duvet. Strip the bed down to its fitted sheet. If it’s laundry day, take a moment to freshen up your mattress by sprinkling some baking soda, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuuming it up. My Bissell Little Green Upholstery Cleaner is perfect for cleaning the mattress. It’s a simple trick that deodorizes your mattress – a good practice for an overall fresher bed.

Lay the GroundWork

After you’ve cleared the stage, it’s time to lay down your flat sheet. Make sure the top end with the broad hem is at the head of the bed, and the sheet is perfectly centered with equal overhang on both sides. If you prefer a hotel-style bed, you can also use a second fitted sheet instead of a flat sheet.

Master the Hospital Corner

The secret to a neat and tidy bed lies in the ‘hospital corner’, a technique borrowed from nurses and hotel maids. To do this, tuck the end of the sheet under the mattress. Then, lift and tuck the side of the sheet at a 45-degree angle, creating a clean fold. Repeat on the other side. Trust me, this step will take your bed-making skills to the next level!

Bring in the Duvet or Comforter

Next, lay your duvet or comforter evenly on the bed, ensuring it hangs equally on all sides. If you’re using a duvet cover, make sure it’s neatly buttoned or zipped up. For an extra fluffy duvet, give it a good shake before placing it down.

The Art of Pillow Placement

Pillow placement is where you can really let your personal style shine. Start with your sleeping pillows – the ones you actually use for sleeping. Stack them or lean them against the headboard. Next, add any Euro-size pillows you have, followed by your decorative throw pillows. Try to balance the sizes, colors, and patterns to create visual interest.

Add a Finishing Touch

For a final flourish, consider adding a throw blanket. Fold it in thirds or casually drape it across the foot of the bed. This small addition can give your bed a cozy, inviting feel.

In just a few simple steps, you’ve created a perfectly made bed that’s not only comfortable to slip into after a long day but also a visual treat to anyone who enters your room.

But remember, it’s not just about following these steps. Making your bed is an act of self-care, a small routine that signals the start of a new day. So feel free to adapt these steps to suit your personal style and comfort. Maybe you love the crispness of hospital corners, or perhaps you prefer a more relaxed, ”lived-in” look – it’s entirely up to you!

In the end, there’s something wonderfully soothing about the act of making your bed each morning. It’s a small ritual that brings order and peace, and it sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. I hope you find these steps helpful and easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

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