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If you are one of those people who can barely open their eyes in the morning, never mind pull up their bed to make it, you may be wondering why some people bother dealing with all those extra things like bed skirts, decorative pillows, bolster pillows, and shams. But really, you know exactly why people bother with these things: they look amazing, and make your bed look more inviting at night. A well-maintained bedroom, especially when it comes to the actual bed, can make for a much better night’s sleep than a sloppily put together bed with minimum dressing. We have all seen those interior design shows or websites, where the bed is perfectly made, bed sheets tight enough to please even the strictest drill sergeant, and all topped with amazingly comfortable throws and shams. How much more inviting doesthat look compared to your own bed?

While making your bed picture perfect may be a bit out of reach, either budget or time wise, it is possible to make it close. The good news is that once you get into the routine of making your bed every day, it really becomes a quick, effortless process. If you have pets, you will be pleased with the way that making your bed keeps their hair off your sheets, and even if you do not have pets, you will be pleased to come home every night to a comfortable, sleep inviting room.

To Skirt or Not to Skirt?

If your bed’s foundation does not have an unattractive or exposed metal frame, you do not necessarily need a bed skirt. People who have decorative fabric or wooden frames may also opt to allow their foundation show. The benefit of a bed skirt, aside from hiding a metal frame and casters, is that it can hide the under-bed area. This allows you to use the area under your bed for storage, whether for various bulky items, clothing for other seasons, sporting goods, or anything else that you have nowhere else to store.

Padding

A mattress topper can add a significant amount of comfort to any mattress. Many people with high quality mattresses chose to skip the padding, but even high-quality mattresses can be made better with a mattress pad.

Sheets

Make sure to pick out sheets that are comfortable and smooth. While some people insist on ironing their sheets, you may instead opt to just make your bed the instant the sheets come out of the dryer (bonus points if this is right before bedtime for the added warmth).

To put your sheets on properly, do the following:

  1. Pull one corner of your fitted sheet over one of the upper corners of your mattress. Smooth the sheet out and repeat on the other upper corner. Do the same at the foot of the bed, making sure to smooth it out completely and cover the entire mattress.
  2. Lay the flat sheet over the mattress and spread it out. Make sure that the upper hem of the sheet extends to the very top of your mattress. Center the sheet and smooth out any creases.
  3. Start tucking the flat sheet into the bottom of the mattress. From the side of the mattress, grab the corner that is hanging and fold it up. Tuck in the rest of the flat sheet on that side, making sure that the corner you folded up remains taught. This should create a neat looking crease on the corner. This is known as a “hospital” corner. It helps keep the flat sheet from coming out of the bottom of the mattress. Leave about a foot of the flat sheet untucked starting from the head of the bed.

Blankets

The blanket that you use for additional warmth should go on the bed next. Lay it over your sheets so that the top hem lands about as far away from the top of your mattress as a pillow would. Spread the blanket and tuck it in the same way that you tucked in the flat sheet.

Topper

A bedspread, quilt, duvet, or comforter is really the only part of your bed that needs to match the rest of your decor (aside from your pillowcases and throw pillows.) Lay your topper over your blanket and adjust it, keeping it about a pillow’s width from the head of the bed. The flat sheet can now be folded down over the topper and tucked in at the sides.

Pillows

First, place the pillows that you use for sleeping against your headboard. If you have European shams, put these on next. Regular shams go in front of the European shams, and then finish off with up to three throw pillows.

Now take a step back, admire your work, and congratulate yourself for a job well done!