Let’s admit it right now; the bed carries and ties together the entire bedroom. So, even if sometimes it feels like the biggest of chores, you know it will be all worth it the moment you’re done making it. As it turns out, mom was actually right the million times she sent us back to our rooms to do it!
For some, making the bed means pulling the sheets and covers and calling it a day, but if you want to have a bed worthy of being the centerfold of an interior decoration magazine, then pay close attention to these great tips below. If you want to know more about how to keep your house clean and organized, trust the experts!
Get a mattress pad
Mattress pads add a layer of extra comfort to your bed while also protecting it from dust, spills, and crumbs (if you’re a breakfast-in-bed person). To prevent it from bunching up, clear the bed completely each morning when making the bed and stretch it out, or simply hold it in place with safety pins on the corners of the bed.
It will also, of course, make it look so much snuggle when it’s made. Appearance matters!
Use the right fitted sheets
If the elastic corners of your sheets keep getting loose, then they’re probably too shallow or too tight for the mattress. If they look overly stretched whenever you fit them, then it’s probably time to change them.
When you get the right ones for your bed, pull the elastic and tuck them neatly around the corners, then make sure your entire sheet is flat on the top, so that you won’t have to undo the whole thing if it bunches up.
Master the “hospital corner”
While on the matter of sheets, it’s time for you to dominate the hospital corner way of tucking. It’s a way of fitting your sheets that will ensure a smooth and tight surface that won’t give so easily.
First of all, you have to lift the mattress for this to work and keep checking that the sheet stays wrinkle-free throughout. You’ll need to take one of the lower sides of the sheet and fold it so that it forms a 45-degree angle in the corner; tuck in the sagging part, then fold in and tuck the folded edge below it. Repeat on the other side of the bed, and tuck in the lower part of the bed, and there you go. Neat and tight!
A step-by-step approach
If you create a little routine for making the bed, you’ll do it faster and better each time, and won’t get distracted in the middle of it. Here’s an easy step-by-step approach:
1. Clear the bed: This means clearing the entire bed, mind you. Take the blankets, top sheet and all the pillow off the top, so you can start working on stretching and refitting the fitted sheet. It’s not recommended that you put them on the floor, but have you ever wonder why we should clean the house daily? That’s a good reason right there!
2. Hospital-tuck your top sheet: By following the procedure we describe above, tuck in your top sheet while making sure there are no wrinkles or that no part of the sheet is sagging on the side. However, if you prefer your bed untucked like a certain bespectacled New Yorker, don’t worry! Simply fold the bottom of the sheet very loosely under the mattress and let the sides sag.
3. Place your comforter/duvet on top: Now that your sheets are set in place and free of bunching and wrinkling, it’s time you spread the duvet or comforter over the top. Leave a space of about 6 inches between the top of the bed and the top of the cover.
4. Fold the top sheet and cover: Taking the top edge of the sheet, neatly fold it back over the top of the cover, so that you can see the inside pattern. Duvets are too thick to properly fold, so that’s the way to do it with them, but a thinner blanket or comforter can be folded along with the sheet so that you won’t see the inside pattern of it. It’s the magazine fold!
5. Fluff your pillows: Give your pillows and cushions a good fluff before placing them back in the bed to make them smooth and thick again. Place your sleeping pillows first, and the decorations symmetrically on top over them. You’re done!
Properly making the bed is a good habit to pick up because it lets your body and mind know that it’s time to work without being too demanding. Besides, a well-made bed is a thousand times more inviting when you’re tired, right?