Having a beautifully made bed is the best way to start the day, and can instantly make a room look neat and put together.
There are many ways of making a bed, but some of them require more time than others.
For example, if you want your bed to be really beautiful, it may take longer than just throwing sheets on top of a mattress.
The most important thing when making a bed is that it should feel comfortable for you to sleep in.
Read on for the absolute step-by-step guide to making a hotel-worthy bed for the best night's sleep for you and your guests!
When it comes to making the perfect bed with a duvet, don't skimp out on quality furnishings for a great night's sleep.
First things first: get yourself a good mattress.
You'll need something firm enough to support your body, yet soft enough to provide comfort throughout the night.
Next up, find a comfy duvet cover. Duvets are warm and cozy, so they're a must-have for any bedroom.
But finding the right one can be tricky because there are so many different types available.
So what do you need to know? Let's break it down...
Duvet covers come in two main varieties: flat or fitted.
Flat covers are like regular blankets - they hang off the sides of the duvet.
Fitted covers have elastic around the edges, which means they fit snugly against the duvet.
Both options work well, but you may prefer one over the other depending on how much space you have between the duvet and walls.
If you're looking for a duvet cover that will keep everything nice and tidy, go for a flat option.
If you'd rather leave as little space as possible between the duvet and the wall, choose a fitted option.
Duvet Covers also come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Some designs are bold and colorful, while others are subtle and elegant. Whatever style you decide on, make sure it matches your decor.
Now we've got our duvet cover sorted, it's time to move on to the actual duvet itself.
There are three main types of duvet: featherbeds, down/feather fill, and synthetics.
Featherbeds are filled with feathers from various birds.
Down/feather fill, on the other hand, is filled with down feathers (which makes it softer) and feathers (which gives it loft).
And synthetics, as I’m sure you’ve guessed are duvets with synthesized, non-animal fill.
Featherbeds tend to be warmer since they contain natural materials.
However, they can be noisy at times, especially if you live near an airport.
Down/feather fills are quieter, but not as warm. Both are generally recommended for colder climates.
Synthetic duvets aren’t quite as warm as the aforementioned types, but they are more affordable, much easier on allergies, more numerous in their subtypes, and are much easier to maintain.
What's more, all the fill is secured in place, so you don’t have to deal with any annoying bunching while making the bed.
If you're unsure about which type of duvet you want, ask someone who has experience with this kind of thing. It could save you money in the long run.
You might think that all you need to do is throw a sheet on top of your mattress, but it doesn't always work that way.
Bed linen is made specifically for use with mattresses. This includes pillowcases, duvet covers, and even bedsheets.
When buying bed linens, look for 100% cotton or silk blends.
These are both breathable fabrics, meaning they won't trap heat inside the room or next to your skin.
Look for a high thread count for optimum comfort and style. You'll also want to consider the size of your bed.
A queen-sized bed needs a larger set of bedding than a twin-size bed does.
And when choosing sheets, remember to check the measurements before you buy them.
The best way to figure out the correct dimensions is to measure your bed frame or mattress.
Then add 1 inch to each side for extra length.
This is the step by step to making the best bed, layer by layer.
- Clean mattress - start with a fresh and clean mattress. If it has been sitting empty for a while, give it a good dusting, flip it over, and you can even vacuum it to get rid of any dirt or dust that remains.
- Mattress pad. Mattress pads are designed to protect your mattress from wear and tear. They also help prevent moisture build-up, which can lead to mold growth. Choose a thick pad that provides adequate protection without being too bulky. You don't want anything that's going to slip off the edge of the mattress.
- Fitted Sheet. Next, place a fitted sheet onto your mattress. This keeps the mattress evenly spaced and prevents wrinkles. Make sure the corners of the fitted sheet match up neatly with the corners of the mattress.
- Flat Sheet. Now comes the flat sheet. Place this on top of the fitted sheet. Again, make sure the corners line up perfectly. Tuck this in tightly and smooth across the bed.
- Pillowcase. Place your pillows into pillowcases. Be sure you have the right size pillowcases as this can make all the difference to your comfort.
- Duvet. Put your duvet inside your duvet cover, being extra sure to line it up perfectly inside. Do this by grabbing the ends and shaking well until the duvet is flush. (This is way easier with two people!) Lay your duvet on your bed, smoothing down the surface and lining up to the corners of the bed over the pillows.
- Comforter. Fold your comforter in half lengthways and place it over your duvet evenly at the foot of the bed. Make sure this is straight.
- Additional pillows. Once your duvet is sorted, place additional pillows on top of the duvet, fluffing them out. Add cushions in front of the pillows, one on each side.
- Additional blanket. Add a soft blanket or throw to the corner of the bed, folded neatly and draped over one side.
Tah-dah! The most inviting bed, ready for you to jump into come evening time.
Tips And Tricks
Fold Your Blankets!
There's no denying that folding your blankets is a pain in the butt.
But it's worth it because folded blankets stay clean longer and are easier to store.
To fold your blanket, start by rolling it into a tube shape. Then roll it back up again, making sure it stays neat and tight.
You should end up with a neatly rolled blanket. Use a towel to help you get started.
Once you're done rolling, lay the towel flat on a table. Place the rolled blanket on top of the towel so that it lies flat.
Fold the edges of the towel under the blanket, then roll the entire bundle back up.
Repeat until you've finished folding all of your blankets.
Keep Your Mattress Clean!
Mattresses are prone to dust mites, which thrive in dry environments.
So it's important to wash your mattress regularly. Start by washing the outside of your mattress using a mild detergent.
Make sure to rinse well, and let it air dry completely.
You can also vacuum the inside of your mattress, though this isn't necessary.
If you have pets, keep their hair off your mattress too.
When it comes to cleaning your mattress, there are many different methods.
Some people like to use a steam cleaner, while others prefer to use a wet cloth.
Whichever method you choose, just make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Get Rid Of Stains!
Stains will inevitably appear on your bedding.
Whether it's spilled milk, coffee, or something else, these stains can be hard to remove.
Luckily, there are some easy ways to get rid of stains. First, try blotting the stain with paper towels.
If that doesn't work, soak the spot in cold water for 10 minutes. After soaking, blot the area with a damp sponge.
Finally, apply a small amount of laundry detergent. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrub away any remaining dirt.
Hopefully, you now have a good idea about bed-making 101 to make the coziest beds in the land!
You and your guests are sure to sleep well, and after a bit of practice, you'll be making that bed like an absolute pro.