Advocates of making the bed in the morning constantly sing praises of the task’s life-changing abilities.
Many experts say that a well-made bed in the morning is the springboard for a productive and accomplished day. Others say that making the bed is a time-tested method of improving moods and lowering stress. And, of course, a made bed immediately makes a bedroom look put together.
So what exactly are the components of an ideally made bed?
Iron it out
Ironing or steaming the sheets to be wrinkle free creates a beautiful foundation for a crisp, clean bed.
To start, fold sheets down to a manageable size, either in half or in thirds. Fold crosswise to prevent creases from showing. Work in sections and flatten wrinkles with your hands. For stubborn spots, spray with water or set your iron to the cotton and steam setting.
Otherwise known as “hospital corners,” mitered corners are an essential element for many a well-made bed. Mitered corners not only ensure a clean look and a bed you can bounce a coin on, they also help keep sheets and bedspreads in place while you sleep.
After placing your fitted sheet, drape the flat sheet on top, making sure that the overhang of the sheet is even on both sides.
Tuck the excess fabric at the foot of the bed underneath the mattress tautly. Then, starting with one corner at the foot of the bed, lift up at a 45-degree angle and place on top of the mattress. Tuck the remainder of the flat sheet underneath the mattress, drop the corner of the sheet you were holding and tuck underneath the mattress, creating a neat and angular crease. Repeat on the other side.
Continue tucking the flat sheet underneath the mattress on either side, leaving about 1 foot or 18 inches untucked at the top of the bed.
Place your duvet on your bed with either side of the duvet hanging evenly. Leave enough room at the top for pillows. Fold the rest of the flat sheet over the duvet and tuck into the sides of the mattress.
At least two pairs of shams should match your duvet cover to pull the entire look of the bed together.
We also recommend using silk pillowcases for a more restful night. Not only are silk pillowcases the epitome of luxury, it helps reduce friction on hair and skin to help prevent wrinkles and split ends.
Throw on a throw pillow
Place decorative throw pillows in front of shams for a whimsical touch. Largest throw pillows go in the back, while dainty ones are in the front.
Remember, don’t go overboard, or you’ll be spending more time than you’d like dismantling your creation every night before you go to sleep.
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