Whether you just like to keep a tidy home or want to impress out-of-town visitors, knowing how to properly make a bed is a good skill to have in your housekeeping repertoire. Thinking that you already know how to make a bed? Sure. Most people do. But with a few extra tips, your bed could look ready to be featured on the cover of a magazine.
Take a look at the following steps on making a bed like a professional.
Step 1: Iron Your Sheets
This is an optional step, but ironing the sheets can add an extra dose of tidiness to your bed. After all, pulling back the duvet or comforter of a nicely made bed only to find a mess of wrinkles is sure to ruin the overall effect.
If you’d like, take the time to press the wrinkles out of your linens when making a bed. Use the care instructions tag to determine which heat setting you’ll need to use so that you don’t burn your sheets and pillowcases. When ironing delicate fabrics like silk or satin, use a towel as a buffer between the surface of the iron and your linens to help prevent scorching the material.
Step 2: Fix the Fitted Sheet
First, place your fitted sheet on the bed. Start by tucking in one corner, then move to its diagonal opposite. Repeat this with the remaining two corners to make sure the mattress is covered entirely. Use your hand to smooth out any bunches in the fabric. You want the sheet to fit snugly across all parts of the mattress, including the corners.
Step 3: Add the Top Sheet
Next up is the top sheet. Before we tell you how to do this, we’ll answer the mystery of whether the printed side should face up or down. Are you ready for this? It doesn’t really make a difference. If you plan on folding the top of the sheet back a little so that the print shows when the duvet is pulled back, then place the print-side down. Otherwise, the print can face upwards. It’s all a matter of preference.
Once you’ve decided whether you want the print facing up or down, drape the sheet over the bed. You want the edges of the sheet to be even on either side of the mattress. Now tuck the sheet under the end of the mattress and make hospital corners.
Step 4: Break Out Those Blankets and Duvets
Adding blankets to the bed is easy: Just repeat the steps you took for the flat sheet. Here again, you can choose to make hospital corners or not. Smooth the blanket out as you go.
It’s time to tackle the duvet or comforter. You’ll start by placing the duvet over the bed and making sure it hangs evenly on either side. Smooth out any wrinkles. Now it’s — yet again — decision-making time: You can either pull the duvet firmly to the top of the bed to cover the entire mattress or you can fold the duvet into thirds so that your blanket also shows. Whichever you think looks best.
Step 5: Add Your Pillows and Some Flare
The final step in learning how to make a bed is adding your pillows. Smooth pillowcases out and situate them, so that the opening or decorative edge is on the outermost side. If you like a minimalist look and an uncluttered bed, you can stop here. Otherwise, you can add shams topped with colorful accent pillows.
Now you know how to make a bed like a pro! But sometimes life keeps you so busy that you don’t have time to clean your bathroom, much less worry about how to properly make the bed in the guest room before visitors arrive. For bedroom cleaning help or an overall tidying up of your home, reach out to the cleaning experts at ASCC. We can help with the cleaning and tidying, so you can focus on the finishing touches to make your guests feel welcome in your home.