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How to Make a Bed


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Making your bed each morning might seem like a small task, but it can significantly improve the look of your room and your mood. In fact, a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation suggests that people who make their bed every day or almost every day are more likely to get a good night’s sleep than those who don’t make their bed. After all, better sleep leads to better overall health and well-being. Not to mention, stepping into a neatly made bed at the end of the day can feel incredibly rewarding and soothing, setting the stage for a restful night. So, let’s explore how to efficiently make your bed and transform it into a cozy retreat you can’t wait to return to every evening.

Materials Needed

To get started, you’ll need a few essential items. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to gather before you begin making your bed:



Fitted sheet

Flat sheet

Comforter or duvet

Optional items like pillow shams, bed skirts, decorative pillows and throw blankets.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Properly making your bed can be quick and satisfying once you know the steps. Here’s how to make your bed look and feel great:

Step 1: Clear the Bed

Remove any bedding, like sheets, blankets and pillows, from the bed. This ensures you start with a clean, fresh base, making it easier to arrange your new bedding neatly.

Step 2: Lay the Fitted Sheet

Take the fitted sheet and spread it over the mattress. Make sure the elastic edges are aligned with the corners of the mattress.

Step 3: Place the Flat Sheet

Lay the flat sheet over the fitted sheet with the printed or finished side facing down. Then, align the top edge with the head of the bed and ensure it hangs evenly on all sides.

Step 4: Add the Comforter or Duvet

Place your blanket or duvet on top of the flat sheet. Then, align the top with the flat sheet, leaving room at the top to fold the flat sheet over the blanket’s edge. Depending on your preference, you can either tuck the ends of the blanket under the mattress for a snug fit or leave them hanging for a more relaxed look.

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Step 5: Arrange the Pillows

Cover your pillows with their cases and place them at the head of the bed. If you use pillow shams, arrange them in front of or on top of the regular pillows.

Step 6: Add Finishing Touches

Add any optional items like a bed skirt, decorative pillows and a throw blanket. If using a bed skirt, lift the mattress and place the skirt between the mattress and box spring, ensuring it hangs evenly on all sides.

Additional Tips and Tricks

To master the art of bed-making and ensure your bed looks inviting and enhances your sleep experience, consider these additional tips and tricks:

Keep it tight: A tight, smooth bed looks tidy and can feel more comfortable, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep. When placing sheets and blankets, pull them tight to eliminate wrinkles and create a smooth surface. 

Layer for comfort and style: Use multiple layers (e.g., a top sheet, a light blanket and a duvet) to cater to different warmth needs throughout the seasons. Layering allows you to adjust your bedding easily based on the temperature and personal comfort preferences, ensuring you’re never too hot or cold.

Coordinate colors and patterns: A well-coordinated bed can enhance the overall aesthetics of your bedroom, making it a more pleasant and relaxing space. Choose sheets, blankets and pillowcases that complement the color scheme of your bedroom. Also, consider alternating between a couple of sets to keep the decor fresh.

Make it a habit: Incorporate bed-making into your morning routine. It doesn’t take long once you get the hang of it.

Refresh your bedding regularly: Regularly cleaning your bedding helps remove allergens and dust mites, contributing to a healthier sleep environment and extending the life of your materials. Wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly, and clean duvets, blankets and mattress covers as needed.

Invest in quality bedding: Quality bedding feels better and lasts longer, making it a good investment for comfort and style. Choose high-quality fabrics like cotton or linen for sheets, which offer durability and comfort. Also, consider accessories such as a bunkie board, which supports the mattress if you’re using a platform bed or a bed frame without slats.

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Elevate Your Sleep Experience with City Mattress

Making your bed daily does more than keep your space tidy. It sets the tone for a productive and peaceful day. Additionally, the right bedding can enhance the comfort of your sleep and feng shui in your bedroom, turning it into a tranquil oasis where you can relax and recharge. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your sheets, find the perfect pillows or add luxurious touches with stylish duvets and throws, City Mattress has you covered. Discover the perfect pieces to complete your ideal sleep environment.