How to make your bed: 12 steps (with pictures)

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How to make your bed: 12 steps (with pictures)
How to make your bed: 12 steps (with pictures)

Your mother may have told you a million times this, but making your bed is okay. It makes your room appear neater and neat and slipping between the sheets at night is much more pleasant! Making your bed seems easy, but doing it carefully and correctly requires a bit of skill.


Part 1 of 2: Make your bed


Step 1. Put your bed away

Whether you are making your bed in the morning or after putting on new sheets, the first thing to do is to get your bed in order.

  • Remove the duvet or blanket, top sheet and pillows and set them aside, on an armchair for example.
  • You can leave the fitted sheet (the one with the elastic corners) on the mattress, if you are not changing the sheets.

Step 2. If you are putting on new sheets, put on the fitted sheet first

Put the corners of the mattress in the elastic corners of the sheet.

  • Make sure the sheet fits snugly over the mattress, especially in the corners. You may need to lift the mattress a bit to achieve this.
  • Make sure the fitted sheet is flat on the mattress, with no folds or hollows.

Step 3. Put on the top sheet

Take the sheet and spread it over the fitted sheet. The part with the wide hem should be towards the headboard and the hem should be flush with the edge of the mattress.

  • If your sheets have patterns, you should put the pretty side under, so that the pretty side can be seen when the sheet is folded up.
  • Make sure the sheet is evenly distributed over the mattress, evenly on each side.

Step 4. Fold the angles into the square

"Squared" means folding the sheet at a right angle under the mattress. This is the hardest part of making a bed, but it's also the part that makes your bed appear neat.

  • To square the sheet, put the bottom of the top sheet under the mattress and fold the sides at right angles, before folding them under the mattress as well. Do not cram all the angles under the mattress, fold them correctly, without making any folds and smoothing the sheet well.
  • On one side, take a piece of sheet about 30 cm from the foot of the bed. Lift it up and fold it over the mattress so that it forms a 45-degree angle with the angle of the mattress.
  • Keeping the folded sheet in place on the mattress, fold the rest of the sheet under the mattress. Do this as neatly as possible.
  • Now let the folded sheet fall onto the top of the mattress. If you prefer linens, a little loose, stop there. If you prefer tight sheets, you can fold this part of the sheet between the mattress and the box spring over the entire length of the bed.
  • Do the same for the other corner and the other side of the bed. You can find more information on making a bed squared in this wikiHow article.

Step 5. Place the quilt or blanket on top of the sheet

When the sheets are in place, you can put your blankets, duvet or comforter on top.

  • Make sure the duvet is evenly distributed over the bed, with the same length of fabric on each side of the bed.
  • The top of the duvet should stop about 6 inches from the end of the bed.

Step 6. Fold up the top sheet and quilt

Take the corners of the sheet and fold them carefully to cover the top of the quilt. You can see the pretty designs on your sheet this way!

  • If you are using a thin blanket or quilt, you can fold them together with the sheet, so that the hem of the sheet is no longer visible. Duvets are usually too thick to fold up.
  • If you want, you can put the angles of the blanket and sheet under the mattress for a neat bed to the maximum. This is the military method!

Step 7. Re-inflate the pillows

Take your pillows and tap them to re-inflate them before placing them on the headboard. To re-inflate your pillows, grab them on either side and press the sides together before releasing, as if you are playing the accordion!

  • Uncrease the pillowcases and thread the pillows inside. Then lay each pillow at the head of the bed to fill the space between the end of the bed and the folded sheet.
  • If you have more than two pillows (on a king-size bed) put the other pillows on top of the first two.

Step 8. Add the final touches

Your bed is almost finished!

  • Finally, take your decorative cushions if you have any and place them vertically against the pillows.
  • If you have an extra blanket, plaid, or decorative bedspread, fold it in half carefully and put it at the end of the bed.

Part 2 of 2: Develop good habits


Step 1. Make your bed each morning

Making your bed every morning is a simple and beneficial habit.

  • By taking two minutes to make your bed, you make your entire bedroom look neat and clear. Imagine the feeling you will have in the evening when you slip between the sheets!,
  • It might be hard to believe, but making your bed every morning increases your happiness rate!

Step 2. Wash your sheets every two weeks

People often don't know how often to wash their bed linen. Every two weeks is ideal.

  • While it's best to wash your sheets every two weeks, you can leave them on for up to a month. But if you notice an unpleasant smell emanating from them, it is absolutely time to change them!
  • Quilts, duvet covers, blankets and duvets that do not come into direct contact with your body can be washed every three months.

Step 3. Learn how to put on a duvet cover easily and quickly

People who use a duvet and duvet cover know that it can be very annoying if they cannot get the first one into the cover. Here is a tip to help you:

  • Turn your duvet cover upside down, then put your arms inside to reach the corners (like a puppet). Then, through the duvet cover, firmly grab the top corners of the duvet, one corner in each hand.
  • Holding the corners firmly, shake the duvet until the cover falls right into place and wraps around it. Then put the bottom corners of the duvet in the cover and close it.
  • Otherwise, you can always wait for someone in your family to come and help you!

Step 4. Use a draw sheet

If you don't have one, investing in a mattress pad is always a good idea. Make sure the size is the right one for your mattress.

The draw sheet goes over the mattress, but under the fitted sheet. It protects the mattress from dirt, stains, while improving the comfort of your bed


  • Make sure you wash your sheets and bed linen in general regularly, so they smell great and are comfortable.
  • Make your bed every morning and fold the blanket and sheet back to air out the fitted sheet and mattress, whatever your mood for the day. You will give your day a little structure and be ready to start the day!
  • If you have a king-size bed, putting the pillows at an angle makes the room appear larger.
  • If you know how to knit or sew, you can make a blanket or a bedspread to decorate your room!
  • Make sure each side is even.
  • You can also put the cushions all over the bed!
  • Change and wash your sheets on Sunday. You'll start a new week with a good night's sleep in crisp linens.

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