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How to Make + Style the Perfect Bed

June 7, 2020

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The benefits of making your bed every morning are well-known. It sets a positive + productive tone for the day, it keeps your mind (and space) less cluttered, and it’s an all-around good habit to develop. However, if you’re selling your home, the advantage of a well-styled bed goes beyond productivity + tidiness. While most buyers prioritize spaces like the kitchen or master bathroom over a bedroom when shopping for a house, the look and feel of your bedroom is still something to consider. Below, we’ll talk you through everything you need to make + style the perfect bed. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 fitted sheet
  • 1 flat sheet
  • 1 duvet, comforter, or quilt
  • 2 standard pillows with inserts
  • 2 shams with inserts
  • 3 throw pillows
  • 1 throw blanket

 

A FRESH START

 

Freshly laundered sheets are the best starting point. If you’ve purchased new sheets for your home, washing them beforehand will help get rid of most of the wrinkles. However, we also suggest giving sheets a quick pass of the iron or steamer tackle more stubborn wrinkles. While this may take a few extra minutes, it goes a long way in staging a bedroom that’s relaxing + inviting. 

Once you’ve removed all of the bedding from your mattress, the first step is to place your fitted sheet. Nowadays, fitted sheets will have a label sewn in along the elastic edges that indicate whether you’re holding the long or short edge. This makes it infinitely easier to put it on your mattress.

 

LAYER IT ON

 

After the fitted sheet is on your mattress, place the flat sheet over it, making sure the top side of the flat sheet is face down. This is so that when you fold it over at the head of the bed (later on), the finished side will be face up. Also, the flat sheet should overhang the foot and sides of the bed in equal proportions. 

Next, tuck the flat sheet under the mattress along the foot of the bed. Then, grab the excess on one side of the bed and fold over the top of the bed at a 45 degree angle from the corner of the bed. To make a sharp hospital corner, fold any remaining overhang under the side of the mattress. Finally, bring the fold on top of the bed and tuck this under the mattress as well, making sure it’s a tight and sharp corner. Do the same for the opposite side of the bed and smooth out any remaining wrinkles. 

Now you can pat yourself on the back, because the most difficult part is behind you!

 

COVER IT UP

 

There are a few options for what to use as the final layer of your bedding. The most commonly used (and our personal favorite) is the duvet cover. However, you could also use a traditional comforter or a coverlet if you’d like. Whatever your preference, we suggest using white or ivory bedding. This gives your bedroom the look and feel of a luxury hotel room. No matter your choice of duvet or comforter, your final layer does not need to be tucked under your mattress. Allow it to drape over the edge of the mattress in equal proportions along the sides and foot of the bed. 

Next, fold over the flat sheet and the duvet cover (or comforter) at the head of the bed so that you have room for your pillows. 

 

PILLOW TALK

 

Alright, we’re in the home stretch now–and this is the most fun part of making any bed, in our opinion: the pillows!

Beginning at the headboard and working your way forward, layer your pillows in this order: standard pillows, shams, and throw pillows. While the standard pillows and shams should match the rest of your bedding, the throw pillows are where you can invoke a little style + color. A soft color palette will be your best bet, as will subtle textures and patterns. And for a bit of softness, drape a cozy throw blanket at the foot of the bed. 

 

BONUS POINTS: THE NIGHTSTAND

 

Now that your bed is perfectly made, there’s one final opportunity to leave a positive impression in the minds of home-buyers: the nightstand. In terms of styling a bedside table, restraint is the order of the day. You only need a couple of accessories to transform a simple bedroom into an inviting one. Any combination of the style options below will add the perfect finishing touch to your staged bedroom. 

  • Flowers or greenery 
  • Candle or oil diffuser
  • Lamp
  • Catch-all tray
  • Books

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