Have you ever wondered how to make a bed like designers do in the magazines? Making a bed so that it looks picture perfect is really not that hard to do. It’s just a matter of knowing what the components are and how to layer them. There are lots of different ways you can layer a bed. Today I’m sharing with you one simple way on how to make a bed. It has 4 easy steps and works for everyday life. I also have a few posts for you with information that will help you select the right mattress and sheets. Check out What are Standard Mattress and Sheet Sizes? and my 3-part series on How to Shop for Sheets. Now, let’s learn how to make a bed!
How to Make a Bed
To create your “looks like a designer did it” bed, you’ll need the following items:
- Mattress Cover – Before you start making it beautiful, consider protecting your mattress with some type of mattress cover. Besides extending the life of your mattress, they can also provide an extra layer of padding.
- Bed Skirt or Dust Ruffle – This one is optional. It really depends on the style of your bed. If you have an ugly metal bed frame, you’ll want a dust ruffle. When buying a dust ruffle, make sure it’s long enough. Standard dust ruffles are 14 to 15 inches long, but they can be as long as 22 inches or more. To determine what length you need, measure from the top of the box spring to the floor. Try to find one in a heavier fabric such as linen. Note that straight lines create a tailored and clean look, while ruffles have a more romantic feel.
- Sheets – 1 Fitted Sheet, 1 Flat/Top Sheet, 2 Pillowcases. Find out what to look for in my series How to Shop for Sheets.
- Light Blanket – This is an opportunity to add color and texture along with warmth.
- Duvet or Comforter – Find out what size you need in my post What are Standard Mattress and Sheet Sizes?
- Euro Shams – Euro pillow measure 26-27 inches square. On twin beds use 1, full/queen beds 2 and king beds 3.
- 2 Standard or King Shams – On queen/full beds you’ll use 2 standard, on twin beds use 1 standard
- Decorative Pillows – To keep it simple for this design, have 2 square or round pillows and one neck roll pillow. You always want to leave a little space between the last pillow and the folded comforter or duvet.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Now that you have all the necessary items, here are the 4 simple steps to put it all together.
1 Put on the mattress cover, the bed skirt (if you’re using one) and sheets. Make sure the corners of the fitted sheet are lined up with the corners of the mattress and that it’s pulled tight. Add the flat sheet with the decorative edge facing down so when you fold it back, you’ll be able to see the decorative edge.
2 The next layer is the light blanket. Fold the top sheet and the blanket back about 12 to 14 inches. Tuck them in neatly all the way around the bed. If you want to learn how to do hospital corners, Martha Stewart has a great video.
3 Next, you can choose either a duvet or comforter. Drape it over the blanket so that it hangs evenly on all sides and fold back the top half revealing the top sheet and blanket. I like to fold my comforter in a Z pattern at the foot of the bed, so that I can easily pull it over me if I get cold at night.
4 Time for the pillows! Here are the pillow layers:
- Stand the Euro pillows against the headboard.
- Put your sleeping pillows (in the pillowcases) upright in front of the Euro pillows.
- Next, stand the shams in front of the sleeping pillows.
- Finally, add the two decorative pillows and place the neck roll in the front them.
Voila! You’re done!
The bed is the focal point of the bedroom. Learning how to make a bed with a designer’s touch isn’t difficult at all. The simple steps outlined here will help you to make your bed look beautiful!
More ideas to help you create a fabulous focal point in your bedroom:
First photo: Ralph Lauren