Make the bed?  It’s a Good Way to Start the Day  

Making the bed doesn’t have to be a chore.  In fact, with a little practice you can have your bed made and looking fresh and clean in no time.  You can start off the day with a sense of accomplishment and it does feel great to come home to a bed that is nicely made.  And who knows, if you are one those people that does use a clothes hamper, who knows what else could change!

So, without getting into a discussion of styles, colors, decorative pillows and Martha Stewart’s decorating prowess, let’s get started.

What do you need?

  • Mattress Pad
  • Bottom Sheet
  • Top Sheet
  • Bed Spread, Comforter, Duvet, Quilt, or Blanket
  • Pillowcases
  • Pillows

Mattress Pad – You don’t absolutely have to use a mattress pad but please, you really do want one.  It protects the mattress and provides a little extra padding and comfort that is always nice.

Bottom Sheet – Let’s simplify your life.  Use a fitted sheet, please.  Get a fitted sheet that fits your bed and tuck the top corners first and work your way to the bottom corners.  Smooth out the wrinkles.  Note that if you have a mattress that is extra deep, you will need a fitted sheet that says 18″ or more.  Otherwise, the simple effort to put on the bottom sheet gets a bit more challenging.

Top Sheet – Use the “Hospital Tuck” for a clean and crisp look.  I have borrowed a video from Crane and Canopy to show you exactly how to accomplish this.

Also, a little history.  The bed-making technique of folding hospital corners originates back to the 19th century and the profession of nursing. Nursing is a profession with a long history that was built on war-time and the military. During the 1850s, Florence Nightingale famously organized a group of women to aid the wounded during the Crimean War. Working for and assisting soldiers and doctors demanded nurses to be efficient, clean and organized in the war hospital. With a single sheet, hospital corners were used not only to keep the sheet firmly in place, but also allow nurses to easily change or resize the sheet without causing discomfort to the patient. (Note: The fitted sheet as we know it with its elastic corners was not be invented until the 1990s).

Today, a bed made using hospital corners looks well-made and not disheveled and untidy. You would most likely encounter a bed using hospital corners at your favorite luxury hotels. Love that look? Here is a video and a step-by-step process on how to make the perfect hospital corners.

  • Step 1: With your fitted sheet already on the mattress, lay the flat sheet on top. Make sure that it hangs evenly on the bed.
  • Step 2: Start at one corner at the foot of the bed. Slightly lift the mattress and tuck hanging fabric along the foot of the bed. The excess fabric should now be hanging on the side of the mattress.
  • Step 3: Grab hold of the excess fabric. Lift it up and place on top of the mattress. The edge of the sheet should form a 45-degree angle with the corner of your mattress.
  • Step 4: Hold the fabric forming a 45-degree angle. Tuck in hanging fabric along the side of the mattress and let the sheet fall.
  • Step 5: Adjust the edge of the sheet to the corner of the mattress and tuck in.
  • Step 6: Repeat steps 2 through 5 on the remaining corner.

Bed Spread, Comforter or Other Covering – Spread the comforter out evenly with the top of the comforter up to the top of the bed and the sides hanging evenly.  We are almost there now, you can do this.  If you simply want to stack pillows at the top of the bed and do nothing else at this point, you are done!  Or add additional decorative pillows for aesthetic value if you prefer.  If you simply want the comforter to cover your pillows, fold the comforter back evenly almost a pillow length down, place the pillows neatly at the head of the bed and fold the comforter back over the pillows with a nice crease at the bottom of the pillows.

And there you go – your bed is done, looking crisp and clean!  Add a nice vase of flowers and maybe a little linen spray and you just surpassed awesome!

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