How to Make a Bed

It may seem like common sense, but did you know that not many people know how to properly make a bed? Some of it has to do with little to no time to even worry about making the bed in the morning before a busy day of work or some people just don’t really know how at all, which is fine. If you’ve ever wondered how to properly make a bed, then look no further. We have a breakdown with some easy to follow and understand steps that can help you on your way to making your bed in a super quick manner.

What Comes in a Bedding Set?

If you buy a bedding set in any kind of home furnishing store, you are typically going to find a set complete with two shams, two pillowcases and a comforter or quilt. Some sets may come with other items such as a dust ruffle or even come with a sheet set. The more items that a set comes with, the more expensive it will be. The same applies to what size of set you need. For example, if you need a bedding set for a twin sized bed, odds are this set will come out significantly less compared to a king-sized bedding set.

Make sure when shopping for a bedding set that you have a relative idea as to what you need within the set, and that you are looking at the appropriately sized bedding sets to fit your bedroom. If you are looking for several bedding sets to furnish your bedroom and other rooms in the house, pay attention to what these sets include and the overall size of the sets. You don’t want to be stuck with a too small or too large bedding set, so this is essential once you start to shop around.

Step One: Pillowcases

Pillowcases are pretty standard when it comes to making a bed. Make sure your pillows are clean, and that you are using the correct size of pillowcase when starting to make the bed. All you need to do is fit the outer corners of the pillow into the opening of the pillowcase and fluff it on through. Some people prefer to do this with the pillow sitting on the bed, while others prefer to hold the pillow under their chins and fit in the pillowcase that way. However you do it, there is really no wrong way of putting on a pillowcase, so just do what feels comfortable to you. Either way, once the pillowcase is run all the way through, you’re going to fluff it up and set aside until you are ready to make the bed, so there is plenty of time to make the actual pillow fluffier before you complete the process.

Step Two: Shams

Much like pillowcases, the shams of the bedding set are more for decoration. The shams are usually larger pillows that sit on top of the made bed to tie the bedding all together. The shams are typically made of the same kind of material and pattern that your comforter or quilt is made of, so these pillowcases will have a thicker feel to them. They are intended to be more decorative than useful, so whenever you tear down a made bed to sleep in, the shams typically sit off to the side or on a chair until they are ready to be placed back on top the next day.

Much like a pillowcase, your pillows must be fit into the shams and fluffed up to make them look fuller on top of the bed. These pillows will sit on the outside of the bed, so keep that in mind when you are interchanging your bedding. Your regular pillows will go under the comforter or quilt, and the shams will sit on top for décor. You can even add in some extra throw pillows near the shams to create a gorgeous and inviting bedding display. This is just an extra step, not necessary to the actual making of the bed.

Step Three: Fitted Sheet

The fitted sheet is the sheet that will go directly over the mattress. You can pull up the fitted sheet over the bare mattress, or you can layer the fitted sheet on top of a mattress protector or even a memory foam pad. The fitted sheet should fit easily, yet snugly over the mattress as this sheet needs to stay in place for you to sleep on. Fitted sheets may be a bit cumbersome to work with, as often times it is hard to tell which corner goes where and stretching out the actual sheet may be a bit of work, but once it’s on properly, the sheet should not budge in the night at all.

Step Four: Sheets

The standard sheets will go over your fitted sheet. You can either run the sheet over your pillows at the head of the bed, or you can fold the sheet neatly right below your bed pillows. The choice is really up to you and whatever you think looks nice. This sheet is loose, unlike the taut fitted sheet, to keep the sheet accessible to cover yourself with. While most people use the standard sheet, some people prefer not to, so this sheet is there just in case for most.

Step Five: Comforter or Quilt

Kind of like the frosting on a cake, the comforter or quilt is the last step for making the bed. The comforter of the quilt is usually a fun pattern or color and will easily cover your standard sheet and bed pillows to complete the look. As the final step, plop on your shams and decorative pillows, and you’ve just completed a whole, well put together bed set. Any additions such as your throw pillows or even a throw blanket can be added in only as extras depending on what you like.



So, to overview the steps, a bed should be made as follows:

  • Pillowcases
  • Shams
  • Fitted Sheet
  • Standard Sheet
  • Comforter or Quilt
  • Decorative Pillows and Shams on Top

As you can see, it’s so easy to properly make a bed once you understand the steps. It definitely doesn’t have to be intimidating to make a bed look great and it shouldn’t be seen as a chore, either, once you get used to it and realize how fast it is to complete. Whether you are just wanting your bedroom to look more organized or you are ready to teach your kids how to properly make a bed so they can learn some discipline, if you follow these easy steps, you just can’t go wrong.

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