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How to Make A Bed (Quickly)

Nothing beats a well-made bed. It creates a welcoming retreat and helps you relax—but with so many layers to choose from, what do you really need? Making your bed the right way depends on the season, your preferred warmth level, and your decor style. After you’ve found design inspiration and know what you want your bed to look like, follow these easy steps to make your bed quickly.

Protect Your Mattress and Bedding

Choose a mattress cover and pillow protector to keep your bed and bedding in top shape. This essential layer keeps dust and debris from getting into your mattress and bedding, blocks allergens, and prevents staining from spills. If you’re layering your mattress with a topper or pad for added comfort, put the protector right on top of it all.

Sheets Come Next

Choose sheets that fit your sleeping preferences. Hot sleeper? Go for a breathable, looser weave. Always chilly? The tighter weave of a high thread count helps keep you extra-cozy.

A fitted sheet is necessary, but a flat sheet is optional. The fitted sheet stretches across the bed, and the elastic edges hug the corners of your mattress to keep the sheet in place. To put your fitted sheet on, place the sheet on top of your mattress, align the corners, and slip the elastic edge around each corner of your mattress, one by one.

If using a flat sheet, lay it on top of the fitted sheet, upside down. Tuck it in at the bottom. Then, fold back the top and tuck on both sides.

Create Coziness with Your Favorite Covers

When it’s chilly, some people want layers of bedding they can adjust through the night. Others prefer just one or two ultra-warm options for a perfect cocoon that stays toasty all night. In warmer summer months, go for lightweight and breathable options. Whichever pieces you choose, they are often layered in this order over your sheets:

  • Blanket
  • Quilt
  • Coverlet or Bedspread
  • Comforter or Duvet Insert and Duvet Cover

Top it All Off With Pillows and Throws

Give your bed a dash of personality with decorative pillows and throw blankets that show off your eye for style. In addition to your regular down or down alternative sleeping pillows, choose accent pillows in a variety of sizes and shapes, including Standard, King, Euro, and Lumbar pillows.

Choose shams to match or complement your sheets and blanket, then arrange your accent pillows. Most people limit the number of pillows to six. Some popular options include:

  • Keep it Simple. Lean two pillows against the headboard, add two Euro accent pillows, then finish with a single small or lumbar pillow at the front.
  • The Cascade Effect. Start with two each of bed pillows, Euro-sized throw pillows, and lumbar pillows. Lean the bed pillows against the headboard, layer the Euro pillows in front, and finish with the lumbar pillows.
  • Mix and Match. Work in a variety of textures, colors, and patterns for this arrangement. Take two bed pillows, lean two standard-size pillows against them, then line up three Euro pillows. Add a small throw pillow or lumbar pillow at the front to complete the look.
  • Deluxe. This pillow layout is plush. Stack four bed pillows as you would for sleeping. Then, layer additional decorative pillows by size: Three large pillows across, followed by two smaller pillows, then a single small or lumbar pillow at the front.

Finally, add the finishing touch with a throw blanket. Choose a featherweight throw to add a pop of color and texture in the summer, or opt instead for a chunky knit or plush down alternative throw for extra warmth during chilly months. No need to fuss with styling your throw blanket—simply drape it across the bottom corner or stretch it casually across the foot of the bed for a laid-back, cozy vibe.

Making your bed comes down to a few simple steps—and once the sheets are on, it’s all about letting your personal style shine through. As you learn what you like, feel free to explore the possibilities. After all, your bed is your retreat. Let it reflect your style.