Whether you want to or not, learning to put sheets on a bed is an essential skill. A properly sheeted bed can make all the difference for a room’s overall look. Plus, when sheets are placed on a bed in the right way, you’re sure to feel an increase in comfort. This article will help you learn how to put sheets on a bed.
Gather Your Linens and Supplies
Choose bed linens that are comfortable and beautiful for you. If you like the way a bed skirt makes your room look, by all means, grab your favourite. If you’re more minimalist in your bed linen approach, that’s fine too. A bed that is made, however simply, is still a major improvement over a mass of pillows and blankets. It’s always a good idea to have at least one extra set of sheets and pillowcases, so you’re never without a fresh set when it’s time to strip the bed.
Remove the Used Linens
Take off the used linens and put them in the laundry if they’re ready for a wash. Shake out any mattress pads, pillow protectors, and comforters that don’t need to be laundered. If you use a bed skirt and it needs to be laundered, remove and replace it. If the mattress looks dirty, clean the mattress.
Clear the bed. Whether you’re making your bed after getting up in the morning or after washing your sheets, the first thing to do is to clear the bed. Be sure to take off pillows, stuffed animals, comforter, etc. Take the duvet/blanket off, the top sheet and any pillows and set them aside (preferably not on the floor). You can leave the fitted sheet (the one with the elasticated corners) on the bed.
Add the Fitted Sheet
If your bottom sheet is fitted, simply slip the corner pockets onto the ends of the bed and adjust the fitted sheet around the perimeter underneath the mattress pad and mattress.
If your bottom sheet is flat, create hospital corners. Arrange the sheet so that 12 inches hangs beyond the top of the bed and the sides of the sheet overhang evenly on both sides of the mattress. Tuck in the sheet snugly at the foot of the bed. At each bottom corner, lift up the loose sheet at the side, and place the flap on top of the mattress. Tuck in the sheet right at the corner, then lay the flap down, so the fold forms a 45-degree angle away from the mattress corner. Tuck in the bottom edge of the angle, and continue tucking along the entire side of the bed.
The fitted sheet is named this because its sides are completely elastic, which will make for a tighter fit around the bed. Like a normal sheet, one side of this sheet should be longer than the other. However, since the entire side of the sheet is elastic, the corners are less defined, and the sheet can look more circular than rectangular. Make sure to orient the sheet the correct way before putting it the right way. Same as with the mattress pad, make sure to put the sheet on tightly to avoid any wrinkles. The easiest way to do this is to lift the mattress slightly as you go, to tuck the sheet in as well as possible.
Add the Top Sheet
Place the top sheet evenly on the bed. At the top of the bed, you can leave some excess sheet to fold back over the blanket, or you can arrange the sheet, so the top edge is even with the edge of the mattress.
Tuck in the sheet at the foot of the bed and each bottom corner, using hospital corners. However, leave most of each side untucked, so it is easier to get into the bed. If this is a guest bed that is used only rarely, or you’re a stickler about folding under, you can tuck in the sides completely, if desired. Just remember your comforter, quilt, or duvet will likely cover up the little bit of sheet hanging down.
This is the most important step to making the bed. This will keep the sheets in line and far less likely to come apart during the night, as well as making the bed look neat. My mother taught me how to do hospital corners because I would always rip my sheets out as I slept, and they helped immensely.
First, make sure the tucked portion of the top sheet is in tight. Pick one corner to start with first. Grab a portion of the sheet that is hanging over the side, so it folds over the top of the mattress at a 45-degree angle from the corner of the mattress. Hold that portion of the sheet in place, and tuck any remaining part of the sheet that is hanging over the bed under the mattress. The part on top of the mattress can now hang down on the side once again. This flap should now be tucked under the mattress as well. This will keep the sheets tight against the corner of the bed and very difficult to pull out of place. Throughout the process, make sure to get rid of any wrinkles so the sheets will be smooth. This will help keep the sheets tucked as tight as possible. Repeat the process for both sides of the bed.
Add a Blanket, Comforter, or Duvet
Spread the blanket evenly over the top of the bed, smoothing the edges as you go. The top edge of the blanket should be even with or slightly below the top edge of the bed. Fold any excess top sheet back over the edge of the blanket, if desired.
The duvet will be similarly placed on top to the top sheet. Make sure it is spread evenly over the bed, with the same amount hanging off both sides of the bed. Line up the duvet a little below the top sheet. Since the duvet is very important for appearance, make sure it is spread out nicely and wrinkle-free. I do not usually tuck the duvet into the mattress since my duvet is very thick. If you like having the duvet tucked in, however, feel free.
Fold-Down the Sheets
The reason we lined up the duvet below the top sheet is so the extra length of the sheet can be folded over the duvet. There is no functional advantage to this, but it will look nice and presentable. If you want your bed made as tight as possible, tuck the remaining sheets, and duvet if you wish, hanging off the side of the bed under the mattress.
Position the Pillows
Place the pillows in the desired configuration. To place pillows under the blanket, fold the top sheet down over the blanket, place the pillows flat on the top sheet at the head of the bed, then fold the blanket over the pillows towards the head of the bed, and smooth out the blanket. Alternatively, you can place the pillows upright against the headboard or wall at the head of the bed. Do whatever gives the bed that finished look that you love.
Add the Finishing Touches.
Now your bed is almost complete! To finish it off, take any decorative cushions or pillows you might have and place them in an upright position at the head of the bed, leaning against the sleeping pillows for support.
If you have an additional blanket, quilt or throw blanket that you like to keep on your bed for aesthetic purposes (or in case it gets cold!), fold it neatly in half and lay it evenly over the bottom half of the bed.
What Are the Tips for Making a Bed?
Make a ritual of it. The more often you make your bed, the faster it will go. Many people find that making their bed every day becomes a welcome ritual, signifying setting things in order for a new day.
Wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Wash a mattress pad every few weeks or at least once a month.
Use a mattress pad. You can use one for comfort and protect your mattress from sweat and other contaminants. A mattress pad is much easier to clean than a mattress.
How to Keep Sheets on Your Bed?
Sheets are meant to help keep your mattress clean, but they aren’t any help if they keep slipping off. Lucky for you, we have some easy tips and tricks to help keep sheets and bedding tight on your mattress.
Besides keeping your sheets on the bed, these tricks will also help to keep your sheets perfectly tight and wrinkle-free. So here are a few of our favourite hacks to make sure you’re not waking up on top of your foam mattress while your sheets are bunched up by your feet.
Using Suspenders to Strap Your Sheets On
There are suspender clips on Amazon that you can buy for pretty cheap. They clip onto either side of the corners of your fitted sheet, creating some more tension across the corner so that they stay in place a little more successfully.
Another version on Amazon includes three clips all attached so that the corner can be secured on the sides, as well as down the middle. There are options with plastic or metal locking clips. Our recommendation is to place them about 6″ out on either side of the sheet’s corner seam. Keep in mind that you will need to lift up your mattress corner to achieve this, so hopefully, your bed isn’t too thick or heavy.
Some other versions of sheet suspenders on Amazon are much longer so they can cross diagonally from one corner to the other. You’ll need to flip your mattress completely over for this one, and then clip one side of the suspender to the top left corner and fasten the other end on the bottom right corner (or whatever pattern you prefer).
We also stumbled upon an invention called the SheetLock. It works by using giant straps and the SheetLock lock that you secure around the bed at the top and bottom. You then slip your fitted sheet over your mattress and the lock and then take the plastic peg to lock your sheets into place. This makes it, so you don’t have to lift up your mattress as much.
Diy (do it Yourself) Suspenders
If the suspenders you’re finding on Amazon just aren’t cutting it for you, you can make your own! All you need is some elastic and safety pins. We recommend your elastic be on the thicker side (about an inch thick or more) so that it’s nice and strong.
Measure out 6″ down on either side and clip your safety pins in place. Then measure the hypotenuse (the line between the two safety pins, but we wanted to sound smart about it). This is how long your elastic will need to stretch, so cut it a bit shorter to allow it to stretch tight. You’re going to need four of them—one for each corner.
Then, to finish the job, simply lift up the edge of your mattress and secure the elastic with your safety pins on either side of the fitted sheet. You now have your own suspenders to help keep your pesky sheets on the bed.
How to Make Good Bedding?
The right bedding can mean the difference between a restful or restless night’s sleep. But with so many kinds of mattresses, sheets, and pillows on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose. Below, the virtues and drawbacks of various types of bedding and demystifying the oft-perplexing process of properly making a bed.
Begin by selecting a good-quality mattress and box spring, as well as a protective cotton cover or mattress pad. A fleece-wool pad will safeguard the mattress from stains, while 100 per cent wool mattress pads are hypoallergenic and won’t absorb odours. In addition, a pad will help keep your sheets in place, particularly if, like most mattresses, yours is covered with a synthetic fabric that makes it scratchy or slippery. Although some people argue that you don’t need a mattress pad for a feather bed, Martha recommends always using a pad for added protection as well as the enhanced comfort provided by an extra layer of cushioning.
According to Ted Marschke, of Charles H. Beckley, a New York City custom mattress maker, you can prolong your mattress’s life by following a few basic rules of thumb. First, don’t let your shoes rub, knock, or rest against the mattress or box spring, as repeated contact can damage the sides. Be sure to rotate your mattress once a month, flipping it over so that the side that was the top becomes the bottom. If you’re going away for the weekend, strip your bed of linens beforehand, to give the mattress a chance to “breathe.” And most important, never jump on a bed; the sudden pressure can be disastrous to the springs!
After the mattress pad comes the fitted sheet, which will help keep the pad in place, even if you’re a fitful sleeper. When selecting sheets, there are many factors to consider, including the fabric, the weave, the thread count, and, of course, your personal taste. One important consideration — the thread count — refers to the number of threads woven per inch. In general, sheets with a higher thread count are softer and more durable. A thread count of 200 is a good standard, but if you upgrade to 300, the difference will be noticeable.
Two popular choices for sheets are percale and sateen, but few people are aware of the differences between the two. To distinguish between them, carefully inspect the weave. Percale is a plain weave fabric, meaning that the warp and weft threads cross each other one at a time. Because percale threads are tightly woven, these sheets have a fine texture and finish. Sateen sheets, which look and feel a bit more luxurious, are made in a satin weave, meaning that the warp threads, which run lengthwise, are interlaced with filling threads. The result is a lustrous, smooth-faced yet surprisingly durable fabric.
If you’re not using a fitted sheet, you can use a flat sheet as the bottom sheet and make hospital corners, starting at the bed’s head: Drape the sheet evenly over the bed, leaving about 1 foot of fabric hanging beyond the head. Stand beside the bed, toward its centre, and pick up a side hem. Pull the hem toward you into a taut crease, then raise the creased section over the mattress so that the sheet makes a triangular tent over the bed. With your other hand, smooth the sheet flat along the mattress’s side. Then, fold the creased section down over the side, and tuck the sheet snugly under the mattress. Repeat this process at the foot and another side of the bed. When placing the remaining flat sheet on top, keep in mind that the top sheet always goes the wrong side up. That way, when you fold it back over the blanket, the right side — the decorative, printed side — will show.
When selecting pillows — whether soft, medium, or firm — the most important consideration is the position in which you sleep. Soft pillows are ideal for stomach sleepers, who need pillows that slope gently in order not to strain the muscles in their necks. Medium pillows, which gently cradle and support the head, are a great choice for back sleepers. And for side sleepers, firm pillows are a perfect choice, as they hold their shape and thus support the neck and spine.
For those seeking a little more comfort, Japanese-style buckwheat pillows might be the answer. The small buckwheat hulls shift inside the case to match the contour of the neck and head, and the even support helps to relieve cramps and muscle tension. Plus, they’re great for travelling. Another option is the Eurosquare pillow, which is filled with 600-fill-power goose down and provides good support for all sleepers. In addition, this hypoallergenic pillow makes a great accessory for generously sized couches and chairs, and it’s ideal for reading in bed. Typically, a queen-size bed requires two pillows and a king-size bed requires three. To create a faux headboard, place Eurosquare pillows at the back of your regular pillows; alternately, you can place the pillows in front of your regular pillows.
Comforters and Blankets
Your decision to buy an all-season down comforter or a traditional blanket will depend largely on your personal taste. Still, there are a few distinct advantages to choosing the former. First, an all-season down comforter has just the right amount of down to keep you comfortable year-round in most climates. (Bear in mind that you should always protect your comfort with a duvet cover.) And then, of course, there’s the advantage of minimal care: Comforters only need to be cleaned every three to five years.
When to Make Your Bed?
Don’t Make Your Bed When You Wake Up
If you immediately make your bed with the sunrise, the tight sheets will trap millions of dust mites that live on your bed, feeding off your dead skin cells and sweat and potentially contributing to asthma and allergy problems. An unmade and open bed, however, exposes the creatures to fresh air and light and will help dehydrate and kill them off.
As dust mites like warm and moist environments, the bed is the perfect environment for them to live. Although they’re harmless, their faeces can trigger allergic reactions.
By letting your bedding air out for a few hours before making it, it will prevent dust mites. If you make your bed as soon as you wake up, it traps the duvet and the moisture, which is great for dust mites but not so great for you.
The best thing to do is fold the duvet back in half towards the bottom of the bed, open the window and let it air out for a few hours before you make the bed properly. This allows the mattress and duvet to air and dries out as it will be damp from perspiring overnight (we all do it, no matter how gross it sounds).