How to Make Your Bed to Impress

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Last Modified 31 March 2023 First Added 15 October 2019

By Sam Atherton

If you’ve ever found yourself stood on your mattress pulling a superman pose to place your bedsheet over the far corner of your mattress, you’ll know the struggles involved in making your bed. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Whether you’re making your bed in the morning, dressing a bed for guests or have just finished your weekly wash, here are our simple steps to making a bed with the wow factor. With crisp and clean bedding – you’ll never want to leave it.

1. ­­­Clear your bed

Clear your bed of all items and ensure you have a clean bedsheet, top sheet, duvet and pillow cases to hand. When clearing, it’s best to hang everything over a chair or other piece of furniture rather than on the floor.

2. Place your mattress protector/topper on your bed

While mattress topper and protectors aren’t essentials, we highly recommend including these as part of your process for making your bed. A mattress topper will add that extra touch of comfort while protectors help keep both your bed base and your mattress clean, extending their lifespan. Both items need putting into position before you add your bedsheet.

3. Place your bedsheet

Begin by finding the long end of your sheet and fit one corner over the top edge of your mattress. For those with the side of their bed against the wall, it’s best to start at the most difficult corner. Once you’ve hooked your sheet over a top corner, do the same process for the bottom corner on the same side. Then, continue corner by corner until perfectly fitted.

It’s wise at this stage to double-check that each corner is flawlessly fitted and that each side of your sheet drops to the base of your mattress. You don’t want to wake up in the morning with the bedsheet crumpled to one side having come off through the night.

4. Add a top sheet

Place your top sheet across your mattress’s breadth and ensure it drapes equally over both sides. If your sheet is patterned, you can place the pattern face down so that it’s visible when you fold back the top of the sheet. Of course, if you want the full pattern on display, place it facing up.

5. Create hospital corners

Making hospital corners is the most difficult part of making your bed to impress, but once you’ve done it two or three times, it becomes a lot easier. Don’t give up if you find it difficult the first time you try it! Remember – practice makes perfect.


This illustrated guide from The Art of Manliness will help:

  1. Tuck the end of the top sheet between the mattress and frame at the foot of the bed.
  2. On one side, grab a piece of the top sheet, lift it up and fold this section of the sheet over the top of the mattress, so it forms a 45-degree angle from the corner of the mattress.
  3. Holding the folded piece of sheet in place on top of the mattress, tuck in any sheet hanging below the mattress on that side of the bed.
  4. Now, let the folded piece of the sheet on top of the mattress fall.
  5. Tuck the hanging edge of the sheet smoothly between the mattress and the divan all the way along the side of the bed.
  6. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the bed.

6. Pop on your duvet

If you’re in the depths of winter or just simply at risk of feeling cold through the night, it’s important to add a duvet into the mix. And even in summer, you can find low-tog duvets which add that little extra touch of comfort and warmth. Simply place the duvet over your top sheet and ensure a little bit of the duvet drapes over the bottom of the bed. If you’re struggling to get your duvet into its cover, check out our video on 3 easy ways to put on a duvet cover.


7. Fluff your pillows

To extend the lifespan of your pillows and to ensure they don’t lose their bounce or cushion, it’s important to fluff them every morning when you make your bed. Check out our video on 3 easy ways to do so.

8. Add the finishing touches

Like all things in life, it’s the finishing touches that make the masterpiece! So, don’t skimp on the final touches when making your bed. Consider adding decorative pillows or folding a blanket into thirds and running it across the foot of your bed. These extra little details can really transform your bed and give it that photo-ready look.

Some other general tips for making your bed:

There’s more to making your bed than the above steps. Consider some of our extra tips to make your master suite the place of luxury it really needs to be.

Don’t make your bed as soon as you get up

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 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 they will be damp from perspiring overnight (we all do it, no matter how gross it sounds).

Following these steps will help you create a great-looking bed that not only looks great but is more healthier, too.

Pick a theme for your bedding

The easiest way to ensure all your bedding matches is to buy a set including a duvet cover, throw, and scatter cushions. This will create a theme for your bedding. You can even copy how it’s styled from the way it’s presented in the store! Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

Try to keep the rest of the interior of the room quite plain with neutral tones if your theme is bold and bright, otherwise, this look may be overwhelming.

Dress your bed with a bolster cushion

A bolster cushion adds an air of regality to any bed. Choose one with tassels on either end and place it in the centre of your bed. This will instantly glamourise your room! And your gorgeous bolster cushion will take centre stage.

If larger bolster cushions aren’t for you, roll the top of your duvet down into a bolster shape and place a throw underneath for added texture. This adds layers without lots of effort.

Go boutique style with double duvet sets

For a look that’s straight out of a bed showroom, use two duvets. Two-pack bedding creates a luxurious design, and they will perfectly complement each other. Fold the top of both quilts over diagonally and layer some scatter cushions at the top of the bed.

In Summary:

Making your bed is key to a good night’s sleep and your general health and mental wellbeing. Follow our steps for the best possible approach. Also, be sure to consider the wider impacts of how fresh bedding and a tidy bedroom can help you achieve a greater sense of relaxation when it comes to your bedtime routine.

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