Making your bed might seem like a simple task to most, but doing so to impress involves a little know-how. A well-made bed can set the tone for the rest of your day, says Naval Admiral McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. He explained at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas, ‘If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
‘By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.’
So to keep our productivity levels high, we best make our beds! This guide will make sure you have a bed that looks fit for a king or queen.
How to make hospital corners
The secret to a well-made bed is all in the corners, hospital corners to be precise. Hospital corners help your top sheet to stay taut and gives your bed a more finished appearance than when sheets are simply stuffed under the mattress. Making hospital corners is the most difficult part of making your bed, 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!
This illustrated guide from The Art of Manliness will help:
- Tuck the end of the top sheet between the mattress and frame at the foot of the bed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now, let the folded piece of the sheet on top of the mattress fall.
- Tuck the hanging edge of the sheet smoothly between mattress and divan all the way along the side of the bed.
- Repeat this process on the opposite side of the bed.
Add your duvet
If you struggle with putting your duvet cover onto your duvet, one easy way to do so is using the ‘Burrito technique’. It involves putting your duvet cover flat on the bed, but inside out, and then rolling the duvet in a sausage. Sounds odd, but it really works.
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You can learn how to do it below:
The most important thing when putting on a duvet is making sure you spread it evenly over the bed with the same amount hanging on each side. Once, you’ve put the duvet cover on your bed, make sure the top edge of the duvet is about six inches away from the edge of the top sheet at the head of the bed.
If you’re not quite sure on what duvet is best suited to your sleep needs, check out our duvet buying guide.
Make the finishing touches
Now all that is left to do is add the finishing touches. Take the edge of the top sheet from the head of the bed and neatly fold it back over the top edge of the duvet. Next, grab your pillows and give them a good fluffing before you place them on to the bed. They should fit nicely between the folded over duvet and the headboard.
Finally, add any finishing touches such as blankets and show cushions to fit in with the design of your room. Then, hey presto, you have made a bed that is bound to impress any visitors that you might have to stay.
Don’t make your bed when you wake 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, 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 dry out as it 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 healthy, too.
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Do you have any tips on how you make your bed? Let us know in the comments.