Making the bed is one of the things that people have varied opinions about. Most homeowners are adamant about tidying it up every morning, while others could not care less about how their beds look after a good night’s sleep. Whatever your preferences are, though, knowing how to properly make the bed is an essential housekeeping skill to learn. If you can master a nifty technique, it will surely benefit you in the long run.
The most important part in learning how to make your bed is by knowing the most basic components of it. In our previous post, we have discussed the different bed accessories vital to a achieving utter comfort as you sleep. Knowing which bed cloth is a great starting point in making your bed.
What You’ll Need:
- Fitted sheet / flat sheet
- Blanket / comforter
- Optional: mattress pad / cover
- Optional: throw / comforter
Remove all everything that is on your bed. From its current bed sheets to the pillows and other accessories to make the work easier. If you have time, you can also take this time to clean your mattress, either by vacuum cleaning it (carefully, of course, and with the use of the right accessories), or at least dusting it off outside. This way, you can be sure that your mattress will be refreshed and clean.
If you use a mattress pad, either to add more cushioning to your bed or to help protect your mattress, proceed to0 put it on the bed. If you don’t use a mattress pad or cover, the next step you should take is to put on the fitted sheet or the flat sheet. Going back to our previous post, a fitted sheet is a type of bed garment that comes with elasticized corners to better fit and cling to the bed. It is an excellent base for dressing your bed, as the elastic corners can prevent the sheets from slipping off in the middle of the night.
If you’re not a big fan of fitted sheets, the use of flat sheets is also perfectly okay. Just make sure to tuck it in properly under the mattress, so you won’t have any issues in it coming off. Housekeeping experts like Martha Stewart recommends learning the hospital corners for a more secure and neater finish when it comes to tucking in your flat sheets. This video from Ballard Designs will teach you how you can make a hospital corners:
Layering a fitted and a flat sheet is also an option you can go for. Especially here in the Philippines, an extra layer between you and your mattress can better protect your mattress from all the sweat and other bodily fluids that you may secrete during your sleep. This extra sheet can easily ensure that you can keep your mattress clean and hygienic as well.
Arrange your pillows on one end of your bed accordingly.
Put on your blanket. In most homes, the blankets are just laid on top of the bed sheet, and it is totally up to you whether you want the ends tucked in or not.
If you’re feeling a bit fancy, you can add extra layers by putting extra pillows or having a throw stylishly draped on one portion of your bed.
And you’re done. With the right mattress and excellent choice in beddings, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Fitted vs. Flat sheets, Blankets vs. Comforters
As mentioned previously, you have a few options when it comes to your beddings. First off is between flat and fitted sheets. Flat sheets are the most common, as they are a lot easier to make and find, but can be a bit easy to unravel once put on the bed. This means that it can be quite a hassle, especially during the night. If you’re partial on flat sheets, but are not very keen on waking up with a bare portion of your bed, learning how to make a secure tuck, like the hospital corner, will be very handy. You may also try getting a sheet one to two sizes bigger than your mattress, so you can have more than enough coverage for your bed.
Fitted sheets are still gaining traction as of late, though. While they don’t offer 100% guarantee that they won’t slip off your mattress, the elastic corners will give you better chances of staying put, as opposed to flat sheets. And if they do slip off during the night, putting them back is a lot easier to accomplish, as the elastic corners will easily adhere to the mattress once you pull it in properly.
As for coverings, you can always choose from blankets or comforters. Here in the Philippines, it is most common to find thin blankets made of cotton or polyester than anything else. With our balmy nights, it’s difficult to fall asleep with anything thicker, although, the colder seasons will require fleece or mink blankets at the most.
In the end, it’s all a matter of preference when it comes to what you should put on your bed. Try the different options first, so you can have a good idea at what is more comfortable for you. This way, you can definitively choose which option works best for you.