How To Make Your Bed, According to the Pros

Experts share their best advice.

Maybe you love making your bed. Maybe you loathe it. Either way, like most things in life, with a bit of effort, you can likely improve your technique. Below, we tapped experts—house cleaning gurus, interior designers, and bedding company founders—on their best tips for making your bed. Grab your pillows, start your engines, and read on.

Main Bedroom With Quilt


1. Use The Rolling Method When Stuffing Your Duvet

This is a true game-changer. "Traditional duvet covers, which often have the zipper at the bottom, can be tricky to change. To simplify this part of bed-making, use the rolling or inside-out method when stuffing your duvet," says Karin Sun, founder of home decor and bedding company Crane & Canopy. "Products like the Nova duvet cover are designed with a hidden zipper enclosure towards the middle of the duvet cover, which also makes it easier than ever to stuff and close your duvet." Here's how you do it:

  1. Turn your duvet cover inside out and lay it out on your bed, with the opening facing away from you.
  2. Place your duvet on top of the duvet cover, lining up all the edges.
  3. Grab the edge of the duvet on the closed end of the cover, and then roll them up together.
  4. Once your duvet is neatly rolled up, grab the open end of the duvet cover and flip that end right side out to wrap around the duvet.
  5. Unroll the duvet so that it is now right side out.

2. Prep Your Pillows

Do you place your pillows down flat on your bed? You may want to reconsider if you're looking to make a bedroom look four-star hotel-worthy. "A lot of people go wrong when making their bed by placing their pillows down flat. While this does make hopping into bed much more straightforward, it won't have the look of a professionally-made bed. You should plump your pillows and stand them up against your headboard, layering them up in whatever configuration you like," says Joanne A of the website Expert Home Tips.

3. Remember The "Odd Number Rule"

Designs look more attractive visually when you bunch things in odd numbers. "Ever wonder why some beds have so many throw pillows? It's all about décor preference, but to create a flawless pillow ensemble, always follow the 'odd number rule,'" advises Sun. "Having an odd number of pillows on your bed removes stifling symmetry and looks pleasing to the eye. Try dressing your bed with five or seven pillows, and try mixing euro, standard, and small throw pillows for stylish variety. Plus, multiple pillows give you the option to create fresh new arrangements and looks every day."

4. Iron Your Sheets

Got your iron handy? To be an A+ bed-maker or for when you're hosting guests, you may want to go the extra mile. "Although it seems like an unnecessary extra step, ironing your sheets will make them beautifully smooth and crisp," explains Sun. "Not to mention that they will also feel incredibly luxurious, and you'll sleep like you're spending the night at a high-end boutique hotel. You'll be happy you took the time," she continues, adding that steaming your sheets can work just as well.

5. Decide On A Simple Color Scheme

Too many colors on a bed can look too busy and zap the zen straight out of a sleeping space. "When I dress a bed I tend to work in a monochromatic or two-color scheme and focus primarily on layering the bed with subtly patterned and textured fabrics. For instance, on a king-sized bed I might have two king pillow shams in perhaps a diamond pattern or a velvet and then two standard pillow shams in a matelassé, or a tone-on-tone pattern like a damask or a stripe," comments Lisa Melone Cloughen of Melone Cloughen Interiors. "The bed itself would be draped in coverlet again in a simple texture or matelassé and at the end of the bed I might have a duvet or cashmere throw. For a finishing touch I might add a throw pillow or two, and this would be where I might add a color pop. I believe the bedroom should be a respite from the hustle-and-bustle of the day and I think a monochromatic, well-layered bed conveys a sense of calm and relaxation."

What's your favorite piece of advice for making the bed? Got any secret shortcuts you love employing? Do you make your bed every day of the week? Don't worry, we promise we won't tell anyone if you don't.

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