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go to bed how to make a proper bed
by Yee-Fan Sun
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To make the traditional bed, you'll need the following:

  • fitted sheet
  • flat sheet
  • blanket
  • pillowcase(s)
  • duvet, bedspread, or quilt (optional)
Stretch the fitted sheet over your mattress. Now take your flat sheet and place it right side down on the mattress. Yup, you heard me: the back side will be facing you. This ensures that when you finish making up the top sheet, the part you actually see will be right side up. If the sheet has an asymmetric top and bottom hem, make sure that you have the right end at the top of the bed (generally, this will be the larger, more finished-looking hem). Now pull the top of the sheet all the way up to the top of the mattress, then tug it up a couple of inches extra. Adjust the sheet so it hangs evenly on both sides. bedding for the lazy
If making up the traditional bed is just way more effort than you can be bothered to expend, make it easier for yourself: skip the flat sheet and just use a duvet with a removable duvet cover. No fussing around with tucking in sheets; just straighten up that duvet after you get out of bed in the morning, and your bed's all made.

Now, if you're going to use a blanket in addition to your duvet, place the blanket on top of the untucked sheet, aligning the top edge of the blanket to the top edge of the sheet. Some folks like to do the sheet and blanket separately, but personally, I just think that adds an extra step, and prefer to deal with both at the same time. Fold both the blanket and the sheet over at the top, about a foot to a foot and a half. Starting on one side and moving from the top of the bed to the bottom, neatly tuck the blanket and sheet under the mattress. Do the same on the other side, doing your best to pull the blanket and sheet straight and taut.

When you get down to the bottom edge, the trick is to tuck in the sheet and blanket while getting the corners as neat and flat as possible. You can create those perfect hospital corners by standing near a corner, grabbing the loose hem about a foot or so in from the corner, and lifting it up to form a triangular fold. Use your free hand to hold the fold in place against the side of the mattress, and firmly pull down the sheet/blanket with your other hand. Tuck the excess material under the mattress.

Pop the pillowcases on your pillows, and place them at the top of the bed. You can now top it all off with a duvet, quilt, or bedspread. Or keep it simple and light and sleep with the blanket alone.

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