how to make a proper
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dress it up
For a really cushiony bed, get yourself a mattress pad or featherbed. These can range from inexpensive eggcrate foam pads to very pricey memory-foam and down-filled versions. Generally, the more you pay, the more cushiony and supportive the padding will be. Even if you go with one of the thinner, lower-end mattress pads, however, you'll find that adding that extra layer of padding will not only make your bed look more attractively fluffy, but it'll help you get a better night's sleep as well. Just pop the padding directly on the mattress, and cover the whole shebang up with a fitted sheet.
If your mattress sits atop a bare box spring or mattress base, consider adding a bed skirt. No, a bed skirt doesn't have to be flouncy and frou-frou; you can find bed skirts to match just about any décor style, from the traditional ruffled versions to more modern tailored versions. Alternatively, make your bed skirt. All you need is enough fabric to wrap around the mattress base. Attach Velcro to both the fabric and the mattress base, and you can easily remove the skirt for the occasional laundering.
Extra pillows and blankets provide the final little finishing touches. Now, there's no need to go crazy with the decorative pillows, as you don't want to have to spend ten minutes pulling the mountain of extraneous pillows off your bed before you go to sleep every night. But having a few accent pillows not only looks nice, but gives you a little bit of extra cushion should you wish to sit up in bed and read or watch the telly. As for throw blankets, I like to fold one accordion style across the bottom third of the bed. This creates a nice visual contrast between the throw blanket and the rest of the bed -- and on a practical note, allows me to easily pull it up should I get too chilly in the middle of the night.
Pretty up your bed and you'll have the guarantee that no matter how bad your day might go, you have that bed to look forward to come night. So like your mama always said: make your bed!