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How to Make a Bed

Written by Tuck Staff

How to Make Your Bed – The Basics

Making your bed is one of the first things you’ll have to contend with in a day. There are many different ways to make a bed, although they usually follow a similar basic formula.

Before thinking about how to make your bed, it is important to consider whether you should make your bed. There are some important points backing up both sides.

Should I Make My Bed?

Not making your bed at the start of the day may help to kill dust mites living in your sheets, although expert opinion on the issue is mixed. Researchers have linked the presence of dust mites to asthma and certain allergies. If you are sensitive to dust mites, consider leaving your bed unmade for a few hours after waking.

Another point to consider is whether you personally care that your bed is made or not. If you are the type of person who is bothered by the messy look of an unmade bed, then it would be best to make it. If you only see your bed when you sleep, or you’re unaffected by its looks, then it may not be worth it to make your bed every day.

Making your bed at the start of the day is a quick way to get into a productive mood for the rest of the day. Decluttering your space can help you to declutter psychologically by removing chaos and distraction from your environment. Additionally, if you use your bedroom as a living space, then your bed will always look presentable and be ready for use. Lastly, you are able to climb right into bed at the end of the day with no added effort.

What Makes a Bed?

Most basic bed setups consist of 2 to 3 major bed layers:

  •     The fitted sheet is a base layer that wraps around the bottom of the mattress and hugs it tightly.
  •     The top sheet is a rectangular piece of fabric that rests on top of the fitted sheet.
  •     A duvet or blanket can rest on top of the top sheet for extra warmth. If you also use your bed as a living space, a duvet can act as a protective layer that helps keep your sheets clean.

Making Your Bed – Basic Technique

Follow these steps for a standard way of putting a bed together:

  •     Clear the bed off entirely. Lay the fitted sheet out across the empty mattress so the two mirror each other (short sides match short sides, while long sides match long sides).
  •     Begin tucking the corners of the fitted sheet under and around the corners of the mattress. Many mattresses are tucked against walls or headboards, so it may help to start by tucking the corners that are hardest to access.
  •     Lay the top sheet across the entire mattress. You can choose to leave the fitted sheet loose, or tuck the bottom and sides under the mattress for an enveloped feeling while you sleep.
  •     Lay the duvet or blanket across the mattress.
  •     Pull the duvet and top sheet back partway, exposing the fitted sheet underneath.
  •     Place your pillows at the head of the bed, on top of the exposed fitted sheet.

How to Make Your Bed – Advanced Techniques

There are many different types of beds and just as many ways to make them. Here are some alternative ways of putting a bed together.

How to Assemble a Futon

A futon is a traditional Japanese style of bedding that is laid out on the floor at bedtime. Futon sets are easy to fold up and pack away when not in use. Futon sets typically consist of a mattress, a comforter, and sheets for both pieces. Assembling a futon bed is a different experience from making a Western bed, but not a difficult one.

Follow these steps to make a Japanese futon:

  •     First, lay the mattress on the ground. If your futon set has an extra sheet or padding layer, place it on the ground before the mattress.
  •     Lay the mattress sheet across the mattress. The mattress sheet is a rectangular piece of fabric similar to a top sheet on a Western bed. Tuck the sides of the mattress sheet under the mattress.
  •     Lay the comforter down next. The sheet for the comforter is similar in shape to a Western fitted sheet. Tuck the comforter inside the sheet, leaving the exposed section facing outward.
  •     Place your pillow at the head of the mattress.

How to Make a Bed with Square Corners

The square corners style refers to a tightly-tucked, efficient method of putting sheets on a bed used by hospitals, the military, and hotels. Folding a bed with square corners is a slight variation on a standard method of making a bed. The top sheet is tightly tucked around the mattress in a way that prevents the corners from bunching up.

Follow these steps to get tight, square corners on your bed:

  •     Tuck the fitted sheet onto the mattress.
  •     Place the top sheet over the mattress, ensuring the sides are hanging down evenly.
  •     Tuck the top sheet under the mattress down at the foot of the bed. Pull the head end of the sheet so it is smooth and taut.
  •     Start on one side of the bed. At a point about 12 inches from the foot of the bed, pull the top sheet up onto the mattress while holding the corner of the sheet. This will create a diagonal fold.
  •     Tuck the corner hanging off the bed under the mattress.
  •     Hold the sheet to the side of the mattress in the corner. Fold the top sheet back down over the diagonal fold and tuck it under the bed.
  •     Repeat steps 4 through 6 on the other side of the bed.