How to make your bed: A Step by Step Guide

Hi friends! Shalia and I are always asked to show how we make our beds. One person even said they buy everything I link and still can't get their bed to look like mine. So, I decided to do a simple picture tutorial. I hope this is helpful!

First, I want to say that I don't follow rules and I change the way I make my bed all the time. I think you should make your bed however you like it and functions well for you.

Step 1. Start with your sheets.

When Rob and I were first married, we had the cheapest sheets and didn't understand why some sheets were so expensive. Fast forward 19 years and we are spoiled to good sheets. About 5 years ago, I bought our first pair of really nice sheets and I was sold. Even Rob didn't mind spending the extra money. I'm due for new ones (you can see how this set isn't fitting our bed so well anymore) and I have heard so many good things about the Potterybarn tencel sheets and I'm going to give those a try.

Step 2. Add your coverlet or quilt.

I like to make my bed in layers. Not just for looks, but because I get hot at night and Rob tends to get cold. The only time I use a comforter is during the winter and I sleep with both a ceiling fan on and a free standing fan, aka box fan. I freeze the poor hubby out.

Finding a coverlet that doesn't shrink and covers both sides of the mattress is not as easy as you would think. I have bought many and a lot of them tend to shrink. This one is the Potterybarn Washed Cotton Quilt. I have already washed it and there was no shrinkage. Also, it's the perfect weight for layering.

Step 3. Add your duvet/duvet cover.

I like using a duvet cover over using just a comforter because I feel like it's easier to wash the duvet cover. If there are any stains or spots, my washer is more likely to get it out versus having to wash a giant comforter. I do wash the insert, but since it's protected by the cover, I don't have anything to worry about.

Before, I always had an inexpensive white duvet cover, because I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep it clean; not with my family. I love the look of white bedding and it's so easy to change pillows or the throw to get a different look. Once I saw that we could have white bedding and keep it white, I upgraded to this soft belgian linen duvet cover. The cover is also available in other colors.

Step 4. Add your pillows.

I have seen many ways people place their pillows. Who knew there were so many options!? Here, I stacked mine right on top of each other. Again, I don't follow rules and there is no wrong way, in my opinion, so play around with it and see how you like yours!

Step 5. Next, I add my decorative pillows. This is what adds the coziness to my bed. Having these extra decorative pillows only adds a few seconds to my bed making routine and is so worth it.

Step 6. And lastly, I add a throw blanket. I have seen throw blankets casually thrown on the bed and it's so perfectly messy. I haven't mastered that yet. Instead, I like to fold mine and slightly tuck it under my duvet cover for a neater look.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and look through my pictures . I appreciate you all!



  1. Katrina Naifeh Akers
    August 8, 2018 / 1:29 am

    Great post Sandi! You girls make everything look lovely! Keep ’em coming!

    • Sandi Johnson
      August 13, 2018 / 4:02 am

      Thank you so much! We really appreciate it.

  2. Caroline Franks
    August 8, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Sandy- this was so helpful!! I didn’t know about the “Z” fold until your demonstration. Doing that from now on! Thank you!

    • Sandi Johnson
      August 13, 2018 / 4:03 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad I was able to show you something new.

  3. Laura
    August 8, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Super easy to follow along – it looks great and easy to copy -two of my favorite things !

    • Sandi Johnson
      August 13, 2018 / 4:04 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you thought so. Thank you for taking the time to read it!

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