How to make your bed: A Step by Step Guide

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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 step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make your bed. I hope this is helpful!


How To Make Your Bed

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.

How To Change Your Bed

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 Pottery Barn 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!

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  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!

  4. Christy
    November 6, 2018 / 1:21 am

    Hi, excellent post my hubby will be so happy if I make our bed- ha! I only do that when we have guests. Where is that rug from? It’s exactly what I have been looking for!!!!!

    • Sandi Johnson
      November 6, 2018 / 4:29 am

      How funny! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! The rug is sourced under the “Source and Shop” tab, under rugs or you can look under “Shop our instrgram” and click on the picture of my bedroom and everything will be sourced there also.


  5. Alison
    November 11, 2018 / 3:47 am

    This post was so helpful! Do you ever put a duvet blanket inside the duvet cover? Or do you just use the cover by itself?

    • Shalia
      November 11, 2018 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much. Sometimes, I put a duvet blanket inside the duvet cover but mostly I use the cover by itself. Thank you for reading our blog and for following along with us @thespoiledhome

  6. Zoe
    December 1, 2018 / 3:11 am

    I am in love with this bed frame! Where is it from?

    • Shalia
      December 2, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Hi, Zoe,

      Thank you so much. If you click on any picture on our shop our Instagram with this bed in it, a direct link to the source will pop up! I hope this helps.

      Thank you,


  7. Stacy
    January 17, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    Hello! Love the room. Could you please provide the source for the rug? Thank you very much!

    • Sandi Johnson
      January 22, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Hi Stacy,

      Thank you! The rug is sourced on our blog under the source and shop tab, under rugs. If you are on your mobile, you can simply click type in and click on any picture that has the rug in it and shop it that way.



  8. Jessica Gonzalez
    February 21, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Hi! I don’t see this rug listed. Do you still source it? Thanks!

    • Shalia
      March 3, 2019 / 1:14 pm


      I am not sure which rug you are looking for?


    • Sandi Johnson
      March 3, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      I just realized which rug you are talking about. It is sourced on our blog under the source and shop tab, under rugs.

  9. Rachel Reid
    January 6, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    Love this tutorial! I want to replicate it for 2 guest rooms at our beach house. What size are your decor pillows?

    • Sandi Johnson
      January 8, 2020 / 6:46 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      The large white pillows are Euro size and the lumbar on is around 36″ long.

  10. Ana Maria Nieser
    January 12, 2020 / 4:21 am

    Hi Sandi,
    Thanks so much for this tutorial, Shalia told me yesterday to look for it since I asked for it in your post on Instagram. I only have a question, there is a little difference between the last picture and the previous one. On the top of the bed, in the last one I can see the sheets, but in the previous one I can not. How do you do that last step???
    Sorry for bothering you, i just love the way it looks I want to copy it.. with you authorization of course..

    Thank you so much!!!
    I love you two and enjoy watching your stories every day.

    • Sandi Johnson
      January 13, 2020 / 2:06 pm

      Hi Ana,

      In one picture I pulled my coverlet all the way up. In another I folded my coverlet (the blue quilt) back so you can see the sheets. Either way looks good. It’s different options for you. Thank you for reading it!

  11. Beatriz
    January 16, 2020 / 6:22 pm

    What duvet insert do you recommend? I’m getting overwhelmed by all the options. I would like a fluffy one.

    • Sandi Johnson
      February 5, 2020 / 1:56 pm

      Hi Beatriz,

      I have one from Target in mine. If you are wanting a really fluffy one I would suggest Potterybarn. They are pricey but I think you would be happy with them.

  12. Beatriz
    January 17, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    Love the post! I’m looking for a fluffy duvet insert. Any recommendations? I have seen hundreds and can’t decide. Thanks!

    • Shalia
      February 11, 2020 / 6:44 pm


      Target has some really great ones! They are our go-to for inexpensive but quality.

  13. charlotte
    June 26, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    My bed is this colour and I have no idea what colour to do my curtains- please help! I have oak wooden floors and white walls but don’t know whether to go cold or warm colour curtain???

    • Sandi Johnson
      July 5, 2020 / 9:14 am

      Hi Charlotte, I like to stick to a neutral tone with curtains. Maybe try a tan colored curtain? Or a white curtain even.

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