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!

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12 Comments

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

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

    • Sandi Johnson
      Author
      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
      Author
      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
      Author
      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
      Author
      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.

      Xoxo,
      Sandi

  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,

      Sandi

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