You’re Doing it Wrong! How to Actually Make a Bed
Fun little fact about me: what seems like another lifetime ago, I did bedding for Macy’s. I literally made hundreds of beds. Today, I’m here to tell you this:
You are making your bed wrong.
Thankfully, I’m also going to tell you how to actually make a bed.
Do you want your bed magazine-worthy? Here’s how to make a bed. The right (and gorgeous) way:
Don’t Skimp on the Thread Count
Quality sheets make a bed. Literally. But, take note. Thread counts are deceiving. In fact, often times, the higher the thread count, the cheaper the thread. Who would have guessed?!?!
I usually go with a thread count of 400. It’s a good number and delivers a soft, quality sheet. My favorite sheets are the ones found at Target — yes, you read that right. Not only are they comfortable and soft, but they label the fitted sheets underneath so you know which is the top and bottom. The brand: Threshold.
If you’re setting up a guest room bed to look inviting and you aren’t going to use the bed every night, use a steamer. After you wash the sheets, steam them and the pillow cases so they are wrinkle-free. Don’t have a steamer? Break out the ironing board and run an iron over them quickly instead.
It’s All About the Bedding
If you happen to live in Las Vegas and have visited the flagship Christopher Todd shop, you’ve seen the bed in the showroom. I’m obsessed with the duvet. It’s high-quality and plush. That’s the type of bedding to make a bed really stand out.
Get good bedding. Something thick and cozy. Color, no color, pattern, no pattern. It’s up to you. All that matters is that the bed looks — and feels — like something you never want to crawl out of.
If you opt for patterned bedding, match the sham pillows with it, and then coordinate solid and throw pillows.
Get the Right Size Pillows
Pillows vary in size based on the size of the bed. If pillows are too small, they don’t fit the pillow cases and flop over. For both shams and sleeping pillows, get them overstuffed so they fill the entirety of the pillow cases. Often, I see people buying thin, cheap shams. But, you pay for what you get. These thin and inexpensive shams fall over because they are too small and immediately bring down the polished look of a made bed.
For a king bed, I suggest three types of pillows: background pillows that are square and usually measure 27-30″; two king-size shams; and in front of them, two king pillows.
It’s All About Angles
When you’re putting the bed together, it’s always personal preference as to how you want it to look. I always angle the pillows (especially for photography). If the bed is straight in front of you when you walk into the room, then the pillows should be straight, too. If you have a bed off to the side of the room when you walk in, then turn the pillows and angle them slightly to face out towards the door. This tiny touch makes the bed appear more inviting.
Bonus: Want a clean look? Make your bed military-style and tuck everything under to give it a finished, tight look