10 tips for a perfectly made bed
1. Invest in a good mattress
If your mattress is getting a little saggy or you find you’re waking up tired or sore in the morning, then it’s time to invest in a new mattress. Get the best quality you can afford, as all the fancy sheets in the world won’t make a difference if the bed isn’t up to scratch. Click here to learn more about how to choose the perfect mattress.
2. Iron or steam your bed linen
If you want your bed to look picture perfect, it all starts with crease-free linen. So once you’ve washed and dried your sheets, pillowcases and quilt cover, set up your ironing board or steam station, play some great music, and iron out those creases! Don’t settle for a mediocre job as it will make a huge difference later.
3. Use good quality mattress and pillow protectors
Given that you can’t wash a mattress at home, prevention is definitely better than cure. Buy a good quality mattress protector (try a reversible one that has wool on one side and cotton on the other) as well as pillow protectors. This will help them stay clean and also give you a better night’s sleep.
4. Air and turn your mattress
Air and turn your mattress once a month. Choose a sunny day, leave the sheets off, the windows open and try to place the mattress so the sun is shining on as much of the surface as possible. Sunlight not only kills dust mites, it warms and freshens the fabric if the weather has been damp or cold.
5. Sheets first
Place that nicely ironed fitted sheet over the mattress protector. Pull the corners down gently and make sure every edge is under the mattress. Pull it down tightly to ensure there are no creases, sags or bumps. When you add the top or flat sheet, lay it down with any patterns, prints or borders facing down. The top edge of the bed sheet should be level with the head of the mattress. Fold the sheet back about 40 centimetres, which will show off the pattern, print or border. Tuck the top sheep in firmly using hospital corners.
6. Add a thin blanket or quilt
Place a thin quilt or cotton blanket on top to keep you warm if it gets too hot for a quilt. Again, tuck it in firmly using hospital corners.
7. Get cuddly with a quilt
Lay your quilt on your bed. Bunch up your quilt cover (right side up) where the pillows normally go. Take the top right corner of your quilt and push it into the quilt cover to the top right corner. Then repeat this with the left corner of the quilt and the quilt cover. Pull the quilt cover down over the rest of the quilt. Fasten the buttons or ties then, holding the bottom of the quilt and the quilt cover, shake out the quilt and quilt cover until the quilt settles into the four corners of the cover.
Make sure the overhang is equal on both sides of the bed then fold the quilt back about 80 centimetres. This way you can see the fold of the top sheet and the quilt cover.
8. Pillow talk
Place the sheet set pillowcases over the pillows you use for sleeping, then place the pillowcases that match the quilt cover over the extra pair of pillows. Place your sleeping pillows on the mattress, where you usually rest your head to sleep. Place two European pillows on top of these pillows, resting them on the wall or headboard. Place the two decorative pillows against the European pillows. Then add a few feature cushions.
9. Throw in a rug
Place a throw rug across the foot of the bed for an extra dash of colour and flair.
10. Common “scents”
Make your bedroom smell pretty and drift off to sleep with a lovely scent wafting up from your bed by using some linen spray. Homemaker stores sell all sorts of lovely combinations or you can make your own using water miscible essential oils. If you have trouble sleeping, try lavender as it relaxes the body and mind.[alert style="alert-info" dismissible="false"]