How to make a bed

How to Make a Bed in Easy Steps

Posted By Vaibhavi K on Sep 12, 2021

Don’t you get enticed by those picture-perfect beds in the pages of magazines? You wish your bed was as inviting so that you couldn’t resist jumping to it at the end of the day. But how to make a bed so that it is as cozy as it looks?

This blog will take you through the steps of making a bed so that you wake up refreshed and energized every morning. Guess what? You will also get to know some good bed habits that can change your life. So, keep reading.

Layers of a Bed

There are several layers or parts of a bed. We bet you get confused with their names. Let’s take a look at each of them before understanding the steps to make a bed.

Bed Skirt

A bed skirt is a piece of fabric that wraps around the box spring. It hides the box spring and also protects it from dust. It is an optional layer but including it can prolong the life of your box spring.

Mattress Pad

It is a soft layer that covers your mattress. A mattress pad can make your bed soft and cozy. But its main purpose is to protect your mattress from spills and stains. So, if you have kids and pets around, getting a mattress pad is compulsory.

Bottom Sheet

The bottom sheet is also known as a fitted sheet. It comes with elastic at the edges so that you can tuck the sheet in.

You might have a hard time folding your bottom sheet. However, it is a crucial part of your bedding and keeps your bed spick and span.

Top Sheet

It is the next layer of your bedding. If you buy sheets for a bed in a set, the color will match that of the bottom sheet. However, you can also buy it separately if you wish to experiment with colors and patterns.

The top sheet hangs off the mattress. So, make sure that it hangs equally on both sides to give a neat and ordered look to your bed. You can also look at the material of your sheets and choose from flannel sheets, linen sheets, cotton sheets, bamboo sheets, and silk sheets.


A blanket is optional when you create a bed. But if it’s a chilly winter night, it can save you from the freezing cold.

You can keep your blanket between the top sheet and the top layer of the bedding. Alternatively, you can also keep it folded at the foot of the bed. 

Blankets come in various bright and colorful designs to give a warm and vibrant look to your bed.

Top Layer

You can either choose a duvet or a comforter for the top layer. A duvet is a soft blanket that comes with a cover and is not quilted. And a comforter is a quilted blanket that does not require a cover.

If you don’t get time to wash your bedding regularly, a duvet is a better option. It’s easier to clean because you only need to remove the cover and put it in the washer.


No one can imagine sleeping without pillows. They are the most essential part of your bedding. Pillows provide you with support and comfort. But they also add to the beauty of your bedroom and compliment the room decor.

Many interior designers suggest keeping an odd number of pillows to give your bed a better look.  But you can keep as many as you wish and put them to good use. They will not only support your head and shoulders. If you are a side sleeper, you might also hug a pillow to sleep comfortably.

There are also special types of pillows for treating specific medical conditions. If you are having trouble with your shoulder pain, a wedge pillow can be of much use.

How to Make Your Bed?

Now that you know the components of a bed, let us look at how to make your bed.

1. Clear Your Bed

You cannot start with a dirty and disorganized bed. That will make you confused. Clean it up first. Put the sheets, blankets, and duvet aside. Make sure you do not place them on the floor. Keep them bundled together on a chair.

2. Put the Bed Skirt

The bed skirt is optional. But it will help you to conceal your box spring. It won’t be a pleasant sight if things peep out from under your bed. Follow these steps to put on the bed skirt.

  • Iron the bed skirt so that it’s wrinkle-free.
  • Remove your mattress from the frame.
  • Lay the skirt in the same orientation as your bed frame. If the skirt has three sides, place the shorter side towards the headboard.
  • Now place your mattress over the bed skirt.

3. Add a Mattress Pad

If you are wondering how to make your bed more comfortable, add a mattress pad. It will make your mattress soft and cozy. Moreover, it will protect your mattress from spills and stains.

Follow these steps to add a mattress pad:

  • Make sure your mattress pad has a non-slip bottom.
  • Put the mattress pad in such a way that it stays aligned with the corners of the mattress.
  • Place other bedding on the top.

4. Put on the Fitted Sheet

Place your fitted sheet on the mattress pad or topper. Make sure you align the fitted sheet lengthwise from the head of the bed. Go around the bed to check if all the corners are fitted properly.

Putting the fitted sheet can be challenging. It becomes a lot easier if the sheet has stripes. You only need to make sure that the stripes are aligned properly.

According to a survey, 58% of Americans agree that you need a top sheet while sleeping. A top sheet protects your duvet or comforter from getting stained by your body fluids.

When you put the top sheet, place it in the same orientation as your bedding. Make sure there is enough sheet to fold under your bed. If you want it to hang from the sides, see to it that the same length hangs off from both sides.

You might also want to do hospital corners. Check out the instructions below to do it in the perfect way.

How to do Hospital Corners?

Doing hospital corners can make your top sheet look neat and organized. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Fold the end of the sheet under your mattress. Leave the sides hanging loose.
  • Hold a piece of the top sheet 2 feet away from the end and lift it up at a 45-degree angle from the corner of the mattress.
  • Place this part on the top of your mattress so that it forms a triangular shape.
  • Tuck in the excess sheet under your mattress. Make sure that it is fully tucked without any creases.
  • Now bring down the triangular part and tuck it.

5. Place the Duvet or Comforter

It is the final step of layering a bed and the easiest one too. You only have to place your comforter or duvet over the top sheet. Keep a few inches gap at the top so that you can fold it.

If you have a duvet, putting it on the cover can be challenging. One easy way is to hold the cover inside out and reach out for its lower end. When you start from the innermost end, your duvet will slip inside the cover in no time.

6. Now Put the Pillows

Pillows are the most essential components of a bed. They add to your comfort and also uplift the appearance of your room.

Once you have arranged your sheets and covers, you can think of how to set a bed with the right pillows.

Fluff up your pillows by pressing them,m and arrange them towards the headboard. You can get creative here and place them in any pattern you like. You can also put throw pillows in front of your sleeping pillows for a stylish look.

These memory foam pillows from Dream Cloud will make your room look stylish without compromising your comfort.

If you are planning to buy new bedding, check our guide on how often you should replace your mattress.

Good Bed Habits

Make Your Bed Every Morning

Now that you know how to layer a bed, try making your bed first thing in the morning. You might have endless things on your to-do list. But making a bed will give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your confidence for the day ahead.

Wash Your Sheets Regularly

Make sure you wash your sheets once in two to three days. Your bed is home to millions of dust particles and dust mites. They can worsen your allergy and asthma. So, don’t be lazy about washing your sheets on time.

Use a Mattress Pad

Using a mattress pad can protect your mattress from spills and stains. It is a must if you have pets and children around. However, it’s even better to avoid eating and drinking on your bed to maintain proper hygiene.


How do hotels make their beds so comfortable?

Hotels use innerspring or memory foam mattresses to make their bed comfortable. They might also use several luxurious bedding styles for extra comfort.

What are a flat sheet and a fitted sheet?

Flat sheets and fitted sheets are the two types of bed sheets. A fitted sheet is the one that stays at the bottom and has elastic at the edges so that it stays in place. And a flat sheet is the top sheet that protects your duvet and comforters from getting stained by your sweat and body fluids.