Making The Perfect Bed

If your bedroom is a sanctuary, your bed ought to be the temple. Serene, relaxing vibes should radiate out from its crisp sheets, perfectly-fluffed pillows, and lavish coverings. When you enter your chamber, your inner soundtrack should be playing birdsong and rushing water, or deep choral music, resonating expansively through the lavender-scented airwaves.

Now comes the part in the daydream where a troop of servants come to clean your house, do your paperwork, and feed you grapes while you catch up on your favorite TV show.

Yeah, right.

Well, maybe you won’t be able to get the indoor river or the Vienna Boys Choir, but you can certainly have a fabulous-looking bed. An awe-inspiring bed. A bed that looks like a beautiful layered cake, and is all yours.

The only thing is, though, you’ll probably have to make it yourself. Don’t worry – it’s a lot easier than baking.

First, you start with good ingredients – hey, you spend a third of your life in bed, you gotta make it count! Treat yourself to quality sheets, soothing linens, soft coverings, and a mattress that you love. This is the one area where you have every right to spend a little extra – it’s for your health, for your beauty rest … for your sanity. Any problems, well, that’s why we have credit cards, right?

2. Okay, now that you’ve got your high-thread count Egyptian cotton sateen sheets, let’s put them on! You already know this part: the fitted sheet goes on the bottom, then the flat sheet. If there are two flat sheets, this is how you handle it. Lay the sheet over the mattress so there is an equal amount hanging over each side. Tuck the sheet snugly under at the foot of the bed, the head, and then each side, making sure the folds are flat and the sheet is taut.

3. The extra-long top sheet is not tucked in, rather folded into a 6-inch “Z” that is flush with the edge of the mattress. At the foot of the bed, the excess fabric is let to hang – this allows for freedom of movement without exposing the feet. Of course, if you prefer, you can also tuck it in.

4. Tuck your blankets over the top sheet in the same manner. Pull the top sheet back about half a foot to cover the blankets and tuck it inside the side flaps.

5. Add pillows covered in nice pillow cases. Lay them flat on the bed or prop them against the headboard or the wall behind the bed. Resist the urge to jump face-first into their fluffy plumpness – this happens later.

6. Lay your bedspread, quilt, or comforter on the bed. At the head of the bed, fold the top down, place the pillows to your liking, and then cover them back again. A part of the covering will remain tucked under the pillows.

7. Now for the fun part … Add decorative throws, pillows and other decorations to complement. There are so many options here, it’s scary. You’ve got little pillows, over-sized pillows, shams (which are highly decorative often embroidered pillows), ruffled pillows, crocheted pillows, scented pillows, and pillows of every shape, size, texture and color to choose from. Then you’ve got wool, fleece, knitted, printed, sarong, silk, chenille or satin throws (to name just a few) to decide between. After that you can think about bed skirts (the runners that go around the bed and hide the dust balls) and canopies (that give your bed an Arabian Nights feel).

You should now have a bed that looks good enough to eat (almost)! The funny thing about making your bed nicely, is that it will usually rub off on the rest of the room – suddenly the clothes will get picked up off the floor, the junk mail will be thrown away, and those lingering coffee mugs will make their way to the kitchen!

That isn’t the best part, though. The real icing on the cake is peeling back those sheets at the end of your day and enjoying the fruit of your labor. You can almost hear the choir now …