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How to Make a Bed Properly

Making Beds is a Daily Chore

You should make your bed as soon as you are up and at ’em so you don’t forget.  Straightening your linens makes the whole bedroom look organized. Conversely, if you fail to make your beds, the entire bedroom just looks yucky!  You should change your linens weekly.  I always look forward to turning in for the night on “clean sheet day”.Chesapeake VA, Chesapeake Virginia, Norfolk VA, Norfolk Virginia

The Proper Way to Make a Bed

Put the fitted bottom sheet on and pull the corners taut and square.  Be sure the edges are tucked securely underneath the mattress.  Lay the top sheet on the bed with the right side (pretty side) down.  Pull the sheet up to the head of the bed and then make sure that it hangs over evenly on both sides.  Put the blanket over the top sheet, right side up.  Pull it up to within 6 to 10 inches of the top of the bed, again making sure that it hangs over evenly on both side.

Now lift the mattress and tuck the blanket and sheet securely under the end.  Pull the over-hanging side of the blanket and sheet up onto the top of the mattress.  This will leave a flap which should be brought forward.  Let the blanket and sheet drop back down to cover the flap.  This makes a perfect so-called hospital corner.

Fold the top of the sheet down over the top of the blanket and tuck in the side of the sheets and blanket.  Cover the bed with a bedspread or coverlet and arrange the pillows.  Decorators have begun eliminating the bedspread and instead folding an extra blanket or throw across the foot of the mattress.

Enjoy your perfectly made bed!  And get a great night’s sleep!

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Editor’s Note:  We originally published this article in January 2014.  We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.


  1. Yes…clean sheet night is the best! Would love a picture of ‘the flap’ being made into the hospital corner! Nice description Alison. Can imagine a quarter bouncing on that freshly made bed.