How to: Make your bed like Professionals
Is there anything better than climbing into a crisp, fresh, impeccably-made bed? Here at Rosewood, we don’t think so. In this blog post, we’re going to reveal how we create our beautiful beds, and some tips on how to best decorate and maintain them.
To Count or Not To Count? That is the Question
A modern bed should look tailored, neat, and inviting. In North America a bed linen quality is often associated with thread count which is the density of the bed linen fibers. While this is helpful, it doesn’t take account the entire picture. For example, a low thread count doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality sheets. We recommend you also look at what the linen is made of, and how the material feels against your body.
Layers Upon Layers
If your bed style doesn’t require a skirt, you can skip this step, though you may want to invest in a box-spring cover if it is exposed. However, if you’re using a bed skirt, center it in place, making sure the edges are even at the foot and sides. Use small, unobtrusive pins to secure it in place.
Tuck the fitted sheet tightly. For the best fit, use an extra-deep sheet, especially if you have a pillow-top or a tall mattress – otherwise a standard size should work fine. Pull it taut and tuck the edges beneath the mattress. As with the mattress pad, corner fasteners can keep the sheet from creeping inward.
Duvet and duvet cover size are different from bed size. This may seem confusing, but actually makes sense. Just remember, when it comes to duvets and duvet covers, queen and double are considered the same size. The difference between a queen mattress and a double is about 6 inches. This means the duvet is only going to be about 3 inches longer on each side of the double bed than it is on the queen.
A Bed’s Foundation
Frames are one of the most important aspects to consider and it is what gives your bed flare. There are many ways of dressing the bed – tucked/ military style, full and luxurious – but certain bed frames lend themselves better for certain dressing methods. A bed frame without a footboard is well-suited for the tuck/military style method of dressing the bed. This is also known as the hospital bed. A bed frame with a footboard that is higher than the side railing looks best when the duvet is either tucked at the end or the sides are left loose.
Personalize Your Bed
Pillows are like window dressing and are best used to accent the bed with a flourish of style and colour. There are many options to consider. Pillow shams have a 2-inch border made more for decoration than for practicality, and the opening is usually hidden in the middle of the back. Pillow shams are typically used to hide the wrinkled, flat pillows you sleep on when the bed is made up – though some people choose to sleep on them as well.
Another option is the accent cushions which are a simple decoration and give the bed a sophisticated look. A word of warning, however: do not overdo it with pillows. Too many pillows will overwhelm the eye and take away from the bed frame and linen, giving it a messy, cluttered look.
The Finishing Touches
Take care of your bed linen as you would a dress shirt or suit. Follow the package instructions that come with your linen set and duvet cover. To help prevent a brightly coloured duvet from fading, send it to the drycleaners. If you want a crisp look, iron the sheets and duvet covers before you make the bed. A standard ironing board is too small to handle sheets with ease — cover an inexpensive folding table, or a large sheet of plywood, with heatproof foam to give you more surface area to work with. Don’t forget the bed skirt and shams while you’re at it.
Hopefully we have given you some great ideas on how to do bed and you can implement some of them in your own home. If you’re looking for more, come visit our fabulous showroom and talk to us to learn more about bedding and furniture.