Design 101: How to Properly Make a Bed

By: Sarah Beaumont

August 17, 2016

Beds are the hardest working piece of furniture in the house. They’re where we begin and end our days, where we find comfort after a hard one, and where we hole up when we’re sick or tired. Our beds give us a lot of love, so it’s only fair that we return the favor by making them every morning.

We turned to the bedding experts at Parachute to show us how it’s done. Watch our video and read on for tips on making your bed a stylish spot to get the perfect night’s rest.


Step 1: Gather the essentials and pick your sheets.

Every well-made bed begins with the right bedding, but everyone has a personal preference. So how to do you pick a material? “Consider factors like whether you naturally sleep hot or cold and what texture you like to feel against your skin,” Parachute founder Ariel Kaye says.  Linen is breathable, so it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Plus it’s a super durable material that looks better with each washing. Because it wrinkles easily, it has a more lived-in, casual look.

Other popular materials include percale. “We often compare our percale to the perfect button down shirt – cool and crisp to the touch,” Ariel says. Want more flair? Consider sateen, which is more wrinkle resistant and has a subtle sheen.

On our bed, we used Parachute’s White and Blush Linen Bedding.

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Step 2: Tuck your sheets with hospital corners for a polished base.

If you sleep with a top sheet, Parachute suggests laying the top sheet flat over the fitted sheet, aligning the top of the sheet at the head of the bed. In the bottom corners, you’ll want to fold the top sheet to create a triangular shape, much like when gift wrapping a box. This will provide a polished base for your bedding.

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Step 3: Using a duvet? Then a top sheet is optional, but we dig it!

About 40% of Americans don’t sleep with a top sheet. “Some people avoid top sheets because they find them unnecessary, often tangled at the bottom of the bed every morning. Others enjoy the added layer of comfort,” Ariel says. We like the polished look a top sheet creates. “It all depends on what looks and feels good to you.”

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Step 4: Top the bed with at least two sets of shams, starting with Euros.

The number of pillows on the bed is also a personal preference, but we think the more the merrier! Euro shams go at the head of the bed (two for full and queen beds and three for kings). Standard shams and pillows go in front of them,” Ariel says. 

Step 5: Get your flair on by bringing color and texture to your bedding mix.

Creating a high-quality, neutral base in your bedding allows you to change up your style by adding in decorative pillows and throws. Want to make a statement without being fussy? Use just one bold bolster and a textured throw. That way you can add a pop of color without feeling like you’re loading and unloading multiple pillows every morning and evening.

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Step 6: Sweet dreams!

Making your bed every day is a small, manageable accomplishment that sets a more serene tone in the home. We can’t guarantee that it’ll cure insomnia, but it certainly helps us sleep easier. Sweet dreams!

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