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Whether or not we make the bed each morning is literally the only thing that my boyfriend and I consistently banter about. In his mind, we’re just going to mess it up later anyway so it’s a waste of time. But as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing more satisfying than climbing your way into a picture perfect bed each and every night. It feels fresh, it feels fancy, and it’s truly the best way to finish the day.

THE FOUNDATION OF A GREAT BED

1. Start with the best mattress you can afford – this is the make or break starting point for the perfect bed!

2. If your bed frame has wheels, grab a couple of non-slip furniture cups so you don’t have to worry about your bed traveling all over the room.

4. Be sure to iron your bedskirt before laying it on the boxspring or steam it once on your frame. When it is centered, use pins like these to secure it in place.

5. A great mattress cover adds that extra layer of cushiness and protects the mattress. Use corner fasteners or safety pins to keep your mattress pad from bunching up. For a real splurge top the mattress cover with a feather topper. When it comes to toppers you get what you pay for. A little extra somethin-somethin can be had for around $50-100 but the premium varieties can cost upwards of $250

A LESSON IN BED SHEETS

1. Buy the best sheets you can afford so that slipping into bed feels just as delicious as it looks.

2 It’s not always thread count that matters. While threadcount has long been used to determine how soft or unsoft, how luxuries or cheap a sheet is, it’s definitely not the end all be all. Check the type of materials used as well – often a variety of cotton, linen or even polyester and other fiber blends like rayon are used.

GOLD STANDARD: Egyptian Cotton | Sea Island Cotton | Pima Cotton

Remember that while threadcount can be important – particularly in the blends – the better cottons will naturally feel softer and more luxurious even at a lower thread count. Some of the highest thread count sheets feel stiff and not at all splurge worthy so make sure that if you are going to spend money either feel your sheets or read a good number of reviews.

3. Don’t skimp on your pillowcases! Pay the same homage to materials as you do the sheets that you climb into.

4. To get that nice crisp look and not slave over the iron, just dry your sheets 95% before immediately stretching to fit your bed. Obviously you’ll want to do to this in the morning so that they are perfectly dried by the time you crawl in.

5. We like to keep 3 sets of sheets for each bed in the house- one on the bed, one in the wash, and one in the linen closet- so you’ll never face a sheet emergency. If you can’t afford 3 luxury blends, go with 1 splurge then 2 middle of the road. You’ll love the days when you get to swap in the good stuff.

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT BED

1. First, lay your fitted sheet down. Pretty self explanatory. Most of those amazing hotel beds that we fall in love with start with a flat sheet instead of the kind with pre-tucked corners.

To get that super clean, crisp hospital corner…check out this tutorial that is super duper easy to follow.

2. Layer your top sheet with the finished side facing down so that the printed or patterned side is up when the sheets are turned down (and you get the softest experience in the bed). You can use corner fasteners or safety pins to keep your sheets from bunching up as well. Fold the top 12″ down and tuck the sides into your mattress using this video tutorial.

3. Place a thin quilt on top of the sheets to keep you comfortable in changing weather.

4. Top with a fluffy duvet either folded in half at the end of the bed or pulled up so that pretty sheet can be folded over the top edge of the duvet. Always struggle to get the cover on the duvet? Try this 10 second method.

5. Use a bolster pillow to tuck behind other pillows- It perfectly fills in the gap between the pillow and the headboard when you’re sitting in bed.

6. Quality pillows based on your firmness preferences are key and worth the investment. We’re a little obsessed with the Martha Stewart pillows found at Macy’s. After laying your bolster pillow across your bed, layer with 2-3 standard or kingsized pillows (depending on your bed size). They can just be the pillows you use to sleep or you can use one pillow placed in a sham that is removed before bedtime and one standard pillow case. If using – the sham pillow should always go on top the plainly dressed pillow. Top with your decorative varieties and voila.

If you are using extra large decorative pillows, your shams can also go in front of these so that the largest pillow is just in front of your plainly dressed pillows, then your shams, then your smaller decorative throw pillows.

7. Move towards the bottom of the bed and give your duvet a very light tug to even out inconsistencies. Keep an extra throw or quilt at the foot of the bed so that it’s handy in case of a light chill. You don’t want to be searching for extra linens in the middle of the night!

8. Keep linen spray on the nightstand to add that extra bit of fresh scent before tucking in each night.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Duvet Cover & Shams: Crane & Canopy | Sheets & Pillowcases: Crane & Canopy

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