How To Make The Perfect Bed

This spring, we’re looking to get the very most out of each night’s sleep. We went straight to the expert: Karin Sun, co-founder of luxury bedding brand Crane & Canopy. Today, Karin is giving us some tips for creating a luxuriously cozy bed to climb into at the end of a busy day. After all, the state of your bed is the state of your head—so let’s make sure both are ready for some serious R&R!

Written by Camila Pavone

Before we discuss beautiful bedding, we need to tackle one of the most important aspects of your bed: the mattress. A mattress is a large purchase and has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, so do some research before you buy! Side sleepers tend to like mattresses on the softer side, while back or stomach sleepers enjoy firmer mattresses.

Expert tip: Although it’s not necessary, mattress pad provides you with an extra layer of comfort and protects your mattress from dustIn our book, it’s a must-buy.

The first step in dressing your bed: Make sure that you are sleeping on luxury sheets. There are numerous sheet sets on the market—you just have to figure out which option will work best for you! Definitely check sheets for the following:

  • Material and quality. Sheets come in a variety of materials (such as cotton, jersey and linen—or fiber blends like polyester, bamboo and rayon). Personally, we recommend 100 percent premium long- (or extra-long-) staple cotton.
  • Weave. If you enjoy smooth and silky sheets, look for a sateen weave! If you prefer a lighter, crisper feel (similar to a men’s dress shirt), look for a percale weave.
  • Thread count. There is no need to buy 1200-thread-count sheets. Manufacturers often use clever weaving and counting methods to boast those high numbers, but in reality, you’re not necessarily getting a fabric with better quality. Luxury sheet sets with a thread count between 300 and 430 will last for years!

A fitted sheet is the first layer. Next comes a flat sheet, which is optional! It’s all about personal preference. If you do use a flat sheet, check out this video to see how to achieve the perfect hospital corners!

Expert tip: If you prefer to go without a top sheet, companies now sell sets without the top sheet.

Now that your sheets are on, it’s time to add something fluffy, like a comforter with a duvet cover. (Gone are the days of haphazardly stuffing your comforter into its duvet cover—here are the easiest ways to put on a duvet cover!) Duvet covers are recognized as the easiest-to-care-for bedding option. Have fun picking out a new duvet cover—your bed is likely a main focal point in your room, so pay special attention to design, pattern, color and texture.

Expert tip: If you enjoy the look and feel of a top sheet but don’t enjoy making your bed with that top sheet on it, the Nova duvet cover may be just for you. This innovative cover provides the appearance of a flat sheet (without the actual hassle of one). Furthermore, don’t hesitate to switch things up when making your bed each morning. Try pulling your duvet cover all the way up, folding it halfway to give your sheets a little peekaboo action. Or, fold it in thirds at the foot of your bed for a luxury hotel feel.

A perfectly made bed needs a mixture of pillows. Dress your duvet cover with a pair of shams in whatever sizes you prefer. Your sleeping pillows will likely match your sheet set. To complete the look, add decorative throw pillows.

Expert tip: When piling on throw pillows, follow the rule of odds. Use a set of three, five or seven pillows to add aesthetic interest.

Voilà! You’re now ready to catch some ZZZ’s. Always try to make your bed each day—if you do, you’re more likely to enjoy a great night’s sleep! Here is why Karin makes her bed—why do you?

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!

  • This is so helpful! I usually don’t look at the thread count too often. I just go for whatever looks and feels the best. I’m totally using this next time.

  • Such a great post!! Thanks for the tips!! I love a good well made bed!! This looks fav!! xx

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  • Another factor in choosing thread count, is that the higher thread count sheets can be heavier and can take longer to dry in a dryer. I usually choose 200-300 thread count because that is what I can afford and they’re less time consuming to wash.
    Oh and rayon can and usually is a natural fiber. If the tag specifies viscose rayon, it is natural. Remnants from linen, cotton and bamboo are used to make rayon. It’s mixed with chemicals to form a liquid and then extruded into fibers.

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