Our contributing writer and photographer, Erin Sousa, explains all of the bed-making basics you need to know ahead of spring cleaning season!
Creating the perfect dream bed has been on my to-do list for years. This obsession had me looking for ways to create a perfectly white, soft and fluffy sleep space, but I never really committed to the full overhaul. Unsure of what the components were for the perfect bed, I ended up simply doing what worked in the moment. Fast-forward to now, and I’m all sorted out with my perfect dream bed—and I’m sharing how you can create your very own dream bed. Seriously, it’s essential—we spend one-third of our lives in bed (and probably more if you include lounging!), so let’s agree to to make it count!
Dream Bed Checklist
- Mattress protector
- Fitted sheet
- Flat sheet
- Duvet and cover (go with down if you can!)
- Euro pillows with shams
- Two sets of queen pillows, one set with flat pillowcases and one with pillow shams (the best quality pillows are filled with white goose down)
- Textured coverlet
Start by layering on a mattress protector/mattress pad, which will keep your mattress clean and free from moisture and dust mites. Place your featherbed on top of your protector for extra softness and comfort (it can even help extend the life of your mattress!). Wrap that combination with your fitted sheet, and then pull your flat sheet over the top, tucking the edges tightly under the mattress.
A down duvet is soft and perfect for a comfortable sleep. Down also provides temperature control, acclimating to your body’s internal temperature. Fluff and shake your duvet over the bed, allowing it to fall softly for the frothiest look. Folding it down from the top creates a filled-out look!
Euro pillows are the square ones we lean against the headboard, and are used for decorative purposes. Using a textured sham for these pillows adds interest—that texture is lovely on a bed. For a queen-sized bed, use two Euro pillows, and for a king, use three.
From there, you can layer on more pillows—the more the merrier! Tier your two layers of queen pillows, placing the decorative pillow shams on the outside for depth.
So, we’ve mastered the basics, and now we can add in the extras. A coverlet is a single-sided blanket that is more lightweight, and is often quilted or woven. At times, you’ll find these laid under a duvet, or at the foot of the bed for extra warmth to grab in the middle of the night. They are also used for decoration. The texture here matches the quilted shams, making for a pretty pairing.
It’s totally not realistic to press your sheets every day (even though Oprah apparently does), but this handy steam wand is a quick way to freshen up any wrinkles that appear throughout the week.