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How to Make a Bed Like the Magazines

9 steps to make a bed look plush and beautiful like a designer’s.

This post is so completely random. Lately, I’ve tried to get better about making our bed because I’ve heard time and time again that making your bed sets the tone for the entire day to start off super productive.

And at the end of the day, if you’ve had a rough one, at least you have a nicely made bed to crawl into.

While I was making our bed the other day, I thought, “Hey, why not share how I make ours?” It might be totally redundant, but it’s something I’ve been surprised to be asked by some of y’all before. And I’m always willing to share.

So here it is…

How to Make Your Bed Like the Magazines:

(Some affiliate links are provided below.)

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1. Fit your sheets on the bed with the foot of the flat sheet tucked in and smoothed on top and pulled all the way up to the top of the mattress. (These are my favorite that feel exactly like the luxury brands and are less than $30.)

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2. Smooth out a duvet or comforter on top of the flat sheet, pulled all the way to the top of the mattress.  (This is our duvet and it feels amazing.)

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3. Pull a quilt or coverlet all the way to the top of the mattress too, smoothed across the duvet. (If you use a duvet cover or comforter instead, don’t worry about this step.)

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4. Fold back the top of the quilt, duvet, and sheets together to about 1/3 of the length of the mattress.

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5. Prop up your sheeted sleeping pillows on the headboard. (We love these pillows the best of all the ones we’ve tried over the years.)

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6. Place 3 euro pillows in front of your sleeping pillows (2 euro pillows if you have a queen sized bed) or 2 rectangular sham pillows, if you prefer those over the square ones. (I prefer down blend inserts just because they have a more upscale look to them and aren’t as stiff as polyfill.)

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7. Place a decorative accent pillow or two in front with a pattern/color to coordinate. 

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8. Double over the folded quilt/duvet/sheet section to make the bedding look more plush. 

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9. Add a comfy throw blanket at the end of the bed, and you’re finished!

Maybe that’s more work than most people do when making a bed, but climbing into a pretty bed at the end of the day just makes me happy.

Last week, I found these deep blue nightstands at TJ Maxx to replace the Craigslist ones we moved into Olivia’s room, and I’m in love! They break up all of the neutral in our master bedroom so well with lots of storage and even an included cell phone charger port. Woot! (I wish I could find a link to another one like it online, but that’s the downfall of finding something at TJ Maxx.)

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I just realized I left a bit of shipping plastic on the nightstand’s door handle. Oops! Always keeping it real… even by accident. 😉

I still debate whether or not I should put something above the headboard or if the simple route is the better way to go. What do you think?

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If any of y’all want to know, here are the rest of our bedroom’s sources:

  • Wall color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
  • Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
  • Ceiling / trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Bed (similar since ours is discontinued)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Curtains
  • Rug (similar – ours was a HomeGoods find)
  • Lamps
  • Lamp Shades
  • Bedding (The quilt / euro pillows / accent pillows were all HomeGoods finds too)

So the real question is are you a bed maker-upper? Or a why-bother-when-no-one-will-see-it-but-me kind of person? I’m trying to get better about it. If only I could magically become a morning person.

Do you have any tricks of your own you use to make your bed look all magazine-fancy-like? Share away!

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50 Comments

  1. This is lovely! I checked out the sheets you recommended and they are microfiber, when tends to make me (and my daughter too) too hot. Haven’t you had that problem?

    1. I’ve had that issue with other microfiber sheets, but these have been really awesome. The absolute most breathable sheets I’ve ever used are the Boll and Branch brand, but they are much much more pricey. They definitely feel amazing though!

  2. One time my hubby came home and said, “Know how I know when you’ve had a bad day? The bed’s not made!”

    I make sure the bed is made every single day!!! I don’t want his “Welcome Home” to imply a bad day (even when it has been)!

    I make it fancy…we both like it better that way. ☺️

  3. Love your post! Like you I’ve been searching for the PERFECT pillows. Just ordered these to give them a try. Oh, and the sheets too. lol

    Dumb question but I’ll be the first to ask and don’t laugh too loud but do the tables have cords on them that plug in to power the charging station 😀

    1. Yes! They have cords in the back with a little hidden compartment in the top so we can plug in multiple things like lamps, cell chargers, alarm clocks, etc. Not a dumb question at all. Because I wondered the same thing when I saw them online like… huh, how does that work? 😉

  4. I make my bed every morning before I even leave the bedroom. It disturbs me to no end that my 30 year old daughter doesn’t usually make her bed. I taught her right; she always had to make her bed when she lived at home with us.

  5. I’m definitely a bed maker. But mine ends up looking like a Marine Drill Sgt. made it or a sugar loaded toddler, there is no in between. I used to use a linen bed spread tucked under the sleeping pillows, very old school. But I didn’t need a bedskirt and I liked that part. Lately I’ve been using quilts and euros, and while it takes a bit longer, I don’t mind. To me taking my time making my bed is a luxury, and I enjoy smoothing and folding everything just right unless of course the Sgt or the Toddler takes over. siigh

    1. I wish I knew! For the first time in a long time, we bought these new. (Most of the time I paint used furniture.) It looks very close to Fusion Mineral Paint Homestead Blue though.

    1. Wish I’d thought to share it sooner! I never think of posting about the small details like this.

  6. Yes! Definitely a “bed-maker-upper”! Maybe it goes way back to my childhood where we were made to ALWAYS make our beds as soon as we got out of them. Even to this day, it drives me crazy now that my husband is retired and often gets up after me, and leaves the bed unmade! I don’t get it! LOL So, I always make it up – even if it’s after I get home from work when I find it unmade! But, yes I would agree that it just sets the tone for the day….it’s such a simple thing to do and it’s like keeping the dishes washed and out of the sink! The room just looks neater – even if there are clothes hung over the chair and shoes not put away.

  7. Have always loved the luxury bed look even though the Mister says he hates all that. Well I don’t so we compromise. Quick question. Do you think the 3 Euro Shams should match? Like can the one in the middle be different? They are so expensive and every time I find them at Home Goods, they only have 2 (insert rolling eyes) and the next store is really far away. I’ve wanted 3 Euro’s for years but don’t want to look weird! Thanks

    1. I think you could make it work! Decorating rules are made to be broken sometimes. 😉 I totally know what you mean. I got very lucky finding those 3 Euro pillows at HomeGoods. That NEVER happens.

  8. I’m amazed, I’ve actually been doing it right for all these years! That’s nice to know! I always make my bed before I do anything else in the morning, it’s just a good way to start the day. Thanks for the post and for including the sources for your accessories. I always like to see what other people buy that makes them happy.

  9. I for years was a “no one will see it but me” kind of girl. My husband works crazy shifts so why bother if he was going to come home in a few hours to sleep and then leave before bedtime again. But a few years ago we moved into a new house and I finally had my bedroom decorated just the way I liked it. If the bed wasnt made it just didnt look as put together as I liked it. It wasnt a relaxing spa like feeling. So the bed must be made. And sometimea a few times a day. But it looks pretty 🙂

  10. I feel like this is a very American thing to do. I live in Belgium and I don’t know anyone who makes a bed like this. We just have two pillows, and a duvet with a fitted duvet cover. The pillowcases come in the same package as the duvet cover does. You have them in all kinds of patterns and colours.
    I do like the look of yours very much, but I wonder what you do with the ‘extras’ when it is bedtime. Throw them on the floor?

  11. I don’t make the bed, we just pull the comforter up to the top every day. But THANK YOU so much for this post!! We need several sets of sheets and some new bedding. You’ve helped me save a ton of $ with the sheets link and now I’m actually excited about redoing our 5 Bedrooms!

  12. I make our bed each morning. Love your ideas to make it seem more plush. The top of your bed frame is so beautiful I wouldn’t hang anything over it. How about a picture over each of the nightstands!

  13. I love the new night stands. Kirkland’s has some that are similar (just search “charging station table”) but not in that beautiful blue. I guess one could get out to old paint brush to achieve that color. Great job with your bedroom.

    1. I forgot to check there! I think I’ve seen similar ones there too. Fusion Mineral Paint has a color called Homestead Blue that is similar.

  14. I’m a definite bed maker and have been for as long as I can remember! If I don’t have it made before I start the day or leave the house, it makes me crazy. I’ve timed myself before while making our bed, which has a similar setup of bedding and pillows to yours, and it only takes 3-4 minutes tops (pretty pillows and all). To me, that’s a small amount of time to spend on a task that makes it well worth it in order to start and end my day on the right foot.

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