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Five Ways to Make the Perfect Bed—No Matter How Much Time You Have!

March 26, 2015

There are plenty of ways to make your bed in the morning, but all of them can be used to start your day off the right way. Depending on how much time you have, your style preferences and the bedding that you have on hand, you can try one or more of these to make your bed and change up your morning routine.

Hotel Style

Estimated Time: 10 minutes
There’s something inviting about a hotel and the meticulously-made bed adorned with pillows has something to do with it. A fitted sheet is first placed on the bed, then two flat sheets. Fluffy duvets are a must on top, but don’t go too fluffy because you’ll need to tuck the cover in as well. Two pillows of your choosing adorn each side of the bed and a fifth pillow is placed in front of the stack of pillows.

You’ll Need:

  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheets (2)
  • Duvet
  • Pillows (5)

American Style

Estimated Time: 5 minutes
If you want to go with a more traditional bed-making style, American style is just what you need. Start by putting a fitted sheet on your bed then place an organic cotton flat sheet on top. Your blanket or duvet will go on top of the two base sheets; be sure to smooth out the blanket for a crisp style. Be sure that each side of your bed has an equal length of blanket hanging over and that sheets are not showing.

You’ll Need:

  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Duvet with duvet cover

European Style

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

European-style bedding has you putting a duvet on your bed while omitting the flat sheet, and it is common for two separate duvets to be used on one two-person bed. The fact that these separate duvets are left untucked makes it easy and fast to get your bed made, and you won’t have to worry about arguing over blanket coverage at night. Each duvet is folded up into thirds to fit on one side of the bed, and duvets can be used to customize the look to your tastes.

You’ll Need:

  • Fitted sheet
  • Duvets (2)

Hospital Corners

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

While no one wants to make their guests or themselves feel that they’re in a hospital bed, there’s something about the crisp look of hospital corners that makes this bed-making style a clean, classic look. Start with a flat sheet that is laid across the bed. Tuck in the sheet at the end of the bed, then pull the edge of sheet hanging at the side end of the bed up onto the bed, making sure that it is on a 45-degree angle on the mattress. Tuck the sheet into the sides, making sure to tuck it as tightly as possible. The hospital corners style is used in healthcare facilities to make it easy to change sheets while a patient is in the bed.

You’ll Need:

  • Flat sheet

Military Style

Estimated Time: 2 minutes

If you’re short on time in the morning, military style is for you. Start by sitting up in bed and straightening the sheets and duvet that may have wrapped around you, fallen off the bed or turned sideways while you were sleeping. When you get out of bed, straighten anything you couldn’t reach while you were in bed and then tuck the sheets under the mattress nice and tight.

You’ll Need:

  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Duvet