Learn how to dress your bed like a designer with beautiful ideas and bedding tips to create a perfectly layered bed that fits your style.
Well hello there! I think one of the best ways to start the morning is with a made bed. Dressing a bed only takes a few minutes and the benefits last all day.
A made bed sets the tone for the rest of the house and can boost your mood and productivity. It also aids in a more restful night’s sleep by reducing the chance of getting tangled up in sheets and blankets and uneven warmth from too much or not enough coverage. It can also reduce the amount of dust that settles.
How to Dress a Bed Like a Designer
When it comes to selecting new bedding items, there are a variety of factors that should be taken into consideration. Here are some tips on how to choose the right bedding items for your bedroom.
- Consider Your Budget – Before you start shopping for bedding, consider how much you can afford to spend. If you’re on a tight budget, look for affordable options like cotton sheets or synthetic fibers such as polyester and rayon. You could also look into second-hand stores or online retailers for good deals. Places like Ross, Home Goods, and TJMaxx will also have affordable options and you can feel the material in person.
- Choose Quality Materials – Quality is important when it comes to choosing the right materials for your bedding needs and can make a difference in a restful night of sleep. Look for natural fabrics such as cotton and linen which are known for their breathability and comfort; however, if you’d rather go with synthetic materials then make sure they’re made from high-quality threads and thread count that won’t easily pill or fray over time.
- Pick Colors That Match Your Decor – When selecting colors, try to match them with other elements in your room such as window treatments, rugs, art, and home decor. Neutrals with an accent color or colorful printed throws or pillows are a safe bet when styling a bed!
What to use to style a bed like a pro
- Quality bed sheets (bed linen) and pillows
- Shams and throw pillows
- Duvet and duvet cover
- Blankets and throws
- Bedskirts and dust ruffles
- Coverlets or quilts
A simple formula for creating a designer bed
The anatomy of a made bed:
- Optional bed skirt
- Fitted sheet
- Flat sheet
- Pillow shams
- Throw pillow (s)
- Quilt or coverlet
- Throw (optional)
- Start with a fitted sheet and a flat top sheet. The flat sheet should be laid upside down if you fold the top of it back at the head of the bed so the decorative hem would show right side up. Hospital corners generally work to keep those ends tucked in at the foot of the bed unless you’re my 6’1″ husband. 😉
- Make sure you use pillows sized for your mattress. Regular for twin or full, queen size, and king size. Otherwise, they can look wimpy. Pillowcases face the inside of the bed for a neat appearance.
- Use pillow shams on a second set of pillows. Euro shams and two sets of regular pillows can look luxurious but just using two sets of pillows can be easier to keep up with and has a more modern traditional look that is still professional. Designers use both options!
- A duvet is almost always used by designers! It’s best to have a light and heavy duvet if you live in a place with four seasons. Otherwise, choose a comfortable weight year-round.
- Fold a second duvet, quilt, or coverlet at the foot of the bed.
- Add accent pillows (throw pillows) and a throw blanket for more interest in fabrics with fun textures like velvet, suede, silk, fur, and different colors and patterns.
How to make a beautiful bed
Now it’s time for the fun part, playing around with bed styling.
Whether to use a bed skirt or not depends on the shape of your bed and your preferred decorating style. No bed skirt on a metal frame or platform bed can look clean and sharp.
Of course, bed skirts are great for preventing dust under the bed and hiding box springs. Using a pattern, pop of color or over-the-top fringe is a great way to add your personal decorating style!
Pillows, shams, and throw pillows
Let’s address pillows and shams next. Use 2-3 sets of standard pillows with your sheet pillowcases and shams. Try leaning them straight up and down against the headboard in different orders to see what looks best making sure a decorative sham is in front.
Skip the shams all together and lean large throw pillows in front of your pillowcases.
Layer two sets of pillows flat and accessorize with throw pillows. An odd number in different sizes work well centered.
A single accent pillow in front of each set of pillows makes an elegant yet simple symmetrical style.
Duvets, Quilts, and Coverlets
The last step is layering with an additional blanket at the foot of the bed and a throw blanket causally tossed across the made bed.
I love to add a warmer quilt in the cold winter months for a cozier and more comfortable vibe. You can also switch out your duvet for a heavier one in winter.
Sometimes a quilt or coverlet covers the bed while a duvet or throw is folded at the bottom.
My latest trend is to use our light quilt on the bed with the duvet at the bottom during summer months and the duvet on the bed with the quilt at the bottom for winter months.
- Fold the duvet/blanket at the foot of the bed in thirds so you can easily pull it up in the middle of the night when you get chilly. 🙂
- Use a mattress topper for additional comfort and fullness on a flat or too-firm mattress.
Use these interior design tips for making a beautiful bed in the mornings! Leave me a comment with any questions or thoughts. I read each and every one.
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