Taking the time to dress your bed properly will seem totally worth it come evening. Whether you want to layer up throws and cushions in tonal shades or find out the easiest way to put on a double duvet solo, follow our handy step by step and you’ll have a hotel-worthy boudoir in no time.
Consider starting with a mattress topper for some extra comfort and warmth if desired. You might also want to add a valance, which is added between the mattress and bed frame to cover the bottom of the bed.
It’s time to fit the sheet. You’re looking to ensure it’s as tight as possible, so you might opt for a fitted sheet. If not, start by laying the sheet on the bed and tucking the bottom end between mattress and bed frame, before repeating at the head of the bed, smoothing the sheet so it’s as taut as possible. Move to the sides, making ‘hospital corners’ for the tightest fit.
With the duvet inside out and your hands in the two far corners of one width (so that the duvet is bunched around your arms), take the two matching corners of the duvet. Lift your arms up and out so that the sheet easily falls around the duvet. Shake from the opposite end and fasten any buttons.
Lay the duvet on the bed. It’s up to you whether you tuck it in for a real hotel ‘turn down’ – if not, just make sure it’s centered so equal amounts of the duvet hangs down each side. Partial roll down. If you like, you can roll down around a foot of the duvet at the head of the bed, which is particularly effective for duvet covers with a different pattern on the reverse.
Slide your pillows into your pillowcases, making sure the interior fold is over the top. Add to the bed. If using Oxford pillowcases, make sure the flanges (that’s the outer edge) are ironed.
Layer your pillows as you like. You might add two housewife pillowcases, then two squares pillowcases and a final boudoir cushion as a finishing touch. Go for all white for ultimate luxe, layer neutrals or offset prints with colour block cushions in an accent tone. Don’t hesitate to add a scatter of cushions for an extra-plush look.
Add a throw to the foot of the bed, centering and folding so that it covers almost half of the bed. Try faux fur for the ultimate cosy winter bed, or a tone to the rest of your bedding with an interesting texture or detail.
Then it's time polish up your turndown ritual – we're thinking relaxing home fragrances and lights down to slowly unwind in the comfort of your beautifully dressed bed.
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