The Anatomy of a Well-Made Bed
Mom was right—nothing beats a well-made bed. Learn what your bed is missing and the best way to make it picture-perfect with our easy-to-follow guide.
You know that hard-to-beat feeling of sinking into a perfectly made hotel bed? Get the same vibe every night in your own home with our guide to the perfect bed. We'll show you everything you need to customize your bed for optimal comfort, starting with the mattress pad that lays a cozy foundation and including the decorative pillows that add the final touch. Now, who's ready for a nap?
Instantly upgrade your bed with a bed skirt. This simple addition hides the bed frame from view. Plus, a bed skirt makes it easy to stash extra clothes, shoes, and linens out of sight. Simply place items in vacuum-sealed bags, suitcases, or storage containers, and tuck them out of sight behind the bed skirt.
No matter the size, your bed should be fit for a king. Add comfort with a mattress pad. These budget-friendly additions help extend the life of your mattress while adding plush padding. Choose between down and polyester fills. Or look for a memory foam topper for added support.
Protect your mattress with an easy-to-wash fitted sheet. This breathable layer is standard for most beds, but its sizing is important. To get the correct fit, measure the depth of your mattress from top seam to bottom seam in several places. Use those measurements as a guide when buying sheet sets.
A top sheet is typically the first item under which you lay, so comfort is key. Make sure you pick a sheet set with a thread count high enough to meet your comfort standards; 200 to 800 thread count should be plenty. Then, choose a type of fabric that suits your preference. Cotton is durable and breathable, fleece is warm for winter, and polyester is wrinkle-resistant. When making your bed, fold the top sheet with mitered or military corners to minimize bulk.
In the colder months, add warmth to your bed with a blanket. This can either lay on top of your bedding or lay between the top sheet and comforter. Look for a thin layer with a material that's easy to launder as the blanket will be laying close to your body. Add or remove the blanket as desired or when the weather changes.
A comforter is the star of your bed, so look for one that adds personality as well as comfort. We're particularly fond of reversible comforters that make changing your look a cinch. Also consider care instructions when buying, as different fabrics and fills will hold up differently in the washing machine. A down-filled comforter lasts longer but attracts allergens and is more difficult to launder than synthetic versions.
Plain Pillows + Pillowcases
Your bed can feature a pile of pillows, but make sure to include a few to sleep on. Look for plain pillows that fit your needs. Choose between different densities, weights, and fills. Each pillow then needs a pillowcase. Keep sleeping pillows simple by choosing cases that are neutral or match your bedding set.
Decorative Pillows + Shams
Think of decorative pillows and shams as the backdrop for the rest of your bed. Pick colors or patterns that match your bedding set, and stack the decorative pillows in front of your sleeping pillows.
Accent pillows are the final design detail for your bed. Opt for pops of pattern or interesting designs. These pillows aren't made for sleeping on, so feel free to incorporate adornments, such as sequins, buttons, or beads.