How To Make a Bed in 5 Minutes

If you’re an interior decorating enthusiast like myself, you’ve probably “oohed” and “aahed” at the beautifully made, perfect show-stopping beds in home design catalogs.

So, why make your bed anyways?

  • It’s a great habit to have.
  • You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that one part of your home is clean.
  • A clean and well-kept bed promotes better rest, rejuvenation, and sleep.

Step 1: How much is too much?

You don’t need one dozen throw pillows. It just adds time and tedious efforts to your bed-making routine. Additionally, it can look cluttered instead of calm and centering to the eye.


General Guidelines:

  1. For a king size bed:

    1. 3 Euros in the back

    2. 2 King size shams upfront

    3. 1 lumbar (16×26) in the front

  2. For a queen size bed:

    1. 2 Euros in the back

    2. 2 Standard shams upfront

    3. 1 lumbar (16×26) in the front

  3. For a twin size bed:

    1. 1 Euro

    2. 1 Standard Sham

    3. 1 square (18″ or 22”) in the front

Step 2: To Duvet or Not to Duvet?

Duvet covers are interior design must haves and when done correctly, can look beautiful, take up less space, and be easily changed per season.

What are they? Essentially, they are just a super large pillow cover for your down comforter. Depending on your allergy needs, down comforters can be feather filled or polyester filled as well. Buy good quality feather down! Some cheap feather filled down comforters can actually shed and the goose feathers will come out of the comforter and accumulate in your room!

So, should you buy a duvet?

Duvet Cover
Duvet Insert/Down Comforter

The Bad:

  • They take work to put on. Expect about a 5-10 minute addition to your washing and folding sheet time.
  • They can wrinkle more easily than regular comforters, so extra steaming or pressing may be required. I typically steam press mine when I’m not lazy.
  • The duvet cover is an attachment that will need to be taken off of the down comforter and washed separately every time.

The Good:

  • They allow more flexibility i.e. can be changed according to season and/or decor.
  • They take up minimal space because they are the size of two sheets folded, instead of storing 5 large, heavy comforters! Literally, they take up 1/8 of the space a regular comforter would.
  • They look more modern than traditional comforters. For example, 95% of Pottery Barn beds are made with duvets.

Step 3: Keep it simple!

You obviously want your bed-making routine to be easy and take up as less time as possible.

  • Keep your sheets to a minimum.
  • Guidelines for twin, queen/full, and king: one fitted sheet, one standard sheet, one duvet + comforter, and a small throw or quilt on top for that final “aha!”

Step 4: Colors, colors, colors, and patterns.

Please be mindful of your color and pattern coordination between your decorative pillows, shams, sheets, and duvets! Utilize home design websites, catalogs, or Google Images to get some ideas!


Remember to:

  • Declutter the top of your night stands/bedside tables and opt in for matching bedside tables.
  • Choose functional and personal items that resonate with you for classy decor.
  • Add symmetry in your bedroom, which can make for a relaxing atmosphere! You want this space to rejuvenate you of course!

Best part is, my bed only takes me 3-5 minutes to make every morning. Also, every other day, I give my sheets a quick rumble so any dust or dead skin cells shed off. I dust and wipe down my nightstands 1/week too. 🙂

All post images directly obtained from Pottery Barn.

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