How to Make a Bed

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How to Make a Bed

Weary bones ache for a bed with fresh sheets and soft blankets, and the tidier the bed, the stronger the impulse to slip into the warmth, protection, and comfort of its folds. Those who take the time to turn the rumpled mess of blankets and sheets into a neat, uncluttered bed know its positive impact on the rest of their day and feel it a shame that others choose to forgo this and settle for chaos and dust instead. For many, the sight of an unmade bed is depressing and slipping back into feels a lot like putting on dirty clothes.

For a refreshing night's sleep, one needs the support of a solid bed with durable bedding that promotes a good, refreshing, and comfortable night's sleep. Fragile and threadbare bedding do not offer the same level of protection and comfort as fresh bed linens, and can contribute to soreness, joint pain, stress, sleeplessness, and ultimately, poor health. Buying or replacing bedding is easy and convenient, since brick and mortar as well as online stores such as eBay offer large selections of quality bedding from fleece blankets to eiderdown duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets to cast iron bed frames, and accent pillows.

The Benefits of Making a Bed

People who develop home-related life skills such as carving a roast, making a bed, and building a fire feel more efficient, constructive, and self-reliant. Making one's bed s also a keystone habit, because it puts one in a productive mood with the positive results like discipline, attention to detail, organisational skills, and a sense of achievement lasting through the day and even spilling over into other activities. Add to that peace, hygiene, and aesthetic appeal, and it is no wonder that most British parents insist upon this childhood chore, even when it earns them a child's persistent scowl.


A bed is, as everyone knows, a piece of furniture that people use for sleep, rest, and relaxation. While history gives examples of beds of solid stone, pallets, palm leaves, and straw, in modern times a bed usually takes the form of a mattress positioned on a sturdy bed frame and sometimes includes footboards and headboards. To make a bed, one needs the bed frame and mattress, as well as bedding, an all-inclusive term for the fabric covers for the bed such as bed sheets, blankets, duvets, coverlets, and optional valances and mattress toppers. The best beds are durable and comfortable while bedding should be soft and breathable with excellent insulating properties.

Steps to Making a Bed

Making a bed is simple and takes no more than five minutes, or even less if one is experienced. Making the bed the minute one is out of it does not give the bedclothes time to air out, drying the moisture and warmth from the previous night's sleep. Rather, one should pull the covers loose, hang them on a chair, or even leave the bed messy while taking a shower or brewing a cuppa, then come back to the bed and give everything a good shake. If the bed sheets and pillowcases are dirty, one should remove them and lay out a fresh set instead. The open secret to making a bed with no wrinkles and lumps is to constantly smooth out the bedding making sure there are no creases before moving on to the next step.

The Bed Frame and Valance

The bed frame keeps the bed off the floor and the mattress in position on its base. Mostly made from wood or metals like brass, iron, and steel, bed frames are fixed in one spot and only moved when the need arises. Those who would like a traditional base valance, used with beds that have headboards, should fix it over the bed frame before putting the mattress on. Like charming floor-length skirts for the bed, valances conceal the bed frame, keeping the spot under the bed dust-free and providing storage space under the bed as well. They are not changed as often as bed sheets and can last a while between washes.

The Mattress and Mattress Pad

The mattress goes over the valance if there is one, or right on the base of the bed frame. People spend a third of their lives on a bed, and that time is more restful with the support and comfort of a good-quality mattress. Mattresses have come a long way from the leaves, horse hair, and straw filling of the past to modern ones enhanced by technology. The memory foam mattress is a good example, with a material that moulds itself to the body with heat and pressure for improved posture and quality of sleep. Another favourite is the pocket sprung mattress where each spring is in its own pocket to absorb weight individually so that two people sleeping on the same bed do so with ease. The memory foam pocket spring mattress marries the best qualities of these two types into one mattress.

If one would like an extra layer to protect the mattress from wear and tear, they place a mattress topper right over the mattress while smoothing out any creases. Mattress toppers are optional but the magnetic, therapeutic, and heated types help with easing chronic pain. Once the mattress and topper are in place, they last for months or even years, and are not moved except for when someone wants to flip the mattress once every three months.

The Bottom and Top Sheet

The daily five-minute task of making one's bed starts here, when one spreads the fitted or flat bottom sheet over the mattress or mattress pad. Many people prefer fitted bottom sheets because they are easy to use; they just spread the sheet on the mattress, fit its elastic corners over the mattress corners, then tuck it in round and under the mattress. If the bottom sheet is flat, one must make 'hospital corners'. In this case, one spreads the top sheet over the mattress with the finished side facing the mattress and the wider hem at the head of the bed with edges hanging evenly all around. Any extra length should be at the foot of the bed. For hospital or mitred corners, one tucks in the sheet at the foot of the bed from corner to corner then pulls out one long edge onto the mattress to form a 45 degree angle. While holding the edge of the bed with one hand, they tuck in the extra flap under the mattress with the other hand, then fold down the edge on the bed and tuck it in tight under the mattress before tucking the rest of the sheet in while moving towards the head of the bed, constantly smoothing out creases. The same is done for the other corner. Those new to making mitred corners need neatness, symmetry, and a little practise to get the corners sharp. The fabric used in making bed sheets and its thread count determine the quality of the bed sheets, with a high thread count synonymous with luxury, smoothness, and density.

Warm Covers

After the bottom and top sheets, the next step is a blanket. One throws it over the bed, smoothing out any wrinkles, much like the same process with top sheet. Some people prefer to make mitred corners with the top sheet and blanket at the same time. The last task is to fold back the top of the blanket and top sheet to show the beautiful printed side.

Blankets provide a silky layer of warmth and insulation against the cold and come in varieties of fleece, polyester, chenille, faux fur, natural wool, and more. Depending on the weather, one can throw on a decorative bedspread, coverlet, duvet, or quilt. Quilts are made of three layers: the backing at the base, the padding in the middle, and the embroidered patchwork of fabric squares at the top. Often these are warm and rustic, especially the traditional woven ones. Duvets are thermal insulators that are generally used in place of bed sheets and blankets. They come with their own cover, very much like a pillow and its case. The degree of insulation they provide depends on the type of filling used. Natural materials like silk, down, and wool are breathable, while synthetic polyester filling is odour-free.

Pillows and Decorative Elements

Pillows are the final essential items for making a bed as they support the head during rest. For this step, one puts the pillows in their pillowcases, fluffs or plumps them, and places them on the head of the bed with the opening facing inwards. They can also stack the pillows or keep the upright with pillow shams and boudoir pillows to add visual appeal to the head of the bed. Finally, one can reflect personal style with decorative accents, even stuffed teddy bears and dolls.


When it comes to bedding, size is a critical factor. Bed sizes are the measurements of a mattress and, unless customised to specifications, are standard across the UK, ranging from the small single size to the super king size. The proportions of the bed frames do not determine bed sizes, as they differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and sometimes include decorative features that add to the size of the frame. Bed clothes should match their measurements and size of the bed.

Table to Show Standard UK Bed and Mattress Sizes

Bed sizes reflect the sizes of the mattresses that fit them. Many manufacturers and retailers colour-code their products, allowing consumers the time-saving ability to sort everything out at a glance.

Bed/Mattress Type

Bed/Mattress Size

in cm

Imperial Equivalent

in ft (') and in (")

Colour Code

Small Single

Width 75 x Length 190 cm

Width 2'6" x Length 6'3"


Standard Single

Width 90 x Length 190 cm

Width 3'0" x Length 6'3"


Small Double or Prince

Width 120 x Length 190 cm

Width 4'0" x Length 6'3"


Standard Double

Width 135 x Length 190 cm

Width 4'6" x Length 6'3"


King Size

Width 150 x Length 200 cm

Width 5'0" x Length 6'6"


Super King Size or Queen

Width 180 x Length 200 cm

Width 6'0" x Length 6'6"


How to Buy Bedding on eBay

The simple, straightforward process and fast payment methods make buying bedding on eBay a pleasure. With a keyword search on the homepage, you can quickly browse through the results, from high-end items to bargains at throwaway prices, filtering further if the results are too broad. For matching bed linens or sets, browse through bedding sets or bedding bundles and take your pick. Read through the feedback the seller has received from other buyers and be sure to leave your own upon receipt of your item.

Be sure to check and double-check that the measurements given by the seller match with what you are looking for, because a top sheet for a single size bed, for example, will never a double-size mattress. If you are buying a mattress and picking it up from a local seller, lie down on it or give it a good bounce to check for firmness and spring while looking out for any lumps.


There are few things so refreshing as a good night's sleep, which is precisely what makes beds and the art of making beds so important. Considered a keystone habit, making a bed every day contributes to the skills that make us more productive, such as discipline and attention to detail. Though one can make a bed however one pleases, doing it right, hospital corners and all, results in a bed so inviting that it one is hard put to resist the temptation to just jump back in, no matter the time of day.

When shopping for bedding, it is critical that the sizes and measurements one chooses are the right ones to prevent costly mistakes. With bedding, the rule of thumb is to buy the best one can afford for enduring comfort. However, no matter how big or small one's budget, they can always find what they need on eBay.

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