Why should we make our beds in the morning? It’s a simple task, but it has many benefits.
Some people say it gives them a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning, helping to start their day off on a good note. Some even say it can have a ripple effect on the rest of their day, leading to more good decisions and habits.
Making your bed in the morning can also help reduce stress. Rushing around to get ready in the morning can be stressful on its own. Pair that with the stress of a messy room (and unmade bed) and you’re already starting your day on a sour note. Plus, you’ll be met with the same stress when you get home at the end of a long day. Coming home to a neatly made bed is a welcome, relaxing sight that can offer comfort. It also encourages you to unwind after your day so you can rest and relax.
Still not convinced? Let’s look at it from a practical standpoint: making your bed can help keep your mattress and bedding clean and in good condition.
“By covering your sheets and mattress with a comforter, quilt, or duvet, you minimize the surface area on which dust can collect,” say experts at Good Housekeeping. If you have pets, making your bed creates a layer of protection between your bed and your pets while you’re gone during the day.
Now that you understand the benefits of making the bed in the morning, we want to talk about how to make the perfect bed. You know the kind—the #bedgoals you see on social media and in store displays.
We’re breaking it down for you so you can create the ultimate bedroom sanctuary.
Start with a good mattress
To make the perfect bed, you need to start with the basic: a good mattress. You should be sleeping on a high-quality mattress that gives your body the proper support it needs. Sleeping on an old or lumpy mattress can lead to a host of problems, from everyday aches to chronic pain, and poor sleep.
We have 3 (awesome) mattresses to help you get the sleep you need:
Our classic, all-foam Leesa Original mattress provides a pressure-relieving, responsive sleeping experience, adjusting to your body type and sleep position. It will help keep your head, neck and spine in line (which is ideal), so that you wake feeling rested and refreshed with fewer aches and pains and more energy.
Our Leesa Hybrid mattress combines premium foam layers with a layer of active-response pocket springs that contour your body while you sleep to provide enhanced pressure relief and edge-to-edge support. Plus, a top layer of hole-punched foam provides airflow all night long.
The Leesa Legend mattress features a dual hybrid pocket spring system. That means it has two layers of pocket springs for edge-to-edge support and targeted support for your hips and shoulders. The dual hybrid pocket spring system works together with high-quality foam layers for an elevated sleeping experience.
Not only are foam and hybrid mattresses comfortable and supportive, they are also easy to take care of, so you can enjoy better rest for years. We’ll teach you how to properly clean and vacuum your mattress and bedding for a long-lasting, fresh bed you can’t wait to come home to every night.
Choose the right bedding (& take care of it)
Choosing cozy bedding is key to a bedroom sanctuary. High-quality bed sheets can help you instantly relax when you crawl into bed and also have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep overall.
Taking care of your sheets is an important part of making the perfect bed. The experts at Good Housekeeping recommend washing your sheets once a week in warm water, and an occasional hot-water wash for added disinfecting. This is especially important if you or a family member has been sick or there has been an accident in the sheets. (Hey, it happens!)
Get a set of high-quality sheets that are not only easy to take care of, but will give you the most luxurious, deep rest possible.
Once you have the perfect mattress and bedding, it’s time to make that bed. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be a pro in no time at all.
Step 1: The fitted sheet
Make sure the corners of the fitted sheet wrap completely around the corner of your mattress, reaching underneath so the weight of the mattress will help keep them in place. Easy peasy!
Step 2: The flat sheet
Lay your flat sheet on top of your fitted sheet with the finished side (the pretty side) face-down. This may sound odd, but it will add a picture-perfect layered look at the end!
Go for the "hospital corners!" This is nowhere near as hard as it sounds and this added 10-second step will help keep your sheets in place at night even with a little bit of tossing, turning and tugging in your sleep. A simple Google search will show you hundreds of online tutorials of how to get the perfect "hospital corners."
This way, not only will your ends look neat, but these extra steps will help keep them more firmly in place. Once you get good at it, it will probably takes less than a minute to do. Check out this tutorial video from Crane and Canopy or this one from WikiHow to get your started.
Step 3: The duvet, comforter or quilt
Next, add your comforter or duvet.
Note: You may want to add a blanket between their flat sheet and comforter for use when nights aren’t as chilly (especially if you're a hot sleeper). If so, spread the blanket across your bed and tuck it, using those "hospital corners," just as you did for your flat sheet.
Then, lay your comforter on the bed and make sure it hangs evenly on all sides, although it shouldn't quite touch the top of your bed the way your flat sheet and blanket do. (We'll talk about why in the next section!)
Step 4: Layer like a pro
Roll down the top of your comforter and fold down the tops of your blanket and sheets to give your bed a stylish, layered look like the ones you see in hotels or in bedroom displays.
Hint: this is what we were talking about when we said don't pull your comforter all the way to the top of your bed! If it starts a little lower, an even amount of each layer will show when you fold them down! If your comforter is super thick, don't roll it down at all. Instead, pull it down a few more inches so you don't have to roll it and just fold your sheet over to add a layer.
If you want a tightly made bed, you can then tuck in the sides of your comforter or duvet under the mattress, but many people prefer the look of leaving it loose and it make crawling in to your luxurious, comfortable bed that much easier at night.
Step 5: Add accessories
Top off your beautiful bedding with some stylish finishing touches or opt for simplicity, (it's up to you!). It’s all about what brings you joy.
For a bit of accessorizing, choose European-size pillow shams that lean against your headboard (if you have one). Then, layer your favorite bed pillows.
Psst! Have you seen our premium foam Leesa Pillow or the customizable Leesa Hybrid Pillow? They'll give your head and neck the right support while you sleep, no matter your sleeping position and they're great top-of-bed accessories.
Finish off your bed's new style with some smaller accent pillows (and maybe even a decorative lumbar pillow). Varying the sizes, shapes and patterns of your throw pillows adds to the uniqueness of your look.
For an added touch of coziness, throw a soft throw over the end of the bed. This gives you the option to cuddle up with a book or take a nap without getting under all the covers.
Your bedroom can be a true sleep sanctuary: a place for calm, relaxing rest where you can quiet your mind and heart and concentrate on you.
And we're here to help with that. Start getting your best sleep with Leesa.