6 | Throw on a Few Pillows and Blanket
Nothing makes a bed warmer or more inviting than a few fluffed-up throw pillows. Play with color and pattern to add a bit of depth and definition – and a whole lot of style.
Drape a strewn blanket – preferably with tassels! – off-center for an effortlessly relaxed-chic look.
DIY Bed-Making 101: How to Layer a Bed With a Quilt
While anyone can make a clean-looking bed following the steps above, creating a layered look takes an extra special skillset! Whether you're working with a Twin size bed, Queen size bed, memory foam mattress, innerspring or other type of bed, there are numerous ways to make it look fabulous. Here's how to do it:
- Pick a color palette. Don't let your layers become dizzying! From the head of the bed to the foot of the bed, stick with a simple color palette by choosing one shade and contrasting it with lighter tones of the same color. Also incorporate neutrals (like white, grey, beige) to create a calming aesthetic. Match with pillowcases and throw blanket colors.
- Vary your pillow sizes. While bedspreads are puffy, quilts are not, but pillows are a simple trick to create the illusion of extra plushness. Start at the headboard or the top of the bed with two of your largest sleeping pillows or throw pillows, then gradually decrease the size as you go closer to the foot of the bed. Incorprate different colors, patterns, levels of fluff and textures of pillows shams to create depth.
- Fold over a loose sheet or flat sheet. Loose sheets aren't just for comfort, they're also for aesthetics! When you place a quilt over your top sheet, fold the top sheet over about an inch or two; allowing the top sheet to peek through offers more color and texture contrast. This especially works if you choose a colored or patterned sheet that complements the quilt design.
- Drape a second blanket over the bottom of the bed. Near the foot of the bed, layer a second blanket over the quilt. Whether draped or folded, adding in a second piece will complete the look – and give guests the option of using the added layer if needed. Choose the blanket material based on the weather, going thicker in the colder months and lighter in the hotter months!
- For added height, use a box spring. Soft layers like throws, quilts and pillows can make a bed feel higher, but nothing will elevate like an added base. Go with a box spring not only for support, but for height aestethetic.
- Consider inserts for more fluffiness. As contrast for quilts, try pillow inserts or mattress toppers for added thickness and to give your quilts and blankets a little more "squish." Pillow protectors are another easy way to add thickness and warmth – they also happen to keep your pillows clean!
Making a Bed With Hospital Corners
For a crisp, layered bed look that won't get dismantled every time you snuggle in for sleep, try hospital corners! So named for the way hospital beds are made, these folds are easy and require only a loose sheet or flat sheet. Here's how to do them!
- Secure a fitted sheet or mattress protector sheet set around the top of your mattress (and mattress topper if you have one).
- Place a non-fitted sheet atop the fitted sheet. Typically, sateen, percale or cotton sheets are most common in standard hospital settings but any material works for residential settings!
- Tuck in the non-fitted (loose) sheet at the end of the bed only, avoiding the corners.
- Take the hanging portion of the sheet at the corner of the foot of the bed and bring it up to the top of the sheet so that it forms a 45-degree angle with the foot of the bed.
- Tuck in the remaining hanging portion of the loose sheet.
- Bring down the sheet triangle and tuck it into the side of the bed.
- For finishing touches, top off your hospital corners with comforter, throw blankets, duvet cover and bed skirt. For the head of the bed, incorporate pillows!
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