How To Make Your Bed – Properly

Written by: The Linenly Team



Time to read 4 min

Making your bed in the morning should be your first task of the day. You've more than likely been making some effort with your bed – but are you making it the right way? And before you ask - yes, there is a correct way of making a bed. If you're reading this and have ever found sheets at your feet in the morning, or found your feet dangling out of the covers, then this is the guide for you - Linenly's tips for making your bed the right way.

Making your bed starts with your bed sheets

Before getting into how to make your bed step by step, let's take a look at what you're dealing with.

Fitted sheet

The bottom layer of your bed is your fitted sheet. It's easy to tell apart from the other sheets because of the elastic at the edges, or all the way around. Whilst it might prove tricky to fold, these fitted sheets are the foundation for your comfortable sleeping surface on your mattress.

description of how your fitted sheets fits into making your bed properly

Top sheet

The debate rages on about the necessity for top sheets, but we sit firmly in the 'essential' camp. Top sheets help provide valuable insulation in the winter, and when tucked nearly at the end of your bed, they help keep your bed neat – but more on that later.


A secondary blanket is optional depending on your climate and how you like to sleep. Some like to keep their blanket between the top sheet and the doona, whereas others use the blanket as a standalone layer. When making your bed, the choice is yours.


Your top layer is your doona, duvet, or comforter, depending on what part of the world you're sleeping in. For mostly colder nights, your doona cover wraps an insulated quilt, and can be washed separately as needed.


Typically, you will have one or two pillows for sleeping. They go at the end of your bed where you rest your head. Some interior designers recommend having an odd number of pillows, three, five, etc., so having an extra one for decoration never goes astray. So if you're curious as to how to make your bed look better – there's a simple solution.

How to make your bed

Making your bed every morning is a great way to start your day on the right foot. Not only will it make your room look neater, but it will also help you feel more organised and put together. Follow these simple steps, and you'll be a bed-making pro in no time!

1. Start by stripping the sheets off of your mattress. Shake them out or pop them in a laundry basket nearby.

2. If you have a dust ruffle or bed skirt, take it off as well and give it a shake.

3. Now it's time to add any new sheets. Put on a fresh fitted sheet, followed by your flat sheet. Tuck in the corners of the sheets in a hospital-style so they're nice and tight.

4. If you're using a quilt or comforter, now is the time to put that on too. Make sure it's evenly distributed and not bunched up in any spots.

5. Finally, add any decorative pillows or throws. Arrange them however you like, and voila! You've made your bed!

description of the steps involved in making your bed

How to fold hospital corners

The most important step in how to make your bed is your corner fold. Hospital corners are aptly named as they refer to the crisp sheet tucks that feature in hospital beds, but also in hotels, and the military. Hospital corners keep your top sheet tucked neatly, and firmly at the foot of your mattress, keeping your legs warm at night. Here’s how to make your bed with tight, neat hospital corner tucks.

1. Ensure your top sheet is placed squarely on the surface of your bed, with equal amounts of sheet material hanging over each side.

2. Then, carefully tuck one end of the sheet into the foot of the bed, wedged between the mattress and your bed frame.

3. Now you should see a section of fabric hanging down from either side. Start with one side, lift the material, and lay it on the surface and flatten out any wrinkles.

4. Do you see the triangular piece of material dangling? Make sure you firmly tuck that underneath the mattress.

5. The last step is to take the leftover fabric and tuck that underneath as well. You'll end up with a clean seam, that looks nice and will keep your sheets lodged.

Why you should make your bed every morning

Making your bed every morning can seem like a mundane task, but it can actually have a significant impact on your psychological and organisational health. A neat and tidy bedroom can help you feel more relaxed and in control, while a messy room can contribute to feelings of anxiety and chaos.

In addition to the psychological benefits, making your bed also helps to keep your bedroom organised and free of clutter. A cluttered bedroom can make it difficult to relax and get a good night's sleep, so keeping things tidy is crucial for a healthy mind and body.

So next time you're tempted to skip out on making your bed, remember the benefits it can have on your mental and physical health!

the psychological benefits of making your bed

Make your bed with Linenly

When it comes to making your bed, it all starts with using the best sheets. Linenly's range of bamboo sheets and bedding are high-quality, and offer premier comfort compared to linen or cotton. Wrinkle-resistant, comfortable, silky smooth, making a bed using bamboo sheets will give it a tidy look every single time.

As Australia's leading provider of bamboo bedding, Linenly's range of bamboo quilt covers, bamboo fitted sheets, and bamboo pillowcases are sure to give you the best quality sleep. They’re so good, you won’t want to get out of bed!