If you count all the hours we allot to plumping pillows, smoothing sheets, straightening shams, and fussing over how the whole thing looks, we spend as much time on our beds as in them. Yet the results never look as good as pictures in magazines. Enough already. For tips on bed-making, Gardenista editor Michelle turned to Tricia Rose, a bedding expert who owns Rough Linen and has given a lot of thought to the topic. Here are several of her must-know secrets to make a bed inviting enough to make it hard to say goodbye each morning:
Above: Photograph via The Brick House.
Your bedroom is the most private room in the house, and it should be the most personal. Your bed should feel like the ultimate sanctuary and make you happy every time you get into it. “Show-off-y beds are a thing of the past,” Tricia said.
So are fussy pillows—remember throwing off 14 tiny pillows onto the floor just to get into bed? It’s over. Instead:
Get the right pillows. By all means keep your favorite pillow—the flat, dingy one you’ve been carting around since childhood because it has just the right squish factor to lull you to sleep—but also invest in a pair of beautiful fluffy pillows. “Some people do pillows like a stack of pancakes and others like magazines in a rack that faces forward, and either looks good,” said Tricia.
Instead of cotton sheets and pillow cases, put linen on your bed. (After all, this category of textiles is called bed linens for a reason.) “What I love about linen is you can stand at the end of the bed and with both hands go ‘flick,” and it looks beautiful, wrinkles and all,” Tricia said. “It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth or perfect at all, because linen already is perfect.”
Above: Photograph via Julia’s Vita.
Ditch the fitted sheet and instead tuck in a flat sheet around the mattress. “Fitted sheets are an excrescence,” said Tricia. “Mattresses are all different depths. Fitted sheets never fit properly and they never look good.” Instead, she suggests, use a big flat sheet if necessary, buy one that’s a size larger than your mattress and tuck it tightly around the mattress.
(Fitted sheet or no? Where do you stand on the subject? Tell us in the comments section below.)
You don’t need a top sheet. Instead, stuff a comforter inside a duvet cover (preferably a linen one) and let the cover do the job of a sheet. “The only function of a top sheet, if you have a duvet, is to wrap itself around your legs while you sleep and to become untucked,” said Tricia.
Bonus: by eliminating a top sheet, you will be able to make the bed faster and more easily in the morning.
Buy the right size comforter insert to stuff inside the duvet cover. “The silly thing is there isn’t a standard for the sizes of duvet infills, so you can’t just buy ‘queen’ or ‘king’ and be done with it; you have to measure your duvet cover,” said Tricia. “To fill it up, buy an infill that is at least two or three inches larger. You can even buy one that’s six inches larger, and the infill should mush nicely in there.” On Tricia’s bed is a Down Comforter from Warm Things.
Now, are you eager to redo your entire bedroom? If so, look to Gardenista‘s Room Gallery for inspiration.