Place a large diaper pin on one corner (usually near the wall where it does not show) of the bed. Pin the comforter through the sheet to a small edge of the top mattress. Now when they get out of bed, all they have to do is flip the comforter up over the bed and flip the pillow on top of the comforter! Whew! That was easy. Happy Bed Making!
By Jane from Paducah, KY
By Nicki from Warrensburg, MO
Changing the sheets on her bed was very frustrating for Mom because she can't see the corner seams of the fitted bottom sheet. While Mom can feel the corner seams in most of the flannel and T-shirt knit sheets, she has great difficulty determining which corners are "head" and which are "foot." I cut three-inch-wide bias strips of a highly-contrasting fabric (usually black) and sew them along one corner seam of the flannel and knit fitted sheets. I sew the same size strip to the same corner of the flat top sheet. Mom can place those corners at either the foot or head (to rotate wear and tear on the sheets). One set of percale sheets has a very "busy" plaid pattern and elastic all the way around the fitted sheet, which makes it difficult even for me to find the corners. For that particular fitted sheet, I sewed black bias strips over each corner seam and another black bias strip along the bottom center of one of the short (head or foot) edges.
Note: This works if the fitted sheet seams are perpendicular and follow the corners of the mattress. For fitted sheets with corner seams that run diagonally from the corners of the mattress, the contrasting bias strip should be adjusted accordingly.
By DottieNM from Los Lunas, NM
By Beulah from Ridgway, PA
By Mindy from Hilliard, OH
Also when folding sheets together I fold the fitted and pillow cases and then fold flat sheets around them to keep them together. So much easier.
By Barbara from New Waverly, TX
When you put the folded sheet on the bed, unfold the first fold to the left and place the sheet at the top right side of the bed. Let it hang down about 15 inches over the side of the bed and keep unfolding it down, to the left, down, to the left, and down, etc., until it is completely unfolded. (They probably do this in hospitals, with twin-size hospital beds.) However, with a queen size bed it can be somewhat more difficult to do alone. With two people putting a sheet on a queen bed there would be no running to the other side of the bed to straighten it as it folds out to the full width of the bed. But if you are doing it yourself, you probably will need to at least once even with this method.
I don't bother to fold the bottom (fitted) sheet, but just roll it up as it is easy to put on and the wrinkles stretch out once it is on the bed.
By Judy S. from ND
I learned that I could make my bed in the time it took for the water in the shower to get warm. Smooth the sheets and fluff the pillow as you get out of the bed. Turn on the shower. Then make the other side of the bed including spread or comforter. Adjust the spread on the first side and get into the shower. Now I don't waste that time or avoid making my bed.
By The Aunt
I have one of those foam bed toppers on my bed. After I put the sheet on, the foam wrinkles up, almost folds in several different places. Any ideas on how to keep it flat?
You could sew (hand or machine) elastic strips across the corners and pull the strips under the mattress to keep it in place.
Or you could make something like a duvet cover using flat bed sheets to enclose the topper, attaching the elastic strips to the cover so that you could pull the strips under the mattress.
There are commercially made straps, too, meant for attaching to fitted and flat sheets to keep them in place. Those straps feature a gripper attachment something like a suspender or garter belt grip.
I have a few tips to making beds faster and simpler.
Another tip for curtains. I like to find the simple, easy way to do things, if possible. For instance, I use a silver shower pole with silver rings, attached to a liner and cloth shower curtain, to match the room window they go in. In my apartment they are just the perfect length. My bedroom gets sun early in the day and I have a navy window liner/cloth curtain that gives me total darkness. Why pay for expensive curtains?
By flitterbug from Ontario, Canada