Bed Making Tips

July 15, 2011

Girl Making Her BedI love it when the air around me smells fragrant. Here's a tip for good smelling bed linens. Find a fabric softener sheet whose scent you love, and cut it in half. Put one or both halves between the pillowcase and the bed pillow (one half on each side of the pillow). Every time you put your head on the pillow, you smell the fragrance just a little. It is not overwhelming. My guests often comment how nice it smells on the guest pillows.


By Nicki Rippeteau from Warrensburg, MO

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May 17, 2010

Kids don't make beds anymore or they don't make them properly. I have two tips just for the bed.


July 15, 2010

My 89-year old mother has macular degeneration in both eyes, so her vision is very limited. Mom also has arthritis, which limits the feeling in her fingertips and strength of her hands.


October 2, 2013

The one thing I hate is stripping the bed sheets and re-making the bed. I have a tip that saves time and adds padding. I put every single fitted sheet I have on the mattress over one another.


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May 3, 2010

Have a bedspread, such as all one color chenille, that is hard to tell where the corners are, making it hard to place on the bed? Take a piece of ribbon or embroidery floss a shade lighter.


From the back, make a stitch, tie if off and leave tails a couple inches long.


October 31, 2017

Work smarter, not harder. When changing your sheets, begin by tossing your bed cover over to the opposite side, out of the way. Then place your clean fitted sheet and flat sheet on top of your bed, unfolded. Peel off the first corner of the sheets your changing, replace that same corner with the clean sheets, pocket first, then flat over the top.

A bed in the process of having the sheets changed.


February 5, 2007

When I do the laundry, I leave pillow cases inside out. Then when using them, I reach my hand inside, grab the two corners and the tips of pillow and turn pillow case right over.


July 12, 2011

I often get mixed up which direction my comforter goes since it has a large floral pattern and the width and length are closer than on a twin comforter. To solve this problem, I pinned a safety pin on the two underside corners that lay at the head of my bed.


October 6, 2011

I have an easier way of making a bed up. When I make my bed in the mornings, I don't go around the bed five or six times. I do one side of bed completely before going to the other side.


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December 17, 2014

Hubby has oily skin and, being bald, he has no hair that absorbs at least some of the oil on his scalp. I bought several used beach towels at the Thrift Store and made them into pillow cases that I put over the pillow to protect it before slipping on the pretty top pillow case.


February 28, 2005

During night time potty training, I came up with an idea to avoid middle of the night sheet changing by "doubling up". I made up the mattress like this: plastic fitted sheet, regular cotton sheet, plastic fitted sheet, cotton sheet.


November 10, 2009

My most favorite way of keeping warm is to use flannel sheets on the bed. Apparently it's a good idea because my two dogs love it, too.


I also purchased a electric heater that rolls easily from room to room, great money saver.


December 14, 2011

Try this way of folding a queen size top sheet so that it can be laid by the top of the bed and unfolded to end up exactly where it should be on the bed.


May 8, 2013

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.


December 18, 2014

I put pillows into silk cases before putting them into their cotton ones. They do not stick.

Use Silk Pillowcases Inside Cotton


July 25, 2007

When making your bed, put the fitted sheet on one corner of the foot then go around to the opposite side to the head of the bed and put the sheet on and finish. You will never again make your bed any other way, no more of the sheet slipping off.



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June 21, 2016

I have a king size blanket, recently purchased from JCP. All the seams look the same. How do I tell what goes at the top and what goes at the bottom for a perfect fit?


June 23, 20160 found this helpful
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Lay it out on the bed one direction, then rotate it putting what was on the side on the top. Decide which way you think it fits best, then sew a small colored ribbon in the bottom right corner, or even both bottom corners - now when you have to put it back on the bed, you know exactly which way it goes.

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December 22, 2008

I've been wanting to redecorate my room for a while now, but have hesitated because I didn't want to spend money on a new bedspread. The other night I stayed in a hotel where they "triple sheeted" my bed and I enjoyed how that felt and looked. Is there a proper way to make a bed this way? Or does anyone have other ideas?



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December 22, 20080 found this helpful

Why would anyone triple sheet a bed? Especialy a Hotel?? Do they think the two underneath stay clean? I think not.


I wouldnt want to sleep on a sheet that was under one somone er.. two used the night before.. yuk!!

By Marie (Guest Post)
December 26, 20080 found this helpful

I don't think the last post was meant to be funny but ... lol

A triple sheeted bed is a fitting sheet, sheet and then sheet over the top blanket. The two upper work similar to a duvet cover so instead of buying an expensive new bedspread, you can cover w/ a much cheaper sheet! To get a cool patter you could buy fabric instead of a sheet.

And an additional to the last comment - triple sheeting can be much more sanitary for hotels since some hotels do not require laundering of bedspreads after each guest, only sheets!

By Michelle (Guest Post)
December 27, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you, that was so much more helpful!

By velsgal (Guest Post)
December 28, 20080 found this helpful

This isn't really an answer to your question but it might help you redecorate your bedroom. Try the in your area. I have found incredible deals..for example a king size flannel sheet set that had been slept on once for $15.00 because they didn't like them.


PS. I'm glad to know how to triple sheet as well. It does have a nice feel to it. Blessings!

December 29, 20080 found this helpful

I can see the idea, but why not just sew the two sheets together and make the duvet? I bartered and got a seamstress to make my duvet. Now we use just the fitted sheet with a comforter inside the duvet. We wash the fitted sheet and the duvet. It is so much easier to make the bed. You just throw the duvet on the bed, no tucking sheets and blankets, etc. And if you travel much, I would invest in a sleep bag that you carry with you to sleep in a motel.

December 29, 20080 found this helpful

My mother does this.

Here's how:

1)Put the fitted sheet and the flat sheet on the bed the normal way.

2)Put the blanket on top of the flat sheet but don't turn the flat sheet down yet.

3)Put the second flat sheet on top of the blanket with the top of the sheet even with the top of the blanket.

4)THEN turn the top of the first flat sheet down over both the blanket and the second fitted sheet.

5)Tuck in the sheets/blankets at the bottom of the bed.

By Ella (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful

If I understand this 'triple sheeting' thing, I agree with Ariela,YUK!

January 1, 20090 found this helpful

What color combos do you use?

November 5, 20090 found this helpful

I am sorry guys but I had to read this no less than four times to understand the final step! Let's see. When all is said and done I should have one solid piece right? Some of my queen sheets are rather big when I bring my fitted sheet up and over the third sheet will this not be lumpy? Thanks, Carla


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November 5, 20090 found this helpful

Man, I don't know why I didn't get it the first time I read it. But Katie A's post set it in my head. A friend made a duvet
cover using sheets. She put an old blanket inside 2 sheets but instead of sewing it closed she sewed on buttons; made it easy to launder. But she didn't tack the blanket in place so I don't know what keeps the blanket from bunching up.

January 8, 20100 found this helpful

I work at a hotel I am a housekeeper and yes triple sheeting is nice but takes a lot longer then the usual bedspread anyways put your fitted sheet on tight then your flat sheet to meet at the top of the bed then your blanket about 12 inches or more if you prefer down from the flt sheet then put your next flat sheet about 2inches over the blanket fold over the the top flat sheet then fold bottom flat over blanket and sheet tuck top sides in. then go to bottom of bed tuck in then you do all sides then put your decorative blanket folded at the foot of the bed. I do this on my bed too looks so neat and feels great.

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December 31, 2011

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?

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful

Our Memory Foam topper that our daughter got us for Christmas a couple years ago, came with a knit Zippered cover, and we don't that problem. It zips on 3 sides so is very easy to remove for laundering, and when you replace it in the cover, you just lay it in, and pull it gently around the edges to make sure it is nice and flat before you zip it up. I don't know whether you can buy just the cover or not. Our topper with cover came from Kohl's. It might also have something to do with the thickness of your topper.
Harlean from Arkansas


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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

A mattress cover might be the answer, too. I hope that helps.


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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

Could it be too big, with the sheets causing it to buckle? If it is perhaps you can trim it to fit better.


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January 14, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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May 12, 2014

My king pillows are too short for my king shams. Any ideas on how to fill out the rest of the sham?

By Wanda


May 13, 20140 found this helpful

Hello I find using two pillows works for me, but I am from England. The pillows are a lot smaller, but we can get large pillow shams.


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May 13, 20140 found this helpful

You could make new pillows to fit the shams. Measure the shams and cut fabric to make pillows the same size as the shams. I pick up top quality sheets at the Goodwill for this. Sew them up and leave a 5 inch opening to stuff them. You can stuff them with the stuffing from your pillows that were too small. You may need a bit extra stuffing but it shouldn't be too costly. Stitch up the opening you used to stuff the pillows and that's it. It shouldn't cost much more than $10.

May 14, 20140 found this helpful

I just tuck the pillow case down into the open end. It stays very well and makes the case look fitted.

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July 15, 2010

I have a California king size bed. I hate changing the sheets because I can't find the right way to put the fitted sheet on.


May 14, 2010

I have a few tips to making beds faster and simpler. I have a double bed and buy queen size sheets and covers, with the deep pockets.

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