How to Make a Bed
Making your bed every day is just one of those things. Does it make you a bad person if you don’t do it? Eh… Probably not. But people who have maintained that habit are kind of better than the rest of us, aren’t they?
You know what? Don’t sweat it. Here are some things you can do to make your bedding situation a little easier to handle.
How to Make a Bed 101
Step 1: Position The Pad
First things first: a mattress pad or protector is going to be essential for optimal nocturnal comfort. Some people don’t put this piece of bedding on their mattress, but that’s a mistake!
Not only does a mattress pad or mattress protector provide a little extra luxury to the feel of your bed, they can also improve comfort with technologies that keep you cool through the night. They also extend the life of your mattress (easily the most expensive component of any quality bedroom experience) by supplying an extra layer between your body and that outrageous rectangular lump of furniture.
Step 2: Situate Some Sheets
Let’s face it, humans are messy creatures. Our bodies consistently release dead skin cells, excrete smelly sweat, and distribute the day’s dirt and grime onto our beds. Even if you bathe before hitting the hay, you are going to be spending 6-10 hours each night in essentially the same position. That’s why it is extremely important to pick quality sheets that will provide comfortable conditions and stand up to regular washing.
For ease of installation and care, you might consider a fitted sheet set. The wonderful invention of stretchy elastic bands make wrapping your mattress easier than preparing presents for the holidays.
Step 3: Pick Your Pillows
Pillows are one of the easiest bedding upgrades around. But many people don’t really know what they are looking for when they purchase these plush platforms for their proverbial hat holders.
When choosing a pillow, don’t just look for the softest or squishiest thing available. In fact, picking a pillow all depends on how you sleep. Think about how you actually lay when you sleep. If you are a side sleeper, then you want a firm pillow with a lot of loft. If you sleep on your tummy, you really don’t want much filling at all. Get an extra soft pillow. Finally, if you sleep on your back, you can go with either a medium or soft firmness level. You can get down fill (feather), or if you are allergy prone, a polyester fill.
Oh yeah. Use pillow covers under your pillow cases. You’ll thank me later.
Step 4: Complete With Covers
Finally finish off your finely furnished foundation with a comfy top layer. A lightweight blanket or duvet is best for all-season slumber, while a comforter will provide cozy comfort through those colder months.
Temperature regulating technology has been a huge boon to the comfort levels provided by covers by making sure you aren’t just sweating through your sheets all night. Find a comforter or duvet infused with Outlast technology to keep you feeling content as your mind floats off into Dreamland.
And yes, Dreamland is a real place. I’ve been there. Lots of clouds and flying. And falling. And showing up to an important presentation in your birthday suit.