5 Ways to Make Your Bed Look Professionally Made, According to Home Stagers

5 Ways to Make Your Bed Look Professionally Made, According to Home Stagers

Much has been written about the advantages of making your bed. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. It makes you more productive. Some say it even relieves stress.

But we are not here to tell you what making your bed does psychologically, how it can help you reach your goals, or what making your bed says about your personality. We are here with some advice on how to make your bed look its prettiest. Ahead, professional home stagers reveal their best bed-making strategies.

Adding dimensions to your look can easily be achieved by choosing complementary colors, or by going for different tones of the same hue. You can also create layers by folding the sheet over the comforter and pillows, then tossing throw blanket on top. Choosing contrasting colors for the two front pillow cases and the two back pillow cases can help do this, too.

"We will never miss a throw blanket at the foot of the bed," says Melanie Haselmayr, CEO of The Curated Group in Miami. Adding that extra layer not only makes the bed cozier, but more pleasing to the eye. "The color palette can either be light or dark, depending on the space," she says.

"We start with white sheets, then add blankets and a white coverlet, then fold those layers back by one-third with the flat sheet showing," suggests Christine Cowles, owner of Styled & Staged in Santa Barbara. "Then comes a fluffy duvet folded in thirds at the foot of the bed and Euro pillows to finish it off."

Some people make it a point to do this on a daily basis, transforming their bedroom into a luxe little getaway. But it could also be a trick that's reserved for the guest room or special occasions.

There's nothing worse than getting your fresh sheets out of the linen closet, making your bed just so, then standing back to admire your work only to find the sheets are so crumpled that it ruins the entire look. Cowles and Haselmayr both suggest neatly rolling up blankets before storing them to avoid messy-looking creases and crumples.

Steamers are great for getting the wrinkles out of delicate clothes you would rather not iron, but they are also perfect for making your bed look top-notch. Going over your sheets, pillow cases, comforter, and bed skirt with a steamer will give your bedroom an elevated look, even if you only get around to doing it once or twice a year. Cowles suggests steaming the bedding in a guest room to make your visitors feel like they are at a hotel.

Everyone has a different way of making their bed. My sister, for instance, tucks the tops of her sheets and comforter under her pillows, while I roll them over. There's no one way to make your bed, but since you are the one sleeping in it, the pros say you should make it in a way that feels most comfortable and inviting to you.

Types of Electric Blankets

Grab an electric blanket to keep you cozy and warm during cool weather. You can choose from two basic categories -- top blanket or bottom blanket, which is also known as a mattress pad -- with many varieties available in each style. Whether you prefer an electric blanket that's chock-full of specialty features or a more basic model with a simple design, select the blanket type that best accommodates your personal preference and lifestyle needs. Some types of electric blankets are safer than others. Before you purchase a new electric blanket, make sure it has met stringent safety tests by checking for a UL or ETL marking on the attached tag. UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, and its safety standards are the most widely recognized and accepted in the United States. ETL represents Electrical Testing Laboratories and is also well-respected. In addition, even though low-voltage style blankets do not heat as quickly as their high-voltage counterparts, they offer a reduced risk of electrical shock. Unplug your electric blanket when it's not in use and disconnect it from the electrical outlet immediately if the blanket starts to burn, smoke or show discoloration. Electric blankets are specifically designed to rest either on top of your body or under it. The over-blankets typically lay on top of other bedding, such as a top sheet, lightweight blanket, duvet or quilt, to provide an even temperature all through the night. Avoid sitting or lying on top of an electric over-blanket, as it can damage the concealed electrical wires. Lightweight electric blankets are comfortable, unlike heavy traditional blankets that can press down on your body all night. Electric over-blankets are available in sizes to fit almost any bed, ranging from twin to king. Opt for an electric under-blanket, also called a mattress pad, for a snug bed where the heat is contained around your body. An electric mattress pad fits over the top of your existing mattress to warm the underlying mattress, as well as your body. A top sheet and blanket help to contain the heat produced by the electric under-blanket, providing a warm "cocoon-like" space for you to sleep. A heated mattress pad is typically safer than a traditional electric blanket because the pad is held flat to the mattress. You can also top an electric over-blanket with a comforter, sheet, quilt or a traditional blanket. Choose the type of electric blanket with the features you desire. For example, if you do not want the blanket turned on all night, select an electric blanket with a timer that you can preset for an automatic switch-off time. A blanket with multiple heat settings allows you to set the thermostat that suits your comfort level; a dual-control thermostat offers individualized comfort when two people are sharing the same bed. Large, lighted controls make them easier to see and operate when it's dark. Some electric blankets are designed with additional warmth at the foot of the blanket to quickly warm up cold feet. Choose between a cozy fleece or plush acrylic electric blanket. Fleece is a soft material that is not only warmer than many other electric blankets but is also very comfortable; however, fleece tends to pill over time. Acrylic-fiber blankets -- microplush or microfiber -- are the softest and highest quality of all the electric blanket materials, typically lasting longer than other fabrics. They do not pill, are luxuriously soft and easy to care for.

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