Do you want to know how to make your bed look like the ones in magazines? Beds are the focal point in every bedroom. Do you want your bed to have that lux look but without a thousand pillows? Follow these tips to get a dream-worthy bed.
After owning a B&B, I learned how to make beds look cozy and luxurious. These are my top five tips.
1. Cover the Base Board
If you have a platform bed, you don’t have this issue. If you don’t there are lots of ways to get the base board covered without spending a lot of money. I don’t like the word bed skirt, because I like a more taylored look.
Before you buy a box springs cover you need to measure from the top of the box spring to the floor so you know the right size. Typical lengths are 14 inches to 18 inches. The cover can hide the ugly metal legs under the bed and also disguise your under-bed storage.
If you have the budget for an upgrade, there are some great covers that add more texture. This is a great budget option from Target and an upgrade option from the Company Store.
2. Good Quality Sheets
First let me say this is not a sponsored post. I have lots of opinions on sheets. First, if you can afford a linen top sheet that is the absolute best feel in bed. They are expensive, and I don’t like them as the fitted sheet, but a linen top sheet is like butter.
For linen sheets, the best prices I’ve seen are at Brooklinen.com and Parachute.com. You can save if you buy just the top sheet.
If you prefer to skip linen sheets, I still like Brooklinen’s cotton sheets. They are only sold online so they can bring factory direct pricing which means higher quality sheets at a lower price. I also like Overstock.com. I tried Boll And Branch sheets, which are also factory direct, but I’m not a fan. The fitted sheets don’t have enough elastic and are constantly working their way off.
- Pinstripe linen sheets by Parachute (top sheet can be purchased separately).
3. Pillows (Not Too Many)
If you put a million pillows on the bed, it does look nice but going to bed can become a chore. It’s a cycle of putting pillows and and taking pillows off. I think it’s good to have two sleeping pillows and 2-4 other pillows maximum.
It looks nice if you can have a mix of fabrics on your pillows and a variety of sizes. For example, two standard sleeping pillows, two Euro pillows and a long lumbar pillow are a good combination of sizes.
4. Layers of Blankets or Quilts
One of the things that stands out in photos of beds you see in magazines is that they have multiple layers of blankets, coverlets and quilts. A duvet can give a bed a really comfy look, but only if you live in a climate where you can stand to sleep underneath it.
The best way to achieve the layered look is to use thinner layers. Several thing blankets are also much easier to wash. I always have one white cover that is matelasse.
Matelasse is pronounced mat-la-zay, which makes no sense. It’s a great top quilt because it’s very easy to wash and it’s a great weight for the summer. It’s lighter than a quilt because it has no filling. It’s so washable and you can layer a blanket underneath or on top for winter.
5. Padded Headboard, Ultimate Luxury in Bed
If you don’t do anything in bed other than sleep, or other horizontal activities, you can skip this tip. I like to read in bed and nothing beats a padded headboard for both a soft, lush looking bed and a cozy feel.
Padded headboards can also be very inexpensive. You can get a custom fabric on Wayfair for $189. Padded headboards are one DIY project that is doable even if you aren’t very handy.
- West Elm padded headboard (easy installation because you don’t have to bolt to the wall)
- Wayfair Beachcrest Padded Headboard – a steal!
6. Bonus – Iron Your Pillow Cases
This is only something I do for guests because it adds that extra something special. Truth be told, I don’t iron anything on my own bed but it really looks nice if you have the time.
The Complete Package
Once you have all of the pieces, put them on your bed in this order to get the cozy bed you dream of.
- Make the bed but pull the flat sheet up to the very top of the mattress.
- Put on the first blanket and then the second.
- Fold back the top sheet and both blankets to reveal the layers.
- Put the tallest pillows in the back moving forward in order of height.
- Add another blanket throw to foot of the bed.
You can see how this formula is used in this bed from Schoolhouse.com on the left and in my bed on the right.
Try out these tips on your bed and see if you get the luxurious look.