9 Bed Making Mistakes and How to Fix Them

  • 01 of 10

    Why Making Your Bed Matters

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    It's 3 am in the morning, and you've been trying to get some much needed shut-eye for hours. Instead, you've been tossing and turning, playing tug of war with the covers, or untangling the flat sheet bunched around your ankles. Why-oh-why can't you get comfy? There's a good chance you're either made your bed wrong or not at all. 

    These simple bed making tricks will help you create a cozy and inviting bed that lets you sleep easy.

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  • 02 of 10

    Putting Your Fitted Sheet on Incorrectly

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    It's one of life's little mysteries. Your pesky fitted sheet never stays put. Worse, it disrupts your sleep every time it pops off. What's the deal? It usually boils down to one of two things:

    • You're putting it on wrong: Look at the reverse side of your fitted sheet. One of the four corners pockets will have a tag sewn into the inside seam. For the perfect no-slip fit, the pocket with the tag belongs over the bottom left corner as shown above. To determine the correct "left," get into bed and face the lower part of your mattress.
    • The sheet's pocket depth is wrong: These days beds come in a wide range of thicknesses. When a fitted sheet is not the right pocket depth for your bed, the corners will slip off easily. Here's how you can measure your bed for a bottom sheet.
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  • 03 of 10

    Your Flat Sheet Comes Loose

    Flat Sheet Hack for Making a Bed

    Your flat sheet never stays tucked, so you wind up wrestling with it most nights. Midgers, a Reddit user, came up with a hack that solves this pesky problem. She ties the bottom of her top sheet into a knot. Afterward, she tucks the knock into the fitted flat sheet at the end of the bed. She says her simple solution keeps her tall boyfriend's legs from kicking the sheet loose every night.

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  • 04 of 10

    Buying Low Quality Sheets

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    Ahhh, crisp, cool sheets. They have the power to improve or ruin your quality of sleep. Here's what you need to know so you can rest easy:

    • Cotton sheets rule: But they have to be 100% cotton. Unlike synthetic ones, cotton sheets let your skin breathe and are less likely to stain.
    • When it comes to thread count, fuhgeddaboutit: High numbers don't necessary mean the cotton used is good quality. Cotton type is a better indicator. Your best bets are Pima, long-staple Egyptian, and Supima.
    • One-hundred-percent cotton sheets get better softer over time: However, those with a sateen finish usually feel the softest. A super affordable favorite is IKEA's GÄSPA collection. A king-sized set is a very affordable $39.99.   
    • Do wake up at night because you feel overheated? Whether you sleep on a foam mattress that retains heats or are prone to night sweats, cotton sheets will keep you cooler because they're naturally moisture-wicking. However, if you're cotton sheets aren't keeping you dry, another favorite IKEA favorite is the SÖMNIG collection. These sheets combine 50% cotton with 50% Lyocell, an eco-friendly fiber that's also known to absorb moisture. A king-size set is $49.99.
    • You should change your sheets weekly: Yep, dirty sheets feel yucky. Changing them every seven days is a must for comfort. FYI, the rest of your bedding should be cleaned every 14 weeks.
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  • 05 of 10

    Making Your Bed First Thing

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    If you're tossing and turning at night is fueled by an allergic reaction to dust mites, then the best time to make your bed is not right after you wake up.

    Those microscopic buggers need a few things to survive: your skin flakes to munch on and a moist atmosphere for hydration. Making the bed first thing promotes the latter because it seals in the sweat you left on the bedding. But, if you leave your bed unmade for an hour or two, air and light will dry up the moisture, which sucks the life out of dust mites.

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  • 06 of 10

    Making Your Bed Like a Soldier

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    Smart Beds

    After you make your bed, you can bounce a quarter off of it. The problem is, your bedding is so tightly tucked that your feet get squished when you're under the covers. 

    A company called Smart Bedding has a solution. They developed a unique snap system that attaches the top sheet to a duvet cover. The result is bedding that never needs tucking—seriously. Not only does this unique design prevent sensitive toes from being smooshed, but it also stops covers from slipping off or around the mattress

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  • 07 of 10

    You Waste Time Ironing Sheets

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    There's no chore most people dislike more than ironing. But what if you think crinkled sheets looks messy? Consider the following:

    • If you hate wrinkled sheets, don't let them get creased. Putting them on while they're still hot from the dryer should solve the problem.
    • Embrace wrinkles. Crinkled bedding is trendy. Stores like West Elm and Restoration Hardware suggest creating beautiful creases by twisting up freshly washed and wet cotton and linen sheets before they're tossed in the dryer.
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  • 08 of 10

    You and Your Partner Share Covers

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    You and your partner are both blanket hogs. When it's freezing, the tug of war drama over the covers goes on all night long. Wouldn't it be better if you both slept like a Swede? The Scandinavian bedroom shown above features a queen bed with two separate sets of covers. 

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  • 09 of 10

    You Sleep With Just a Duvet

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    Two ingredients make up your bed: A fitted sheet and duvet. The problem is you often wake up at night because you're either too hot or cold. What to do? Consider layering:

    • First, add a top sheet to the mix, so it's in between you and the duvet. Just remember to tuck the sheet in so it doesn't slip around while you sleep. That way you can ditch the duvet without freezing.
    • Next, keep an extra blanket at the end of your bed. Making sure it is rolled or folded neatly in half will make it easier to unfurl.
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  • 10 of 10

    You Never Wash That Pile of Pillows

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    Oh, you love that pile of pillows on your bed. But the icky truth is you never wash them, which is bad news for your skin and health. Not only do they trap dirt, oil, and bacteria, which can cause acne, but they also trap allergens that trigger sneezing, asthma, and bloodshot eyes. Here's how you can clean up the mess:

    • Wash pillowcases every week.
    • Keep all of your pillows protected with dust mite covers that you wash every three weeks. And remember, pillowcases go over the dust mite covers.
    • Wash pillows every two months. If you have decorative pillows that can't be washed, ditch them.
    • Consider replacing your regularly cleaned pillows every three years.