How to Make Hospital Corners on Your Bed

Sweet dreams have never looked so good.

Floral patterned bedsheet made with hospital corners and cat laying down

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 5 - 10 mins
  • Total Time: 5 - 10 mins
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  • Skill Level: Beginner
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Never underestimate the power of a perfectly made bed. It doesn't matter if you're an early bird or burning the midnight oil: There's something about having your sheets, duvet, and pillowcases just-so that feels visually and physically soothing. In fact, research suggests that making your bed can boost your productivity, improve your mood, and keep stress at bay. (Impressive, right?) But, if you want to take your bed-making skills a step further and really finesse your setup, you might want to consider making some hospital corners. Hospital corners: Those precise edges and surfaces that are so straight you can bounce a quarter of off your bed (ideally, at least).

At their core, hospital corners place an emphasis on precision and perfection; however, it's a surprisingly easy task to complete in your bedroom. Best of all? You don't need any excess supplies; you can get the job done with what you already have.

"What is great about it is that it can be performed fairly quickly," says Shana Francesca, lead designer at design firm Concinnate. "It is the small details that make our lives more incredible."

To learn how to make your own bed a more precise, well-made spot, read on to learn how to make hospital corners in three easy steps.

What You'll Need

Materials

  • Flat Sheet
  • Fitted Sheet
  • Duvet Banket (optional)
  • Quilt (optional)

Instructions

Materials to make hospital corners on bed

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  1. Lay Down Your Top Sheet

    To start, you'll want to make your bed as you normally would. After you put your fitted sheet on your mattress, you'll want to lay your flat sheet down evenly across your bed. If you tuck other layers, add those on top of the flat sheet now, so they're all tucked together.

    Floral top sheet laid down over bed mattress

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  2. Master the Tuck

    From there, tuck the flat sheet into the end of the bed and sides of the beds while leaving the corners hanging out.

    Floral flat sheet pulled over end of bed to tuck

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  3. Lift and Tuck

    So, what are you supposed to do about those free ends? We're so glad you asked. (This is where the hospital corner magic happens.) "Lift the edge of the sheet to form a 45-degree angle," says Penny Murphy, president of Pioneer Linens. "Then pull and tuck the hanging fabric [under the mattress] as tight as you can." By pulling and tucking the fabric on each side of the corner, you'll get that pristine point of your bedding dreams.

    Once you've mastered one corner, do the lift and tuck on the rest of them! "You’re tucking the sheets neatly under the mattress, similar to wrapping a present," Murphy adds.

    And voilà! An easy, peasy way to make hospital corners.

    Floral flat sheet folded into a 45-degree angle

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    Floral flat sheet tucked tight underneath mattress

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Tips for Making Hospital Corners

Though making hospital corners is a lot easier than it looks, there are some things you can do to elevate your bedding setup. Below, check out these expert-approved tips for taking your hospital corners to the next level.

Tighten Your Tuck

Just because hospital corners are meant to give your bedroom a polished flair doesn't mean they have to become unraveled as soon as your head hits the pillow. That's exactly why you should think how your hospital corners will hold up overnight. "When you get into bed in the evening, it can be held firmly in place," Francesca says. "Or, if you tuck a little less militantly, [the sheets] will release a bit so your feet comfortably can snuggle in—especially if you are a back sleeper." Tight or a little loose? The choice is yours.

Layer Up

Why limit your hospital corners to just one layer when you can enjoy a few? As Francesca notes, it's incredibly easy to do so. "I take all three layers, on my bed, and tuck them neatly beneath the bottom of the bed, making sure they lay flat," she says. "I do this by layering them flatly on top of one another before I tuck them so they are tucked in one swift move. I then pull slightly on the tucked layers at each side to be sure they are taught and fully tucked."

When in Doubt, Accessorize

If you don't want to incorporate multiple layers into your hospital corners, consider folding your quilt or duvet at the foot of your bed. And, don't forget to accessorize! A few throw pillows and sham will make your bed both pristine and pretty.