There is nothing that makes a bedroom look more luxurious or high end than a well made bed. It doesn’t take a lot of cash to get a boutique hotel style bed, either. What it takes my friends, are the secrets. No lie, it’s way more than making sharp corners! So we found some great blogs offering their tips for how you can make a perfect bed and have it look amazing every day of the week, every season of the year. And guess what? No one will be able to tell if you get your linens in Paris or at the discount store up the road! (Or better yet, that excellent yard sale on the corner!)




‘Style Me Pretty’ has a great basic guide on how to make the perfect bed. This covers everything to get you started, and  has the best tip we have found for finding the best sheet… It’s not all about thread count, although thats how they charge you! Steve and I heard this from an employee at Nordstrom once, and it is 100% true. It’s about the cotton. Not just any old cotton will do, the best is Egyptian or Pima cotton. If you buy sheets with that fabric, you can buy much lower thread count and still have the softest sheets around! Cha-ching! Also great step by steps on the basic bed. Must read for getting it down!

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Pottery Barn‘ has a quick video on how to fill a duvet (which I didn’t figure out ’till I was in my 30’s!), and a couple of graphics to help you with the basics to remember on how to make a bed look amazing, and also where and how many pillows to use for each size bed. Easy to just glance at these and “get it”!

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‘Trulia’ shows us how to buy bed linens so we can have that luxury feel to our bed, without wasting money on poor choices. We agree, cotton, good. Polyester, bad.

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From ‘Houzz’ 13 steps to a perfectly made bed has some great tips… including one’s that make all the difference, like ironing your linens, or using corner fasteners to keep the sheets smooth. Photo by ‘Normandy Remodeling‘.

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Ok, now that you have the basics all down, how about switch it up a bit? From ‘Style Me Pretty’, how to style a bed, 3 ways! A little glam, a little minimal, and a neutral bed with texture… Yep, they are all the same bed!

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Need someone to pull it all together for you? Steven Whitehead at ‘One Kings Lane‘ does a nice video for us, where you can see a professional actually make a perfect bed, and make it all look amazing! Ok, so ready? Tomorrow morning, it all changes, right? And if you need a new bed to start it off, we can help you make a DIY bed frame and save money there too!

Image Credits: SLC Interiors, Style Me Pretty, Pottery Barn, Trulia, Normandy Remodeling, Style Me Pretty


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  1. Sheila April 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Great article. We are thinking to redecorate our master bedroom and I was looking for something like that. Got lots of information. Especially I like the images on how to buy bedding and pillow arrangements. The redecoration process will start from next week. Many thanks Kathy for sharing such an informative post.

  2. Penny White November 7, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I just can’t seem to get this right; I have all the elements, a huge gorgeous black velvet buttoned bedhead; a very lush pillow top queen mattress a mattress topper; (I do need some decent sheets however) a lovely white crisp waffle cotton coverlet; a beautiful Doona (not DOWN just some sort of cotton fibrefill). 2 stunning European pillows and pillowcases. 2 featherfilled personal sleeping pillows with protective cases. No matter how hard I try my bed looks like it’s got a piece of flat timber board on it. There’s no PUFF CLOUD OR FLUFFED UP LOVED UP QUILTING GOING ON its flat as a tack ????? Help meeeeee

    1. Kathy Woodard November 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      First of all, a little envious, lol. Second, we have a down alternative comforter that fluffs up just like down, but I know some of them don’t. We tuck our mattress tight with sheets and a coverlet, then fold the comforter in half and lay it at the foot of the bed, all fluffy. Folding it in half gives it extra “lift”… Hope that helps!

    2. mrsben February 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

      @Penny …. though belated, if you wish ‘lift’ ensure that your duvet insert is anywhere from 2″ to 6″ larger than its cover and that both are equipped for securing it in place. (i.e.: Usually a corner placement tie or similar.) Also if you wish the ‘border of your pillow shams’ to stand up on there own, choose a slightly larger pillow than the sham. -Brenda-

    3. Steph April 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I am late to this party but a nice thick mattress pad will help make the bed look fluffier.

  3. Dzee USA February 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Great article. We are thinking to redecorate our master bedroom

  4. kelleyjames April 24, 2021 at 7:58 am

    The article was amazing. I want to redecorate my house and looking for something inspirational like that. Especially I like the images on how to buy bedding and pillow arrangements.


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