How to Dress a Bed Like A Pro

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Something about a beautifully made bed with gorgeous linens and mountains of pillows makes them so much nicer to sleep in. In my house, there is a serious lack of appreciation when it comes to a professionally dressed bed. We don’t have a lot of sheets – in fact, I only have one set for my bed! Today’s post is going to be all about how to dress a bed like a professional, so that when family and friends come to visit, they’ll have major bed envy. If you’re interested to see examples of how people have dressed their beds, keep reading; and at the end of this post I’ve included a couple of links to help you decode bed linen terms.

When it comes to making beds, I like to get my inspiration from luxury hotels and homewares or bedding company catalogues. Everything is styled and lovely, and just looks cohesive. Beds are the anchor piece of a bedroom, and a messy one can make the whole room look cluttered and untidy. If your bed isn’t made nicely, it doesn’t make you feel like you could sink into it and stay forever. Once you get into a habit of making your bed every day, you’ll find that the whole room will feel much more inviting.

There are no real rules when it comes to dressing a bed. Some people prefer huge amounts of pillows, and some people prefer to keep it minimal. Some people like practical pillows, and some like to add pretty and fun ones. The same thing happens with duvets and blankets, and luckily there is so many options out there to choose from! My own personal bed-making rules are that the sheets have to feel clean, that the pillows are supportive, the linen and pillows aren’t loud and rustle-y, everything should smell nice, and it’s easy to remove and replace pillows in the morning and night.

However, you should always dress your bed how you feel is right. If you’re a busy person, it may not be practical for you to spend ten minutes hauling pillows around and arranging blankets. In this case, keep your bedding minimal and comfortable. Choose materials that are less likely to crease, and go for a statement throw blanket rather than a neatly folded complimentary pair. If you work from home, you can take a little more time when it comes to making a bed, so you may need to invest in a place to store your decorative pillows and blankets at night. I suggest a storage ottoman that you can put at the end of your bed. This will provide extra seating as well.


I prefer to use cotton sateen sheets, for a silky and luxurious feel. I also recommend starting with a base of neutrals such as white or gray, and building up color with accessories. One of the great things about bedding is that you can change it up whenever you feel like it, so that it always reflects how you’re feeling. There are so many different ways to dress and style a bed, so you should always go for what you love. Bedding is one of the items in my investment pieces post, so don’t forget to check that out as well.

If bedding basics tend to confuse you, don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone. Even I can have trouble figuring out which pillow goes where, and what they’re all called. Au Lit Fine Linens has a dream bed guide that I love. It has an interactive photo, and simple descriptions of the most commonly used bedding items; and a few other tips like how to shop for bedding, and how to design your linen set! They also have a page on thread counts so that you can learn the best count and weave for you.

Header image background is by Au Lit Fine Linens. This post was not written in partnership with Au Lit Fine Linens, I received no compensation, and all of the links from them are included because they offer invaluable knowledge about bedding!

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