How to Make the Perfect Bed: Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Knowing how to make the perfect bed is especially important in a guest room. A warm and inviting guest room is one of the best ways to make your guest feel welcome and comfortable while visiting your home. I am going to share some ideas on how to make your guest room feel cozy.

New mattress

Unboxing my Lull mattress was an absolute breeze. I pulled the box upstairs by myself and opened it up, and the kids really enjoyed watching the mattress expand.

As soon as you take it out of the plastic, it starts to expand on its own, but it actually takes a total of 24 hours for the bed to expand to capacity.

Next up is showing you how I style a bed. Before we get started, I want to take you through the thought process of how I'm styling the way that I am. Typically, I would add a mattress pad or cover to a mattress; however, because this is my new experience with Lull, I want to experience the mattress in its natural form before I add a cover to it, so now I'm ready to make the bed

Adding sheets and quilt

Once you get your fitted sheet onto your mattress, the next step is obviously the flat sheet. I want to mention here that I like to turn the pattern side of the flat sheet down towards the mattress so that if you decide to fold it backward, the pattern will be exposed, and you can see it from the room.

Next, I like to add a quilt or a light blanket to give the bed a little texture and Florida. Especially this time of year, when we're going in the summer. We have pretty warm nights, so I like something light to give guests the option of just using that, and then if they want to pull the comforter or duvet over it, they can.

Comforter or duvet

In the next step, you're going to add your comforter or duvet. It's just a matter of preference. I like duvets because I like to change my bedding out by the season, and this is a very affordable way to do that.

I like to put a special touch on the bed by folding the duvet down in thirds at the end of the bed. It gives it a really plush, luxurious look like you see in hotels.

I wanted to share the details on this duvet. HomeGoods has some very affordable options that look very beautiful. I found this one for $45. I'm going to turn down the sheets to show you an informal look.

If you want to keep it a little more formal, you will leave everything flattened out against the bed, but I want the guests to feel very cozy and inviting, so I'm turning it down to give it a more homey feel.


Now, we move on to pillow styling. So, right now, I'm going to share a very informal way to style your pillows.

I'm using the Euro shams on the very back of the bed, and I'm going to layer it forward.

I'll show you another more formal option, but because this is our guest room, I really want people to feel very comfortable and at home, so I'm doing it this way.

Next, I'm adding my throw pillows or toss pillows.

This is a very monotone color scheme in this room. It's very neutral, not a lot of pops of color. So, using pillows with patterns breaks up some of the monotone that you see and gives the room a little more texture and depth.

I'm adding the sleep pillows in the front.

Again, this is a very informal way to style your pillows. More formally, you'll see these pillows towards the back by the headboard, but here, I just wanted to show you an enjoyable and comfortable option.

Then I'm just going to add a couple of smaller toss pillows in the front.

I found these on clearance at Pier 1, and they gave the bed a little more texture, and it makes it look really cozy.

For a more formal styling option, you can put your sleeper pillows in the back by the headboard and then put your euro shams in front of that and then your toss pillows in front of that.

Look at how inviting this bed looks.

How to make the perfect bed

I hope I gave you a couple of ideas on how to make the perfect bed, along with ways to make your guest room feel fabulous for your guests. Do you have a guest room? Share the special touches you add to make your guests feel welcome in the comments below.

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  • Sue Fowler Sue Fowler on May 19, 2024
    The pillow colors are great together. But I feel that 10 pillows is over-kill.
    • Skampy Skampy on Jun 08, 2024
      I only count seven. On my formal, bed pillows are in back unseen, two large pillows, two smaller pillows with a smaller eyelash pillow in front - five pillows seen.
  • Rebecca Wilson Rebecca Wilson on May 20, 2024
    It looks comfy and inviting. Where do you store your pillows while you're sleeping?
    • Skampy Skampy on Jun 08, 2024
      I have a spot on floor next to armoire between it and bathroom door and stack them there with eyelash on top.