How To Make A Bed

I hope this title doesn’t throw everyone off too much. If you’re a parent like me, anything your littles do to even attempt making their bed is a wonderful thing. However, I also know that we often have guests in our home. Aside from a clean bathroom (which I talk about here, here and here), a well-made bed is a way to make someone truly comfortable in your home.

                   A well-made bed

Clean sheets and linens are a must if you’re having a guest stay over. Going one step further, though, can make a very big impression.This week at cotillion, the students were taught how to correctly make a bed. First, the fitted sheets covers the mattress pad. Then, the flat sheet (also called a top sheet) is placed patten side down. If it’s a solid color, the finished side (look for the stitches along the edge) are face down. When you turn down the bed, the sheets are shown correctly.

Sheets facing down when making the bed

 

Next, any other blanket or comforter is pulled up to cover the sheet. Pillows made be added to your heart’s desire. Ideally, each pillow will have two cases, or a protector (my personal preference) and a case so that the pillow itself is never exposed.

      The start of a turned down bed

 

Finally, turn down the bed before your guests enter so they are welcomed by a comforting, beautiful bed.

Which Way The Sheets Go

My goodness. It would be wonderful if I have realized earlier this week that my scheduled posts did not, in fact, post. Oh well, kiddos are down for the night, so I *think* I have it sorted now. I apologize for the delay!

Hi, everyone!! I hope, if you’re local, you’re enjoying the etiquette snippets on KSST. I’m enjoying making them.

We have recently had a couple of ladies clean our home for us. While I know that nothing will ever been the way I do it, I’m just so happy to not be the one doing it. We previously had a lady who cleaned our home, but she moved away. This was someone who was like family to us. I grew up with her cleaning my parents’ home. While we were very happy for her and her family, I also wasn’t eager to allow just anyone into our humble abode.

Through the recommendation of a friend, we found someone wonderful who does a great job. She also now clean my parents’ home. Truly the only quirk I’ve noticed is that when making the beds, she puts the pattern face up. Now, this is truly minor, but I thought it would be a good opportunity for the etiquette of bed making for those who may also not know.

When you are making a bed, the pattern on the top sheet should be placed down, toward the mattress (bottom or fitted sheet). Why? It is so that they the covers are turned down, the pattern is seen. Otherwise, the blank side would be seen. What about white sheets? The seam should be seen on top when initially making the bed. Again, the finished edges will be shown once the sheets are turned down.

Pottery Barn does the best job, in my experience, of encouraging this practice. Some lesser quality sheets we’ve gotten from Target end up with the pattern upside down when implemented this way.

So, questions for the day: Did you already know this etiquette guidance? Do you go by it?

Thank you for reading!