8 Bed-Making Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Investing in high-quality bedding is a wise decision since we spend approximately one-third of our lives in bed, and even more, time, if we factor in the hours, spent half-asleep while watching Netflix on a laptop. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended to replace your pillows every one to two years and your sheets every two years. To ensure a good night's sleep, it is advisable to replace your bedding essentials. However, it's important to note that not all sheets, blankets, and pillows are the same. Creating a peaceful sanctuary in your bedroom can be challenging when styling mistakes are made. These mistakes can lead to a cluttered and cramped space that is anything but restful.
The bedding in your bedroom plays a crucial role in determining your comfort and can also enhance the overall interior design. When selecting bedding, what is typically the primary consideration? Generally, our first priority is aesthetics - we focus on how it will look on the bed, whether the color is right, and if it complements the rest of the decor. We may then consider factors like comfort, thread count, and fabric, but often, we don't give these aspects enough attention. This is a common mistake that many of us make when purchasing bedsheets. However, despite spending hours researching, we may still make mistakes and end up with the wrong product. To help you find the best options and avoid common mistakes, we've gathered some important tips.
The fitted Sheet was Put on Incorrectly
Incorrectly placing the fitted sheet on the mattress can cause significant discomfort and frequent disturbances during sleep. If the corners are not correctly aligned, the sheet may continually slip off, resulting in an untidy bed.
- How to put on a fitted sheet properly
Putting on fitted sheets can be challenging, but there's a simple hack to make it easier. Look for the tag sewn on the inside corner of the fitted sheet and place it on the bottom right corner of your mattress. This will ensure that the sheet is always oriented in the same direction and make it easier to put on. To properly fit the sheet onto the mattress, begin by aligning the corners of the sheet with those of the mattress. Next, stretch the sides of the sheet over the mattress sides and neatly tuck them under. Finally, tuck in the foot of the sheet to complete the process.
Wrong Type of Sheets
Investing in high-quality sheets and considering the advantages and disadvantages of various bedding fabrics can help you avoid discomfort and the need for frequent replacements that may arise from using cheap sheets or sheets made from unsuitable materials.
The top layer is Tucked Too Tightly
If you usually tuck your duvet or blanket around the edges of your mattress like hotel beds are often made, be cautious not to tuck it too tightly as this can make it hard to get in and out of bed and take away the comfortable feeling of being under a fluffy cover. To resolve this issue, ensure that you only tuck in the sides and foot of the fitted sheet, leaving the top untucked. Then, smooth out the top sheet and duvet cover.
Just because you share a bed doesn't necessarily mean you have to share the bedding. This can help you avoid dealing with a partner who hogs the blankets or sleeps with covers that are too hot or too cold for you. Instead, consider using separate sets of blankets and sheets. In the morning, you can throw a large quilt or duvet over the top to cover the separate bedding and make the bed look tidy. Although a big bed typically comes with a large duvet or blanket, it is not mandatory. Your partner may experience discomfort during sleep due to tossing and turning or temperature differences. However, there is an easy solution to avoid any nighttime struggles: invest in multiple covers. While this may appear to be an unnecessary expense, the value of a good night's sleep outweighs the cost of an extra top layer for your bed in the long term.
Ironing Your Sheets
Ironing your sheets, is it really necessary? While it may have been a practice approved by your grandmother, the prevailing view today is that it's definitely not needed. The act of ironing your sheets can be time-consuming, and it doesn't offer any additional hygiene benefits for your bed. If you are accustomed to using smooth and creaseless bed sheets but wish to avoid the task of ironing them, you may want to explore purchasing wrinkle-resistant sheets or taking out the sheets from the dryer while they are still warm and gently flattening out any folds before making your bed. While some individuals find ironing sheets to be a relaxing activity, you need not feel guilty if you prefer not to do so.
Sleeping With Just a Duvet
By using only a fitted sheet and a duvet, you limit your ability to regulate your body temperature while sleeping. You may find yourself either overheating under the duvet or feeling too cold with just the fitted sheet. To address this, layering your bedding can be a better option. Start by adding a top sheet between you and the duvet, making sure to tuck it in to prevent it from shifting during the night. Then, keep an extra blanket at the foot of your bed, folded neatly in half for easy access if you get chilly.
Not Adding a Quilt or Coverlet
Neglecting to add a layer of comfort to your bed may seem like a hassle or a chore, but doing so can leave your bed vulnerable to unwanted pet hair and stains. By incorporating quilts and coverlets into your bedding, you not only add warmth but also protect your bed from pet hair, dirt, spills, and accidents. However, these items can introduce a splash of color or texture to your bedding, resulting in a more refined appearance. To maintain a fresh and tidy appearance, it's crucial not to leave your bed uncovered - instead, opt for a quilt or coverlet.
Skipping the Pillowcases
Pillowcases play a crucial role in safeguarding your pillows against sweat, oil, and other materials that can cause damage to them over time. Regardless of whether your pillow has a protective covering, pillowcases are a must-have. Not only do they enhance the feel and comfort of your pillows, but they also prevent them from becoming less desirable to sleep on. It is recommended to use pillowcases at all times and replace them regularly, preferably as frequently as the rest of your bedding or even more often, based on your preference.
However, with these simple steps, you can transform your bed into a comfortable and inviting oasis that you look forward to retreating to at the end of each day.
- Turab Hassan