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How to make a bed.TM

Your bed is more than just a place to sleep.

It’s a cozy reading nook, a study carrel, or a makeshift beauty parlor. It can be a casual dining paradise or a cushy theater seat.   To your children it’s the magic carpet that can take them to a faraway land or a pirate ship sailing away in search of buried treasure. Dressing your bed to reflect your personal style, taste and budget while ensuring your bedding can play all of its various roles is as easy as the snap of clean sheets, once you know all the players by name.
 
Start at the foot of your bed

Start at the foot of your bed.

Wiggle, slide and tug the bed skirt between the box spring and mattress all the way to the headboard. Invite a close friend or loved one to help as this experience is best when shared. A bed skirt performs a simple but important task – it hides the legs of the bed and too often, last season’s clothes and shoes. You can match a bed skirt to your existing coverlet or duvet cover, or choose one that complements the outermost layer of your bedding. For instance, a blue-and-yellow plaid bed skirt will delightfully complement a French Country duvet cover also done in blues and yellows.

Put on the bottom sheet.

The elastic at the corners keeps it from coming loose and tangling around your legs at night.

Smooth the top sheet over the bottom one.

Tuck in the bottom and sides, or simply leave them hanging loose as you prefer. Turn down the top edge for a crisp look that makes it easier to find and fold down when you’re ready to slip in.

Put the pillowcases on the sleeping pillows.

The simplest way to get fluffy pillows into their cases is to begin by turning each pillowcase inside out. Put both of your arms into the case and grab the corners like you’re making a puppet mouth. Grab the corners of your pillow in your puppet-mouths and poke your elbows out to each side. The pillowcase will slide down your arms and about halfway onto the pillow. Grab the open hem of the pillowcase and shake the pillow down into it. Once the sheets and pillows are on the bed you can add a blanket, if needed. Make sure it’s centered on the bed so no one gets chilly at night.
 
Choose your outermost layer

Choose your outermost layer.

Coverlets are smaller versions of bedspreads. They generally cover the sides of the bed about halfway down to the floor. Fitted coverlets are simply coverlets that have a seam or pleat at the corners that makes them fit your mattress like a lid on a shoebox.  And if you do have last season’s shoes and clothes under your bed, it’s a good idea to use a bed skirt with your coverlet.

Alternatively, you can top your bed with a duvet and duvet cover.  "Duvet" is Old French for "down", subsequently “duvet”has come to mean a soft, thick down blanket. It is often white or muslin-colored like a sleeping pillow. A “duvet cover” is simplya big pillowcase for your duvet that allows you to add your personal touch, often with a splash of color and a favorite design.  Like a coverlet, a properly placed duvet will not reach the floor and may not cover your sleeping pillows.

Add shams and accessory pillows for the finishing touch.

Accessory pillows are exactly what they sound like - small pillows, sometimes round or tube-shaped, that add a decorative accent to your bed. Pillow shams are decorative pillowcases that are not meant to be slept on, even though sleeping pillows go inside. They are often made of the same fabric as your bedspread, coverlet or duvet cover and have a wide ruffle. Put extra guest pillows in them and place them so that they lean against and camouflage your sleeping pillows during the day.

Making your bed need not be a chore, especially when you consider that you spend a third of your life wrapped in your bedding.  Let Mystic help you relax and enjoy your bed so that your endless dreams may come true.

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