I'm a bit of a bed-freak (minds out of the gutter, people!! Bed freak = someone who has to have everything straight, ironed, tucked, & made up right). I blame it on my parents- we were never allowed to leave the house without making our beds growing up. But now, I'm thankful. I love having a nicely made bed. :)
This week my beloved new bedding arrived, and last night I got the time to get it all put together. So, I grabbed the camera, and decided to take you guys along for the ride. Exciting, right? I thought so... ;)
Where to start? Take all the old bedding off & flip the mattress up on it's side, off the box spring. Remove the old bedskirt. Now we've got a clean slate to work with.
STAGE 1: The Bed Skirt
I always start by ironing the part that hangs down- not the part that's hidden by your mattress. Although, in these pictures it barely looks like I've ironed it, I have- it just gets a little crinkled when I'm doing the opposite side. Then I lay it down on the box-spring. I don't think you can actually call ours a box spring, as it doesn't have any springs, but I don't know what else to call it, so feel free to clue me in if you know.
Anyway, I like my bed skirt to just kiss the floor, like so:
Apparently, this bed skirt was made for a taller frame, because it was 3-4 in. too long. My solution? Safety pins! I just fold it under and pin it to the fabric top of the box spring.
Once the bedskirt is all secured, I flip the mattress back over onto it. We have a foam topper we put on it, and then a mattress protector/pad.
STAGE 2: Sheets
I actually just bought new sheets to match as well. They're 400TC cotton sateen w/ a 100% silk cuff. I got them at Marshall's for $39.95. Looove them!
I always lay mine face down (so the back of the hem is facing me) with the cuff folded down.
My mom is an ER nurse, so she started me on folding hospital (or military) corners as far back as I can remember. Here's a little picture tutorial of how it's done (or at least how I do it!).
Get it? :)
Since it's summertime, I don't bother to put a blanket on.
STAGE 3: Comforter (or Duvet, Coverlet, or Quilt- whatever you use)
Usually when you take these out of the package they're ridiculously wrinkly, so I (being OCD) iron these as well. I ironed the outside trim piece of this comforter on the ironing board, and the rest, I did right on the bed! Here's a comparison of one side ironed, and one not.
Totally worth it- no matter how crazy Z thinks I am!
Once I've got it all ironed out, I fold down the top & fold the sheet down over it.
STAGE 4: Pillows
I also iron the pillowcases and shams, since they show. I placed the "shammed" pillows behind the others to break up the continuous pattern.
I also add throw pillows. However, I only had one on hand that worked. I plan on creating a couple more out of some pretty fabric I picked up last night.
STAGE 5: Finishing Touches
I like adding a coordinating throw blanket, quilt, or something similar folded at the end of the bed. Lukcy me, I had the perfect one sitting right in our linen closet!
I love how bedding can change the whole look of the room! In this case, it gave our bedroom a much more light, relaxing feel.
How about you guys? Anyone else swapped out their bedding recently? Are any of you a bed-freak? What's your preference- hospital corners, or not?