LAYERING BEDDING LIKE A DESIGNER
Beds take up lots of room in a bedroom. They not only take up lots of actual space but visual space as well. That’s why a beautifully made bed can make the whole room look amazing! Designers know this and use bed linens to their maximum potential! A fabulously made bed can make the whole room appear updated and chic and beautiful, even if the rest of it is very ordinary! And layering bedding really amps up the wow factor even more! Here are some tips and tricks for layering bedding like a designer! We can all do this!
START WITH A BOTTOM FITTED SHEET
Start with the bottom layer…the fitted sheet. I like white because it looks fresh and crisp, is easy to clean and gives our eyes a rest from patterns and color. As you can see I don’t iron my bottom sheet. It goes pretty much straight from the dryer on to the bed. I like to use a little homemade linen spray, in a lavender citrus scent, to spray on the bottom sheet. I let it dry and then continue making the bed.
I’ve recently found linen sheets! They are an investment and worth every penny. So cool and luxurious to sleep in!
ADD A TOP SHEET
Put the flat sheet on the bed with the wrong side facing up. If possible pull it all the way up to the top of the mattress.
Make sure you have enough room at the top to fold the sheet over other blankets or a thin quilt or comforter. The fold of the sheet will be facing right side up and look pretty! And make sure you tuck the sheet in under the mattress at the bottom of the bed and make crisp hospital corners! If you like other blankets on your bed now’s the time to add them in thin layers. Tuck them in with the sheets.
Even though I don’t like to iron bed linens I will plug in the iron next to the bed (put a fluffy towel under it) and iron the top part of the flat sheet. It looks so much better when it’s folded over!
ADD A QUILT OR BEDSPREAD
Add a bedspread or quilt to your bed. Make sure the bottom of the quilt falls below the mattress and the top of the quilt is folded over at the top.
Then fold the sheet over the top of the quilt and tuck in at the sides of the bed.
Again, I love white. I think it plays so nicely with all bedding I choose! It’s easy to clean too! I forgo extra blankets because they are cumbersome and heavy. I prefer to layer my bedding with a down comforter in place of blankets.
MATCH STANDARD PILLOWS TO YOUR SHEETS
This is sorta a no brainer! Use the pillows that come with your sheets.
MATCH EURO SHAMS OR DECORATIVE PILLOW SHAMS TO YOUR COMFORTER OR DUVET COVER
Use 2 Euro shams for a double or queen bed and 3 for a California King or King bed. Or use 2 standard pillow shams on a double bed. There are many ways to arrange bed pillows and decorative shams. I prefer to stand my bed pillows up against the bed and stand the pillow shams or euros in front of them.
I love love love pillows so I use shams that match my quilt and my duvet.
FOLD A COMFORTER OR DUVET DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BED
If you are using a feather duvet with a cover, take it off the bed and give is a few good punches with both hands. It’s important to “fluff your feather” to keep your duvet lofty and warm.
Make sure the end of the duvet cover or comforter falls below the mattress at the end of the bed.
Fold it in thirds like an accordion so all you have to do is pull up the top of the comforter or duvet and you can snuggle in!
USE ACCENT PILLOWS
Now here’s where you can really play with color and texture and create a one-of-a-kind designer bedding look. Don’t miss this step! Embellish your bed with great throw pillows! Play with combinations and configurations! Change them up often!
If you like pillows as much as I do… invest in a big basket to put near your bed to throw your extra pillow into when you are using your bed.
The little “welcome” pillow came from my friend Ann’s shop! I love love love her things! Head over to On Sutton Place and loof for her shop link at the top of her page.
ADD A NUBBY THROW
Throw a nubby blanket haphazardly at the end of the bed and let part of it spill onto the floor. Such drama! I think throws are such tease! They say, “Don’t you want to wrap yourself up in me and crawl into bed”? They add a welcoming layer!
ADD A BED TRAY OR A COUPLE OF BOOKS ON TOP OF THE BED.
I have a bed tray that sits on top of our guest room bed. I embellish it when we are not expecting guests. It looks so pretty when I walk by the room!
When we have guests I stock it with current magazines and books I think my guests will like. My guests love a tray to have morning coffee on or use it for their computers, etc when they are in the bedroom.
There are so many ways to layer a bed for a designer look so get out your linens and make a beautiful bed
I love hospital corners! Your bed looks so inviting.
I always enjoy your photography too! Do you remember where you got that rug? I LOVE the color of the the sisal. Thank you.
Hi Linda. I found the sisal rug on Wayfair. Hope this helps.
The bed/bedding looks great. Glad to know you promote hospital corners! It always makes a big difference and looks crisp.
What brand are your linen sheets? I normally find linen a bit scratchy.
Hi, Harriet. The more you wash linen sheets the softer they get. I can’t say mine are scratchy but they do have a little texture to them. I have a set of Sahyr sheets. Here’s the link: https://saphyrpurelinen.com/
Your bedroom looks so inviting, comfy, cozy and relaxing. Love the look. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.
Have to admit I have a bit of a bedding addiction and am always on the lookout for a new look in my bedroom. Love your simple method to make a bed look great.
Such a pretty layered look. I love white sheets as well and ironing them on the bed is s great idea! Happy 4th of July weekend!
Your bedroom is so beautiful and yet still so very inviting. I love how you master that combination in everything you do!
So beautiful and inviting!
Love the layering and pillows. Colors are beautiful on this bed!
Love ❤️ everything Yvonne. Where is the duvet cover from? Love these colors with the white quilt. Divine. ?
Your bed looks so inviting that I could snuggle in and take a nap.
very comfy and cozy!
Now that’s a bed!
My bed doesn’t have a pretty side rail. What should I do on the side? Love what you have done.
Your bed & bedding are beautiful! Thanks for sharing how to layer bedding.
Thanks Yvonne!! Love the bed tray especially, what a nice touch! Great post?
Thanks for the inspiration. I have a guest room I’m currently working on and need ideas to get it looking the way I want it-welcoming and comfortable!
Love, love, LOVE that honey colored velvet pillow! It looks like it’s hand quilted and so comfy cozy! And I love that you put the top sheet on the “right” way. I’ve had “discussions” about how to properly make a bed and the top sheet goes on just like you said–wrong side up! 🙂 Thanks for all the love you put into your blog! Blessings!
Beautiful! Love your layering!
This is great, as I’m working on designing and refreshing my bedroom. Thanks, Yvonne. Pillow tips are very helpful!
So cozy! Any chance you remember where you bought the tray?
That is what I’d like to know, too! Where did you get that neat tray?? I like the bed and that really sets the whole thing off! Thanks for sharing!
Bring me a good book and a glass of Vino and I will be the happiness gal on the block. Beautiful décor Yvonne and I especially love the pillows and gorgeous bedding. You are just the smartest decorator I know you have them all beat on HGTV.
Thanks for this post. I find bedrooms difficult for some reason.
Your guest room is so warm and cozy. It is just the perfect destination for a guest after a long trip. I love the layering effect. Have you ever decorated a bed with a scarf like linen at the end of the bed? I notice when we stay at a hotel that they no longer have bedspreads but layer sheets with blankets and comforters. They then add a decorative piece of fabric at the bottom of the bed that matches the drapes or valances. I have not seen anything like this in the stores. I am waiting for your next project!
Totally agree with top sheet being wrong side up and turned over so it’s pretty and easily pulled back to crawl in! Your color scheme is magnificent. I too want to snuggle in and take a nap in your guest room. Happy 4th to you and yours Yvonne.
lovely, lovely, lovely! i love to walk past a room and check out its prettiness, also! i’m in love with your nubby throw! do you mind sharing where you found that lovely? i love reading your blog each day. i don’t know how you do it with your ochies! heal well and get back to your vertical self soon! ha!
I slept in late this morning and after reading this blog I feel like making my bed.. And I tend to toss the extra pillows on the floor so will get a basket.
Love a layered bed.Your room looks so inviting.
I’m learning so much from you, I’m going to try to fold the corners like you do will see how it goes. Thank you.
Can you please share your homemade linen spray?
Love lavender spray but lavender citrus sounds even better.
Love a nicely made bed!
Inviting and cozy. I lve the white quilt and have looked everywhere for a lighter “summer” quilt. Would you share where you purchased this one? Also do you buy one size larger to have enough cover to tuck under the mattress, a queen size for a full bed or a king for a queen bed?
It’s a hanna quilt from potterybarn. I bought one recently along with the tie shams.
looks so inviting….. thank you for sharing your beautiful bed. I have a tip I learned from a designer friend long ago – I buy an extra fitted sheet to cover the boxspring. It makes it all look even more finished and elegant. I’m so glad I found your blog and I’ve become addicted to Decorating Tips & Tricks. You ladies make my day!
Wow, great tips Darcy! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the tips they are really helpful…
Thank you for the ideas! I love your tutorial on making a blanket from flannel. Would you mind sharing where you purchased the beautiful blue plaid flannel?
Also, hope your birthday was extra special. It was a gorgeous day and just maybe you were “by the pool”???
I love white bedding! Our Master and our Guest room both are in white.. So easy to add color to your bed when you start with white!
Thank you for all the great tips. Could you share your homemade linen spray. Having guest down soon and would love to use your Lavender citrus spray. Thanks
I need as much deco advice I can get. Thank you
Well, you will get it at StoneGable Denese. I try to break down decor theory into small doable bites.