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make your bed better

Matt kind of laughed at me when I told him that I was creating a video about how to make the bed, but I feel that a few of my tips make having a beautifully made bed much easier and quicker than most people are used to.  I wouldn’t call myself lazy, but sometimes I develop processes based off of a desire to shorten a task that I think takes too  long. Making the bed is one of them. I actually pride myself in the ability to continue with traditional housekeeping tasks in a modern, quick way.

When we got our new mattress from Tuft & Needle (which we love and I’ll discuss that more below for those of you who have been asking about it!), I felt that getting everything straight was a lot more difficult since the size of a king was so much bigger than a queen.  I used to just pull the sheet toward me and it came, but now it just caught up in the giant wasteland that is the center of the mattress.

I developed this ‘half & half’ technique to minimize the amount of time I spent running from one side of the bed to the other. This works best when your sheets are on nice and straight as well, so if you aren’t familiar with a the ‘hospital corner method’ of tucking your sheets, familiarize yourself. Re-adjust your sheets each weekend (ideally when you wash the sheets) so that maintaining the nicely tucked sheets throughout the week is simple.  I actually am working on a really short little video blurp showing my two favorite methods for getting sheets on the bed nicely.  One of my methods I’ve creatively dubbed, “Fist in Corner” method.  Just you wait for the video for that guy.

bed styling video 1

bed styling 2

throw pillows

I hope you enjoy the video and my revolutionary (haha) half & half method as well as the trick to making your sheets look really smooth and flat!

Now, for the mattress.  We got the Tuft & Needle mattress at the end of last year and talked about it here.  Tons of you emailed and commented about how you loved the idea of Tuft & Needle, since they’re much lower priced than traditional mattresses and they come all rolled up in a box that actually fit up my stairs (we never thought a king would fit!). At that point, I’d only had the mattress for about a second, so I didn’t feel that I could fully let you guys know how I felt about it. At first, I was totally worried because it was very firm.  I’d moved from a memory foam (which is a totally different beast) and getting used to a different style of mattress was a learning curve.  Both Matt and I have terrible backs, so we do require a firm mattress, and knew that if we could get used to the new mattress, it would be good for us.

I can happily tell you that three months later, I love the Tuft & Needle mattress.  It softened up a lot in the two weeks after, but still has a firmness to it that makes my back feel good in the am. It is so much cooler than our old memory foam (hello night sweats), and enabled us to upgrade to a king without spending a fortune. If you’re in the market and like firmer beds, I highly recommend it.  If you’re a feathery pillow-top kind of person, it might be too firm for you!

Sweet Dreams!

 

Source Guide:  Mattress, Tuft & Needle | Headboard, House of Earnest |  Euro Shams, West Elm  |  Duvet & King Sham, West Elm  |  Sheets, West Elm  |  Throw Pillows:  Black and White Large Geo, Ikea  |  Mongolian Sheep Pillow, West Elm |  Small Cross, (no longer available from West Elm) Alternate Option, Target