How to Make the Perfect Bed

Fold down your duvet, leaving enough room for the pillows.

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Have you ever looked at display beds in store windows and magazines and wondered what made them look so luxurious? Here is a break down of the simple components I use to make the perfect bed.

7 pillows for a queen size bed

I have always tried to make our bedrooms very restful and soothing places. They need to be getaways within our own home.

Sweet touches for a nightstand, good morning.

Not too many colors, not too dark, not too loud. . . and the beds need to be the focal point of the rooms with lots of layers and cozy textures, so you just want to dive right in.

My favorite way to make a bed a focal point is by using layers. Not only do they add interest, but they allow for handling temperature changes.

Linen, pleated pillow from IKEA and crocheted dust ruffle for duvet cover

And I may have mentioned it before, but I am a bona fide fabric snob. If I am going to splurge on decor, it is going to be on my fabrics, at least on the ones that I will be touching throughout my daily life. And my bedding would most certainly qualify.

So, here is the formula I use for making a bed feel like the perfect getaway from the stresses of life, complete with  layers and soothing fabrics.

This post sponsored by Perfect Linens.

Sweet dreams are made of these. . .

Dust Ruffle

Trundles and sleigh beds don’t need dust ruffles, but this would go down first if you can see your box spring. I like to safety pin them to the top corners of the box spring so they don’t slide around.

Look at the detail on that sleigh bed!


My favorite sheets are 100% cotton or 100% linen. They are cool to the touch and get softer with each washing.

I prefer white sheets so they can be thoroughly cleaned as needed to keep them always looking pristine without fading or bleeding.

I like them kind of wrinkled and casual.  Or maybe I just tell myself that because I don’t want to take the time to iron my sheets. Ha!

The white sheets pictured here are from the Baby’s Bottom sheet set curated by the sheet experts at Perfect LinensKeep reading to receive the She Holds Dearly discount code at the bottom of the post.

Lots of wrinkles are O.k.

Duvet/ Cover

While I love a fluffy feather duvet as much as any girl, I have recently moved to using “down alternative” comforters to help keep the dust mites at bay.

Duvet covers are easy to change out with the seasons and can be more cost effective than comforters.

When I make a bed I love to turn down the top sheet and duvet to give enough room to pile all the pillows on the fitted sheet.  It lends to a very finished and welcoming look, like a fancy hotel. I adore quilts and they will work for this, but nothing beats a big fluffy duvet that is folded part way down.

White sheets can be bleached.


A lot of decorators recommend two standard size pillows for a twin size bed, four for a queen and six for a king. But, because I am borderline ridiculous, I say three for twins, six for queens six to nine for kings (depending on your pillow size)!

Pillow shams are beautiful, but usually pillowcases are more economical. So, don’t worry if you only have pillow cases.

Stand them up on end with at least one decorative pillow centered in front.

White sheets for days!

Quilts/ Throw Blanket

I love a quilt folded in quarters (the long way) across the foot of the bed, but if you don’t have that right now a beautiful throw draped across one corner is lovely, too.

What a gorgeous sleigh bed!

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I was so impressed with the Perfect Linens company because sheets are their passion, they sell only sheets and do extensive research on all aspects of their fabrics.

They pride themselves on American made products and also offer a 45 night LOVE IT guarantee for their customers, which is unheard of in the sheet industry.

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Wicker trunk and silver tea set at the foot of the bed.

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  1. Sherry M
    August 30, 2016 / 1:12 PM

    Your bed is beautiful and the way you design the bed accessories is lovely. I really don’t think there is anything in a home much prettier and welcoming than a well made bed. I have always said if I was monetarily rich I would have clean sheets every day. Thank you for this reminder of something else that makes a house a home with very little effort and a lot of love.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 31, 2016 / 7:56 AM

      Sherry, you are so eloquent, thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement. I know exactly what you mean about beautiful beds!

  2. August 30, 2016 / 4:56 PM

    Great post. Great tips. I enjoyed this.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 31, 2016 / 7:56 AM

      Thank you so much, Sherry. That means a lot!

  3. Tanya Hulbert
    August 30, 2016 / 9:00 PM

    I needed help with this! I also love different textures on the bed and the advice that you don’t always need shams. Thanks for putting this together. I’m going to try making the bed differently tomorrow. 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 31, 2016 / 7:57 AM

      Haha, I doubt it, your house is amazing! I would love to see what you come with, you have impeccable taste, my dear!

  4. September 5, 2016 / 5:43 PM

    What a beautiful room. It’s soft bedding and the cozy feel of the room makes it inviting. I love your bedroom and so grateful you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party. It’s great having you.

  5. September 5, 2016 / 8:53 PM

    Love your tips and your beautiful bed!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 9, 2016 / 9:04 PM

      Thank you, sweet friend!

  6. September 7, 2016 / 11:05 PM

    I have a weakness for a freshly made bed in all white. Love your bed, it looks perfect. I too an a big fan of the slightly wrinkled look. Maybe because I hate ironing too! Have a great day!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 9, 2016 / 8:47 PM

      Awww, you are a girl after my own heart!

  7. November 4, 2016 / 6:44 AM

    Excellent tips definitely worth implementing. The properly made bedding can provide a whole new look to your room. The tips you mentioned in the article will surely going to help me out to layer bedding like a designer. Keep writing more articles like this!
    Megan Barnett

  8. Jenny McDowell
    January 7, 2017 / 8:58 AM

    Love your approach to a beautiful and luxurious bed. And I love your bed! In the market for a new one right now and wanting to make sure we get one that my hubby loves too. I think he would love the leather on this one. Do you have a source for it or is it an antique? Thanks! ?

  9. Lulu
    August 31, 2017 / 1:22 PM

    Beautiful bedding! Where did you get the blanket with the crocheted edging on it? I love it 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:34 PM

      Oh, yes, I get asked about that all the time. It is just a thrifted bed skirt. If find one, get a twin size and just lay it over a comoforter.

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