How to Make a Bed, the LBD Way

With everyone social distancing and hunkering down, cozying up your space is top of the to-do list. There are few things I love more than a perfectly made bed. I’m talking about that fluffy, inviting, effortlessly styled bed that practically begs you to lie down and never leave. And while piecing together a magazine-worthy bed may seem intimidating, I’ve found the process is often less complicated than it looks.

After years of working with LBD clients to create their dream bedroom retreats, our team has developed a go-to formula, and we’re so excited to break it all down for you today. From sourcing to layering to styling, we’re sparing no details as we walk you through how to make a bed, several different ways.

LBD BEDDING “RULES”

Here at LBD, there are a few things we’ve deemed as non-negotiables when it comes to styling a bed. Consider these our “house rules” we live by anytime we’re working on a bedroom design.

We use crisp, white sheets 99% of the time, with kids’ bedding being the only exception. We love white sheets for that luxurious feel, and they always work beautifully, no matter the color palette.

We only use duvet inserts and duvet covers, which give a bed that really fluffy, inviting appeal. No comforters or bedspreads around here, please and thank you.

We use four sleeping pillows max, with two on each side. No exceptions here.

Now that we’ve got our ground rules set, let’s make a bed!


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STEP 1: SHEETS + COVERLET

Once the sheets are perfectly tucked to the sides and ends of the bed, we add our first layer of linen—a coverlet or quilt. This layer is really nice to have, especially during the winter months and on a guest bed for added warmth. Bonus points for folding the top of the flat sheet over the coverlet for an extra neat look!

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STEP 2: DUVET

Next, we’re ready for the duvet covers, which can be used in a couple of different ways. Here at LBD, we love our beds to feel inviting and casual, so we usually fold the duvet halfway down the bed to give it a super fluffy look. For linens, we like to stick to neutral colors—think whites, creams, linen tones, chambray blue and any shade of grey. If we are working with any patterns, we keep it VERY subtle with a pinstripe or windowpane pattern. This is our FAVORITE down insert. It’s such a good price and the tight teams keep the fluff evenly distributed.

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STEP 3: PILLOWS

Now it’s time to add our four sleeping pillows to the equation. For sleeping pillows, we either stack two on top of each other or place them right behind each other. When it comes to adding throw pillows, we’re not afraid to mix different sizes and patterns. Just remember to stick to the overall color palette of the room. One of our favorite ways to style with throw pillows is by using two larger pillows in the back and a long lumbar upfront. Size-wise, we generally opt for 24, 22, or 20-inch throw pillows. The key here is to always get real down inserts, for throw pillows or sleeping. This set comes with two, holds its shape a long time and is super affordable. You can thank me later.

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STEP 4: FINAL STYLING

Last but not least, we use throw blankets to add in a layer of texture and introduce more color or pattern to the space. Go ahead and throw that blanket up and down several times until you get that totally effortless look. I like to pinch it roughly in the top corner and toss it onto the bed.

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LBD GO-TO BEDDING BRANDS

We really believe in the importance of investing in quality bedding. In fact, we often encourage our clients to invest in the very best sheets and linens that fall within their budget. Bedding is something you sleep on it every single night, after all. If you’re in the market for new bedding essentials, here are a few brands we love and shop often.

White Terry : This female owned, all organic, small business crafts the most beautiful bedding. We swaped out everything in our house to have White Terry sheets. The little details are what make them so lovely (think handy labels for the long vs. short site of a fitted sheet).

Serena and Lily : Beautiful linen options make this a go-to for a variety of colors, plus everything is 20% off right now,

McGee & Co. : A one stop shop, McGee & Co. has gorgeous beds, a very curated selection of sheets and tons of throw pillows.

Urban Outfitters : Urban always surprises me with their fun throw pillows that add just the right amount of personality to space.

Pottery Barn : Beautiful duvet inserts, sleeping pillows, and their Bamboo Tencel Sheets are some of our favorites.

Target : They have great kids options, and the linen sheets from Heart & Home are a great budget option.

If you want a little step by step tutorial on how to make a bed, check our our IGTV right here.

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