For fun…Settle the debate: how to make a bed?!

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I dislike the flat sheet, but when I do use it, I make it your way. Does he also put the comforter upside down for this reason? Haha.

Post # 3
282 posts
Helper bee

In theory, I agree with your Fiance. But I was taught to make a bed your way as a kid and, purely out of habit, I do it that way 90% of the time. We don’t have printed sheets, but it’s nice to see the “finished” edge at the top of the sheet when you turn down the bed, which I only get about 10% of the time when I remember to do it correctly.

Post # 4
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

When I make the bed I do it your fiance’s way- I pull the top sheet up to the top of the bed (upside down) put the duvet on up to pillow level, fold top sheet over comforter, something like this: 


When my DH makes the bed, it looks like he stood in the doorway, closed his eyes, and flung the comforter in the general direction of the bed – so yeah, our styles differ too lol. Sorry Bee but I’m with your fiance on this one – IF he actually turns it down to see the flat sheet- if he’s thinking of a ‘turn down service’ like in a hotel and isn’t actually turning it down, then your way should be fine with him. 

Post # 5
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I do it your way.

Post # 6
783 posts
Busy bee

I cannot anyone does it like your fiancé. I’ve never even heard of that way before. I agree with you

Post # 7
3271 posts
Sugar bee

We don’t use a flat sheet, we both find them utterly annoying. 

But in true “etiquette,” your fiancé is correct, at least in Europe where my family is from. The whole thing behind it was that the printed side not only appeared better but was also a softer fabric. Therefore, you would want to have it on your person, not the rougher “back half” of the sheet. 

My grandmother taught us this when we were very young, but like I said I don’t use flat sheets anymore. She still makes her bed the same way, as does everyone in her family. 

I dunno. I don’t think it much matters anymore with better fabric, higher thread count, etc these days. 

Post # 8
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Sorry bee, but your guy is right.  Printed side goes down.

Post # 9
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We use a flat sheet solely because it comes included in the giant sheet sets that I tend to purchase. I place it directly on top of the fitted sheet (print side up) and literally fold it under the mattress lol. It basically turns into a second fitted sheet because I can only sleep with a comforter over me. I feel too constricted when I am under a comforter or quilt AND a sheet. So I vote your way. 

Post # 10
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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minxbee :  I make it the way you do because I don’t fold the edges over so you don’t see the sheets when our bed is made. My grandmother did it the other way though, and it makes sense to me if that’s how you make your bed. 

Post # 11
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Your fiance is right. The pretty side faces down so when you cuff it over the edge of your comforter, it’s facing up. 

Post # 12
11389 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015


I do it like your Fiance. But I’d be happy to find the comforter with all 4 corners on the bed when Fiance is the last one in bed. We are not at this level of debate yet. 

I cant believe all of the people who don’t use a top sheet. Omg 😲 I thought Fiance was a savage for this and it turns out it’s normal. Yikes. I can’t stand it, I can’t sleep without a top sheet. 

Post # 13
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Printed side down. 

Post # 14
1993 posts
Buzzing bee

I make it the way your fiancé does. I always turn down our bed though, so it does make a difference for us. Plus, this way when you look under the covers, you get to see the pretty part. Otherwise the pretty part is just sandwiched between the comforter and you never see it. 

Post # 15
13539 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Your Fiance has it right and that’s how I do it, too. But it’s your bed. 

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