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

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 31
554 posts
Busy bee

When I was a teenager, I worked in the bedding department of David Jones. All of the companies we stocked from Calvin Klein to Sheridan gave us instructions and pictures on how to make the bed and they ALL made us do it your FI’s way, even if the flat sheet wasn’t visible. I’ve done it the same way at home ever since and I’ve even taught lots of friends. (They have asked me to stage the bedroom for them before home sales! I don’t randomly start making beds when I visit)

Post # 32
3837 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Print side up for sure! But better yet use a fitted sheet 😛

Post # 33
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

He’s right. Though my husband always did things your way and was astounded when I introduced him to the print-side-in world. 

Post # 34
6847 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

There is no debate. Printed sides go together and one sleeps between the “pretty” sides of the sheets. Always.

Post # 35
1318 posts
Bumble bee

Your fiancé is technically correct.  I don’t use printed sheets but the seems on my sheets have a inside and outside and I do it the way you do because no one is doing turn down service in our house.  I turn my top blanket down a hair when I make the bed because it’s really long.  But my pillows cover that turn down anyway.  

Post # 36
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My mother was an anal bed maker growing up and we always did it your Fiance way. Now I don’t care and the bed hardly ever gets made lol. I still keep up with changing my sheets at least once a week. In California for reference.

Post # 37
6794 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I make the bed with the printed sides together (and hospital corners to boot).

My husband prefers the “hit by a tornado” look to the bed; he rips the flat sheet from the bottom of the bed and leaves it looking like the Tasmanian Devil came spinning through. He also tends to leave off the flat sheet and, at times, has just slept on top of a blanket rather than bothering with making the bed because he simply doesn’t care that much. But he knows I like a beautifully made bed so he always fixes it really nicely for me.

Post # 38
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - NOLA

We don’t use a flat sheet…too hot in Florida! But if we did, we would both make the bed your way. He was in the military and I’m a nurse (both positions require bedmaking 101 lol, which we both hated)…and yeah. Just our 0.2 cents.

Post # 39
5088 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Printed side down. Always. Even if you don’t turn down the bed, you still see the pattern when you get into bed. I don’t see any advantage in doing it the other way.

I’m more surprised that people sleep without a flat sheet. It never occurred to me that people did that, haha. 

Post # 40
4621 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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minxbee :  your fiancé is right. Printed side goes down and that way when you fold the top down you get the nice seam and the print  out on top.

I’m a nurse and have made more beds and done more hospital corners than I even want to think about. My university lecturer told us that the nice seem should always be on show when you fold the top sheet/hospital blanket down. At home it makes no difference but any hotel I’ve been to does it that way too.


Post # 42
15001 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Holy crap, I never thought to put a printed side down.  But mine are all the same on either side otehr than the seam, which I put facing up (your way).  But his way totally makes sense to me now (if I were to ever really fully make a bed, which I dont)

Post # 43
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m with your Fiance on this one!

Post # 44
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

I use two top sheets – and they are both placed on the bed pattern side down, or in the base of a plain sheet, hemmed edges up. This makes for a prettier bed when you make it with the top turned down.

I find I like two top sheets, particularly in the summer, because my fiance is so warm. We inevitably end up with a sheet each, and it stops the sticking. In the fall, I find it helpful to ward off turning on my mattress heating pad a few weeks longer. In the winter, I find the top sheet protects my comforter – which is beautiful, but the material can snag on the smallest thing, so the turned down sheet over it saves at least a little bit.

Post # 45
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I took a Nursing Assistant class, we were taught to make beds the way your fiance states.

The reason being: you want the softest and most comfortable side to be facing the person who is in the bed. The back side of the sheet is rougher–even if it is the same fabric, it will have seams from the sewing of the flat sheet, and you want the most comfortable part of the sheet to be the one that the person who is in the bed interacts with.

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