Cozy bed, happy life. Isn’t good sleep the key to everything?
In my quest to help you get your “better life, better you” this year (and for years to come!) I’m bringing you all my best tips to create the fluffy bed of your dreams.
As a focal point of the bedroom and an important feature of getting restful sleep, revamping my bed is a project that has been on top of my list. There’s nothing better than fresh cozy bedding sets.
If you’re wondering how to make a bed look luxurious, read on. I’ve got all the deets for you, including great finds to bring your bed to the next level of cozy. You deserve it!
A Cozy Bed: Let’s Talk Essentials
What’s the secret to a comfy and good-looking bed? Layers.
Deciding which layers are right for you and your bedroom style is the first step. There are many options to consider so here’s what you need to know about the basics:
Mattress Topper/Mattress Pad
To protect your mattress from dust, mites, and wear and tear, adding a mattress topper and a mattress pad is a must.
Yes, the two are different products! The more you know.
A mattress topper is thicker as its primary function is to add extra cushioning and support. A mattress pad (also referred to as a mattress protector) covers the mattress topper and your mattress to protect from allergens and stains. Just make sure your pad is big enough to fit both.
If you don’t require extra cushioning, a mattress pad alone may work for you. Most have some cushioning despite their main protective function.
Look for a thread count of at least 300-430 for high-quality sheets. In terms of material, 100% organic (read more about why I prefer organic eco-friendly products) cotton is your best option. It’s a breathable material and long-lasting. If you prefer a matte finish, look for percale cotton. Pick satin if you prefer a smooth feel and sheen look.
A popular bed topper choice, comforters are a good option if you’re on a budget. They usually are made from cotton, cotton blend, or synthetic materials.
A duvet with its duvet cover is a step up from the simple comforter. If you don’t want to fuss with putting a comforter in the laundry, investing in a classic duvet is a no-brainer. The cover also lets you ditch your top sheet if you’re not a fan of it. My favorite part however is the fact that you can change your duvet cover to go along the seasons. Who doesn’t like a refreshed look every few months?
A quilt brings a traditional look. If it fits your aesthetic, it’s a nice additional layer to make your bed cozy. It’s also lighter than a comforter or duvet, so ideal for warmer months.
If you’re using a classic comforter, you may want to layer a blanket underneath. Otherwise, blankets and throw blankets are the perfect final touch to your bed. Add one or two neatly folded at the edge of your bed for a complete look.
Your choice of the number of pillows is up to you, but if you ask me the more the better. In terms of functional pillows, two or three Euro pillows for support when you sit in bed is a good idea. In addition to your sleeping pillows of course.
Next, decorative pillows and sham pillows can be displayed to add a little oomph. Match them to the colors and patterns of your comforter or duvet cover.
For a simpler look, I suggest stacking two sleeping pillows on each side and placing a standard pillow in front of them. Then adding a lumbar pillow to complete the setup.
How to Layer and Make Your Dream Fluffy Bed
Once you’ve selected all the components to create your cozy bed, it’s time to put it all together. Did you know that survey says 59 percent of people don’t make their bed each day?
It’s simple enough, but making your bed is really the first step to having a cozy inviting bed.
Add your sheets
Clean, ironed sheets are the ideal base. I recommend this steamer for your sheets. You want your fitted sheet to snuggly fit to create a flat surface. If you’re using a top sheet, place it with the pattern facing down. When you open the bed, the nicer side will sit nicely over your duvet.
Tuck the bottom end of the top sheet under your mattress, then fold the triangle-shaped leftover portion under to create a neat look.
Put your duvet or comforter on
Shake it off for maximum volume, then place it on the bed making sure both sides are even. My go-to folding style is to tuck the comforter or duvet at the base of the bed. If you have an open headboard, folding your duvet in half will give your bed a luxury look.
Add pillows and shams
Place your sleeping pillows against your headboard, followed by your supportive pillows (or Euro pillows), your lumbar pillows, and your decorative pillows.
Layer your throw blanket
Fold your blanket at the edge of the bed or display it across your bed for a more casual look.
Extra Tips: How to Make a Bed Look Luxurious
A cozy bed is also a bed that looks good. Who wouldn’t want to lay in a bed fit for a queen or a king?
Thankfully you don’t need to be royalty to afford a luxurious-looking bed. With a few touches, you can transform your comfy but plain bed into a stunning designer-worthy spread.
Stick to neutrals
Shades of grey and beige or a classic white are optimal for a fresh crisp look. Keeping it simple with fewer colors and patterns gives an air of zen and sophistication.
Consider a statement headboard
Having a personalized headboard that fits your bedroom’s aesthetic is a good way to give your bed a polished look. A padded headboard is a favorite of mine. Leather, suede, or rich cotton, whatever you prefer will enhance the luxury feel of your bed.
Use pillow shams
Putting decorative pillowcases that match your duvet cover and other elements of your bedding ensemble gives a cohesive look to the bed. Lay your sham-dressed pillows against your sleeping pillows on the headboard for a symmetrical eye-catching design.
Decorate your bedside table
Feature a table lamp with your favorite books, magazines, journals, candles, flowers, or a diffuser on your bedside table to add a touch of elegance to your bed.
I’m glad I invested time and energy in refreshing my bed area. And I hope you take my tips and do the same. Now, important question: are you team top sheet? Or do you kick them off every night?
I’d love to know in the comments below.
PS. Are you looking to improve other areas of your home?
I want to help you stay on track with your projects this year. Feel free to check out (and share) my blog post and guide NEW YEAR, NEW HOME: MAKING YOUR HOUSE A HOME IN 2022.