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By Ann Moore-Spencer
I GET SO MANY questions about the best way to dress a bed that I am inspired to
write this article. The plethora of options we see in decorating magazines and Inter-
net sites seem to confuse us. The basics when dressing a bed are your sheets and
pillowcases. That is the bare functional minimum. But when asked for guidance, you
want insight into something more decorative. Unless you are striving for the mini-
malist look, think layers. Think bed coverings and pillows in addition to the functional
basic layers and arranged with the objective of having the bed staged as the focal
point in the bedroom.
First let me clear up a misconception: there is no best way to dress your bed!!! The
key is to dress your bed in keeping with your style and the style of the bedroom. This
article is more suggestive than prescriptive, and I hope it will inspire you and kindle
your individual creativity.
For the purposes of this article we will assume that you have a fitted sheet that is
either neutral or coordinating with your bedding ensemble. Below that, for added
loft, extra comfort and "luxe", you may choose to use a mattress pad or bedcap.
1. You have the option to cover the base of your bed. If you cover it, how you cover
it depends on your design aesthetic. For a minimalist look you can cover the base
with a fitted cover or fitted sheet. Otherwise use a bed skirt or dust ruffle. The bed
skirt can be pleated, gathered or flat. More modern or contemporary styles normally
have inverted pleats. These styles are also used in predominantly masculine spaces.
Gathered or all-over pleated designs are typically softer, more feminine, romantic
and a more traditional style.
2. Next fit on your flat sheet. Do so with the right side down. Yes, you read right.
This is to allow for the right side with the pattern or finished edge to be exposed
when the sheets are turned down later.
3. Now it is time for your coverlet, duvet, comforter, bedspread and/or quilt. Here in
the tropics it may be prudent to select one. The type and thickness of the covering
will be directly linked to how comfortable and practical your bedding proves to be. I
am partial to duvets. Sometimes I will combine a low loft duvet or just the duvet
cover with a light blanket. For sleeping on warm nights the bed coverings can be
folded or pushed down to the foot of the bed. Our illustration uses a coverlet with
the flat sheet. Fold back your bed coverings, exposing enough of the fitted sheet to
stage your pillows.
4. Place "Euro pillows" with decorative shams at the very back against your head-
board. If you do not have a headboard, these visually anchor your pillow grouping.
Euro pillows are commonly 26 or 27 inches square, though some can be as large as
30 inches square. Be guided by the size and height of your headboard. For a single
bed, use 1 Euro; use 2 Euro pillows for full and queen-sized beds and 3 for king-size
beds. For a more sumptuous dressing I sometime use 3 Euro pillows on a queen-size
bed. This layer is optional.
5. Now it is time for your sleeping pillows. Get the best quality you can afford. Use
2 king-sized pillows for king beds, 2 or 3 queen or standard-sized pillows for queen
beds, 2 or 3 standard pillows for double beds and 1 or 2 standard pillows for single
beds. Layer them, just in front of your Euro shams. If you are not using Euro pillows,
place your sleeping pillows standing against the headboard. For a more casual or con-
temporary finish you can place the pillows flat, in the sleeping position. Some people
place their sleeping pillows behind the Euros.
6. Layer sleep-sized pillows with decorative shams in front of your sleeping pillows.
This will hide your sleeping wrinkles. For a more streamlined look, use 1 body-sized
decorative pillow. You can also place your "shammed" pillows on top of your sleeping
7. You can place 1 or 2 pillows with decorative shams in front. You can get creative
with the shape and size. Consider a boudoir pillow. This is rectangular, like a mini
sleeping pillow. Or you can use a square pillow. We used a neckroll/bolster in our il-
lustration. Another small pillow can be another layer. At this point you can use
uniquely shaped feature pillows.
8. Add another layer of visual interest and added decorative impact with a bed scarf
or a throw to the foot of the bed. A folded blanket is also an option. For a more con-
temporary bed, it is common to use neutral flat and fitted sheet with just a bed scarf
for a touch of colour.
Not comfortable with this whole bed dressing thing? What about using your guest
bed as practice? Try to get a rough triangular shape with your pillow grouping with
the base of the triangle being toward the head board. Pay attention to your colour
story and ensure that it fits in with your general décor. Don't be afraid to mix pat-
terns and solids.
Have fun creating your magazine-worthy bed dressing.
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Ann Moore-Spencer is the Managing and
Creative Director of Beyond Drapery Limited.
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