1. You put your top sheet pattern-up
If you have a patterned top sheet, it's not much use to you pattern-up: The pattern will only be displayed from the back side when you fold it over the duvet, making it looked washed-out. For a truly magazine-ready bed, put your top sheet pattern-down, so it shows up correctly when folded.
2. You skip over hospital corners
You may be tempted to say they don't matter — however you tuck in your sheets will look great, right? Not so fast. Hospital corners are classic for a reason, because they make the entire bed look taut, polished, and elegant. And really, they're not that hard to do. Follow the instructions at .
3. You don't make your bed every morning
We've told you this before: That rumor that your bed needs to "air out"? . Make your bed every morning and after a while, you won't feel like you've properly started your day without tucking in your sheets. (Hint: It's actually easier to start smoothing your sheets while you're in the bed!)
4. You're not ironing your sheets
Yes, it's a pain, but it makes a huge difference in the look and feel of your bed. Certain fabrics don't need ironing (like flannel) but if your sheets are made from linen or cotton, take the time. No one likes to cuddle up with wrinkled sheets.
5. You don't put on your duvet inside-out
Struggling with your duvet? Here's a tip: Turn it inside out, match it up to the end of the comforter, and slide it back on that way. The process can be so much easier.
6. You're not using your duvet ties
Speaking of, if you're lucky enough to have both a duvet with ties and a comforter with slots — use them! It's a brilliant way to keep a mussy duvet in place, even after a full night of tossing and turning.
7. You haven't added any decor
If your bed currently consists solely of sheets, a plain comforter, and a pillow or two, consider upgrading your accessories. A few coordinating throw pillows or blankets can help tie the bed — and the room — together.
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