How does one properly make up a bed?

by Shannon
(Raleigh, NC, USA)

For many years some of the women in our family and I have had a running disagreement about the correct way to make up a bed. We have a very large family and share a summer cottage at the beach. We vacation together some in the summer and assist each other in up-fitting the cottage for our stay together. Sometimes while placing fresh linens on the bed during vacationing together, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law tell me that I am making up the bed wrong by placing the top sheet face down on top of the fitted sheet. They always make the bed up by placing the pretty side up and it is covered up by a light blanket. I always make sure the decorative trim side is at the top of the bed and then after placing a light blanket on top of the flat sheet, I turn the flat sheet down about 1/4, exposing the pretty side. Miss Manners, can you shed some light on the correct placement of the top sheet? This is not serious but an ongoing disagreement.

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Oct 10, 2011
Stripping bed ???
by: Anonymous

I totally agree with bottom sheet and top sheet facing each other then top sheet turned down but I do have a question~ after being an overnight guest at someones home do I strip the bed and leave soiled beding on top of the bed or do I make up the bed before leaving? Please help with this!!!!!!

Mar 23, 2011
Properly make up a bed
by: Anonymous

The right side of the top sheet, or the side with the pattern, should be facing down touching the right side of the bottom sheet so that when the sheets are turned back both right sides of the sheets show. There is actually a slightly smoother surface to the right sides of most sheets so that when your skin touches the sheets it touches the smooth sides. Also, when you make the bed with the right side, or patterned side, of the top sheet facing up, and put a blanket on top of it, it defeats the purpose of having a pattern or right side to the sheet. I was taught this not only by my mother, but by my high schoool home economics teacher.

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