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How to dress the bed like a pro

There’s a certain elegance about a well-made hotel bed – and the crisp, comfortable feeling of crawling into it. With the right designer's techniques and your choice of quality bed linen, pillows, throws and cushions, it’s actually really easy styling a bed like a pro. Here’s how!

A dark grey IDANÄS bed with white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen, a dark grey VÅRELD bedspread, and black SKURUP wall lamps on each side.
A dark grey IDANÄS bed with white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen, a dark grey VÅRELD bedspread, and black SKURUP wall lamps on each side.

Here’s what you need

A designer's tip is to get protectors for your mattress, duvet, and pillows. This prolongs the life of it all and makes things a lot easier in case there’s an accident.

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sheet or fitted sheet
  • Duvet and duvet cover
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Bedspread or throw
  • Decorative cushions
Bedding in white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen, a dark grey bedspread and a dark beige cushion piled on a HOLMSTA/FRÖKNABO armchair.

Thoroughness goes a long way

Regardless of what bed linen you use, the best way to boost the high-quality feel is to start at the ironing board. A quick once-over makes all the difference. As does a few minutes making sure that everything is straight and well-fitted.

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A white NATTJASMIN fitted sheet and an iron on top of a white RUTER ironing board, plus a pile of white bedding on a bed.
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Choosing the right duvet covers

Generally, bed linen with a higher thread count gives you a smoother touch. But there’s no need to break the bank. There are plenty of duvet cover sets with that cushy hotel feel at lower prices too. All white is the classic way to go.

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A dark grey IDANÄS upholstered bed with a duvet and four pillows dressed in white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen.
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A nice bedspread sets you up for more

Some hotels place a runner at the foot of the bed, others protect the crisp bedding with a full bedspread. The latter is convenient to make the bed accessible for many more activities during the day. Just make sure it’s fitted neatly.

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A bed with white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen, a dark grey bedspread and a white bath robe with slippers, on an off-white STOENSE rug.
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A plush rug and other finishing touches

It’s just not the hotel feeling without the details in place – a handy nightstand, the right lighting, and a soft rug to sink your feet into in the morning. And why not add a Bluetooth speaker for mood music to fall asleep and wake up to?

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A black SKURUP wall lamp, a dark grey EKET cabinet and a Bluetooth speaker mounted on a wall beside a dark grey IDANÄS bed.
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A woman placing two dark beige cushions on a bed made with white ÄNGSLILJA bed linen and striped pillowcases.
Don’t forget the cherry on top. Adding decorative cushions is probably the most rewarding part of making any bed. A nice way to add a personal touch.

Nuri ImInterior Designer