Makin' beds in the hot sun.

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Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Are you fighting to get a king size duvet in a duvet cover?  It is a Herculean task - too much sheet with too short arms.  Tempted to toss that duvet out the window?  Stop.  You too can have a duvet without the work. This tip will save you aggravation and minutes of time. 

To get that hotel look: 

  • Give away your duvet cover - you are never going to use it again.
  • Buy 2 flat sheets bigger than the duvet and a fitted mattress sheet (plus any number of pillow cases that you want). 
  • After putting the fitted sheet on the mattress, put one of the flat sheet on the bed, then the duvet, then the other flat sheet. 
  • Tuck the bottom between the mattress and box spring. 
  • Fold back the two flat sheets so that the top of the duvet is encased. 
  • Toss a throw on the bed to make it look like a hotel bed.

To make it look clean and even more like the Westin / Soffitel, use plain white sheets and pillow cases.  The throw is actually just a strip of heavy beautiful fabric that is placed at the end of the bed from one side to the other.  Search the fabric stores for just the right piece of fabric and sew it into a srip.  Ah, lovely and the bed will look so inviting. 

I fought the bed and the sheets won.

Photo credit:  DSC_3270

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Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Mona:  There is a period of time (I am in it right now) when even a blanket on the bed is too many covers.  However, I look down the passages of time and know that I will be cold enough for a duvet sometime in the next 20 years.   LOL

Liz and Bill:  When the king size bed was invented, duvets should have been banned -  banned until this helpful hint was available. 

April 14, 2011 08:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

Alas, all the work my poor mother could have saved herself. "Sorry Mom. I didn't know about this methodology until this morning. Apparently the Canadians came up with it and they've been keeping to themselves. Some allies.

April 14, 2011 08:14 AM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Steve:  If we told you all we know then .....  The consequences are just not discussed openly.   LOL 

April 14, 2011 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

That sure sounds difficult to me, but it might just be a "male" thing... I will mention this to Helen and see if she thinks this is doable, thanks =)

April 14, 2011 10:00 AM
Rainmaker
778,498
Paula McDonald
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
Chevaux Group, PLLC

I am a huge FAN of the all white bedding look.  The sheets however, MUST be quality.  Ahhh....

April 14, 2011 11:03 AM
Rainmaker
895,344
Brian Madigan
LL.B., Broker
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)

Valerie,

Ok, that's a good solution. Since I'm the last one out of bed, I have to make it and it never has the hotel look.

Brian

April 14, 2011 11:35 AM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Chris:  Just don't toss in my name every time I have a hint of when we meet Helen might a few things to say to me....  LOL

Paula:  Ahhhhh. A nice smooth high thread count and pristine white.  Until the dogs go the way of all fur, I have to stay away from a white bed. 

Brian:  I am the bed maker in the house and believe that if you can't just pull up and smooth out the bedding then it is too complicated. 

April 14, 2011 11:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Judy Klem
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
Transition Stage LLC

Hi Valerie - Hiccups. Yes, hiccups. From snorting in laughter a little too hard 3 times - 3 TIMES - while reading this. The first was that photo! OK, breathing again. Then, I read "Tempted to toss that duvet out the window?" and really lost it, because I couldn't even get a twin duvet cover on a quilt, never mind a king-sized one.

And, then, just when I thought all was calm, in came "I fought the bed and the sheets won."

Hiccups, laughter, more hiccups. Great aerobic exercise, that. Thanks!

April 14, 2011 12:45 PM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Judy:  I am so glad you get my sense of humour.  It is a little out there (wherever there is).  Once I studied how hotels do it and not loose all their maids, I figured I could incorporate the look in my own home - until menopause and the 2 dogs made having a duvet (too hot) covered in white sheets (dogs too dirty) unlikely for the short while.

April 14, 2011 01:00 PM
Rainmaker
313,510
Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
951-290-8588

This One is a definite keeper. My duvet cover now will be washed more frequently. When you say... " Tuck the bottom between the mattress and box spring," do you mean the bottom portion of both sheets all the way around goes tucked in? Sorry for the silly question, but I love this hint....

April 14, 2011 02:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055

I loved the humor and the tip is a handy one Valerie.  Thanks girl!

April 14, 2011 05:09 PM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Sandi:  With a real duvet cover there is no need to tuck anything in.  But when you are making the bed, those two big sheets need to go somewhere so I tucked in the bottom portion.  Of course, my husband pulled them out at night because he is tall  Does that help?

Anita:  I am so glad you like it. 

April 14, 2011 07:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Valerie, I tried a duvet cover and hated it, now your prompting me for my next blog about grandma's crochet blankets made custom for every bed in the house...and also on the beds of all my sisters, nieces, and nephews!

April 14, 2011 08:59 PM
Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

Valerie, it is a cool trick. I don't want to deal with duvet covers or sheets because I never fold them right away and they always wrinkled. I bought nice comforter set and use comforter strictly for the look and take it away from the bed at night and I don't care if my favorite blanket doesn't look very nice.

Love your picture. I remember my grandma and my mom did put pillows in the windows and than dusted them.

April 14, 2011 11:48 PM
Rainer
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Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Valerie--What a great idea.  My husband is going to love you for this because he always gets roped into helping me stuff the duvet and button the buttons.  I love your posts. 

April 15, 2011 02:19 AM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Ellen:  I look forward to reading that - crocheting is supposed to be very relaxing.  I bet those covers were/are beautiful.

Anna:  I think sunlight was a way of freshing and maybe disinfecting (?) bedding.  I know that sheets that come in from the clothes line are wonderous.

Janet:  My husband too which is why we eventually moved away from duvet covers on the king size bed.  It was not a job that either of us enjoyed.

April 15, 2011 07:07 AM
Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

I think you right ultraviolet light kills bacteria and they were also airating those pillows and blankets. At the end of a day they would fluff them to get the dust out. Do you  remember a fresh smell of air dried clothes?

April 15, 2011 11:37 PM
Rainmaker
574,918
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Anna:  Yes I do.  There is a clothes line at my girlfriend's cottage.  Anything that comes in the cottage from that line smells so nice!

April 16, 2011 08:53 AM
Rainer
253,132
Kathy Burke
S.F. East Bay Home Staging
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA

WOW.....so easy and clearn looking.  Will need to try this!

April 21, 2011 09:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Kathy:  It makes those duvet covers obsolete. 

April 22, 2011 07:51 AM
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