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Steps to Properly Dressing a Bed

So you finally bought a new bed to replace that dingy one that you’ve had ever since you graduated—congrats! You’re moving up in the world! However, buying a new bed isn’t the end. Now that you have it, it’s time to make it look good in your current room. Here are the steps for properly dressing a bed and what you will need to do so.

Valance Sheet

For this list, we’ll start at the bottom of the bed and move up since that’s likely the way you will have to set yours up. The valance sheet isn’t a necessary addition, but it will make your bed look better overall. Its primary purpose is to cover up an unsightly bed frame or any boxes that you store underneath it. You put it on the bed frame before the mattress.

Mattress Protector

Before you get that mattress into place, you might want to enclose it in a mattress protector. Many people skip these because these plastic sheets are often loud and uncomfortable. They can be quite useful, however. They’ll protect your mattress from stains and spilled liquids that would normally be difficult to clean up. Plus, the protector can also shield you from allergens and bed bugs that may take up residence inside the bed.

Mattress Topper

If your mattress is kind of cheap or you decided to use a mattress protector, these toppers can help make your bed more comfortable overall. They usually go onto your bed like any other fitted sheet and are easy to remove for cleaning when necessary.


Now it’s time for the most important step for properly dressing a bed: the sheets. These are what your body will be in contact with the most as you sleep, so you’ll want to make sure you are satisfied with them. The selection of sheets in stores can be limited, so if you really want a certain kind of material or color scheme for them, we’d recommend getting them custom-made. We have a vast selection of fitted mattress covers available online that you can customize to your heart’s desire, so be sure to check them out if you’re interested.

Comforter or Duvet

Regardless of what mattress topper you choose, it will be the centerpiece of your room. This is the part of the bed that everyone notices when they walk into the room, so pick something that matches the tone and style of your bedroom. Also, you’ll want to make sure that whichever one you get is comfortable to sleep under.


No bed is complete without a set of pillows. Whether you have one or ten, your pillows will add to the feel of the room as a whole, so be sure to find some comfy and vibrant ones that will make sleeping in your new bed like a dream.