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5 Fun and Simple Ways to Style Your Bed

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They say that just by simply waking up and making your bed, you're already completing the first task of the day. Studies show that there are several benefits to this simple task, such as starting your day off right, encouraging tidiness by forming a habit, and improving your mood by having a visually put together room.

Who here hated being told to make their beds when they were younger? I'm sure we have all had that feeling at one point or another, or maybe you still do? Our goal here is to hopefully encourage you to style your own bed and have fun doing it. We will go over everything from bed styling ideas, arranging pillows on beds, decorative bed pillows, and more. Let's dive in!

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Common Pillow Sizes

I'm sure we can all agree that a bed looks a thousand times better with pillows. Pillows can add that extra design element of color and texture, and of course comfort. Arranging pillows on beds can be a simple morning task that gives your bed that final touch. Before we get into any details, here are the common sizes for decorative bed pillows and sleeping pillows.

  • Sleeping pillows: standard 20"x26" I queen 20"x30" I king 20"x36"

  • Decorative pillows: euro 26"x26" I square 18"x18", 20"x20", 22"x22", 24"x24", 26"x26" bolster 6"x13", 8"x30" I lumbar 12"x24"

1. The Minimalist

This style is all about keeping things minimal but cozy. Things are kept simple and practical. If you're not into all the extra decorative throw pillows and blankets, this style is for you. You can even go as far as incorporating a low key bedframe or even forego a headboard altogether. The essentials here are high-quality sheets and sleep pillows. Aim for at least a 300 thread count for your sheets and a comfortable duvet cover. Since you'll only have anywhere from two to four pillows these can simply rest against your headboard. Remember that less equals more.

Designer Tip: play with textures to add some visual interest while keeping patterns to a minimum. Opt for high-quality sheets, comforter, and duvet cover.

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Pictured: duvet set with a light detailed pattern

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2. The Basics

I'm sure we all have the basic bed set-up which consists of bed sheets, comforter, and sleep pillows. This style is just a step up from the minimalist style playing with more pillow configurations with different types of pillows, and throw blankets. Designer tip: For a queen bed, work in pairs with euro shams and sleep pillows. For a king bed, work in threes. Lumbar pillows and throw pillows can work on their own or in two's depending on the look and feel you want to achieve. Neatly fold a throw blanket or quilt at the foot of the bed to complete the look!

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Pictured: pillow configurations

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3. The Coziest

Are you picking up the pattern here yet? To achieve that super cozy look and feel, the key here is more equals more. Extra cozy textures, and layering layering layering! Again you want to start with a good base of sheets, quilt, duvet, and sleep pillows. From there you can start to layer and add a variety of pillows in different shapes and sizes for that extra cozy feel. Consider an upholstered headboard to keep this style consistent. Designer tip: include a variety of pillows in different shapes, sizes, textures, and patterns.

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Pictured: upholstered tall footboard storage platform bed

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4. The Mid-Century Modern

Have fun with your own personal Interior Design style and use your bed as a way to show it off. Mid-Century modern design elements embrace wood finishes, modern prints, neutral and bold colors, simplicity of form and function, and organic mixed with geometric shapes. A good base to start with would be your bedframe, although if you don't have a mid-century style frame you can incorporate design elements in your bedding prints and decor. If you're unsure what your interior design style is, take our free fun online quiz.

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Pictured: modern bedding


5. The Boho

Here we play with boho design elements in our bedding. The bohemian style includes pattern, color, and material all at play. This style takes a few steps away from minimalism to embrace bright colors and patterns. So if you're into prints, botanical patterns, or that distressed and somewhat artsy look, this style is for you. Start with a simple base of neutral and earthy tones and then layer some bold colors, prints, and patterns. Finish the bed off with a relaxed quilt or throw blanket effortlessly laid out at the foot of the bed. Designer tip: mix linen with velvet and wool for that relaxed look.

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Pictured: bohemian pillows and throws


The secret to starting your day off right is by making your bed. We hope you are inspired to incorporate any of these five simple ways to style your own bed. Keep a lookout for future design posts and let us know if you'd like to learn more about any design-related topics! Or subscribe down below for our weekly updates on our Decor Blog. Thanks for stopping by!



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