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How to make your bed military style

Updated on June 3, 2010


There is nothing that looks cleaner or more professional in your bedroom than a properly made bed.  There are many different ways to make a bed, and some methods look better than others.  In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a bed with military corners - this is the epitome of a properly made bed.  A military style bed is the cream of the crop when it comes to professional appearances, and it will not surprise you to learn just how easy it is to pass that pesky inspection by the drill instructor!

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What you need

A bed
A fitted sheet
A regular sheet
A pillow
A blanket
A quarter

The finished product
The finished product

How to do it

Step 1.
Make sure that the sheets you put on your bed are clean and stain free.  Not only will this insure the finished product looks great, but there is nothing more disgusting than dirty sheets on your bed.

Step 2.
Put the fitted sheet on the bed.  The fitted sheet is the one with the elastic corners, and is made to fit tightly to begin with.  Sometimes, this sheet does not fit tightly enough to pass military standards, so make sure that the corners are tucked in as tightly and they can be under the mattress.  If the sheet is still too large, consider tucking your fitted sheet in under the box spring or your bed frame.  Remember, it needs to be as tight as possible.

Step 3.
This is where it will get a little tricky, but it is still easy enough to accomplish in under a minute.  Place the sheet over the mattress, making sure that the top of the sheet is perfectly aligned with the top of the mattress.  Furthermore, the sheet needs to hang as evenly as possible over the sides of the mattress to make the military corners appear even.  First, tuck the excess material at the foot of the bed under the mattress.  Doing this properly should make corners appear at each corner at the foot of the bed.

Step 4.
Fold the corners that are now hanging at the sides from the foot of the bed down and under the mattress.  It should create a line that moves down toward the foot of the bed if you are tucking them in properly.  Now, continue to tuck in the sheet around the rest of the bed, as tightly as possible, all the way up to the top of the mattress. 

Step 5. 
Put your blanket over the sheet, ensuring that it is evenly aligned with the top of the mattress, just as you did with the sheet.  Again, also make sure that the blanket hangs evenly from both sides of the bed.   Now, fold the blanket at the foot of the bed under the mattress and sheets, just as you did in step 3.  Again, this should create some small corners at the bottom corners of the mattress.

Step 6

Fold the corners down and under the mattress and sheets like you did in step 4.  Again, this should create a neat fold toward the foot of the bed.  Now, tuck in the rest of the blanket under the mattress - again, as tightly as possible. 

Step 7. 
Bounce a quarter off of it, and behold the beauty of a properly made bed!  If your quarter doesn't bounce, you need to tuck your sheets and blanket in much tighter until it will bounce. 


That's it!  You have just made a bed that would pass the inspection of any military official.  Now all you have left to do is practice making your bed military style until you can accomplish this goal in under one minute!


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      person... 6 years ago

      Thank you, this was very helpful as i'm going to military camp for the summer to learn about areospace and technologies and I need to know how to make a proper bed, now an do it no problon in 45 secs

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      Tyler Norwood 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the comment, dablufox! My girlfriend is the same way... so I make the bed too.

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      dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

      I am still to successfully 'train' my wife on how to make a bed. She still doesn't get it! She tells me that I'm longer in the Navy, I tell her that's besides the point. Easy solution, I make the bed!

      There is much pride to be had from having a neatly made bed. Nice hub!

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      saif 7 years ago

      lol! i read the book "Shoot to Kill" and they had a lot of emphasis on how people in the military were extemely picky on how to make their beds. GREAT STUFF!