4 simple hacks to pimp out your bed

Linen? Check. Throw? Check. Cushions?

Check. You’ve got a recipe for bed-making success.

Without taking up lots of time, or spending bucket loads of cash, there are some simple hacks you can employ to spice up your bed each and every day.

The way you style your bed certainly comes down to personal taste, but a little expert opinion never hurts. Here are four hacks to pimp out your bed, straight from the source.

Imagine coming home to this every night… Picture: Erinna Giblin

1. Let linen do the talking

“Linen offers an instant transformation of a room,” says Cat Brown, property stylist and director at Simplify.Me. “When choosing linen, I’ll always favour neutral colours, like white or off-white, with a bit of texture in it.”

With so much beautiful linen out there, it’s hard to go wrong. The key, says Cat, is to opt for cotton or pure linen. “Pure linen is plain, but the crease in it brings a bit of life into your bed,” she says.

2. Do the tuck fold

No this is not a funky new dance move.

“The crushed linen trend is a messy look, but if you make it the right way it can look amazing,” says Cat.

Enter the “tuck fold”: A go-to hack you can use when making your bed so it actually looks good morning and night.

“You basically pull the doona cover all the way to the top of the bed, pull it back down three quarters, then tuck it back over on itself so it creates a roll – or fold down – on the top of your bed.”

For this, Cat recommends using one type of linen – ideally in either a beige or charcoal grey.

Get your tuck fold on. Picture: Erinna Giblin

3. Style with cushions

With your linen and tuck fold sorted, another obvious hack – but one that adds so much style to any bed – is to use a mixture of standard and fun, statement cushions.

Don’t go overboard, however. It can be so easy to style with excessive cushions, but if you’re sharing your bed with a partner the cushions are likely to end up on the floor at night, anyway, says Cat. So keep it simple but stylish.

“I like to keep it to four standard pillows, then I’ll add two to three feature cushions,” says Cat. “They can be any colour, shape and size. You can also swap out cushions on your couch so you don’t get bored of the same look.”

Top tip: “To add a different shape on the bed, puff up the cushions – whack them really hard to fluff them… kind of like a karate chop,” laughs Cat.

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Puff up your throw cushions to give them added shape. Picture: Erinna Giblin

4. Add a throw

Who doesn’t love a throw? When positioned in the right way and used to complement your cushions, it can look relaxed and chic. An important element to consider when choosing one, however, is the season.

“Warm weather throws are lightweight with large loops – think those from Adairs. They’re lighter in weight and still chunky. My winter throw, on the other hand, is a chunky-style knit.

“Bring in the colours you love, be it green, pink or whatever the Pantone colour of the season is that you want to try out.”

In terms of where to place your throw, Cat recommends positioning it in front of the tuck fold or on the base of the bed.

“Together with your artwork, lamp and photos your pimped-out bed will help create the whole story,” says Cat.

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For summer throws, large loops are key. Picture: Erinna Giblin

Originally published as 4 simple hacks to pimp out your bed by Kristy Barratt.