Thursday, October 05, 2006

Come to Bed — by Guest Mom Rosalynde Welch

That’s what my husband’s telling me, so this will have to be quick. Let’s talk about beds. I like a sleek, low, smooth-profile bed, with close-fitting linens that emphasize texture rather than volume, two good pillows, and a minimalist headboard. Think Carmelite monastery meets Danish furniture design. At the moment I have snowy-white matelasse coverlets on both my master and guest beds: the master bed has two pillows with matching shams lying flat at the head, and an unpuffy quilt folded across the foot; the guest bed has the coverlet folded under and over the pillows, the way my grandmother always made her beds.

Bonus question: my older kids sleep in a bunkbed smooshed up against a wall on two sides. HOW do I make this bed? I can’t reach the top bunk over the rail + I hate leaning down and in to get to the bottom bunk + two sides are inaccessible = that bed lives in a permanent state of disaster. Suggestions?

Beautiful bed found at
House of Denmark.
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Blogger Girl con Queso said...

Wow. I like the bed in this photo!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 9:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Erin said...

I have the same bunk bed problem. I need a solution.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 12:39:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous rachel said...

I have my kids do the best they can with their bunk beds and then I come back and straighten: otherwise they just don't get made. (which happens more often then I would like to admit)

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 12:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenni said...

I have the same dilemma, the beds either don't get made, or I just fold the comforters at the end of the bed, you know, it's so euro...or so I like to think! I've done away with the top sheet altogether..too much hassle. I've often thought there has to be someone out there who has made duvets or coverlets specifically for bunk beds,something that would just rest on the top with no overhang on the would think in this day and age someone has come up with a solution...maybe Ikea has the answer? This has been a design dilemma I have struggled with recently. Thanks for getting it out there in the open!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 1:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tania said...

I had the same problem with a loft bed (& crib underneath.) I also did away with the top sheet & just folded the quilt at the end. The good thing about a top bunk, is usually, it's so high that you can't really see it enough to know if it's made or not!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 1:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leslie said...

I was going to ask on my blog for help with this (bunk bed) problem, but last night, my husband and I figured out that the side rail on the open side can be removed. For replacing sheets, it's very helpful, we pulled the mattress half-way off the bed and then scooted it back into place with the sheets on. Make sense? Maybe your side rail can be easily removed and replaced, too.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 2:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anita Wells said...

I've also gone the duvet/no top sheet route with the kids' beds; my biggest challenge is changing the sheet on my daughter's round crib because it's hard to reach in so deep now that we've lowered it. But for master beds, Rosalynde, no matter how much I admire the sleek Scandinavian look, I love my ornate set with ten pillows--it's wonderful to wake up in a fancy hotel every morning :-) So in answer to your other question about design differences and friendships, I do think it's possible to have different tastes and be great friends! It's just tricky when you and your husband have totally different opinions...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 2:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jill said...

That is exactly why I hate making beds. You've described it perfectly. You get up from a restful night's sleep and you're in a restless fit in two minutes flat with all that nice feeling ruined. If your bunkbed has those bars that keep the kids from falling off on the top, you could just scoot it a couple feet out away from the wall. Tell the kids something like its their new cubby hole or play area. You could even scoot the bunkbed out into the middle of the room on a diagonal with just the two top corners touching the side of either wall. So there are two ideas. I don't know, I think the kids would go for it because they love abnormality sometimes.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 4:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cubby said...

The minimalist in you won't like this but that is why I love duvets. Just shake it out and the kids beds are made. In fact, they can make it themselves. I use the lightweight, warm weather ones from Ikea so they aren't TOO fluffy. My kids beds always look "made" and I don't kill myself making the bed. :-)

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 5:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

If the bedroom in question would accomodate it, I think Jill's suggestion would be mine as well. Getting the bunkbed away from the wall would solve most of the problem. Any size bed, bunk or no bunk, is challenging to make if you can't walk around 3 sides.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 7:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous rachel said...

a note of advice: I too, gave up the top sheet so that my young children could make their beds easily. My oldest are now 14 and 15 and should, of course be using a top sheet, but refuse. (so uncivilized!) I plan to reintroduce the top sheet earlier with my younger children.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 7:33:00 PM EDT  

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