How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time

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How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time
Turn-down service is an amenity that prepares a bed for sleeping in. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Turn-down service has long been performed at high-end hotels as a way to give guests an extra touch of luxury. This simple method of preparing a bed for use can also provide a classy touch at home for guests or simply as a way to spoil yourself and your partner. While you may want to skip putting chocolate on a pillow, the same effect can be had with a flower, a decorative pillow or even a personalised note.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bed
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Small gift (optional)
  • Robe (optional)

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  1. 1

    Pull the bedspread to the bottom of the bed. Fold it neatly across the bottom. If the bed is covered in a duvet, fold it to the halfway point of the bed.

    How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time
    A bedspread is typically decorative, while a duvet is meant to be used as a blanket for warmth. (bedroom - home interiors image by Gina Smith from
  2. 2

    Grab the upper corner of the sheets and blankets. Fold them in a triangular fashion toward the centre of the bed. This creates a spot for the person using the bed to get into the covers. If you are turning back both sides of the bed, the folded-back triangles should meet in the middle.

  3. 3

    Fluff the pillows. If you have more than one pillow on each side of the bed, stack them decoratively in an attractive fashion.

    How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time
    Pillows provide comfort to the sleeper as well as make the bed more attractive. (bed. pillow and duvet.bed head. image by L. Shat from
  4. 4

    Place any desired amenity on the folded part of the sheet. This might include a robe, slippers, a cut flower or even the traditional mint. For a guest in your home, you may want to consider placing a personalised note or card.

    How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time
    A stuffed animal makes a nice amenity for a young child. (Toy hare on a bed in a children's bedroom image by terex from
  5. 5

    Turn down the lights. If you have a dimmer switch, dim the lights to a low setting. Turn off any bright lights and leave on just a soft light.

    How to Turn Down the Bed Covers for Bed Time
    Soft lighting sets a mood for restful sleep. (Hotel bedroom with double bed image by TekinT from

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to consider providing guests with other items they need to prepare themselves for bed such as towels and washcloths or a robe and slippers.
  • These tips assume that the bed was already made with fresh, clean sheets before being turned down.

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