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Should You Make your Bed Every Day? Worldwide Survey Reveals a Divide

Forget the never-ending argument about whether the toilet seat should be left up or down (because it’s always down and I won’t hear otherwise!). There’s a new domestic debate on the rise; making the bed every day. Should you bother?

A recent survey by website Houzz revealed that globally, 60% of people they questioned go to the effort of making their bed every single morning. The survey was conducted across Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Russia – and it’s clear that over half of the group believed that a well made bed was a vital part of their daily ritual.

So let’s take a look at why you might go through the process of making your bed every day, and what the downsides might be. Also, drop me a comment below and let me know which side you sit on: made or unmade. I’d love to know where you stand (or lay).

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The Benefits of Making the Bed Every Day

From a purely visual perspective, you cannot beat the look of a made bed. And depending on which style of make you prefer (yes, there are differences), the process can be a fairly simple one. And in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take much time to work bed making into your morning routine.

If you’re a decorating addict like I am, then nothing makes your heart race more than a well-made bed, with at least four top pillows, two Euro’s and oodles of statement cushions and throws on top. Not only does it make the entire space look nicer, but it certainly makes crawling into bed at night a more enjoyable experience (even if you do have to remove 45 cushions and find a place for them somewhere in the room while you sleep).

If your bedroom is in a spot of your home that guests might walk past – like on the ground floor – then it’s likely your bed is going to be seen as friends and family wander through. This is why a made bed is a good idea.

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The Downside of Making the Bed Every Day

Well… honestly, who can be bothered making the bed every day? That’s probably the biggest argument you’ll hear as to why you shouldn’t go to the effort. Naysayers will also claim that you’re just going to mess it up again when you get into it at night. To which I respond… you’re just going to dirty your clothes again after you wash them. But you still wash them, right?

In my own home, I fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to making the bed every day. Straightening out my bedspread does happen, and I sit my pillows up a bit to give them a bit of order and structure, but no; I don’t make it perfectly every single day.

I am also really fond of a messy looking bed (like this one), which is why I leave mine looking a little lived in and scrumply when I get up of a morning. The cats also seem to appreciated the bedding being a little haphazard. It gives them little nooks to curl up in. So, in other words, I am blaming the cats for not making my bed every day 😉

That said, if people were coming over, it’s a whole other story. The house will look like a display home if I know guests are on the way!

Where so you stand when it comes to making the bed every day? If you do make it daily, why do you think it’s important? Drop a comment below and let me know!

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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5 Responses

  1. I recently read an article I think by a high achievering Army Officer that starting the day by making your bed has a flow on effect and make you more productive throughout the day
    Thought I put it to the test by making my bed everyday after years of never making it
    I must admit it makes me feel more organised and ready for the day I also feel more relaxed when I get back into it I am a convert I have always had all the lovely stuff for my bed Now I can see

  2. I make the bed every day it’s something that my parents taught me to do from a young age and I’m glad they did because there’s nothing like walking into your bedroom after a long day and seeing a welcoming comfy bed. P.S. Growing up on a farm it also ensured that no spiders could crawl in if the sheets were tucked in and bed made securely!

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