15 Brilliant Bed Hacks: Tips For Bedding, Sleep & More

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Sleep is a topic that’s often on my mind, mainly because it seems like I never get enough of it. I’ve written a lot of posts over the years about sleep, bedding, and other sleep-related topics, because even though I’m not personally great at sleeping, it is a crucial part of life!

I recently thought it would be nice to have a central place for tips, tricks, and advice related to sleeping, so I decided to do just that in this post. I’ve gathered together 15 of the best “bed hacks” from the OGT archives, covering everything from the best bedding and mattresses to dealing with sleeplessness and snoring.

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15 Brilliant Bed Hacks For Bedding, Sleep & More

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1. The Best Way To Put On A Duvet Cover

If you have a duvet on your bed, chances are you already know how tricky it can be to get the duvet cover back on the duvet! I actually wrote a whole post on the topic a few years ago. Follow the link below to learn the best way to put on a duvet cover!

Related: How To Put Your Duvet Cover On The Easy Way

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2. How To Fold And Store Sheets

Here’s another bed-related post from a few years back! I shared my method for folding sheets, including how I fold those pesky fitted sheets. (It’s actually not as hard as it sounds!) And I also shared my then-new method of storing a set of clean sheets underneath my mattress. It’s a great storage tip for anyone who’s short on closet space!

Related: How To Fold & Store Extra Bed Sheets

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3. Keep Sheets In Place

If it seems like your sheets are always coming off your mattress, here’s a quick tip. Cover your mattress in a mattress protector with a textured top (like terry cloth, or something like that.) The textured surface of the mattress protector will create friction against the sheets, which will help hold your sheets in place.

Related: The 7 Most Likely Things That Will Ruin Your Bed Sheets

4. Stop Fitted Sheets From Slipping

If untucked sheets are a pet peeve of yours, check out these bed sheet holders! A friend of mine told me about Bed Bands and how they keeps fitted sheets firmly in place so they don’t slip off the corners of the mattress. Plus, they’re inexpensive and have tons of positive customer reviews.

Related: The One Thing You Need To Do Before Switching To Lighter Bedding

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5. How To Deodorize Musty Sheets

Musty smells can develop in your bed linens if they aren’t getting thoroughly cleaned in the wash. But there’s an easy method you can use to deodorize your bedding. Odor-destroying vinegar and grease-cutting dish soap (whether store-bought or a DIY dish soap) will take care of any oily residues in your sheets, and leave them smelling and looking fresh. Get all the details at the link below!

Related: How To Get The Smell Out Of Musty Bed Sheets

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6. Caring For Down Bedding

Down bedding can be a lifesaver during cold winter nights! But down bedding does require some special care and maintenance to keep it nice. Learn how to clean and care for down bedding at the link below.

Related: How To Clean And Care For Your Down Bedding

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7. Make A Linen Refreshing Spray

When your sheets aren’t necessarily dirty, but could use a bit of freshening up, here’s a simple solution. Make my easy fabric refreshing spray! It contains baking soda to absorb odors and essential oils to leave behind a fresh, clean scent. Get the simple recipe at the link below.

Related: How To Make An All-Natural Fabric Refreshing Spray

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8. Clean Your Mattress

You clean your sheets regularly, but have you ever cleaned your mattress? Cleaning your mattress can help extend its lifespan, and it will eliminate icky dust mites and other critters that might lurk inside your mattress. Learn the simple method for cleaning your mattress at the link above!

Related: How to Avoid (Or Get Rid of) Bed Bugs

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9. Make Snore Relief In A Jar

Snoring is almost guaranteed to disrupt sleep, both for the snorer and the person sleeping next to them. Making this easy “snore relief in a jar” can help ease snoring and help everyone sleep better! Learn how to make it at the link below.

Related: How To Make Snore Relieving Gel In A Jar

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10. Make A Sleep Salve For Better Sleep

This is definitely one of my very favorite sleep “hacks.” This homemade salve is easy to make, and it definitely helps me relax at bedtime. Just apply a thin layer to the bottom of your feet before your go to sleep! It’ll help you relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep. It also makes your feet softer, too! :-)

Related: This Homemade Sleep Salve Is The Secret To Better Sleep

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11. Cover Up A Box Spring

If you’re sick of looking at an exposed box spring under your mattress, you can cover it up with a sheet! A plain white bed sheet (either fitted or flat) can cover up the box spring and elevate the look of the whole bed.

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12. Tip For Flat Sheets

When making your bed, place your flat sheet so that the “top side” (or the printed side, if your sheets have a print) is facing down. The top side of sheets are often softer than the reverse side, and you’ll notice the difference!

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13. An Easy Way To Put On A Pillowcase

Some pillows really resist being put into a pillowcase for some reason. But you can make it easier just by folding the pillow in half so that it’s long and thin. Just slide the folded pillow into the pillowcase, and it’ll unfold on its own. Easy!

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14. My Favorite Bamboo Bed Sheets

The sheets that I currently have on my bed aren’t made of cotton; they’re actually made of bamboo! My sister turned me on to these sheets a couple of years ago, and I have loved them ever since. I wrote a post a recently talking about my sheets, and why I think they’re worth the investment! You can read that post at the link below.

Related: These Are The Best Bed Sheets I’ve Ever Slept On

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15. Sheet Storage Tip

To help keep your spare bedding organized, store your folded sheets inside of one of the corresponding pillowcases.

Brilliant Bed Hacks

This way you’ll have easy-to-locate “packets” that have all the bedding contained inside! To keep them smelling fresh, slide a dryer sheet inside the pillowcase along with the sheets.

What other “bed hacks” would you add to this list?

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  • I have a Nectar adjustable bed. It is actually 2 twin XLs put together to make a king. The mattress slides on the platform that moves up and down. What can I do to keep the mattress from sliding? I have found myself sliding to the floor and it isn’t real fun. LOL.

  • I can attest that ever since I bought my son and I terry cloth topped bed covers our fitted sheets finally stopped sliding off. I can’t believe it took me this long to figure it out LOL Also, I love the idea of keeping a clean set of sheets tucked under the end of your mattress.

  • Well, this suggestion is either going to help someone or convince all of you that I’m crazy! I have trouble winding down and relaxing every night! So, after I say my prayers (which I have to keep re-winding because my brain goes somewhere else!) I actually sing hymns in my head. Seriously. Don’t always remember the words but I do the tunes so I just keep going. Just go from one to another, and before you know it, I’m waking up and realize I fell asleep singing myself to sleep!

  • The best set of sheets I ever had were connected at the bottom and the bottom sheet was elasticized all around. The top sheet couldn’t come untucked. :-)

  • I’ve always made my bed with the printed top sheet face down. Assumed everyone did since when you fold the top of that sheet back over the blanket, the printed side is showing and makes a pretty bed. When I fold my corner down before getting in, it is like slipping into a perfectly decorated nest and I’m surrounded by flowers.

  • Great ideas. My problem is for many years I had to be up earlier to get ready for work. This was when my sister was still living at home and we had to share a bathroom. Now I’m always awake at this early hour after years of the very early wake up time. If I could just re-program my body clock to sleep, through this early hour.

  • Well I think you must be psychic. I knew you had written about the foot salve but couldn’t find it. Also the snore in a jar. The dog and I get up 20 minutes after he comes to bed. He also hums in his sleep. Here it is 4:23 am and I am awake. 4 hours of sleep again.

  • WROGHT IRON – Is there an easy way to clean it? I have “security bars” and they are getting so rusty; I’d like to paint them. Any suggestions how I can make them attractive again?

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