How to Make a Bed for Airbnb (Quick Guide)

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A perfectly made bed gives your guests a sense of comfort physically and mentally.

In fact, when you make a bed for Airbnb guests, it’s less about the bed itself and more about the display of competency and effort.

Perfectly tucked-in corners, spotless sheets, and clean, cool pillowcases- it all means one thing to your guest in the end: this host is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that I’m happy and comfortable.

If you think about it, you spend a third of your life in bed- and so do your Airbnb guests. It’s worth the time to read this guide, especially if you want to be an Airbnb SuperHost.

Find out how you can make a bed as comfortable and inviting as possible for your guests without taking too much time out of your day for all the other things you have to get ready.

How to Make a Bed for Airbnb

It might seem simple and straight forward (who doesn’t know how to make a bed?), but it’s something that people mess up all the time. They simply don’t give it enough thought, and they don’t know the right techniques, so their beds end up looking sloppy.

Go through this guide step-by-step to make sure you’ve covered everything.

1. Clear the bed

Remove all blankets, sheets, and pillowcases.

Every once in a while, remove the mattress as well just to see if anything got lodged between in the bedframe.

2. Clean the bed (under and around it)

Just about every little kid in the world is terrified of what’s under the bed, and for good reason. Any number of things can sneak their way under there, becoming a hotbed of dust and bacteria.

If necessary, grab a vacuum cleaner and sweep up any crumbs or bugs that might be lurking around the dark corners of the bed frame.

3. Put on the fitted sheet

After cleaning, it’s time to put on your bedding.

Nothing is worse than when the fitted sheet comes undone in the middle of the night. Your body comes in direct contact with an uncomfortable mattress and you don’t have the energy to get up and fix it. Instead, you just lie there, and it kind of ruins your whole night. This is doubly true for your Airbnb guests. Make sure those sheets 1) fit your bed and 2) are put on properly.

Here’s a tip to keep fitted sheets on: use suspenders. These will clip onto the corners of your sheets to make sure that they stay wrapped around the edges of the bed.

4. Put on the top sheet (“hospital corners” style)

According to Crane and Canopy, you’ll most likely “encounter hospital corners at your favorite high-end, luxury hotels.”

Wouldn’t you like to be that high-end, luxury Airbnb? Demanding high-end, luxury prices?

This is one of the most important steps to making a bed for Airbnb. It’s what people think of when they think of a bed that’s professionally made. If you take nothing else away from this article, let it be “hospital corners.” Watch the video below for a quick guide, or look at the illustrated guide.

How to Make a Bed for Airbnb: Illustrated "Hospital Corners" Guide from Brett and Kate Mckay
Fantastic illustrated guide from Brett and Kate Mckay at the Art of Manliness

5. Put on the duvet or comforter

Almost done.

Put the duvet or comforter on top, and then, along with the top sheet, fold a little bit of it so that the pillows don’t cover it up and the bed is easily accessible. Watch the video below for a quick guide.

6. Fluff the pillows

Finally, fluff the pillows. Apply all finishing touches. Maybe put a mint or chocolate on top of the pillows or something else nice and welcoming.

Conclusion: How to Make a Bed for Airbnb

And that’s it! That’s all there is to it.

This short article hopefully taught you how to make the perfect bed for Airbnb.

About the Author Phil Sykora

Phil Sykora is a freelance writer from Cleveland, OH. His work is focused on the real estate industry covering short term rentals. Phil is currently living in Costa Rica taking advantage of "geoarbitrage." Phil combines his passion for travel with his short term rental experiences to offer hosts advice on how to make guests feel right at home.