All in all, Christmas is just around the corner this year – and so far that means that guests are very welcome. But a perfect storm of changing rules, longing to see each other, and, uh, storms mean you may not know exactly how many extra souls you are hosting overnight during the holiday season.
And when you have a house full of random friends and relatives, it may be inevitable that you make enough beds to put up the 37-year-old Batman single duvet cover and the rocker cover the cat was once born on. But needs must!
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Most of us can’t afford to buy a new set of Egyptian cotton for every possible overnight stay – a fact evidenced by the brilliant Twitter thread started by comic book comic Rhodri Marsden in 2011. Now every Christmas Eve people use the hashtag #duvetknowitschristmas to highlight the hilarious horror of their temporary sleep arrangements, from Purple Ronnie duvet covers to My Little Pony pillowcases.
But what if, instead of being amusingly ashamed of Twitter, you could dazzle your unexpected (or expected) guests with five-star hotel vibes? It turns out that you don’t have to invest in diptyque candles and flower arrangements, just a couple of clean sheets.
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Triple Sheeting is the newest boutique hotel hack that saves time and money, and looks and feels luxurious on any bed shape and size. It also means don’t get lost in the duvet cover and frantically groping for corners while waving your arms like a Victorian ghost.
Converts say that putting on a duvet cover takes about a third of the time, too.
Here’s how you can go from zero on the bedspread to a bedding hero by the time you say, “There’s a spare T-shirt in the drawer”.
A fitted sheet
A flat sheet
a top sheet (or a decorative bedspread.)
1 Place the fitted sheet on the mattress. (Did you know the label should be on the sheet in the lower right corner of the bed? Now you do.)
2 Lay the flat sheet over the top, aligned with the top of the mattress. Flatten it.
4 Place the duvet on top, about six inches from the top of the mattress.
5 Lay the top sheet / bedspread over it, aligned with the top of the mattress
6 Fold the top sheet flap over the comforter so that it is under the comforter and over the flat sheet below.
7 Fold the top of the bottom flat sheet back over the comforter and top sheet.
8 Fold back both layers 6 inches and flatten them.
9 Tuck all of the bedding under the mattress and loosen it at the sides.
10 Add pillows and climb in.
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