There’s a unique way for making your bed like a nurse or a soldier. Learn how to make it.

Being a soldier — or, as Americans like to say marine — is a really big deal. The recruiting requirement before you even pass through the initial phase is not a lazy man’s task. Passing your fitness test, medical test, and the list goes on and on. There’s one test that sets the standard for a properly made bed: the quarter test. It’s possible to make a bed so snugly that you really can bounce a quarter off of it. Here’s how to do it.

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How Do I Make My Bed?

If bed making were an art, soldiers and nurses would be the best bed-makers in the world. The hospital corner is that awesome yet daunting bed craft of creating a clean, crisp look of a well-made tidy bed. What’s a hospital corner? The term may sound of well-kept army barracks or neat and tidy hospital rooms. However, it’s not that of a big deal.

The technique dates back to the 19th century, and the profession of nursing. Nursing has a long ass history with the war time and military. During the 1850s, Florence Nightingale famously organized a group of women to aid the wounded during the Crimean War. The army officials and medical practitioners demanded nurses to be efficient, clean and well organized in the war hospital.

Having a single sheet, hospital corners were used not only to keep the sheet firmly in place, but also allow nurses to easily change or resize the sheet without causing discomfort to the patient. (Note: The fitted sheet as we know it with its elastic corners would not be invented until the 1990s).


The Hospital Corner

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Nowadays, the technique is used by both nurses and soldiers. Trying your hands is not that a daunting tasks as you might. Here’s how to make your bed like a pro:

  • Step 1: Having your fitted sheet already on the mattress, lay the flat sheet on top; make sure that it hangs evenly on the bed.
  • Step 2: Starting at one corner at the foot of the bed, slightly lift the mattress, tuck in the hanging sheet along the foot of the bed. The excess sheet should now be hanging on the other side of the mattress.
  • Step 3: Grabbing hold of the excess sheet, lift it up and place it on top of the mattress. The edge of the sheet should form a 45-degree angle with the corner of your mattress.
  • Step 4: Holding the sheet at a 45-degree angle, tuck in the hanging sheet along the side of the mattress, letting the sheet fall.
  • Step 5: Adjust the edge of the sheet to the corner of the mattress and tuck in.
  • Step 6: Repeat steps 2 through 5 on the remaining corners.
  • Step 7: To continue making the perfect bed, layer with a duvet cover and quilt, and style all sleeping pillows and decorative pillows.


The Quarter Test

Legend has it that new recruits in the United States military had to make their beds in such a way — the hospital corner — that the inspecting sergeant could bounce a quarter on the blanket. This is test that your bed is in perfect shape; if the quarter bounces on the made bed, then you got it right, but if it doesn’t bounce on it, then you got some trouble in the camp.


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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Mon, Jan 28, 2019.


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