From the Art of Manliness website, instructions for "How to Make a Bed You Can Bounce a Quarter Off Of." I have to say that I hate sleeping under tightly tucked sheets (especially at the bottom! The feet must be free to poke out and catch a breeze when the internal temperature spikes!), but there's something perversely aesthetically appealing about the overall kentuckyness of a really well-made bed. The secret, apparently, is in the hospital corners.
Starting at the foot of the bed, tuck the end of the sheet between the mattress and box springs. Don’t just bunch the sheet between the mattress and the box springs, rather ensure that the sheet lays smoothly between the two.
Go to the head of the bed and pull the other end of the sheet taut. Tuck the sheet under the mattress as you did at the foot of the bed.
Go back to the foot of the bed and pick a corner to make your first hospital corner. Grab the sheet draping from the side about 16 inches from the foot of the bed (Diagram A).
Place one finger on top of the corner, lifting the sheet with the other hand (Diagram B).
Tuck lower drape under the mattress (Diagram C).
Hold the corner in place and bring the sheet over. You want the fold on the top sheet to form a 45-degree angle. That’s standard for the Army (Diagram D).
Tuck the rest of the side of the sheet under the mattress, working your way to the head of the bed (Diagram E). Repeat on all four corners of the bed. As you tuck, take your hand and smooth out any wrinkles that may form in the sheet on the top of the bed.
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