These delightfully written instructions are taken from a late-Victorian home economics manual.
The making of the bed is quite as important as any other matter connected with it. Everything possible should be done to prevent discomfort and restraint. In the following directions, it is the sleeper who is considered,and not the style of the bed.
1. Spread the under sheet on the mattress, getting it perfectly smooth. Tuck it in all around.
2. Spread the top sheet on smoothly, having enough to tuck in generously at the foot. After tucking the sheet under the foot of the mattress, pull it down a little from the top, that it may not be too tight over the feet of the sleeper.
3. Put the blankets on, having the first one come well down over the end of the mattress; lay the others even with the end of the mattress. If the blankets are double, see that the open end is toward the head of the bed, so that half of the blanket may be turned back if one wishes.
4. Tuck the top sheet and the blankets in at the side of the mattress, not under it. This leaves the covering free.
5. Put on the pillows and spread. How thin shall be done depends upon the mistress of the house. Taste and fashion vary in these matters constantly, and they are of no vital importance. Still, system and care are essential, that the bed may look neat and attractive.