And so to bed

22:58, Aug 13 2012

Can someone please explain to me the modern obsession with having massive numbers of pillows and cushions on a bed? Because I hold no truck with this nonsense.

Yes, I accept that artfully arranged throw pillows and such can look nice but a bed's main purpose is to be comfortable. I don't truly understand what is comfortable about having to plough through a Mt Everest of pillows before you can enjoy any of that comfort.

This observation is prompted by a story I read yesterday, on the art of bedmaking. In it an interior designer admits that the beds that feature in magazine layouts can take six hours to make. SIX HOURS. That's longer than Gone with the Wind. It's longer than it took The Titanic to sink. Heck, you could construct an actual bed in that time. I understand that things in photoshoots have to be "just so" (I've been watching The Block NZ) but it seems to me that across the board there may be a bit too much effort going into these pillow piles than is strictly advisable.

In our house we have a rule that there will never be more than four pillows on the bed (naturally one of these will be my fancy pillow*). After all, even four can cause uncomfortable pillow congestion. The other morning I woke up to find that one of the pillows from the Silver Fox's side of the bed was pretty much on my head. If we weren't on such good terms I'd assume he'd been trying to suffocate me in his sleep but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say he just pushed it out of his way at some point in the night and that's where it ended up. Probably.

I suppose some people would say that four pillows is two more than your really need but those people obviously don't like sitting up in bed with a good book, or more frequently a laptop. An extra pillow is essential for such activities as it provides a soft buffer between one's back and an unforgiving headboard. I know that all the advice with regards to getting good sleep is that activities like reading and watching telly are bad things to do, but screw that. I like being warm and snuggly. I do not think a life in which bed-reading is verboten is one that I would be happy living.

But back to the actual bed-making. I'm a "give it a quick straighten and pull the covers up in the morning" sort of person (assuming I'm not running late) and am fairly relaxed as far as "hospital corners" go. Mine are more "General Practice corners". Possibly even "Sick Bay corners". When we were growing up our mother would tuck the sheets in so tightly that King Tut himself would've had more wiggle room, so these days if things are generally lined up all right and not falling off then that's good enough for me. 

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I'm also a great believer in putting clean sheets on the bed before you go out of town so you've got that freshly sheeted, nicely made bed to look forward to when you get home. And because there's nothing like getting home tired, unpacking and then having to make the bed as well to take the glow off a return to the roost.

So how much effort do you put into the arrangement and tidiness of your bed? Puddle of blankets more or less in the middle okay by you or do you need it to be smooth and unrumpled? Hospital, GP, or Sick Bay corners? And the eternal question: how many pillows are too many pillows?

* Interesting factoid. If you Google [fancy pillow people] my blog post on this topic is the top hit. I couldn't be prouder.

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