our tips for bed-on-the-floor-on-purpose-look. • 2 Choose a Mattress and Box Spring Check out Austin contributor Adrienne Breaux's tips for choosing a mattress. If you have a platform bed, you don't have to use or buy a box spring (although using the box spring is necessary for some warranties. More tips: Dos and Donts for Taking Care of Your Mattress How to Dispose of an Old Mattress • 3 Protect Your Mattress Choose a mattress cover to protect your mattress from dirt and spills. We got one with a pillow top to give our mattress a little more comfort. • 4 Learn Thread Counts and Choose Sheets Julian Tomchin, Macy's former product developer, explains what thread count even means and warns us to be suspicious of thread counts over 400. He prefers cotton sheets, and a thread count in the range of 220 to 350. As for colors and patterns, that's up to you. We prefer to have one crisp white set, one subtle pattern and one dark-colored set. More tips: Extra-Deep Sheets Best Modern Bedding 2010 Best Traditional Bedding 2010 • 5 Cover Your Box Spring Platform bed or no, we suggest covering your boxspring with a fitted sheet or cover. Chez Laarson also offers a how to for making a simple bedskirt. • 6 Choose a Duvet If you prefer piles of blankets or a comforter to a duvet and cover, skip to 6. For the rest of you, read on. Many people go with one summer-weight down duvet, and one winter-weight. We go for one winter-weight duvet, and then in the summer, use sheets and a quilt. When choosing duvets, pay attention to allergenic options, if you have allergies, and pay attention to the weight on the packaging to make sure you're choosing warmth appropriate to your climate. We go with a medium-weight duvet and then pile on more blankets if we're cold, because then the duvet can be put on earlier in the fall and last later into the spring. More tips: How to Put On a Duvet Cover How to Keep a Duvet in Place How to Clean a Duvet Change Bedding for Different Seasons? • 7 Make your Bed Choose the way that suits you best. We like crispness to our bed-making, so we try for hospital corners. Some ribbed us for our method, but the orderliness to our sheets has gone up 100 percent. No more accidentally untucking sheets at night. If you want a crisper method, there are lots of how tos for hospital corners on the Web. More tips: How to Dress a Platform Bed How to Make a Bed Like a Swede 8 Tricks to Make Making the Bed a Habit Making the Bed: Hospital Corners? Ultimately, the decisions you make must be personal and perfect for your lifestyle, and you'll learn what you like as you go. For example, we learned that our favorite sheets in the summer (which we spent lots of time researching) feel frigid in the winter. We also learned that while we like throw pillows on the bed, four throws plus four sleeping pillow was too many — we're now down to six total, instead of eight. Want more tips for your bed? Ask us or search our archives. Happy bed making!