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    make my bed

    In the morning after I get up, I make my bed. In the evening before I get into bed, I make ready by spreading and arranging the sheets and covers neatly. What do we call this action? Also 'make my bed'?

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    Re: make my bed

    You could use turn down.

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    Re: make my bed

    Arranging the covers neatly, with them pulled up to or over the level of the pillows, is "making the bed". If you "turn down the bed" then you take either one corner of the top covers or both top corners and you pull them neatly down, revealing some of the bottom sheet, mainly to air the lower sheet for a few moments before getting in.

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    Re: make my bed

    Very interesting. I know other meanings for turn down, but I'd never know it could also mean to prepare the bed to sleep.

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    Re: make my bed

    Fancy hotels will offer a "turn down service" where they will do this, and maybe bring you a nice cookie or chocolate as well.

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    Re: make my bed

    My nighttime rituals is far simpler. Try to get into bed without disturbing the cats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My nighttime rituals is far simpler. Try to get into bed without disturbing the cats.
    I know the term, but turning down beds is like ironing sheets and socks- something my grandmother did. Hope the cats don't get disturbed.

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    Re: make my bed

    At a lovely hotel I stayed at in Sri Lanka, the staff went round each bedroom at about 9pm, turned down each bed and scattered flower petals all over the bedcovers. It was a really nice touch.

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    Re: make my bed

    Thanks so much for all your kind and also very interesting replies. Just now I was reading LONGMAN'S COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH (2002) when I came across this phrase again (in Entry 399):

    to make a bed (= to prepare the bed for sleeping on).

    Then does 'make a/the/my bed' have another meaning (=turn down the bed)?

    Thank you again.
    Last edited by joham; 08-Jun-2012 at 03:34. Reason: color added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    At a lovely hotel I stayed at in Sri Lanka, the staff went round each bedroom at about 9pm, turned down each bed and scattered flower petals all over the bedcovers. It was a really nice touch.
    That does sound lovely, but all things considered, if I could choose between having flower petals in my hotel room and a cat, I'd take the cat. Don't know why mammal rentals aren't a service offered at the big chains. :)
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