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    opposite of making the bed

    Hello
    In the morning people usually make the bed. I wonder what they do in the evening before going to bed? What's a natural way to say about this? Get the bed ready? Thank you.

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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    They simply turn back the covers/duvet and get in.

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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    You might also see/read "turn down the bed" - I don't think it's something most people do these days. It reminds me of the kind of thing servants used to do for their employers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    I don't know about others, but I haven't 'made' my bed for many years. With fitted sheets and duvets, I simply shake out my duvet and pillows and that's it. Actually, to be honest, I don't even do that now that I live alone.


    I remember having to make my bed as a child. There were sheets, an undersheet and a couple of blankets to straighten out and tuck in neatly before the eiderdown could be straightened on top, and then, a quilt to cover everything. It was hard labour!

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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You might also see/read "turn down the bed" - I don't think it's something most people do these days. It reminds me of the kind of thing servants used to do for their employers.
    You will still see fancy hotels and similar high end guest services offering turn-down services. I can't say that I've ever stayed in an expensive enough place to experience it first hand.

    I occasionally watch a program called "Below Deck", which is a reality tv series about the people working on luxury yacht charters. The stewards frequently talk about 'turn down' as being one of their duties. Of course these people are paying upwards of $50,000 for a 3 day charter, so they're treated like royalty.
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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    You will still see fancy hotels and similar high end guest services offering turn-down services. I can't say that I've ever stayed in an expensive enough place to experience it first hand.
    When I was traveling a lot for work, I attained the dubious honor of having an elevated status at a hotel I patronized in New Jersey. This gained me the privilege of receiving turn-down service, which was (I'm sure not coincidentally) provided by an attractive young woman on the hotel's staff. I found this extremely uncomfortable, though for some reason it never occurred to me that a single call to the front desk would stop the nightly encounters.
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    Re: opposite of making the bed

    Presumably it also didn't occur to you to get out of the bed before she came to perform the service.
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    #8

    Re: opposite of making the bed

    I didn't suppose to follow such an enjoyable discussion. I just realised that some language usages can even differ among households and you can hardly expect to find the vocabulary of certain areas in common textbooks. I had flipped through some articles about morning and evening routines before posting this question but they weren't so detailed. I suppose an Englishman might sound a little bit strange in my Ukrainian house trying to figure out what to say in a plain Ukrainian.

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