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Veranda quilt cover by Kas, European pillowcases and assorted cushions from Bedlam. Picture: Jason Busch Photography

Ever wondered how to get that perfectly polished look that you see in bedding stores and magazines? We ask the experts how to recreate it in your boudoir.

The basics:
Work from the bottom up starting with the mattress, recommended Bedlam Mt Lawley's Delia Grochowski, who said a deep, cushy base was the key to a sleek and inviting bed.

Good-quality sheets are also essential to create a smooth look, according to Tracie Ellis, creator of bed linen label Aura.

"I recommend you always dress your bed with a fitted and flat sheet to finish off the look well," she said.

Ms Grochowski said it was important to buy the correct-sized sheets.

"If you have a queen bed with an extra-deep mattress, make sure you measure it and buy a set of queen-size sheets, which have the correct depth," she said.

If you have a deep mattress, Ms Ellis said upsizing your quilt and quilt cover would also help deliver a luxurious look.

Get layering:
Layering was the key to a styled look, Ms Ellis said.

"From the sheets, quilt cover, cushions, coverlets and throws - all in varying tones of colours, different fabric layers and textures," she said.

When it came to pillows, more was more, said Ms Grochowski, who advised adding another couple of standard pillows to your bed setting.

"These pillows should be nice, plump polyester - for looks, not comfort - as these are to be admired, not slept on."

Allison Morse, visual merchandiser at Laura Ashley's Forrest Chase store, recommended having two European pillows as well as a pair of standard pillows, with two pillowcases to match your sheet set and two to match the doona cover.

Accent cushions, throws and coverlets were a great way to add colour, texture and different shapes, Ms Grochowski said. Think luxe cushions and a faux-fur throw draped over the bottom of the bed, or bright sheets teamed with a couple of mismatching cushions.

"With this look, the more casual the placing of the cushions the better - effortless style," she said.

Finishing touches:
Ms Morse said hospital corners were the best way to tuck sheets in perfectly and if you weren't lucky enough to have had the technique passed on to you by your mum, there were plenty of how-to videos on the internet.

Here are her tips: Start by grabbing the sheet hanging from the side about 38cm from the foot of the bed.

Place one finger on the corner of the bed and lift the sheet using your other hand, then tuck the part of the sheet that is hanging near the foot of the bed under the mattress.

Hold the corner with your finger and bring the remaining sheet over to form a 45-degree angle. Tuck the remaining sheet under the bed, working your way around, then repeat in the opposite corner.

For a crisp, hotel-style look there was no escaping ironing, said Ms Ellis. But there was a shortcut.

"For a neat, quick finish, iron pillowcases and the top cuff of your flat sheet. This gives a fabulous look without hours of ironing," she said.

For the finishing touch, plump up doonas and pillows by shaking and fluffing, Ms Ellis said.