make the bed

make the bed

To neatly arrange the bed coverings (including sheets, blankets, and pillows) into their original position from before the bed was slept in. Please make the bed before you come down for breakfast. It's good to get into the habit of making the bed in the morning—it's an easy accomplishment to start your day!
See also: bed, make

make the bed (up)

 and make someone's bed (up)
to restore a bed to an unslept-in condition. I make my bed every morning. The maid goes to all the rooms to make the beds. Please make up all the beds early today.
See also: bed, make

make the bed

Rearrange a bed and its coverings to its condition before it was slept in. For example, Mom taught us all to make the bed before we got dressed. Also see make one's bed and lie in it.
See also: bed, make
References in classic literature ?
Following the cook's instructions, I had gone into Wolf Larsen's state-room to put it to rights and make the bed.
But when I came to make the bed I found, between the blankets, dropped apparently as he had sunk off to sleep, a complete Browning, the Cambridge Edition.
By the end of it, I was making the bed, ironing it down and telling my kids, 'This is how we make the bed in our house,' " he added.