make the bed

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.
The master does make the bed because of a pact made with the mistress at the onset of our marriage -- that the last person out of bed any given day be the one to make it.
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.