The viral 'Cloud Bed Recipe' promises fluffier sheets and comfier sleep – and it's super easy to recreate

Lifestyle blogger Anni Vanderbeek is sharing the secret to deeper sleep, and she's linked everything you'll need in her Amazon storefront

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As H&G's resident sleep writer, I get to take a lot of duvet days. I'm always looking for ways to make my bed look and feel even better, which is how I stumbled across the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' on Instagram reels. The brainchild of lifestyle blogger and professional shopper Anni Vanderbeek, the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' promises fluffier sheets and comfier sleep.

Anni dreamt up a social media series, 'Unnecessary Necessities', to document the finer things in life she just can't go without. The 'Cloud Bed Recipe' is one such installment that proves the odd elevation, here and there, can instantly upgrade your bed. Featuring just six 'ingredients', the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' is easy to follow at home, and each item is far more affordable than you might think.

I've sampled some of the best bed sheets, curled up under the best comforter, and laid my bones upon the best mattress topper, and I'm seriously impressed with Anni's selections. To get the luxury look and feel for less, you can purchase each 'ingredient' from Anni's storefront on Amazon, which is one of the best places to buy affordable bedding.

'Cloud Bed Recipe' − how to recreate at home

If you didn't know, Anni is in the midst of remodeling her Miami home. Faced with a blank slate of a bedroom, she chose to remake it in the image of a luxury hotel. 'I wanted it to have resort vibes, I wanted it to have spa vibes, I wanted it to be peaceful,' she said. So, she tracked down the softest sheets and the coziest comforter, and the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' was born.

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'In order to create a cloud bed, you have to have fluff coming from every direction,' says Anni. That's why the first ingredient of the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' is also the most important: a super-plush pillow-top mattress topper. This thick and fluffy layer could totally transform the feel of your bed for the fraction of the price of a new mattress. I suggest you steer clear of foam, which feels sticky and squishy, and opt for down or fiberfill. Anni likes to take her mattress topper out of its packaging and throw it straight in the dryer to unlock its 'full fluff potential'.

Now, it's time to spruce up your sheets. Anni swears by Feather & Stitch sheets, which are as pretty as they are practical. 'The top of these sheets are finished on both sides, so it doesn't matter in which direction you layer the top sheet,' she explains. Anni likes to tuck in her top sheet super tight, the way they do it in high-end hotels, for that snug-as-a-bug feeling in bed.

Next, Anni takes a lightweight blanket and layers it over her top sheet. This step is optional, and you might choose to skip it in the summer, but the waffle knit adds a nice touch of texture to your super-smooth bedspread.

'Here's the other crucial part – you're going to want to size up on your duvet insert,' advises Anni. That way, you get a dramatic drape over the sides of your bed, without any lumps, bumps, or cold patches. Anni opts for the DWR Luxury Down King Comforter and wraps it in a luxe jersey knit cover, but I suggest you choose your duvet insert depending on your sleep style. The best warm comforter should keep you warm in winter, but the best cooling comforter is more suitable for hot sleepers.

Anni tops it all off with two adjustable pillows from Coop Home Goods. She keeps hers thick and fluffy, stuffed with extra fiberfill for that Cloud Bed finish, but you might prefer yours a little thinner and flatter to avoid neck strain.

Headshot of Anni Vanderbeek.
Anni Vanderbeek

Anni is an interior design maven and lifestyle blogger with more than 490,000 followers across Instagram and TikTok, where she shares home design tips and travel content.

Anni has linked everything you need to follow the 'Cloud Bed Recipe' in her Amazon storefront, Anni's Amazon Favorites. To save you scrolling, I headed straight to her 'Miami Bedroom' mood board and picked out the only six ingredients you need – you're welcome.

Final thoughts

If you love the look of the 'Cloud Bed Recipe', and you're keen to commit, you should consider investing in the best cloud bed. That's an industry term that refers to any low-slung, upholstered bed frame (you know, like the one from Restoration Hardware).

If you're keen to upgrade your sleep experience, but you're not sure where to start, I recommend you shop from my shortlist of the best luxury bedding. We're talking silk comforters, sateen sheets, and plush pillows for cloud-like comfort, every night of the week.

Emilia Hitching
Sleep Editor

Emilia is our resident sleep writer. She spends her days tracking down the lowest prices on the best bedding and spends her nights testing it out from the comfort of her own home – it's a dream job. Her quest to learn how to sleep better has taken her all around the world, from mattress factories in Arizona to sleep retreats in Scandinavia. Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford. She also worked on the other side of the aisle, writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky.