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Video:How to Make a Military Bed With Hospital Corners

with Sgt. Shane Medders

A cornerstone of basic training doesn't have to do with drills and weapons - but with your bed. Watch as a drill sergeant demonstrates how to make a military bed with the proper forty-five degree hospital corners.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Military Bed With Hospital Corners

My name is Army Sgt. Shane Medders, and I am stationed in Fort Knox Kentucky as a drill sergeant. For About.com, today we will be showing you how to make a military rack the way we do in the army.

Why Make a Military Bed?

Making a military rack is used mainly for uniformity purposes. To make sure that everyone is in-line together, all the same, and for purposes of cleanliness. The army is renowned for their rack making. They are famous for the hospital corners, and today we will show you how to do that step by step.

Make Hospital Corners

The first step is to take one sheet and place it on the rack so that it is flat from side to side. You want to line up the edge of the sheet with the bottom end of the mattress. Make sure the overhang on each side is equal. Next you want to kneel down by the head end of the mattress and you want to tuck the sheet up under so that it is flush.

Next you want to go to one side, at the head end of the mattress, and you want to start doing the forty-five degree corner. You do that by lifting the bottom edge of the sheet, pulling it back, so as to have the over-hand pulled tightly and then tucked up underneath the rack. Next you will fold the excess hanging down over, forming the forty-five degree angle. You will place your hand so as to make it smooth, and then you will tuck the excess up underneath the rack. You always want to make sure you smooth out the sheets. You continue tucking the excess part of the sheet all the way down to the foot end of the rack. Next you will go to the other side and proceeded in the same manner as you did the first time.

Add the Top Sheet to the Military Rack

Next you want to take the second sheet and you want to place it on the rack the same as the first time. This time you want to align the sheet with the head-end of the mattress, making sure that the overhang is equal on both sides.

Add the Blanket to the Military Bed

Next step is to take the first green blanket and place it on the rack. Keep in mind that it has US stamped on it for United States. This should be readable when standing at the foot end of the mattress. Place the blanket on the rack as the same way you would the sheet, making sure there is equal overhang on both sides of the rack. You want to align the top of the blanket approximately twelve inches from the head end of the mattress.

Fold Hospital Corners With the Blanket

Next you will start tucking the blanket in along with the sheet. Making sure everything is smooth. Again the forty-five degree corner is attained by folding the excess blanket, tucking it smooth up underneath, placing your hand there, and then bringing the excess part of the blanket all the way down, and it will form the forty five degrees. You will smooth it out with your hand, and then you will just tuck the excess blanket and sheet around the mattress. Continue to use your hands to smooth out the blanket all across the mattress. Next you will go to the other side of the rack and you will do the hospital corners in the same manner as you did on the previous side.

Add the Pillow to the Military Bed

The next step is to place the pillow on the rack. Make sure you smooth out the pillow so it is flat. You will notice it has excess overhang of the pillow case. When you place it on there make sure to tuck it up underneath so it is not to hang freely. The next step is to take the dust cover and place it equally on both sides onto the mattress. Make sure that the single fold of the blanket is down towards the foot end of the mattress. As always make sure the overhang is equal on both sides. Adjust it as necessary.

Finish the Military Bed

The next step is to take the overhang of the dust cover and tuck t up underneath the mattress on the head end. Continue making the hospital corners as shown before. The last step is to make sure there are no wrinkles in the dust cover, in the blanket or any of the sheets, and also check your hospital corners on the foot end and head end of the mattress.

And that is how to properly make a military rack. Thanks for watching.
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