The best part of staying at a hotel is sleeping in a hotel bed. These beds always seem so comfortable and inviting. Many wish to take that bed home with them, but little did they know that they can make their bed feel like a hotel bed. So, how to make a hotel bed the right way?
When making a hotel bed you want to use a flat sheet with about a 300-thread count and do a hospital fold. The biggest part of making your bed feel like a hotel bed is choosing the right firmness. Hotel beds usually have down pillows, but you can use any other luxury pillow.
There is more to hotel beds than just how they feel. The Halo effect makes us feel as is though the whole room is modern and renovated, so opt for white bedding. Something to consider when wondering why the hotel beds feel so comfortable is that you’re probably exhausted by the time you get into your hotel bed, which automatically makes you feel more relaxed and cozy.
Why are hotel beds so comfortable?
For some reason, hotel beds are incredibly comfortable. They just make you want to jump in and sleep all day. But, how do they do it?
Most hotels spend more than a year trying to figure out what mattress they will get. Since their reputation depends on whether or not their guests feel comfortable, they don’t take any chances with their beds. Hotel beds are not the same as regular beds, since hotels must follow specific rules and regulations regarding beds.
Hotels often go for a hybrid mattress that contains memory foam and latex for that extra comfort. Some will even add a mattress topper to make it more comfortable. That topper could be a feather or memory foam and its job is not only to make you comfortable but also to protect the mattress itself and preserve it for longer.
Some hotels have air mattresses. These mattresses are filled with air rather than with coils. This makes it easy for you to adjust them and they don’t put pressure on the same body areas.
The most commonly used mattress in hotels is the innerspring mattress. These mattresses with springs enable sleepers to achieve the best support thanks to the coils under the foam pad, latex, or pillow. The innerspring mattress is available in various ranges in terms of firmness and prices.
Latex mattresses are made out of synthetic or natural rubber. They offer firm support and have a similar level of comfort as a good-quality memory foam bed.
Another thing that makes holed beds so comfortable is that traveling makes you tired. That is why it may seem that you have a better quality of sleep when in reality, you feel that way because you are exhausted.
Not many people know this, but hotels play a psychological trick on us by using clever design. The color of the rooms has a big impact on how we actually perceive the bed and the room. This is called The Halo effect. The whole room is white, including all the bedding and pillows, which makes us feel like it is completely renovated and very clean.
What do hotels use on their beds?
Hotel sheets are made with a thread count of around 200. This thread count is airy and breathable, but it still has that crisp, smooth feeling that so many people love hotels. 200 thread count is also durable and crease-resistant, and it provides a good balance between strong and soft.
Hotel sheets are almost always made out of either cotton percale or sateen. These two are basically made out of the same material, but the difference is in the weave. The quality of a material can be completely changed by the weaving technique.
Cotton percale has become a synonym for luxury, as many 5-star hotels use it. Percale is a weaving technique that is used to make a tight criss-cross pattern that creates a dense finish. When made with 100% cotton, cotton percale is thick and luxurious but still breathable. This makes it a perfect material for hotel beds. The criss-cross pattern makes the material strong and durable which helps your luxury last while still having plenty of air holes to avoid over-heating or fiber damage from body heat and oils. Cotton percale is the perfect mid-ground material that is long-lasting, and season-proof.
Sateen and satin are made using a similar weave technique but different fibers. Silk is used for making satin, while sateen uses cotton. Even though satin might seem like a more luxurious option, it’s a pretty fragile material that probably won’t last a long time.
Sateen is made using a 1 over 3 under pattern, which means there’s more flat surface area of the material on show. This gives you a soft and silky feel and makes it shine. It almost feels like satin, but since it’s made out of cotton, it will last longer and keep better because the cotton makes it more breathable. The weaving technique makes satin heavier and thicker which is why it’s a perfect material for colder rooms or darker nights.
Hotels usually use a 10.5 tog duvet because it provides a perfect mid-ground duvet that can be used all year round. It feels light, but it’s still warm and cozy. For the colder months, hotels will add blankets.
The important thing when it comes to duvets is filling. Hotels use down duvets which are filled with fine fluff-like feathers, which makes them soft and squishy, and gives the bed a cloud-like look.
If you don’t specify that you have allergies, the pillows in your hotel room will be feather-down cushions, which are super soft. You will be offered a selection of fillings. Down pillows will usually be stacked on top of a microfibre or even a memory foam pillow, laying the softest pillow on top of a more rigid one. This will give you the perfect combo of support and softness.
How do I get my bed to look like a hotel bed?
The foundation of any bed is a good mattress. Most hotel mattresses are innerspring and thicker to achieve a plush and luxurious feel. It is best that you change your mattress every 7 years.
To make your bed look and feel like a hotel bed, start by upgrading your mattress. Make sure the firmness of your mattress fits your sleeping position.
Another way you can make your bed feel like a hotel bed is to pile on some pillows. For a queen or king-sized bed, it is best you pile on 4-5 pillows. Most hotels offer down pillows along with down alternative options.
Almost all hotel beds dress their beds in white linens. This whiteness makes the whole room look renovated, cool, and clean. It also creates a calming focal point for your room that’s almost spa-like and meditative.
Adding a featherbed will make your bed look more plush and cozy.
Hotels don’t use fitted sheets, they use flat sheets and they use the hospital fold. To do a hospital fold, lay a flat sheet over your mattress, tuck the 4 sides of the sheet under the mattress. You will be left with leftover material still sticking out at the corners. Create a 45-degree angle with these corners, and firmly tuck them under.
All luxury hotel beds are smooth and wrinkle-free. You don’t have to steam your bed, but keep a spray bottle filled with water near the bed. Spray your duvet and sheets with a light mist of water and wait a few seconds. Gently smooth the linens with your hands across your bed.
What pillows to get for the bed to look more exclusive and luxurious?
The most common types of pillows are natural fill pillows, like a feather, down, combination, foam, or synthetic fill pillows.
Even though you might think that all pillows are the same, there’s a difference between a regular pillow and a luxurious pillow. Some people will say that the only difference is the brand and the price tag. However, there are more differences than just a price tag. They are durable and have guaranteed longevity, first-class comfort, warranty coverage, and some special features like hypoallergenic, and are made out of natural materials.
Luxury pillows may not have all these qualities, but you should expect at least some of them.
Even though not everyone likes buying luxury pillows, many people say that it was one of the best decisions of their life.
A lot of people who can’t get a good night’s sleep, or who wake up in pain, blame their mattress. If you get a better mattress and your sleep quality still hasn’t improved, take a look at your pillow. There are many reasons why you should get a luxury pillow.
The right pillow can offer the right cushioning for the upper body. A luxury pillow can help prevent back and neck pain, as well as keep your spine aligned while you sleep.
Some psychologists say that pillows can improve how a person feels throughout the day.
Let’s face it, we spend ⅓ of our life in our bed, which is why it’s very important to invest in good pillows and mattresses.
There are a few different types of luxury pillows.
Down pillows are made with down feathers. Down feathers are feathers that are found under the tougher feathers. Some pillows are made using mixed feathers, but the pillow has to be stuffed with at least 75% of down feathers to be considered a down pillow.
Feather pillows are stuffed with duck or goose feathers. They can sometimes contain down feathers as well.
Memory foam pillows
Because of their ability to contour to the head and neck, thus providing better support, memory foams have become a common choice when buying a luxury pillow.
Down alternative pillows
Down alternative pillows are supposed to mimic the comfort and feel that down pillows offer. They are stuffed with natural or synthetic fiber and they are often hypoallergenic. Down pillows can cause problems for people with allergies. These pillows are also more affordable than down pillows.
Synthetic fill pillows
Synthetic fill pillows are usually made out of polyester material. Since they don’t contain any feathers, they are great for people with allergies.
When you’re buying a down pillow, you can choose between duck and goose feathers. Goose feathers are thought to be the better choice because they have less odor and are smoother than duck feathers. If you have allergies, make sure you check if a pillow is hypoallergenic before you buy it.
When you’re buying your luxury pillow, there are a few factors you should consider.
Pillow size and type
Make sure you first check the type of pillow. This will let you know if it’s hypoallergenic and what type of feathers or foam it’s made of. Size is an important factor when picking out your pillow because it contributes to your comfort. If you sleep on your side or hug your pillow while you sleep, you might want to get a bigger pillow. A contoured pillow will be best for back and stomach sleepers. Common sizes of pillows are Standard, Queen, and King.
Comfort and firmness level
Comfort and firmness level will depend on your personal preferences. When choosing the firmness level your sleeping position is very important. Medium-firm pillows are great for back sleepers, firm, and super-firm is best for side sleepers, while soft pillows work best for stomach sleepers. If you sleep in more than one position, get a medium-firm pillow.
You want your pillow to last as long as possible, especially if it’s expensive. make sure you check the thread count of the pillow cover, because that contributes to the longevity of your pillow.
What duvet to get?
There are a few things that you should consider when buying a duvet.
Tog rating is used to tell you how warm the duvet is and how insulating it will feel to sleep under it. It is important that you understand which tog rating is best for you and for the season because you won’t be able to sleep well if you’re too hot or too cold. The Tog scale starts at 1.5 tog and goes to 15 tog. The higher the rating, the warmer the duvet.
Summer duvets go from 2.5 togs to 6 togs. They are ideal for the summer months because they provide less insulation and keep you cooler.
Spring and autumn duvets go from 7 togs to 10.5 togs. These will keep you warm during colder nights in the spring and autumn. In a well-insulated home, these tog ratings will be enough to keep you warm throughout the winter months too.
Winter duvets go from 12 togs to 13.5 togs. They are ideal if you live in a cold environment, but if your home is well insulated, it will probably be too warm for you.
The duvet filling is what will make your duvet feel amazing.
Natural duvet fillings
These filings are soft, warm, and more breathable than synthetic materials. The most popular natural fillings are down or feather fillings, both goose and duck. Most natural fillings are machine washable, durable, and biodegradable.
Down provides about three times more warmth than synthetic materials. It is soft, fluffy, durable, and provides the highest levels of warmth in a duvet.
Silk duvets aren’t widely available, but they are very durable and lightweight duvet filling. They are hypoallergenic, and provide good temperature regulation, and can be both washed and tumble dried.
Synthetic duvet fillings
Synthetic duvet fillings are often hypoallergenic because they can be washed regularly at higher temperatures. They are less breathable than natural fibers so they won’t work for you if you are a hot sleeper. These duvets aren’t recyclable and they will end up in landfills when you throw them away. They can release microplastic into the environment when you wash it.
How a duvet is made is an important factor because you want your filling to be evenly distributed throughout the night.
Box stitch is when the top and bottom cover are sewn together in a criss-cross pattern which forms boxes. This stitching makes sure the same amount of filling is held in each box.
The baffle box is harder to make. The strips of material are sewn between the top and the bottom layer of material in a criss-cross pattern to form cubes. This shape allows for a greater volume of filling than the box stitch construction. This gives you filling more space to breathe without being compressed, which keeps your duvet fluffy.
What bedding to get?
One of the most important things you should check before buying your bedding is the thread count. Thread count is the number of both vertical and horizontal threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the softer your fabric will be.
However, sometimes you can come across thread counts of over 1,000. To trick some people into thinking that they’re buying extremely luxurious bedding, retailers actually twist multiple yarns of thread together which culminates in a 1,000 thread count. These inflated thread counts don’t actually improve the quality in any way and can sometimes even make it worse. The maximum number of threads that can be woven into a square inch of fabric is only 500-600. However, the best thread count for luxurious bedding is between 300-400.
Most hotels use sheets that are 300-thread count, crease-resistant cotton blend, which is likely a blend of cotton and polyester. Cotton is used to provide softness and make sheets breathable, while polyester makes them durable and resistant to wrinkling. These sheets are less expensive than 100% cotton sheets.
Sheets made out of 100% cotton are durable, breathable, easy to care for, easy to launder. They offer great value for money and are incredibly long-lasting. An increasingly popular choice for hoteliers is mercerized cotton because it gives the fabric a lustrous and illuminating appearance. Mercerizing cotton is a process in which sodium hydroxide is applied to the cotton fibers. This makes the fabric stronger, increases its resistance to mildew, and makes it easier to dye which means that sheets are noticeably brighter for longer. This type of cotton doesn’t shrink as much as regular cotton.
Egyptian cotton is believed to be the best type of cotton. It is associated with 5-star hotels and high-end products.
What level of firmness are hotel mattresses?
Firmness is used to describe the feel of a mattress in terms of comfort. Firmness is very subjective, as what may feel comfortable to one person can be uncomfortable to someone else. That is the reason why mattresses are offered in different levels of firmness levels which allows everyone to find the best mattress for them.
Firmness is not the same thing as support. Support tells us how well a mattress promotes spinal alignment, while firmness tells us how soft or hard the mattress is. Support, unlike firmness, isn’t subjective.
The firmness scale rates mattress firmness from 1-10.
1 is extremely soft, it has maximum softness with lots of sinks. This type of extra plush mattress is rare.
2-3 is soft and plush with a definite sink. The softness of the mattress allows it to conform closely to the body, and that is why very soft mattresses can help relieve pressure points and keep the spine aligned. However, for many people, there is simply too much sink and contouring, which can result in inducing an excessive curvature in the spine. This level of firmness is best for side sleepers. They usually have more pronounced pressure points at the hips and shoulders and can benefit from more cushioning at those points. This level of firmness isn’t good for most side and back sleepers because the amount of sink in a very soft mattress can draw the spine out of alignment.
4-6 is medium. This level of firmness is the most common, and it offers a middle-ground with some plushness but a more limited sink. These mattresses offer the best overall support because they have enough contouring to reduce pressure points while not permitting excessive sinking into the mattress. Most people find the spine alignment to be best on this mattress. This type of mattress works well for all types of sleepers. It also works for people who sleep in more than one position, or couples who don’t sleep in the same position.
7-9 is firm. This level defines a much harder mattress with only limited softness and sink. These mattresses still offer sufficient support. Even though they don’t have the deep contouring properties of softer mattresses, they have enough cushioning to prevent problems at pressure points. These mattresses are not the best ones for side sleepers, but back and stomach sleepers find that this higher firmness helps prevent their abdomen from sinking too deeply into the mattress.
10 is extremely firm. This type of mattress has no softness, plushness, or sink and it is very rare.
The firmness of the mattress is the most important aspect when buying a mattress. The reason why is because it affects how comfortable your bed will be. It also determines whether or not you wake up with aches and pains. If you sleep all night on a mattress that is too firm or not firm enough for you, it’s only a matter of time before you start feeling the effects. An uncomfortable mattress will not be providing you with the support you need, which will increase the risk for back issues and consistent soreness in the mornings.
Most hotels use mattresses that are medium-firm because this level of firmness works for all sleeping positions.
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