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How do hotels make their beds so comfortable? If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself this question more than a few times. Hotel beds seem to stand apart in some way that’s hard for most of us to put our fingers on. There’s a certain luxuriousness to them that seems to be lacking in our beds at home. However, I’ve put together some great tips that help answer the question: how do hotels make their beds so comfortable, and help us get those super comfy feels at home.
1. Where do hotels get their beds from?
Many high-end hotels have their furniture custom-made to fit their rooms and desired aesthetic. You may think this sort of thing is out of reach for you, but it’s actually more affordable than you might imagine.
For example, my husband and I used an online furniture store called Interior Define to help us with our bed. The company offers high-design, well-crafted furniture with a wide variety of personalization options to choose from. We ordered their Oliver king bed, choosing from nearly a hundred fabrics, dozens of leg options, and even our headboard height.
That was important for us because, while I love the look of a high headboard, our bed is situated against a window. A tall headboard would have blocked out too much light. We chose a lower design, and I’m in love with how it turned out.
2. What mattresses do hotels use?
Much like the beds themselves, mattresses are also often custom made for hotels. Again, this allows the hotel to control the feel and aesthetic of every part of the bed. For example, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica uses custom-made mattresses with an inner memory foam layer as well as a pillow top for extra softness.
To maintain the highest left of comfort and support in your own mattress at home, it’s important to rotate it every two to three months. Simply turn your mattress so that the top is the bottom and the bottom is the top. It’s a simple way to extend the life and comfort of your mattress, and it only takes a few minutes to do. You can also keep your mattress fresh as a daisy be periodically sprinkling baking soda on it and then vacuuming after about an hour.
3. What kind of sheets do hotels use?
Ah, hotel sheets. If they aren’t the lap of luxury, nothing is. Those sheets on hotel beds that somehow manage to be light and drapey while crispy at the same time are hallmarks of great hotel beds. Well, those sheets are always Egyptian cotton and are at least 300 thread-count. That’s what makes them so breathable and comfy but still allow for that sharp look. If you want that luxurious feel opt for cotton sheets with a high thread count.
To really get that hotel feel, get rid of your fitted sheets, as well. Hotels use two flat sheets to ensure the proper fit and no wrinkles. The bottom flat sheet takes the place of a fitted sheet and is tucked under using hospital corners to keep everything crisp and smooth. After that, tuck your top flat sheet in at the bottom and up the sides of your bed finished seem down. That way, when you fold your sheet back, you have a lovely finished seem showing.
4. What kind of pillows do hotels use?
Most luxury hotels offer a wide variety of pillow options. Unless you specifically mention an allergy, you’ll likely find 2 to 4 down pillows along with a couple of fiber-fill pillows. In addition, you’ll almost always have Euro shams for propping yourself against while reading or watching television.
To keep your high-quality pillows fresh, put pillow covers on all of them before putting them inside the pillow case. Pro tip: put the covered pillows into the pillowcase zipper-side first so the zipper doesn’t irritate your skin during the night.
5. What kind of comforters do hotels use?
To get that super comfy, ultra-plush hotel feel, just do what the hotels do. Get a comforter that’s too big for your duvet cover. That’s right, hotels get that piled-high feel for their comforters by using extra fluffy down or down-alternative comforters which are a couple of inches wider and longer than the cotton duvet covers that go over them. The end result is an extra poofy, extra luxurious look and feel.
6. How to make the perfect bed like a hotel?
They key to making the perfect bed like a hotel is to create hospital corners. They are what ensure your hotel bed always looks crisp, flat, and immaculate. Being sure to tuck the sheet neatly and evenly underneath all sides of the mattress is the most important step in the process. And evenly tucked sheet is a crispy, beautiful sheet.
Always start at the bottom of the bed. Tuck the sheet tightly under the mattress at the bottom and then begin working your way towards the bottom of the bed starting from the headboard. When you get to the foot of the bed, neatly fold the extra sheet material into a 45-degree angle, and then tuck it under the mattress. Tightly pull down and tuck in the remaining parts of the sheet, being sure to smooth out any wrinkles with your hand. Repeat this process on the other side of the bed. Remember, tuck the sheets deeply underneath the mattress to be sure it stays in place.
How do hotels make their beds so comfortable?
Just like this. Using the information I just gave you, you’ll be able to make a bed and sleeping experience that matches even the most swanky hotel, complete with mounds of pillows, comforters you’ll get lost in, and bed frames that make you swoon.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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