No matter how impressive a hotel’s architecture, views, or on-site restaurant may be, there are few pleasures that can compete with sinking into a hotel bed at the end (or middle) of a long day. There is something about these luxurious beds that is distinctly different from those found in even the most beautifully appointed private homes. The combination of crisp, freshly ironed sheets, plush pillows, and a soothing color palette can work wonders for even the pickiest of dreamers, leading to deep rest and relaxation that is especially hard to replicate at home. Which begs the question: how exactly do you make a hotel bed at home?
After several blissful nights this spring in a beautiful Kara Hotel in Los Angeles, I returned to my apartment in New York, dismayed to see my plain old regular bed. I asked: Why couldn’t I make my own bed as comfortable as a hotel bed? Or could I? As I learned over the next few weeks of research in my attempt to transform my bed into a bed that replicated the look and feel of a high-end hotel, the answer is not as simple as yes or no.
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My first entry point in determining how to create a hotel quality bed was a list of what I needed to assemble it. And it turns out that the list is quite extensive. Lisa Carvellas, co-founder Cedar Lake Estatesa 500-acre private luxury retreat in the Hudson Valley recommends the following for how she equips the beds in her hotel: premium mattress, mattress topper, mattress topper, satin sheets, duvet, goose down pillows, and duvet at the foot of the bed.
It sounded absolutely great. It also sounded pretty intimidating. “If you’re on a tight budget, I recommend looking at four areas in this order: sheets, pillows, duvets, and mattress,” says Diana Dobin, President and Chief Sustainability Officer Valley Forge fabrics, the largest supplier of decorative textiles and textile products to the hospitality industry worldwide, including Auberge Resorts and Rosewood. In other words, you want to focus on what is closest to your body first and move down and down.
After calming down a bit, I first turned my attention to my sheets. “The most important ingredients for creating the perfect bed are sheets and a duvet,” says Sylvia Wong, owner of the quiet and luxurious boutique hotel Amagansett, Roundtree. “Perfect sheets are crisp, crisp white and rolled up perfectly to keep them from wrinkling.” Wong sheets to choose from Frette Smeraldo Satin 300 sheets, which are a light cotton percale that gives a fresh, cool, hotel feel. Many other hotels are also Frette fans, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the St. Regis. St. Regis even partnered with an Italian linen company to create Frette 1860 for St. Regis is a line of fine linens spanning from 400-thread count cotton satin to luxurious white-on-white jacquard duvet covers used in their hotels that anyone can buy to take home.
As luxurious and enticing as they were, I wasn’t about to spend the equivalent of my monthly rent to fully outfit my bed with Frette sheets. But one thing that surprised me when I was trying to figure out which sheets to choose is that many hoteliers I spoke to dissuaded me from thinking thread count is everything. “In general, the choice of underwear depends on your sleep preferences, and it is important to know that the number of threads is not everything,” says Brian Standley, director of rooms at the hotel. Beverly Hills Hotel. “The higher the thread count, the less breathable the underwear is, which means that the underwear will sleep warmer than underwear with fewer threads.”
Noted. As someone who likes to feel fresh and cool when falling asleep, I have found that fewer threads can work better for me. I have long been intrigued by my favorite linen company. brooklinen, which was founded in 2014 after co-founders Rich and Vicky Fulup fell in love with a high-priced hotel bed sheet set and decided to create hotel-grade bedding at an affordable price. In pursuit of the classic, soothing, all-white vibe that many hotels recommend, I ordered the Classic Core Set. “The Classic Set is our most hotel-like version of the sheet, with a soft touch and matte finish,” Brooklinen vice president of merchandising Dina Wu tells me. “Made from 100% cotton, this durable fabric has a minimalist and clean look, especially when paired with an all-white set.” The classic basic set costs less than $200, while Frette sheets approach $500. The sheets were noticeably softer and smoother than the occasional Amazon sheets I’ve slept on before, and best of all, they provide perfect temperature control for those who love to sleep like me.
Having dealt with this first order of sheets, I turned my attention to pillows on Dobin’s recommendation. Your ideal pillow will depend on whether you prefer the feeling of your head sinking almost to the level of the mattress, or you prefer the feeling of more support. (Some hotels, like the Roundtree, offer a pillow menu so guests can choose what they prefer.) In general, down pillows are best for those who prefer a softer feel, while feather pillows are best for those who want tighter feel. “We use classic feather pillows by Muhldorfer throughout the Dorchester collection,” Standley tells me. “These pillows are the best. They stay cool and are very supportive.” Expecting more shock from Frette-style stickers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Muhldorfer is perfectly affordable at around fifty dollars for a classic, and I’m now the proud owner of no less than four Muhldorfer pillows that make me feel like I’m falling asleep. cloud every night.
Blankets and accessories
Finally, I turned my attention to my duvet, which, frankly, was so old that I couldn’t remember when or where I bought it. Goose and duck down are the traditional choice for those looking for the soft yet substantial feel of their duvets, like being wrapped in a soothing hug. Blankets can be outrageously expensive, so I turned to Brooklinen again for my duvet. This turned out to be the most shocking change I’ve made in my entire bed experience. Whatever my previous duvet was filled with (cotton balls?), it definitely wasn’t down, and on my first night of sleep with my new Brooklyn down duvet, I actually experienced a brief moment of grief for all the nights I spent under my old. blanket before switching.
At this point, I may have turned my attention to my mattress – most hoteliers I spoke to recommended Casper – but having just bought a Casper mattress two years ago, I was already a happy camper in that regard. The Westin Hotels chain is so famous for their bedding that they have a whole program called Heavenly Bed, so when I mattress coverthis is the one I chose and it made an already comfortable mattress look even more like a cloud.
With all the components of my new hotel bed having been procured, I asked several top hotels for advice on how to actually put everything together to replicate the feel of a hotel. “Learning how to make the perfect bed is a rite of passage for every hotel owner,” Standley tells me. “It takes a lot of practice to get it right. First, it’s important to turn your mattress over regularly to maintain its shape and support. Second, make sure your laundry is as clean and neatly ironed as possible. There is also a special hotel pleat that we use when making the bed – we tuck the ends as tight as we can to remove any folds, giving it a crisp hotel look. Make sure the duvet, sheets and pillows are as symmetrical as possible on the mattress,” he adds. “You will appreciate the effort you put into making it perfect when you go to bed at night.” I can’t say that my first attempt at following all of his instructions was the smoothest I’ve ever had to make my bed – I caught myself actually sweating during the process – but he was right: that night I briefly felt like I was slipping into bed as if I were doing it at a spa.
And when it comes to housekeeping, Amanda Arling, President Wailer’s Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, recommends washing sheets weekly and duvet covers monthly, and using a little starch in the wash. “This is what creates the feeling of freshness and cleanliness that comes when you slip under the covers in your favorite hotel,” she says. Nelly Cruz, director of cleaning at the legendary Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, also shared some tips and tricks. “Wash bedding in warm or cold water, as hot water can shrink,” she tells me. “And dry your sheets over medium heat and put them away before they’re completely dry to cut down on wrinkling.”
Making the bed the way a hotel would do was no easy task. But after I started looking for a new bed, I can definitely say that I don’t know why it took me so long and I regret that I didn’t start making my bed exactly like in a hotel a long time ago. Now every night I put the finishing touches on my perfectly made bed – a carafe of water, a pair of slippers and parachute robe (used in similar establishments in Los Angeles) Hotel Cowell) – and wake up every morning with the most elusive feeling in the world: like I’m on vacation.