How To Set Up Your Bed Like A Five Star Hotel


If you’ve lived in a five-star hotel while vacationing, you know that hopping into the plush bed and tucking yourself in at the end of the day was a special experience.  Just because you're not on vacation anymore doesn’t mean you can’t recreate that experience for yourself to enjoy at home. 

There are a million resources out there that go into the nitty-gritty details to show you how housekeeping professionals get that perfect setup. They all look super complicated, and we know you don't have the time to maintain your bed like that every day. 

We’re here to show you the essential elements you need to get that luxurious feeling of tucking into a five-star’s bed. Follow our tips to make your bed as luxurious as the ones at Hilton and St.Regis for a fraction of the effort, yet keep things simple enough to maintain them yourself. 


Headboard

Even the most ordinary bed can be jazzed up with a headboard. Although they’ll protect your wall from scratches, and serve as a nice backrest when you’re watching tv or reading in your bed, they’re mostly decorative and meant to be the focal point of your bedroom’s decor. They’ll create a cozy ambiance and keep your pillows in place.

upholstered headboard
Upholstered headboards will spice up your room, yet look subtle and blend into the background without any fuss. 

faux leather headboard
For a sophisticated look, install a leather, or faux leather headboard. 

wooden headboard
If you want a rustic, old-world charm in your bedroom, get a wooden headboard. 

Headboards made of leather and metal will give your room a contemporary vibe, while those made from wood and fabric will make your room feel snug and warm. Since they come in a wide variety of materials, you should be able to find one no matter what your style is. Get one that helps you create the ambiance you want. However, ensure your headboard is compatible with your bed frame.

Bed Frame

Most people only care about the size of the bed frame they're buying. They fail to realize that it will be holding and supporting their mattress, and everything happening on top of it. Be an exception to the norm, and pay attention to the frame’s construction and sturdiness. In a quality frame, the joints will be bolstered together using screws and/ or dowels joints, not cheap staples.

dowel joints on bed frames
Dowel joints.


screw joints on bed frames
Screw joints. 

Large bed frames will let you spread wide and sleep royally, but an overly large frame can make your room feel uncomfortably cramped. So, take the size of your room into consideration and think about how much space you need around your bed before zeroing in on frame size. Using these parameters, chose the size you're most comfortable with. If you’re an urban dweller, you’ll want a frame with 12-14 inches of ground clearance to tuck away items you rarely use and hide the clutter.  This will give you extra space that will come in handy. 

bed frame with ground clearance
Frames with 12-14 inches of ground clearance can offer additional storage space for your luggage. 

 

metal bed frame
A metallic bed frame will give you a sleek, modern look.

wooden bed frame
For a warm, cozy feel, nothing beats a dark stained wooden bed frame.

upholstered bed frame
Upholstered frames are the perfect blend of modern and traditional styles.

However, if you're just looking to replace your frame, opt for one that will complement most of the furniture in your room. Go for a wooden frame if you have a lot of wooden furniture, or a metallic frame if most of your furniture is metallic. The right frame will add a dash of style to your room while providing extra storage space, and protecting you from the creepy crawlies on the ground.

Mattress

Every single person sleeps differently. This is why a mattress that someone else considers dreamlike might give you a nightmarish experience. You need a bed that can accommodate YOU and gives you the beauty sleep that you need, one that’s not too soft, not too hard. You want a mattress that hits the delicate sweet spot in between and helps you sleep like you’re dead. 

With so many different types of mattresses to choose from, it’s easier to lose sleep than selecting the right one. The fact that they cost a bomb and last for up to 10 years only adds to the stakes. Allow us to walk you through some different types of mattresses to help you narrow down the one right for you. 

memory foam mattress
Memory foam mattresses will give you that feeling of sinking in and being absorbed.

Memory foam mattresses allow your body to completely sink into them and make you feel like you're floating in the clouds. They first came out in the 90s, and have since then been renowned for the fantastic support and pressure relief they provide. Because they’re highly absorbent and have a minimal ripple effect, you should consider these if you're sharing your bed with a restless partner. But they did develop a bad rep of absorbing body heat and getting uncomfortably hot for a good night’s sleep. However, things have improved a lot since the 90s, and modern memory foam mattresses include cooling gels to combat their pesky heating issues. 

latex foam mattress
Latex foam mattresses are known for their bounce and cooling.

Latex foam mattresses are known for their breathability and do not heat up the way memory foam does. Since they’re made from natural latex, they have more bounce, which allows the mattress to quickly adapt to your positions as you move during the night. They're also environmentally friendly and commonly considered hypoallergenic. 

spring coil mattress
If you prioritize bounce and cooling in a mattress, spring coil mattresses are for you. 

Traditional spring coil mattresses have been around for a long time. You probably grew up sleeping on them. The steel coils fitted inside of them allow them to support heavy people and provide them the necessary comfort. You should consider spring coil mattresses if you’re on the heavier side.

hybrid mattress
Hybrid mattresses aim to offer the best of everything and will work for most people.

Hybrid mattresses are made from a combination of latex, memory foam, polyurethane foams, spring coils, and sometimes other materials. They suit most people because they provide a wholesome sleeping experience by offering good bounce, support, comfort, and cooling. 

Select a mattress that offers ample support to your spine. If you sleep on your side, you'll want a soft mattress that contours your body's sides. A soft mattress will, however, create a lot of lower back issues if you sleep on your stomach. To keep your spine relatively straight and flat while you're on your stomach, opt for a firm mattress. A firm mattress will also provide your lower back the support it needs if you sleep on your back.

Pillows

You may be happy with the one you’ve got right now, but it might be time to get a new pillow if you find yourself continually fluffing yours throughout the night. Finding one that’s just the right blend of firm and soft can be hard. Feather and Down pillows offer incomparable softness and luxury. However, they provide inadequate support to your neck and spine. We won’t recommend them to you.

For unrivaled neck and spine support, memory foam and latex foam pillows are your best bet. They’ll adjust to your head and neck, and reshape as you move around in your sleep during the night to support your neck and let you rest better. 

memory foam pillow
Memory Foam pillows offer great head and neck support.

latex foam pillow
Latex foam pillows offer better cooling and bounce than memory foam pillows. 

If you wake up in the mornings with a stiff neck, a memory foam pillow may be a better option for you as they're ergonomically designed to help you with neck and back pain. They do, however, have a tendency to retain heat and cause discomfort during hot nights. You have the choice of buying memory foam pillows with cooling gels to dissipate your body heat better. Nevertheless, if warm pillows are a dealbreaker, you may be better off purchasing a latex foam pillow. 

orthopaedic memory foam pillow with cooling gel
Orthopedic memory foam pillows with cooling gel will help you with your neck pain, and keep you cool
 

Latex pillows too will adjust to your head and reshape as you move around, but they’re bouncier and softer to the touch and won’t hold your head as firmly in place as memory foam pillows. Some latex pillows can smell unpleasant during their first few uses, but they do fade over time. 

Memory and Latex foam pillows are both excellent options in case you suffer from allergies and asthma since dust mites can't penetrate them. 

Bedsheet and Pillow Cover

Your mattress is expensive and can’t be changed often. For that reason, you must protect it. By first wrapping your bed with a mattress protector, you can improve its longevity by shielding it from dust and molds. A waterproof mattress protector can also handle and screen out the occasional spillage of drinks if you eat and drink on your bed. 

After wrapping your mattress with a mattress protector, put a fitted sheet on top of it, and then a flat sheet on top of that. A fitted sheet has elastic corners and is meant to be used only as a bottom sheet, while a flat sheet is simply a rectangular cloth. A fitted sheet will provide an additional layer of protection for your mattress and keep your flat sheet from slipping off the mattress while you're using your bed. Since fitted sheets can’t be ironed and folded as easily as flat sheets, hotels skip them and use two flat sheets instead. 

fitted sheets
Fitted sheets have elastic ends to wrap them around mattresses. 

Buy sheets that have a thread count of around 300-400. Threads counts of over 400 have no bearing on the softness or quality of the sheet. And it makes no sense to fork over your hard-earned cash just for some marketing hype. 

thread count comparision

It’s no fun tossing and turning around all night trying to find that cool spot in your bed. So, get a bedsheet that will dissipate your body heat well to keep you cool all through the night. Especially if you have a memory foam mattress. When it comes to breathability, nothing beats Egyptian and Pima cotton. They’re, hands down, the best fabric to sleep on.

white bedsheets
With a white bedsheet, you too can recreate this look

To mimic a five-star hotel’s unparalleled plush feel, buy white sheets. If the thought of owning white sheets makes you nervous, know that you can always use bleach to whiten them. But if you don’t want that trouble, yet want the classy and elegant look white offers, go for grey bed sheets. They do the job just as well. 

grey bedsheets
Dark Grey sheets won’t stain as easily, yet will give you that timeless look like a white sheet

Take your sheet and make your way around your mattress, making sure you're pulling your sheet taut and nicely tucking it all the way into the mattress as you go. Then, stuff your pillows into the pillow covers and iron out any visible wrinkles on your bed to visually clean things up. 

It's recommended you wash your sheets and covers every 1-2 weeks. Now, we understand that life sometimes can get in the way, and cleaning that frequently may not be possible, but wash them at least once a month. 

Comforter/ Duvet

Most people can’t differentiate comforters from duvets and use the words interchangeably. While both are fluffy and comfy at night, there is a distinct difference between the two. 

white comforter on a bed

With a comforter, you get what you see. They have just one piece and can be used straight out of the bag. 

That’s not the case with duvets, though. They're made of two parts, a cover, and an insert. Duvets need an outer cover before they can be used, and they tend to bunch up within their cover because of their two-part nature. This bunching will leave you struggling and fluffing your duvet around on some nights. Still, the flip side to their two-part nature is their customizability. 

duvet vs comforter

Duvets offer you more control when it comes to their look and feel. Bored with the duvet cover? Change it. Have seasons changed? Put in a thinner or thicker insert! 

Regardless of what you choose to cocoon yourself with, both comforters and duvets will need to be washed once every three months. Comforters are hassle-free to use, but a duvet’s removable insert makes it easier to clean and maintain. Having an outer cover also means that if you spill something onto it and stain your cover, you can easily replace it, unlike a comforter.  

Take your duvet, or comforter, and throw it on top of your bed to cover your entire mattress. Then fold them back; however far makes you happy. 


Conclusion

There is something very welcoming, warm, and cozy about sliding into a crisp, well-made bed every night after a hard day’s work. With our tips, you should be able to indulge yourself and recreate that feeling of blissfully drifting away into the stars!

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