While we all prefer the comfort of our own bed wherever possible, sometimes we’re forced to sleep elsewhere. Staying with friends and family has charm, but it’s sometimes hard to beat a quality hotel bed when we consider sheer comfort and luxury.
Top hotels use quality, memory foam mattresses packed with springs to ensure overnight comfort. These mattresses are paired with various pillows to meet any need and sheets with a thread count no lower than 300. Considered decorative choices and perfectly folded sheets ensure hotel beds are cozy.
You can make your bed as comfortable as a hotel, but you’ll need to spend money. It’s important to understand what makes a hotel bed appealing before replicating it at home.
How Do Hotels Make Their Beds So Comfortable?
When sleeping in a hotel for the night, sleep quality is vital to a positive experience. The International Journal of Hospitality Management explains that various factors can influence sleep in a guest house.
Hotels work tirelessly to make guests feel comfortable, from regular room service to leaving a mint on your pillow. The luxury of a bed will always be the most vital metric, though.
Why are hotel beds so comfy? It’s due to five essential components:
Mattress quality is the most crucial factor in quality sleep in a hotel. Hotels won’t take any chances with mattresses, only purchasing the best options.
Not everybody has the same mattress preferences or needs. As the German journal Schmerz explains, back pain significantly impacts how comfortable a bed makes you feel.
Hotels utilize medium-firm mattresses to keep you cool, prevent too much tossing and turning, and relieve pressure on the back. Innerspring mattresses are particularly effective because they balance the use of coils with springs for maximum comfort.
Mattress toppers are an addition that many hotels add to their standard bedroom design. If you’ve never used a mattress topper, they add more comfort to a mattress by providing additional cushioning. Also, this keeps the mattress functional for longer.
One of the best features of mattress toppers is they can adjust a mattress’s firmness. This can be ideal for co-sleepers sharing a bed that have different preferences.
In a hotel, you may find the matters topper in a closet so you can add or remove it at will. Often, you’ll find two half-sized toppers if one person wants to use them and the other doesn’t.
The sheets are another factor hotels take under advisement when setting their beds. Much like the mattress, this is an area that no hotel will skimp and save on expenditure.
Hotel sheets are light and breathable cotton, with a high thread count. Thread count makes sheets feel soft, varying from as low as 100 to as high as 1,000.
Hotels will never use sheets with a thread count lower than 300 and rarely higher than 500. While you’d be forgiven for assuming that higher thread counts make for a more luxurious experience, any count above 500 is unlikely to be noticed.
Sheets in hotel rooms will also be treated with appealing scents to aid sleep. For example, high-quality fabric softeners will create a relaxing atmosphere.
Touch each of these pillows, actively looking out for any differences. You’ll likely find that of the four pillows made available, two will be soft, and two will be firm.
Hotels understand that different people have varying needs, especially when it comes to neck and head support. You can choose your ideal pillow, bolstering your chances of a good night’s sleep.
The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine confirms that sleeping on the ideal pillow will decrease the risk of spinal curves, head temperature, and general neck pain.
General Room Décor
Hotels always consider their decor when encouraging sleep. Some room colors are more conducive to sleep than others, so hotels paint bedroom walls white, cream, or another pale shade.
The positioning of mirrors is something else to take into consideration. You don’t need to be a feng shui specialist to understand that mirrors beside the bed are a bad idea.
Equally, hotel rooms are well spaced to ensure that anybody can feel comfortable and relaxed.
How To Make Your Bed Feel Like A Luxury Hotel
It stands to reason that hotel beds are comfortable. If your entire business model revolves around charging people for a cozy place to sleep, you must ensure they sleep like royalty.
Follow these steps, and your bed will soon be comparable to a five-star hotel:
Mattress And Bedding
Unless you made some choice purchases in the past, you’ll need new furnishings for your bedroom. As a reminder, you’ll need to get the following:
- A new mattress. The more springs the mattress contains, the more comfortable it’ll be. If you had a good night’s sleep in a hotel, ask which mattress they use.
- A mattress topper. This will add more comfort to your mattress and prolong its lifespan.
- High-quality bed sheets. Opt for 100% cotton with a thread count of 300 to 500.
- Pillows. Find the ideal pillows that minimize discomfort to your neck and spine.
Once you have suitable apparatus in your bedroom, you’re likelier to replicate the hotel experience.
Learn Hospital Corners
Another trick that hotels use is ‘hospital corners’ when making a bed. This will make a bed feel increasingly crisp and neat when you climb in, making you feel comfortable and cozy.
Here’s how to do hospital corners:
- Lay a freshly ironed sheet on the bed, ensuring it’s flat.
- Tuck this sheet under the bed as firmly as you can.
- Hold the sheet and take a step back from the bed.
- Pull the sheet to the mattress’s peak, creating a triangular shape.
- Tucking any draping end under the mattress.
- Fold and tuck the last piece of the bedsheet beneath the mattress.
Aim for a thread count of at least 200, and use an appealingly scented ironing water when pressing the sheet ahead of applying it. Spray some scented water, if necessary.
Wash Sheets Regularly
If you wash your bedding at least once a week, especially with a scented fabric softener, you’ll have a much more pleasant sleeping experience.
If you can’t wash and dry bedding this often, utilize a dry cleaner for the best service.
Redecorate and Rearrange Your Bedroom
Think about how your bedroom is set up and whether anything prevents you from sleeping well. That involves reviewing color schemes, reorganizing furniture, and removing any disturbances.
We’ve discussed the importance of not sleeping by a mirror but taking other considerations under advisement. For example, that means not sleeping with your head next to a laptop.
Consider the temperature in your room, ensure it’s cool enough to sleep, and review your choice of nightwear. You need to be as comfortable as possible in your own home to mirror the feeling of relaxation that comes with staying in a superior hotel.
Your bedroom may never be the size of those found in a hotel or offer as many additional benefits to guests, but you can still ensure that your bed is every bit as comfortable.