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How to layer your bed like a hotel bed

Everyone loves luxury hotels and accommodations, and the main reason is usually the bed.  With just a little effort, and the right materials, you can create a heavenly bed that is a joy to sleep on. And you will come to find out that that good sleep makes happy customers. And happy customers are usually return customers.
Choose your mattress

Start with the mattress. Make sure you have a good mattress, and its respective box spring. Whether you go for a regular mattress or pillow-top is up to you. However, if you like to flip your mattress for regular cleanings, pillow-top mattresses can be difficult. Traditional mattresses tend to clean easier, and have a longer life in hospitality use than other kinds.

The layered bed

A hotel bed is almost always layered. The first layer starts with protection. Start with a mattress protector to keep dust mites out, and protect the mattress from stains. 

The next layer is luxury. If you have a smooth-top mattress, adding a foam pad on top of the mattress protector will give you the “cushiony” effect that makes you want to sink into the bed.

After the foam pad, you can add a mattress pad on top. If you have a super deep mattress, you can buy the pads with anchor straps. Mattress pads are usually waterproof, and add a layer of protection, along with being the last layer of comfort. After this, just add the sheeting that you prefer. 

The top of the bed

Pillows are another key part of the bed. As a general rule of thumb, for a hospitality setting, you should have at least two kinds of pillow: Soft and Medium. Firm pillows are great too, especially for side-sleepers, so if you’re budget allows, get one of each.

For the luxury beds, down is the way to go. Down pillows offer a lofty feel that you just can’t replicate with polyester, or foam. But everyone has their preference, and some people are allergic, so a down-alternative pillow is a good option.

Expensive pillows are definitely an investment. Make sure to protect them with pillow protectors. Dust mites will destroy a good down pillow, and leave it a dusty mess full of waste and allergens. A pillow protector will keep your pillow in service for years, as well as protect them from stains. There’s nothing worse than seeing a yellowed pillow!

The bed cover

The last step to your layering is the covering. For most climates, consider investing in a good down comforter. They’re warm and yet lightweight, you won’t feel like you’re under a sack of cement. Down feels cool during the summer and warm in the winter. With any kind of comforter you choose, you will need a duvet cover. A duvet cover will prolong the life of your comforter, and allow you to have a variety of stylish looks. 

Finally, you might want to consider a top cover. A top cover is a generously sized decorative flat sheet, with a bit more weight to the fabric than a traditional sheet. In hot climates, top covers are preferred by many. They not only add a luxurious layer, but they’re also great for those who need a very lightweight cover.


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Comments on this post ( 3 )

  • Sep 27, 2014

    Thanks for the detailed tips! Very helpful.

    — CJ

  • Sep 26, 2014

    Is a box spring better than a latex mattress? I know they are much heavier and usually more expensive but I thought I would ask the question. Thanks!

    — Jim Mantra

  • Sep 26, 2014

    Awesome! I’d always wondered how the hotels made their beds so plush. It seems I need to investigate the layering on my bed!

    — Grant Williams

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