One of the keys to a great hotel experience is getting a good night’s sleep. So what’s the secret to bringing that restful experience to your own bedroom? It turns out that it’s all in the sheets and technique.
1) Toss your fitted sheets and replace them with flats. You may have noticed that nice hotels aren’t using the sheet set you bought on sale at Target 3 years ago. Top hotels use two flat sheets, and the bottom sheet is secured to the mattress using hospital corners, ensuring a snug fit. The double flat sheet method also keeps you from dealing with elastic that has lost its shape, or corners creeping up after a few nights of sleep.
2) Ditch the bed-in-a-bag. A more economical and possibly more comfortable solution is to go the hotel route and invest in a down or down alternative comforter and top it with a cotton duvet cover.
The cotton and down combo helps keep you cool during the summer and warm in the winter months. You can also add a heavy blanket or quilt to the bottom of the bed for decorative purposes and to add an extra layer of warmth when needed.
Remember to wash your duvet cover each week (usually at the same time when you wash your sheets), while the comforter itself can be washed on an as-needed basis.
3) Stick to all white bedding. White sheets are easy to clean with hot water and bleach, and if you buy good quality linens, they’ll look better for longer than colored or patterned sheet sets.
Top it all off with 2 to 4 down or down alternative pillows and additional decorative pillows and shams to complete the hotel bedding look and feel.
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Featured photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotels.