How you make your bed makes all the difference - you either sink into a sumptuous bed with crisp clean sheets, fluffy pillows, and a luxurious duvet - absolutely heavenly.
Surely, after a long day of working like a Trojan, don’t you think you deserve to sleep like a baby? And wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer another day?
Tell you what, you can enjoy blissful sleep each night once you learn how to make your bed cosier- think hotel style.
And the hotel housekeeper bed making masterclass starts now...
Have the Right Bedding at Hand
“Nothing makes you feel better than when you get into a hotel bed, and the sheets feel so good.
Why shouldn't you wake up like that every day? Spend money on your mattress and bedding because these things make a difference in your sleep and, ultimately, your happiness.” Bobby Berk
This is the first step to a delightful sleep; get your bedding right.,
Now, would you rather be sandwiched between high-quality crisp hotel sheets that caress your skin while you dream away? Or, use some regular cheap sheets that feel like sandpaper against your soft and delicate skin?
You need a luxury bedding. Here’s all you need.
Fitted Sheet / Bottom Sheet
Its purpose is to cover the mattress. In return, you a soft and smooth sleeping surface. The firm elastic and deep pockets at the bottom sheet’s edges ensure a snug fit on even the most sumptuous mattresses.
Flat Sheet / Top Sheet
It’s the sheet placed on top of the fitted sheet, and in between yourself and your blanket or duvet cover. Its purpose is to keep you warm and to protect your blanket or duvet cover from getting dirty.
A down comforter offers you solid warmth in hot summers and chilly winters. It’s so ridiculously fluffy that you’ll feel like you are sleeping in a cloud. Moreover, a down comforter is super light so you won’t feel its weight as you sleep.
However, if you think that a down comforter is too expensive or you care about the poor ducks and geese that have to give up their plumage for your comfort, then you can consider other animal-friendly options:
Sleeping Pillows and Pillowcases
Make a statement with high-quality pillows and pillowcases. You can have two, four, or six of them in one bed. Or more!
Some of the pillow options to choose from to match your sleep position include:
- Memory foam pillows: these are manufactured using polyurethane and other chemicals. They hardly clump and they don’t need fluffing. But the pillows may emit a bad chemical odour when new;
- Polyester fill pillows: they are also known as poly-fil. It’s affordable and easy to clean but may lose elasticity after using the pillow for some time;
- Goose down pillows: made out of a bird’s inner plumage called down. Requires regular fluffing to maintain the pillow’s loft.
- Feather pillows: made up of feather quills filler material. May give off some unpleasant and lingering odour;
- Shredded memory foam pillows: these are memory foams that have been turned into tiny chunks that form a filler for the pillows;
- Buckwheat pillows: made of natural and compostable materials but may make rustling noise as you move the pillow or while you toss and turn;
- Microbead pillows: filled with uniform polymer particles that look like white beads. Breathable to keep you cool while you sleep;
- Latex pillows: the latex pillows are breathable and do maintain a cool surface as you rest your head on the pillows. However, they could emit a mild rubbery odour;
- Water pillows: It’s a plastic reservoir that is wrapped using a polyester foam or fibre fill. The filler material is water; Kapok pillows: the material in Kapok pillows is biodegradable and compostable; all natural and free from toxicity;
- Wool pillows: have excellent breathable and insulating properties but the wool pillow tends to clump into balls that make the pillow inconsistent and lumpy;
- Cotton pillows: a better alternative to petroleum-based filling materials which are potentially toxic.
Tempted to look around? Here are some pillow images worth checking out:
Don’t you think you need a mattress topper? Absolutely!
You see, a mattress pad (also known as a topper) is a thin, lightweight extra layer that you can add on top of your mattress - for enhanced comfort and cushioning while you sleep.
But that’s not all, there’s more. You can also;
- Keep your bed fresh and clean because the mattress pad is removable and easy to wash;
- Smooth out lumps and bumps on your old mattress instead of replacing it with a new mattress;
- Customise your sleep by taking the mattress topper off your bed or putting it back when you want to.
A dust ruffle is also known as a bed skirt; a bedding accessory that hangs down from the bed’s box spring up to the floor.
The major benefits of using a dust ruffle are to:
- Keep anything that’s under your bed out of view;
- Give your bed a sensationally cute and attractive look.
How to Make Your Bed (Effortlessly)?
Learn the Top Sheet Trick
- Get two top sheets ready for this trick. (Are we forgetting the bottom sheet? Nope, keep it for next time - it’s nice to alternate things a bit);
- Lay the two identical top sheets flat on the bed. (Your mattress topper should be already in place);
- Tuck the sheets into the sides and the end of the bed, leaving the corners hanging out;
- Make the hospital corner fold; lift the edge of the sheet to form a 45-degree angle with your mattress, then pull and tuck the hanging fabric under the mattress.
Conquer the Tricky Duvet Corners
Do not let the tricky duvet intimidate you. If you hate this chore, here’s how to ace it:
- Use both hands to grab the top corners of the comforter from the outside;
- Reach through and pull the fluffy comforter up with you until it's engulfed in the duvet.
Smooth Crinkled Sheets Using This Hack
You hear crinkled sheets and you think; it’s drudgery ironing time, right? Relax, not this time around. Here’s what you are going to do to get your sheets nice and smooth:
- Get a spray bottle full of plain old tap water;
- Lightly spritz the water evenly over your duvet and sheets;
- Shake the duvet until the creases start to disappear;
- Smooth the sheets with your hand until you see the creases start to disappear.
P.S. You can use this hack on the bed sheets before you add the duvet. Alternatively, get sheets from the dryer before they are completely dry. And smooth them out with your hand.
Check out:How Do You Take Care of Hotel Sheets?
Karate Chop Your Comforter
It’s now time to hold your comforter inwards and create some space where your pillows will sit. Therefore, use your arm as a guide to:
- Chop about two feet into the fabric;
- Fold both ends down from each side of the bed.
Set Your Pillows Happy and Tall
To get happy pillows that stand nice and tall, do this:
- Put your hands in the middle of the pillows and slowly push them out on opposite directions repeatedly;
- Grab the two top corners of your pillowcase and stand the pillow up next to the headboard;
- Stack your pillows against this base pillow (instead of leaning the all the pillows against the headboard;
- Toss an accent throw pillow, and that’s it.
P.S. Don’t forget to add little touches to your bed that will make it stand out. Some ideas include a bed runner, a bed end bench, or a fluffy rug.
Congratulations. You’ve made your bed and now it’s ready. So what are you going to do with it?
Admire how tantalising it looks? Or, turn in and catch some sweet sleep?
Whatever you decide, enjoy.
And don’t forget to check out the Australian Linen Supply blog for more informative articles about accommodation linen and more.