7 HIDDEN SECRETS to make your bed feel like a 5-star hotel
If you want to recreate the best night's sleep you ever had at a hotel but don’t have the budget to travel, Martin Seeley, CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay has shared the tips and tricks of the trade for a hotel-made bed at home.
1. Save time and money with a flat sheet instead of a fitted sheet
If you find that your fitted sheet is never deep enough or you’re breaking nails trying to fit it over your mattress, you should consider switching to a flat sheet. Hotels prefer this kind as they’re less likely to shrink, easier to fit and look more inviting, overall. If you’ve not used a flat sheet before, all you need to do is lay out the sheet, tuck the edges and sides - pulling tight - and leave the corners untucked. Then, you need to lift the sheet at a 45-degree angle and tuck the corners in tightly.
If you want more sheet to play with, go for the next size up on your flat sheet. This will make sure you can pull the sheets tight when making the bed.
2. Always tuck the corners of your duvet to prolong the life of your mattress
If you have ever stayed in a hotel, you’ll be familiar with the fight to get into the duvet as the corners are usually tucked under the mattress. This is done for several reasons.
Firstly, it naturally creates a neat appearance, like a neatly wrapped gift. Secondly, it helps the duvet stay anchored to the bed so once a person gets into bed, they can’t move around as freely and, therefore, create fewer wrinkles. Thirdly, it helps the flat sheet stay on the bed, preventing a person’s skin from contacting the mattress. This stops stains from appearing and shortening the mattress's life.
So, when putting a fresh duvet cover on, always make sure to tuck the corners. Lay the duvet flat on the bed, smooth out any wrinkles with your arm and place the top two corners at the top of the bed. Then, smooth your arm along with the duvet and tuck the end and the sides as you do this.
3. Water is the secret to wrinkle-free bedsheets, and vodka can remove any odours
Crisp, clean sheets are a staple for all hotel rooms. But, you can replicate that vision with some water, costing no extra to you. All you need to do is pull your sheets tight and spray water, and the wrinkles should go.
Did you also know that, due to its high alcohol content, vodka is known to be a natural cleaner? When left to evaporate into the fabric, it can eliminate any lingering odours. This, therefore, makes it an ideal addition to a homemade spray for spritzing your bedsheets in-between washes.
4. Buy a smaller duvet cover to make your bed more fluffy
Hotels use many bedscaping (like landscaping, but for the bed) hacks to make their beds as luxurious as possible. Firstly, they tend to use bedding with a high thread count as the higher, the softer. With this in mind, you should never buy bedding with less than a 250 to 300-thread-count mark.
Secondly, you should opt for Egyptian cotton as this is one of the most breathable bedding materials so will stop you from sweating at night which could disrupt sleep.
And finally, you should consider buying a different site duvet cover for your duvet insert. If you place a King-size duvet inside a Queen-size duvet cover, it’ll create a much fluffier bedscape. Similarly, pillowcases should be 1 to 2 inches smaller than the pillow insert.
5. Use a tennis ball and sock to make your lumpy pillows fluffy again
When making your bed feel like a five-star hotel, you should also fluff your pillows. Daily, you just need to pick it up and hold the left and right sides of the pillow and compress and decompress.
However, if you have a lumpy pillow, there’s another hack. Simply place it in the dryer with a tennis ball or two inside a clean sock. Turn the dryer on to the lowest setting possible and turn it on for 30 minutes. The tennis balls should beat the lumps out of the pillow, and the sock will prevent the dye of the tennis ball from appearing on your pillows.
If you want the volume of pillows, similar to that of a hotel bed, we recommend popping three on the bed.
6. Always air dry your sheets outside as the sunlight removes bacteria
Not only does using a tumble dyer make your bedding more wrinkly but it’s more expensive too. As one of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home, the costliest dryer can cost owners £175 per year. With this in mind, always hang your sheets outside and the creases should naturally fall out plus the ultra-violet rays of the sunlight will remove any bacteria and also bleach your sheets, which is extra beneficial for those with white sheets.
7. Wash your bedding weekly for optimum freshness
One of the secrets to crisp bedding is to wash it weekly. If you want to feel like you are sleeping in a hotel, you need to clean well.
Washing at 60 degrees is, usually, recommended for cleaning bedding and towels to kill bacteria. But, you will need a strong detergent as well, as the temperature alone does not kill bacteria. However, doing so can increase the cost of your wash by almost half than it would 40 degrees, so ensure you can afford the added cost.
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