Make Your Bed like a Pro

The perfectly made hotel bed is a feat of housekeeping mastery and – like a salon blowout – is nearly impossible to replicate at home. Luckily, the Director of Renovations for W Hotels, Aliya Khan, let us in on a few tricks of the trade.


Invest in high-quality bedding and pillows. “I recommend using 100% cotton, with a 200 – 400 thread count. Be sure to use sheets, shams, and a duvet set, as well as a lightweight blanket or coverlet. Extra pillows and shams are a nice, inviting touch.”

Make the bed. “After placing the fitted sheet on the bed, make hospital corners with the bottom corners of the top sheet. Then place the top sheet on the bed, followed by the duvet. Fold the sheet and duvet down 12 – 14 inches before placing pillows on top. Smooth out the duvet and sit the pillows up straight.”

Keep duvets and pillows fluffy. “Shake them lightly with your hand every morning and then redistribute the filling by tapping the pillows on every side. Wash your pillows and duvet every few months on the gentle cycle and dry them on low with tennis balls in the dryer to keep them fluffy.”

It’s not just about the bed. “While the bed is key, it’s also important to consider the entire ambiance of a room. Scents like lavender (either from a candle or a spray) are ideal as they soothe and relax, and citrus scents are perfect for waking you up in the morning. Also experiment with different lighting, keeping it dim by night so you can unwind but bright and welcoming by day.”

Our Sleep Solutions: Memory Foam Toppers to Pillows Boutique opens Monday, August 31, at 11AM ET.

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May 17, 2013