We've all been there. You come back from vacation all nice and rested only to return to a bed that seemed fine before you left, and now is just a sad reminder of reality. The good news is, while you probably can't live your life on vacation, you can have a bed that makes you feel like you're permanently on one. And it's actually it's pretty easy to pull off.
Follow these seven steps for a cushy hotel-like bed at home.
1. Go white
When was the last time you saw any color on a hotel room bed? That's not a coincidence. "Color scheme is of utmost importance," said Huffington Post. "When Westin hotel designers trial tested their now-famous Heavenly Bed, they noticed a peculiar trend: "The all-white bed created this halo effect," says Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton. "People thought a room had been renovated, even if it was just the bed that had been changed. It had a huge impact." Hilton and Park Hyatt feature all-white beds in their rooms as well - stick to their color scheme (or lack thereof) to connote ultimate luxury in your bedroom."
2. Focus on thread count
The sheets on hotel beds feel so sumptuous because the thread count generally starts at about 300. They manage to feel both soft and crisp because they are always cotton -"specifically Egyptian cotton," said Apartment Therapy. That makes them "breathable and help you stay cool."
If you're trying to replicate the hotel bed feel when buying sheets, stay away from microfiber. The fabric doesn't breathe, which makes temperature control difficult. It's also a lint and hair magnet, which is problematic for many reasons, especially if you have animals.
3. Buy lots of flat sheets
Once you've identified the type of sheets to buy, you may want to get them in bulk. You may not have noticed that hotels don't use a fitted sheet, but you probably noticed that how nicely tailored the bed is. That's because they place a flat sheet on the bottom instead of a fitted sheet, and get it nice and tight against the mattress by using hospital corners.
To get the full hotel bed experience, you'll need a couple more flat sheets - one to go against your skin, and one on top of the down comforter.
4. Add a down comforter
Speaking of down comforters…"Part of achieving the look and feel of luxury bedding includes multiple layers," said The Balance. "Because of this, you may prefer choosing a lightweight down blanket for year round comfort. The Westin Hotel queen size down blanket has a 100% cotton baffle-boxed stitched cover and is filled with European goose down and it sells for $200."
You can find them for less - We Googled "European goose down comforter" and found this one for $137 on Amazon. If you're going to be using a duvet cover over your comforter (look for Egyptian cotton here, too, for the softness and breathability), it doesn't matter what color your comforter is, and you might find a deal on one that is something other than white.
5. Address the pillows
Part of what makes the hotel bed so luxurious are the pillows. Buy one of the Westin Hotel "Heavenly Bed" feather and down king-size pillows, and you'll pay $85 each, said The Balance. "The pillows have 50 percent goose feathers and 50 percent down. We found good alternatives for as low as $28 on Overstock.
To get the plush look of the hotel bed when it comes to pillows, alternate sizes and shapes - a couple of Queen or King-sized pillows, depending on the size of your bed, a few European pillows with shams, and maybe a boudoir or bolster pillow.
6. Add a mattress topper
Sometimes, dressing your bed up just isn't enough. If your mattress isn't all it could be and you're not ready to buy a new one, try a mattress topper. We love the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper, which adds cushy comfort to an existing mattress, and is a favorite of those looking for pain relief and a night of interrupted sleep.
Or, go the featherbed route, so you're completely encased in down from top to bottom. "The Miraval's bed - which guests have called "a bag of marshmallows" - gets its softness from an ultra-fluffy featherbed atop the mattress," said Huffington Post. "You'll also find them in Marriott, The W and other hotels - but they needn't always be pricey. Even a discount featherbed can turn your mere mattress into a cloud."
7. Buy a new mattress
If you do want to splurge on that dreamy mattress, you won't have to look too hard. Many hotels sell the mattresses used in their rooms, as well as the bedding and other assorted items.
Westin: Get the famous Heavenly Bed, and everything that goes on it, from the Westin Hotels.
Sheraton: Get the Sheraton Sleep Experience for "a whole new level of comfort."
Hilton: The Hilton Bed and luxury linens are all available for sale.
DoubleTree by Hilton: The DoubleTree's Sweet Dreams bed can transform your room, right down to the down pillows.
Marriott: The Marriott collection includes the Marriott Bed and a few different bedding sets.
W Hotel: The W Hotel Pillowtop Mattress and bedding sets brings luxurious slumber right into your home.
Miraval: The famous, luxury wellness retreat offers bedding and complete ensembles.