Upscale hotels promise guests the perfect night's sleep by creating luxurious five-star beds which look and feel wonderful. Recreating that level of luxury for your home can be accomplished by knowing the different elements which go into creating five-star bedding and finding feel-good fabrics that are soft and plush but at affordable prices.
Layers, Layers and More Layers
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Creating a Luxury Mattress
Flipping the mattress is the first place to start when building a luxury bed. Not only will it feel new again, but it adds years to the life of a mattress. To add freshness, sprinkle baking soda over the top and let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it off.
Westin Hotels offers its guest a 13-inch pillow-top queen size mattress and box spring unit for $2,395. To recreate their concept, we suggest selecting a memory foam mattress topper or a feather mattress topper.
Feather or Foam?
Deciding on a feather or a memory foam mattress topper is a matter of personal preference.
Memory foam mattress toppers (four inches or higher) help relieve pressure points and will improve the feel of a not-so-comfortable older mattress.
Feather toppers are fluffy and soft and will enhance a mattress which is in good condition.
Mattress toppers are a cost-effective way of adding a more luxurious feel to your bed and can add years of life to an older mattress. When deciding on how thick of a topper to get, remember that the thicker you go, the more bed linens will cost to cover it.
Overstock.com has a good selection of memory foam mattress toppers in all sizes. We found four-inch Serta toppers for under $200.
Also available at Overstock are the feather toppers, under $100.
02 of 09
Choosing a Bed Skirt
Bed skirts are a decorative solution to hiding box springs, so it is important to know the dimensions of the mattress and how much space is between the box springs and the floor. It is also a benefit to find a bed skirt designed with split corners which accommodate footboards.
When shopping for a good bed skirt, avoid one with a flimsy center fabric which could easily rip when being handled. Also, when making the bed, the bed skirt should be adjusted so it will hang evenly around the bed frame.
The bed skirts used at the Westin cost $175 - $220 for a queen size with an 18-inch drop.
Our choice is a poplin ruffled 18-inch bed skirt for under $21.
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Choosing a Mattress Pad
Covering the feather topper with a good thick mattress pad will not only protect it but will also protect you from being stabbed by the tips of feathers that sometimes poke through the sheets. Also, feather toppers tend to slip to one side, and a good mattress pad will help keep them in place.
There are several mattress pads on the market which will do a good job of protecting your bedding. To keep everything neat and appealing, smooth out the wrinkles of the mattress pad and tuck the corners snugly under the mattress. For additional hold, you may want to consider adding elasticized grips which slip under the corner of the mattress and attach to each end of the mattress pad.
04 of 09
Choosing Luxury Sheets and a Spectacular Duvet
A major element in designing a luxury bed is to layer, then layer some more. Also, finding good 100 percent cotton sheets with a high thread count will help achieve the desired ever-so-soft cloud-like feel to your bed.
We recommend Egyptian Cotton, which has gained a reputation for providing luxurious softness because of its long fiber length.
Three sheets (one fitted and two flat) are needed to duplicate the Westin Hotel Heavenly Bed. The Westin Hotel sells its queen-size, 300-thread-count, deep-pocket fitted sheet for $165 and a flat sheet for $149.
They offer a 100 percent Egyptian Cotton 220 thread count queen-size Duvet for $465.
Less Expensive Solutions
We found a 100 percent Egyptian Cotton sheet set with 600-thread-count, all-around elastic on the fitted sheet on sale for $69.99, regularly $299.99. The set includes a flat and fitted sheet plus two standard pillowcases.
We also found a matching three-piece Duvet set which includes one flat and one fitted sheet, one King Duvet and two standard shams, each made of Egyptian cotton woven to 1000 threads per-square-inch. The set was on sale for $79, regularly $218.99.
We suggest getting the sheet set in ivory and the Duvet set in white for a subtle contrasting layer to the bed ensemble. Our price for the sheets and the Duvet equals $148.99, a savings of $521.
The pillow cases are too small for the recommended king size pillows, but they can be doubled up to use for one of the four protective covers needed for the pillows. We opted to use the regular sized pillow shams instead of king-size.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Choosing a Down Blanket
Part of achieving the look and feel of luxury bedding includes multiple layers. 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 $365.
We found a boxed-weave 100 percent cotton cover with 75 percent white goose down for $49.99 which should offer layered luxury, but at a lot lower price.
The Westin Hotel blanket comes in white. You can choose to go all white or use soft colors such as blues, grays, and beiges. Because we have already elected to mix ivory and white, we selected a deeper beige blanket for additional mixtures of subtle color.
06 of 09
Pillows and More Pillows - Goose and Feather Down Pillows
The Westin Hotel "Heavenly Bed" feather and down king-size pillows cost $89 each. The pillows have 50 percent goose feathers and 50 percent down.
For under $20 for a pair, we found a mix of 95 percent goose feathers and 5 percent goose down which we feel is a good alternative.
The Westin Hotel king size hypoallergenic pillow is $50 for one pillow. We located regular size hypoallergenic pillows which are constructed with an allergen barrier as the outer fabric.
The pillows are currently on sale for $15.99 (regular price - $35.99), and if you buy two, the price is $15.19 each.
We suggest the regular size to fit the regular size shams that come with the duvet set listed above. The difference in size will not compromise the look of luxury you want to achieve.
To help keep your pillows fresh and for added softness, cover the pillows with a pillow cover, then put them inside the pillowcase. If the pillow cover has a zipper, place the zipper side into the pillowcase first so that it stays enclosed and does not scratch you as you move around in your sleep.
07 of 09
Pillow Covers and Pillow Cases
There is nothing more soothing than resting on soft pillows and selecting the right pillow covers and pillowcases not only achieve super comfort, but it will add to the look of a five-star bed.
Starting with a pillow cover will not only protect your pillows but will add an additional soft layer of cotton.
The Westin's pillow cover sells for $78. We found 100 percent cotton, 200 thread count percale pillow covers with a zippered closure for $5.99 each. We will need two for the king size pillows and two standard size covers ($4.99 each) to go under the pillow shams.
The Westin Heavenly Bed pillowcases are available in solids and piped 100 percent Egyptian cotton with 230- and 300-thread count cotton. The average price for a pair of Westin king-size pillowcases is $124.
We found a pair of 100 percent solid sateen Egyptian Cotton king size solid white pillowcases with a 600 thread count for $20.99.
We opted to go with solid rather than the piping since we have a combination of white, beige and taupe colors on the bed.
08 of 09
Final Touches - Decorative Pillows - Boudoir Pillows and Bolsters
Decorative pillows will add the final luxurious touches to a true five-star bed. You can use one or many, depending on budget and personal preferences.
Boudoir and bolster pillows come in various shapes and sizes. Mixing the shapes offers the most dramatic look and enhances the layered look we want to achieve.
The Westin Heavenly Bed boudoir pillow and cover cost $120. We like the long look of their pillow and decided to choose a bolster rather than the more expensive specialty-sized boudoir pillow.
We found a 6- by 16-inch bolster pillow for $12.99 and the bolster sham for $24.99 for a total of $37.98.
We particularly liked the hemstitching and sateen ribbons which will enhance the elegance of the five-star bed.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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