Ever walk into a five-star hotel room? Have you ever love to copy those fantastic bed make up back into your bed room? Do you know the secret that make hotel rooms so attractive? Do hotels have special bedding sheets for their bed? If you have ever had any of these questions unanswered, we recommend you to go through this article which seeks to provide answers to these questions and many more.
What is a Luxury Linens or Luxury Bedding Sets?
When we talk of making a bed, we mostly referred to the type, color and design of the bed linens. Luxury beddings are the top mattress clothing, found on most hotel bed that gives the hotel room the cool look and make sleeping on a memorable experience. The quality of sleep or rest we get often depends on how luxury our bed and linens are. Most luxury bedding sets come with two pillow cases, one or two luxury sheets with or without a cover. Luxury comforters or sheets are made from a variety of cotton fabrics, mostly the Egyptian cotton and Silk and dye to obtain the multitude of colors we have in the market.
To most people, all they do is sleep on a bed sheet, but when it comes to getting a new bed sheet set or bedding sets, the seemingly limitless amount of quality, design and color choices may become overwhelming at worst, or at the very least, confusing. The Best bed sheets packaging may include terms like "jersey", "thread count" or "percale," or each of these terms gives you information about the fabric the sheets are made of, and understanding them will actually help you make more informed bedding selections.
What Make Beddings Luxurious?
There are just two factors which make bed sheets luxurious and attractive; the fabric and the make up or housekeeping. All the decorative brocade coverlets and pillows in the world will never be as luxurious as a fresh set of buttery sheets against your skin. The top hotels of the world understand that the trick to a sumptuous bed set lies in the fabric and make up. Their top bed sheet picks are a good reference for those who want their own luxury bed to linger in. Most top luxury sheets are chosen from the following fabric:
Egyptian cotton sheets are widely popular and generally the standard in high-quality bedding. It's true that Egypt produces beautiful cotton but it's the length of this cotton fiber that makes it top caliber. The longer the fiber, the more smooth and durable it is when it's twisted into thread and woven. They are durable, soft and do not produce much lint. The thread count for Egyptian cotton sheets start around 800 and can go up to 1500. Cotton is sometimes blended with silk, poplin, sateen and percale to control durability, texture, and stretch. Egypt creates the best quality of this long fiber cotton, much of which is used by luxury beddings producers, such as Camden, Frette, Anichini, Peacock Alley, Yves Delorme and Luxury Manor. These cotton sheets can be bought from most home goods stores or online.
Linen acts much like cotton and has the ability to stay crisp and taut, while remaining soft to the touch. The Irish and French linen sheets are known to be the most popular and famous among the elite class. Linen fabrics are generally more expensive than cotton sheets. This is owing to the fact that, their raw material, which is derived from the flax plant, is much more difficult to spin into threads. Nowadays, linen sheets are also made from hemp. Linen luxury bedding sets are:
Are of medium weight
Wrinkles easily, with an inherent luster
A sturdy fabric, that get softens after every wash
Anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, and naturally moisture wicking
Often, the most durable fabrics, never pills, stretches, or loses its shape
Adjusts to your body temperature, allowing you to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Cultivated silk sheets are supple, buttery and smooth. Mulberry and Tussah silks are the highest and best quality silks, but only Mulberry silk is used in making luxury beddings due to its extra-long filaments, which give rise to much more durable luxury sheets. Silk luxury sheets are usually very expensive, but the sheets made from them are so durable such that, if properly cared for, is destined to last longer than any mid-range linen, cotton or their blend. Silk bedding isn't just a luxury, but also an investment. Silk luxury beddings are characterised by:
Capable to adjusts to your body temperature during summer and winter
Sateen has the same smooth feel and lustrous look as silk but the fabric is actually cotton. The sateen weave leaves one side with a shiny finish and the other side with a matte finish. The best luxurious sateen sheets for the bed are produced from 100 % cotton materials. Cotton Sateen luxury beddings are characterised by:
Are Light to medium in weight
Lustrous in looks with a slight sheen on the bed
Very soft and silky texture
Machine washable, and 30% stronger when wet, thus it can withstand many washes and high temperatures
Able to absorbs moisture and evaporates it into the surrounding without feeling damp
It stay great year-round, for warm and cool sleepers
Percale is blended fabric, but the most luxurious types exclusively contain linen or Egyptian cotton. The high tight weave and thread count means that Percale sheets are ultra-fine and very durable. They're a favorite among hotels beddings because they stay very crisp and uniform even after many visits to the laundry. Cotton Percale beddings are characterised by:
There are of Light to medium in weight and slightly lighter than sateen
It’s the perfect ‘go-to’ sheet with a familiar soft feel
Have Cool, and crisp texture
A soft appearance without a sheen, but still an elegant drape
Able to absorbs moisture and evaporates it into the surrounding without feeling damp
Machine washable, and 30% stronger when wet, thus it can withstand many washes and high temperatures
It stay great year-round, for warm and cool sleepers
Pima and Supima Sheets
Pima cotton is a high quality, long strand cotton similar to Egyptian while the Supima is made from the longest Pima strands. The longer cotton strand usually resulted in the soft bed sheet. Thread counts for Pima and Supima generally range from 200 to 800. Popular brands include Calvin Klein, Wamsutta and Palais Royale. Their cost generally varies based on thread count.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Certified organic product usually has a US Government approved 3rd party certification to ensure authenticity. Some are of the opinion that chemicals used in regular cotton production can seep into the body through the pores. Certified organic cotton is a sure-fire way to avoid that. Some of the popular organic cotton sheets are made by Coyuchi, West Elm, and White Lotus Home. Organic cotton is also popular for children’s bedding.
How to Clean Luxury Comforter Sets
When we think of luxury comforters, what immediately comes to mind is comfort. These soft, fluffy covers keep us cozy and warm. They are also perfect hosts for debris and dust mites that collect over time, thus increasing the chances of an allergic reaction. Keeping your luxury comforter sets clean is important to your health, and the lifespan of the comforter itself.
Preparing to Clean your Luxury Bedding Sets
Read the care label. Your luxury comforters have a care label with instructions on how to clean it. Do not deviate from these specific instructions as they often have the best information to help you maintain the quality of you sheets. These conditions may include temperature settings for washers and dryers.
Determine if your Luxury linens needs to be cleaned. Luxury linens probably need a good cleaning once every few months. If you have allergies, however, you may want to wash them monthly.
Note that, for a long lifespan of your luxury linens, you don't have to wash the whole luxury comforter sets if the problem is a single stain.
Check for seam strength and any holes. Before going to actually washing your luxury comforters, make sure it has no loose tears or threads. If any tears, hopefully, it won’t be too large and can be easily remedied with a quick needle and thread. Though this adds time to the process of washing your luxury comforter, it will prevent these small holes from becoming larger during washing.
Remove stains. You can accomplish this with a small amount of non-detergent solution such as 50-50 solution of white vinegar and baking soda. Alternatively, you can use a paste made of baking soda and water, or simply carbonated water.
Apply a small amount (about 3 drops) of the cleaning solution to the area and blot with a clean, white towel or cloth. You can also rub the fabric together to loosen the stain, and rinse with a small amount of clean water. Squeeze the excess water out with your hands and then blot with a clean, white towel. If you will not be washing your luxury comforters afterwards, air dry this section and make sure it has dried completely.
Caution: Never use any bleach or color-treatment solution in removing stains.
Washing your Luxury Comforter Sets
Load your Luxury beddings into a washing machine. Ensure that it is distributed evenly and have adequate room for best results.
Set the washing machine to delicate setting and select the water temperature. The delicate setting is important in preventing damage to the casing. The water temperature depends on a couple of factors.
Label instructions: Use cool water or warm water per instructions on the label and use hot water if you want to kill off dust mites. Heat over 1300 F or 540 C kills dust mites. If you have concerned about damaging the color or fabric of your luxury sheets with hot water, use cool water and heat dry the sheets.
Add an extra rinse cycle if possible. This helps to get your sheet supper clean and free from all detergents you may have used in washing. You may be able to select this option at the beginning or as an extra step after the first cycle.
Use a small amount of mild detergent. Select a detergent that is safe for delicate materials and use only a small amount to prevent stripping the feathers of down comforters and over-foaming in the machine.
Add a clean pair of white tennis shoes or tennis balls to help balance the load and ensure effective cleaning. Make sure the tennis shoes can go in the wash on the selected settings.
Drying your Luxury Comforters
Place your luxury sheets in the dryer with the tennis shoes or balls and make sure the sheets is evenly distributed. The tennis balls or shoes help keep the fill evenly distributed.
Dry your luxury comforter sets on the low-heat setting. Use high heat to kill dust mites, (check with the care label). Note that tennis shoes and balls may not withstand high-heat settings.
Fluff your luxury comforters regularly during the drying process. This may be done every half-hour. This helps in redistributing the fill and encourages thorough, even drying. Check for sign of burns which is common with higher-heat settings.
Hang the luxury comforters outside. Check the weather condition. If it's relatively dry and sunny, spread the comforter outside for a few hours. This helps to make sure that the comforter is thoroughly dried. Sunlight also helps kill dust mites and a thoroughly dry comforter is essential for preventing mildew.
In order to protect your luxury comforter sets from dirt and dust, placed it in a duvet cover. This protects your comforter from dust and dirt and can be easily removed and machine-washed with the rest of your bed linens.
If the luxury linens care label recommends hand washing only, you can do this with a mild detergent in a large laundry sink or bathtub.
Shake out your luxury linens each morning, and air it out on dry, breezy days. This encourages the fill to circulate and removes moisture, thus preventing mildew.
How Often to Wash Beddings
We recommend washing your luxury sheets once a Month. It’s a good thing to keep sheets clean especially if you lay directly on them. However, your luxury bedding sets will lose it quality if washed frequently and considering its cost, you may want to use it just to decorate your bed or placed in a duvet cover. In hotels, we recommend washing the luxury sheets after every visitor’s used. Also dust mites and allergens are also absorbed into your sheets during that time. Thus, it’s a good hygiene habit to keep it clean and to regularly change it.
How to Grade Luxury Sheets
Finding the perfect bed sheet sets or bedding sets might be a never-ending quest, especially for partners who have different tastes. The first step to buying luxury bedding sets is by looking at the various varieties before going into a store for shopping a sheet set. There are an incredible number of options varying from fabric, design, styles to thread counts in the market to choose from. You will spend a third of your day lying on these sheets, so pamper yourself. Spending some extra bucks will go a long way toward your happiness and comfort.
Go to the website of your favorite bedding stores and see what bed sheet sets or bedding sets, styles they have. You must determine whether you want flannel, cotton or silk sheets. Sometimes it is best to have different fabrics for different seasons. Flannel can be good during the winter season, but not for summer nights.
Choose the fabric style and design that is most appealing to you.
Compare samples within each fabric style. Bearing in mind that cotton sheets are graded by thread count, and the high thread count sheets are softer and more comfortable and also come at a higher price and a shorter lifespan.
Best Luxury Sheets – Buying Guide
Without knowing what to look for, buying sheet can seem like a guessing game. Fabrics are usually not displayed for customers to feel and many homemakers are not aware of what the terms on the package mean. We have taken this time to explain what you should be looking at when trying to buy a set of bed sheet for your family.
Determine thread count: This indicates the number of threads per square inch of material. Sheets with lower than 200 thread counts are called "percale." Those having counts between 200 and 400 are associated with softer fabric and greater durability. Lower thread counts may not wear as well and are usually be more expensive.
Choose materials. All-cotton sheets become softer with repeated use and washings. 100% cotton is the softest material available for bed sheets, but it is prone to wrinkles. A blend of cotton/polyester will have degree softness and also be wrinkle-free. The more cotton proportion in the cotton/polyester blend, the softer the sheets will be. Blends with less than 50% polyester have the best feel.
Choose the weave. Sateen sheets, which are shiny due to most of the threads are on the surface, have less durable weave even if they have a high thread count. Pinpoint on the other hand has only twice the number of threads on the surface as underneath, and are highly durable, but lacking in softness.
Look for cotton fiber types.
Egyptian cotton, imported from Egypt is known for its softness, and longer than average 1 3/8 inch fibers. The longer means softer thread. Pima is 1.5 inch average length cotton that is bred for strong fibers from Egyptian plants in the Southern United States. The fabrics that are made exclusively of U.S. grown Pima cotton bear the certification mark of the growers' association, Supima. Short fiber foreign cotton may be imported from out of US, either from Greece, India or other countries.
Read the fine print.
Check to make sure that if "Egyptian Cotton" shows up in large letters on the front of the package that it doesn't make up only a tiny fraction of actual materials. Remember that the higher price does not always mean better quality, and cheaper products are not always bargains.
Always endeavor to wash sheets before use in order to improve softness. Designs and colors are all determining factors when it comes to buying sheets.
What Are the Longest Lasting Type of Luxury Comforters?
We need comfortable luxury comforter sets, which breathe in the summer yet keep you warm during winter. The top quality sheet sets are expensive, especially if you have to get a couple of them. To lessen the expense, buy the long-lasting sheets.
Base Material of the Fabric
The base material of the fabric has a strong impact on longevity and comfort. Some varieties of cotton fibers are more durable, longer and stronger than others. For example, Egyptian cotton has the longest and strongest fibers. American growers have produced a similar variety named Pima, which is derived from Egyptian cotton. Bed sheets made from 100% Egyptian or Pima cotton last longer and never pill as compared to other varieties. Also, 100% Egyptian or Pima cotton sheets are more durable than those blended with rayon or polyester.
Thread count is the number of fibers per square inch of fabric. The longest-lasting sheets have a high thread count as there consist of more fabric per square inch.
Knitted and woven are the two methods used to make sheets. Woven sheets are the longest lasting. Standard weave is one thread under, one thread over and is the strongest within the woven group. Some manufacturers also weave four threads over, one thread under. Also, the initial feel of sateen is as soft as the more expensive Egyptian cotton sheets, but the weaker weave will not last as long as bed sheets constructed with a standard weave.
The manner in which you care (how frequent you wash them) for your bed sheets affects their overall lifespan. Wash them once a week on the gentle cycle using mild detergent and line dry. Remove them from the dryer while still damp, as clothes dryers may pull fibers from the material.
After you purchased your preferred sheets, maintain their integrity by gently laundering them. Always check the instruction for the best washing guide. Wash sheets in warm or cool water and dry them on a low-heat setting. The primary factors that contribute to pilling is heat, avoid high temperatures around sheet even during ironing. Washing sheets in hot water or drying them on a high heat setting compromises the fibers and promotes pilling.
How to Make a Hotel Bed
Luxury beddings are not just attractive and comfortable due to their special fabric make up but also as the result of the bed make up. Every luxury hotel has its own way of folding linens and making the beds. The procedures come down from management and are carried out by housekeeping team so that every room has the same distinct feel. Every hotel bed is made to the exact specifications each time and, once housekeepers understand the process, it becomes simple and effective way to make each room uniform.
You can equally get the same premium, luxurious look you find in hotels on your bed at home. Making your bed following the same technique used in hotels will not only bring your whole room together but give you a better night's rest.
Though each hotel has its own procedure, the underlining principle is the same. Hence, to make a luxury beds, you should proceed thus:
Preparing your Bed
Free your bed of everything. To begin achieving that perfect luxury bed experience, you’ll want to start from scratch. This prepares your mind-set of creating that perfect, neat, and comfortable bedding experience and also helps you make your bed unique.
Grab clean bedding. The first sign of comfort comes from clean sheets. Luxury sheets are of special fabric with white being the best attractive color.
Nothing is quite as relaxing as slipping under crisp clean luxury sheets when it’s time for bed. Clean luxury beddings will not only make your bed look crisp and help you feel refreshed, it will also make it easier to lay it down and to get it right.
Gather all your sheets, pillows, and blankets. Gather up all your bedding and place it together next to your bed. Get stacks of similar items, keeping everything organized and increasing your workflow. You may also want to iron your luxury linens like your sheets and pillow cases. Ironing helps you get rid of any creases and wrinkles, allowing you to experience a smooth crisp flat surface to rest on.
When we talk of the type of bedding you need to make a luxury hotel-quality bed, it's mostly personal preference.
To begin with, get the right size bedding. If you have a King sized bed, get King sized beddings. The weight and size of your comforters and duvet cover are also preference. Hotels usually use a medium-weight feather down.
Thread count will to an extern determine how comfortable your luxury sheets are. But the material types and thread length are the real factors. Sheets with a thread count greater than 500 are generally considered to be more of a premium quality.
When looking for luxury beddings, pure 100% Egyptian cotton will be the softest and likely most expensive. 100% Pima cotton will also be very comfortable, but not quite the same quality as Egyptian cotton.
Make sure your mattress is dirt, dust, and debris free. Since you’re starting off from scratch, make sure your mattress is clean as well. You’ll feel a lot better and more comfortable knowing that there’s nothing gross under your fitted sheet. Vacuuming (using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum) and lifting stains from your mattress will also rid it of dust mites and odors which could otherwise cause allergies and affect your quality of sleep.
Making your Bed
Get a fitted sheet and place it on the bed. Start with your clean and crisp fitted sheet (sheet that has the rounded elastic corners). Place the sheet around your mattress and pull it taught in each corner. Make sure the elastic portion of each corner should be tucked in under the corners of your mattress. The seam at each corner of the sheet should be in the middle of the mattress’ corners.
Lay the first of two flat sheets down. Lay down the first flat sheet on top of your fitted sheet and make sure that your sheet reaches to the edge of the mattress where your headboard is. Lay the sheet down with the finished side facing down, toward your fitted sheet and make sure that it drapes evenly over each side of the bed. Then flatten the sheet and pull it taught on each side so there are no wrinkles.
Lay down a light blanket on top of your first sheet. Align the blanket to match the sheet. Get a light blanket that is made of linen or cotton. Flatten the blanket out and pull it at the corners to meet the corners of your sheet. Then, fold the portion of the blanket toward your headboard down to where your shoulders or chest will be when laying in the bed.
Lay down the third sheet. This is your second flat sheet, but your third layer because you've placed a blanket. The second sheet will go above your light blanket. Lay it this time with the finished side facing down toward the mattress.
Align the sheet to match with the placement of the first sheet and the top of the sheet to align perfectly with the edge of your mattress at the headboard.
Flatten the second sheet with your hands and pull it taught at all corners.
Sandwich the top sheet between the first sheet and blanket. Fold down the top edge of the third sheet over the top edge of your blanket. Grab the portion of your second sheet that extends past the blanket and fold it back so it's now between the blanket and your first sheet. The, fold and flatten the portion of the sheet under the blanket so it rests perfectly flat.
Fold the top sheet down toward the foot of the bed. Take the top of your first sheet (still flush) on the headboard side and fold the portion that extends past the edge of the blanket and the third sheet back over the top of the blanket and third sheet.
Thus, this portion of your first sheet will now be on top of the other two layers. Now, flatten the edge facing the headboard to give your bed a smooth, crisp look. Bear in mind the how far down you fold your luxury sheets will depend on how many pillows you plan to place on your bed. The rule is to fold and end where your pillows start.
Fold in the corners at the foot of the bed. Hold all three layers at one corner pulling it taught and then flatten the sheets at the foot of the bed.
The excess fabric, which is still to be tucked under the mattress, forms a triangle shape at this stage. Take the leftover fabric down and over from the head toward the foot of the bed. This will create an envelope-like look. Now, fold the remaining fabric under the mattress. In order to create a nice envelope look, run your finger at a forty-five-degree angle down the side of the bed while pulling the sheets taught with your other hand. Tuck in the rest of the sheets and smooth to remove wrinkles. Repeat this for both sides of the bed.
Place your duvet cover, or comforter, onto the bed, with the top edge about 3 inches (7.6 cm) from the headboard. Throw your luxury comforters on the bed and let it float down on top of your luxury sheets. Pull the corners taught and equally distributed on both sides of the bed. Fold the top of the comforter back in a rectangle to create room for your pillows.
Place your pillows in the correct pillow cases and fluff appropriately. Arrange the pillows according to your preference. The amount of pillows and styles depends on you. Bu we recommend using the same number for each side of the bed. Once the pillows are laid (in a symmetrical arrangement) you may unfold your duvet cover slightly to meet the pillows.
Lay a throw blanket down if you so desire. Depending on your style, you may want to add a throw blanket over your duvet cover. Fold the blanket into a rectangle and gently lay it on the duvet cover toward the bottom third of your bed. Do not let any of the throw extend over the foot of the bed which make give your bed sloppy and uninviting look.
Place your firmer pillows behind the softer ones. The firm pillows will provide support to the softer pillows and make your bed look crisp and put together.
Make sure that any lines on your luxury linens or sheets run vertically.
Clean and iron your luxury linens for the best look.
Precision is key to achieving the hotel look, don’t rush.
White luxury comforter sets and pillows are best to give your room that luxurious look and feel.
Luxury sheets– Types
Luxury sheets or luxury comforter sets come in both fitted and flat styles. The difference of these two most comes from their edges. While the corners of the fitted sheets are sewn into pocket-like corners and usually have elastic-lined edges to grip the mattress and keep the sheet in place while you sleep on them at night, the flat sheets will lie flat. These sheets are mainly intended for use as a sleeping surface, but the flat sheets may at times be used as a covering or with the edges tucked under the mattress for a sleeping surface.
Luxury Comforter Sets– Sizes
Luxury comforter sets comes in many different sizes. These sizes are based mainly on standard mattress sizes. Standard full or double sheets are 81 by 96 inches for flat and 54 by 76 inches for fitted. Twin sheets are 66 by 96 inches for a flat sheet and 39 by 76 inches on the flat part of the fitted sheet, with a variety of depths in pocket size. King flat sheets are 108 by 102 inches, while their fitted counterparts are 78 by 80 inches. Queen sheets are 91 by 102 and 60 by 80 inches for flat and fitted, respectively. Additional sizes are available for less standard bed sizes such as extra-long twin and California king.
Luxury Comforter Sets– Fabric
Luxury linens or luxury sheets are made from a variety of materials, including cotton, silk and satin however, cotton is considered the top textile for sheets owing to its breathability. Of all the cottons available, the Egyptian and Pima cotton are known for their strength, durability and softness. Supima cotton, which is a superior grade of Pima cotton, also falls within this recommendation. Choose materials that are 100% cotton, rather than cotton blends. Terms such as percale and sateen refer to the type of weave used to produce the materials.
While bed sheets may be made from a series of different materials, cotton and cotton/polyester weaves are often among the most popular for bed sheets. Bed sheet sets or bedding sets from flannel fabric are thought to keep you warmer in winter, while jersey knit sheets are made from material similar to T-shirts and may be rayon, cotton, linen or a blend of materials. The smooth and luxurious feel sheets are made from satin which are available in a variety of colors. While the most expensive of these are still made from satin, a silk product, most commercial satin sheets is a blend of silk and man-made fabrics such as polyester and nylon acetate. Satin sheets tend to feel cooler to the touch than other sheets, as well as smooth, as such they may be good for warm weather. However, their lack of air circulation may lead to sweating. These satin sheets have a slick texture and slightly shiny look.