It's happened to all of us.
We spend a long day out sightseeing or traveling and suddenly, nothing has ever felt as wonderful as the cool, crisp, white sheets on your hotel bed. You sleep more soundly, you wake up without the crick in your neck. There is something so luxurious about the cloud of white as you lay there, getting ready for the day ahead. But what IS the difference? As experts in hotel bedding, we’re here to break it down for you.
The Color Matters:
It’s easier to relax knowing that there are no visible stains on your hotel bedding and white sheets put your mind at ease. Added bonus for the workers since it’s easier to clean and clean well. Sleep expert Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz explains that using white sheets can put you in that vacation state of mind even when used at home. We have been conditioned to think of chic hotels when we see all white bed linen. It's something not everyone has on their own beds, making it more of a special occasion, luxury experience.
Lower Thread Count:
Surprising, right? Most of the time we think that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets. While this can certainly hold true, it's more about the fabric quality used. If you have 1000 threads of low-quality fabric then you’re going to still have uncomfortable sheets. The most common thread count used in hotels is 230. Something else we may not love to think about but those hotel sheets are getting used A LOT, bringing us to our next point…
Worn in and Washed:
You know that favorite cotton t-shirt of yours? How it's soft from washing and wearing it so often? Or how vintage shirts are always softer than the ones you buy brand new? It’s the same with sheets. At the end of the day, these sheets and duvet covers are getting washed and slept on very frequently. Cotton breaks down just a little bit every way, meaning the more it’s washed, the softer it’s going to feel. The same thing goes for hotel pillows. That pillow has had many heads resting on it, breaking down the filling and wearing it in. Pillows are like shoes; often, to get them to feel just right, they take a little wearing in. Our advice? Look up some tips on how to soften stiff sheets and give your new pillow a little time to get worn in before deciding it isn’t for you.
It would stand to reason that the mattresses are also well-worn. Many hotels extend the life of their mattresses by using mattress pads. They are a great way to add the support and plushness back to a worn in mattress. Plus, most mattress pads are washable, meaning that they can make sure your bed is clean and fresh for you.
There’s something to be said about knowing that you can lounge in bed a bit longer, order some room service and still not need to make your own bed when you get up.