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How to Turn Your Bed into a Luxury Hotel Heaven: Hotel Sheets and Techniques You Need Right Now

One of the simplest ways you can keep yourself healthy is by getting a good night’s sleep. We can’t think of a better way to truly spoil yourself right now than by giving your bed the luxury hotel overhaul treatment. Whether you want to splurge on Frette sheets or just learn how to make your bed like a hotel, with crisp and clean corners, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our guide to the best hotel sheets (and some cheaper alternatives), and turn your bedroom into a much-needed heaven right now.

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The Best Hotel Sheets for a Five-Star Hotel Experience at Home

If you want to have the all-out luxury hotel experience in your own bed, you’re going to have to pay for it. The world’s most sought after linens can cost as much or more than your mattress in some cases. That’s especially true if you’re opting for the creme-de-la-creme sheets made by Frette and Sfera. However, you won’t be disappointed — there’s a reason why you’ll find Frette sheets and other high-end bedding at hotel chains like Thompson, Rosewood, and Mandarin-Oriental. And that reason is: Comfort.


Bed made up with dark blue Frette sheets (left) and bed made up with white and navy Frette sheets (right)

Quite possibly the gold standard when it comes to luxurious hotel linens, Frette has been producing the most famous Italian sheets available for over 160 years. You’ll find these perfect linens lining the beds of the world’s best hotel brands, including Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton. Not only do they feel good on your skin, they wash well, and hold up to multiple washings. (Sorry, we can’t get a hotel maid to wash and iron your bed sheets at home.)


Bed made up with Mascioni sheets (left) and close up of pillow on bed (right)

From the exceptionally elegant Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York City to smaller luxury boutique properties, Mascioni hails from the era of Italian mid-century design. However, the look and feel of these sheets is utterly timeless. In fact, Mascioni was founded to originally only supply sheets to the finest hotels in Italy. Lucky for us, they’ve expanded their offerings and are now available to trick out your bed at home.


Stack of Sferra embroidered sheets (left) and bed stacked with Sferra pillows (left)

Dressing the beds of chic hotel chains like Thompson and Rosewood, Sferra sheets go a long way to making you feel as spoiled as you do on vacation. Founded in 1891, the Italian home linen brand offers a huge array of styles to choose from — though of course we recommend the Grande Hotel collection in crisp white. However, the Fiona collection offers a nice selection of hues as well, should you want to spice it up just a touch. Don’t forget to turn back the covers to emulate turndown service.

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Sustainable Sheets for A Luxurious At-Home Experience

If your tastes — and morals — have you thinking about how your luxuries impact your carbon footprint and the health of the earth, you’d do well to check out the brands below. SaatvaCozy Earth, and Cultiver all create amazing linens that help minimize their ecological impacts in various ways. All three brands also stack up to the quality level found at luxury hotels (and, in the case of Cultiver, you’ll find their bedding on some of Australia’s quaintest boutique hotels).


Stack of Saatva sheets on a bare mattress (left) and close up of bed made up with Saatva sheets (right)

If you’re looking for luxury that’s also ethically sourced and better for the earth, you’d do well to dress your bed in Saatva sheets. These 100% organic linens are the stuff (sweet) dreams are made of and come from one of the most popular contemporary mattress companies out there. Given that fact, it’s safe to assume that Saatva knows a thing or two about a good night’s sleep.

Cozy Earth

Bed made up with Cozy Earth sheets (left) and stack of Cozy Earth sheets on cream backdrop (right)
Cozy Earth

Travelers who care about sleep hygiene know that part of sleeping well means keeping your body cool. That’s easier to achieve with sheets made from certain fabrics, like bamboo. Cozy Earth makes completely sustainable bamboo-fiber sheets that help decrease humidity and trap less body heat to allow you to drift off in comfort.


Bed made up with Cultiver sheets (left) and stack of folded Cultiver sheets on wooden floor (right)

Looking for something a little different? We suggest Australian company Cultiver. Consistently rated as some of the best linen sheets out there by nearly every independent review site, these are 100% flax linen sheets. They’re smoother and more comfortable than nearly every other linen sheet brand and tend to last a long time, so you’re getting your money’s worth. You’ll find these sheets on luxury boutique hotel beds throughout Australia as well as high-end B&Bs in the U.S.

The Best Budget-Friendly Sheets for a Five-Star Hotel Experience

If the price tag on the above sheets is a little too high for you, have no fear. There are plenty of excellent bedding companies out there offering high-end quality at more reasonable price points. Read on for our favorite.


Bed made up with Brooklinen sheets (left) and small dog curled up on Brooklinen sheets (right)

Ok, ok. We get it. Luxury sheets aren’t priced for the budget-conscious. However, you don’t have to be able to actually afford a night in a luxury hotel to sleep as you do. Brooklinen is a relative newcomer to the bedding industry, but it’s rapidly making a name for itself with luxury-caliber sheets and linens at more reasonable price points. The Classic Core Sheet Set starts at just over $100, while our favorite — the Luxe Hardcore Sheet Set — is still far cheaper than many options on this list. Save on your sheets, and maybe splurge on a luxury hotel vacation.

How to Make Your Bed Like a Hotel — A Luxury Hotel, That Is

If you’ve ever slipped into a bed at any of the world’s best hotels, you know that there’s something special about the smooth sheets, the tightly tucked duvet, and how cool and crisp it all feels against your skin.

What’s the key to recreating this at home? For starters, you’ll want to forego the fitted bottom sheet. You read that right. In order to get that perfectly smooth, wrinkle-free base, hotels use oversized flat sheets to line their premium mattress. But executing this isn’t as easy as it might seem, and you’ll need to learn a simple new skill: hospital corner. This involves tucking a flat sheet under one side of the mattress — working from one corner to the next. Once you’ve reached the next corner, pull the excess fabric toward you and then up onto the mattress, creating a 45-degree angle relative to the side of the mattress you’ve just tucked in. Leave the fabric creating a 45-degree angle atop the mattress and tuck the leftover fabric neatly under the side of the mattress you’ll be working on next. Then, pull the fabric making the 45-degree angle back down the side of the mattress, flush with the corner. Visual aids come in handy with this, so consult this free how-to video on hospital corners on YouTube.

With the hardest part of making your bed up like a luxury hotel over, the rest of the process is fairly self explanatory. The next step is the top sheet, which you’ll want to place upside down onto the bottom sheet. Take your time to smooth it out, tuck it underneath the foot of the mattress, and use hospital corners to tuck in the other sides and two bottom corners.

Once that’s done, opt for a proper lightweight down duvet (summer weight is ideal — like this down comforter from Booklinen) and a simple white duvet cover (also available from Brooklinen). Tuck the duvet under the foot of the mattress as well, smooth it out, and fold the top of the duvet down from the top of the mattress. Once you’ve done that, use hospital corners to get that crisp, clean look for the corners and along the foot of the mattress. Some hotels tuck the duvet in along the sides as well, in which case you’ll want to fold down the top of the duvet and tuck it underneath afterward. Give it all one final smoothing out by tugging gently on the sides of the duvet along the longer edges of the mattress.

You’ll also need to invest in at least two pillows for each side of the bed. Many hotels mix synthetic and down pillows to help create varying density and firmness, but since this is your home, you might as well indulge in your preferred choice. And may we suggest a set of decorative throw pillows to tie the whole look together? Get some rest.

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