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Every Sunday we release The Journal, a weekly collection of musings on lifestyle, wardrobe, and culture—in efforts to redefine what it means to come home.


Creating a Hotel Bed at Home


Brought to you by our friends at Nectar


There is something about a good hotel bed that is hard to describe. If you’ve ever stayed at a luxury hotel and had a peek under the sheets to find out the brand of the mattress, or stolen a perfectly plush pillow after an exceptional night’s sleep, you’re not alone.

The bedding always seems impossibly fluffy, the duvet too perfectly crinkled, the pillows an unachievable balance between sink and bounce. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly is so different about a great hotel bed, but it’s an aspirational dream. So this week, we stepped up to the challenge at creating the perfect hotel bed at home.

Achieving hotel bed nirvana begins and ends with the right mattress. The balance between cradling comfort and firm support is imperative for a great night’s sleep. Mattress shopping can be a daunting task, but a good mattress will always be worth the investment. After all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping.

The key to a good base is a mattress with multiple layers, which will guarantee the most possible support and cushion. We found the perfect mattress with Nectar. With a bed bug resistant, cooling top layer (made of tencel, a sustainable fabric derived from cellulose and wood fiber) and two layers of memory foam, this option is whisper soft and incredibly supportive. Do your research, and look into the best kind of mattress for your sleeping habits. Don’t be afraid to take your search offline and into a store to do some lite nap testing.


After you’ve found (or upgraded to) the perfect mattress, it’s on to linens. The most comfortable of sheets are 100% cotton, and boast a thread count of 400 or higher. A thread count in this range will give you a silky sheet in a comfortable weight that shouldn’t go threadbare after only year’s worth of washes.

Once you’ve got your sheets on lock, it’s on to the duvet. This is a very personal choice; however, the most important thing to keep top of mind when searching for the perfect duvet is to test the weight it provides. The ideal hotel-feel duvet is heavy enough to make you feel tucked in and cozy, but light enough to lift and adjust easily. Most hotels have begun opting for down alternative filled duvets in an attempt to be as hypoallergenic as possible. However, If you know you aren’t prone to allergies, then genuine duck down is a luxurious, fit-for-all-seasons way to go.


Pillows are the icing on the cake of the perfect bedding experience. Picking a pillow with the perfect cushion depends a lot on your personal sleeping habits. Side sleepers need a thicker base; something that cradles well between their neck and shoulder. Stomach and back sleepers are better off with soft pillows that won’t disrupt the natural curve of their neck. However, if you’re looking to create the optimal hotel bed experience, the perfect hotel pillow is neither too soft, nor too hard. It’s an elusive combination that we’ve searched for, and managed to find in the Nectar pillow. With that, your final ingredient, you will have achieved the perfect hotel bed at home. Settle in, snuggle up, and sleep like your vacation depends on it.

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