It’s hard to beat a more luxurious and decadent experience than diving beneath the sheets of a luxury hotel bed.
A first class hotel bed is a place of pure extravagance. The restorative and decadent feeling that these hotels create is something we all strive to achieve in our bedrooms at home.
But why are hotel beds so luxurious? What bed sheets do hotels use? They’re just beds after all. Why is it that we can’t always experience the wonders of a hotel bed in our own home?
It’s entirely possible to buy exactly the same bed sheets as 5-star luxury hotels. You just need to know what you’re looking for.
5-Star Hotel Sheets: What Bed Sheets Do Hotels Use?
When researching bed sheets, you’ll read a lot in regards to thread count. Thread count does contribute to the quality of bed sheets but not to the extent that is emphasised by bed linen marketeers. The advice that the higher the thread count, the better the quality of the bed sheets is not always true, as it doesn’t take in to account the quality of the actual cotton - only the amount of it.
It’s possible to buy sheets with over 1,000 thread counts, yet luxury hotel sheets often opt for sheet with 200-300 thread count. If higher thread counts make for better bed sheets, why don't the finest hotels have the highest thread count bedding?
Because thread count is not the factor that makes bedding feel truly luxurious.
If you’d like to learn more about thread counts, you can read our “Bed Linen Uncovered” blog.
The quick answer is that too many threads can make sheets too thick, reduce breathability and make them uncomfortable, so hotels avoid them.. But, if a high thread count isn’t the game changer that hotels are using in their sheets, what is?
It’s all in the way in which the sheets are woven.
This is the deciding factor hotels choose for their luxury bed sheets. They will almost always insist on single ply woven sheets and long staple cotton, and more often than not, a percale weave over sateen.
Can You Make Your Bed at Home Feel like a Hotel Bed?
Hotels opt for a percale weave over sateen as percale epitomizes the cool, crisp feeling typical of a luxury hotel suite. A percale weave is also naturally longer lasting as by definition, it’s a tighter weave. However, we would recommend choosing the weave you prefer - bed linen that is made from long staple cotton will last many years, regardless.
Why do weaves matter so much?
Another important factor to ensure your sheets feel as luxurious as the finest hotels is to source sheets woven in Italy. Italy has unrivalled heritage weaving the finest cotton bed sheets. Over centuries, generations have passed information to one another - the same applies to French baking.
Their expertise in regards to the finishing techniques employed is exceptional. Finishing techniques enhance cotton’s natural properties and may offer additional longevity, softness and lustre to your sheets. These techniques are often proprietary and consequently can’t be replicated elsewhere.
Where to Buy Hotel-Quality Bed Sheets
Rebecca Udall exclusively sells high-quality percale and sateen bedding. We source directly from manufacturers that also supply sheets and bedding to the finest 5-star hotels around the world. Therefore, our sheets are not similar to - but are - luxury hotel sheets.