Having a staycation this year? No problem. Here’s how to recreate the indulgence of a hotel room in the comfort of your own home and bonus – you can enjoy it year-round!
Bedsheets: Sinking into crisp cotton sheets, resting your head on freshly plumped pillows – there’s no better feeling, right? When it comes to bed sheets, the texture is a personal preference. You may prefer sumptuous velvets or thick brushed cotton with a heavy thread count, the weight of which lulls you into a deep slumber, or perhaps delicate satins and silks are what evoke luxury for you.
Scent: research has shown certain scents can help promote sleep; lavender works well to decrease heart rate and blood pressure. So, if spa hotels are your vibe, go for diffusers, candles or essential oils such as lavender, citrus, bergamot, or eucalyptus.
Trying to recreate a slick boutique city hotel experience? Think sandalwood, vanilla, or cedar or go for something more unusual like leather or tobacco (trust us!). Introduce similar scents in your bedtime beauty routine if you really want to indulge and fill your room with heavenly smells.
Prefer something simple and clean that evokes fresh bedsheets and serenity? You can’t go wrong with a cotton, fig or sea salt scent.
Housekeeping: strip the bed and air it out for as long as possible before putting the covers back on. Similarly, wash or clean the pillows and air them outside too. Throw the mattress protector in the washing machine, clean any mattress stains that might have seeped through, give the bed base a good dust and gently vacuum the top of the mattress. Pull the bed base away from the wall and clean away the dust and debris that have accumulated around it.
Remove any clutter from your bedside table. Adorn with a lamp, a coffee table book, your favourite candle or a fancy coaster to avoid your mugs or glasses leaving rings. Add fresh flowers or air-purifying plants to amplify that feeling of being somewhere extra special.
Bed: The foundation of a good night’s sleep is the bed, so while you’re dressing your bed with your favourite linens, check that your bed and mattress are still up to scratch. If it isn’t providing the comfort and support you need, then don’t suffer any longer. If you are sleeping on an old, lumpy, bumpy, creaky bed all year round, you are more likely to have disrupted sleep, wake up with aches and pains, and feel grouchy the next day. Remember, we’re trying to recreate that zen staycation experience.
Get your money’s worth and buy a bed from a brand you can trust by looking for the NBF-Approved Tick. This means the mattress is everything it says it is: safe, clean and honest. Beds with the NBF Approved Tick are made by UK and Irish bed manufacturers that are members of the National Bed Federation. They have been strictly audited to show that they comply with all the UK health and safety standards and regulations.
Is it time to sink back into those sumptuous sheets yet? Get the best sleep of your year, and use an eye mask and ear plugs if you are sensitive to light or noise.
One final thing: our bedrooms should be a calm, safe haven, and the more we enjoy being in that space and look forward to going to bed at the end of the day, the more likely we are to get a good night’s sleep.