7 Tried-And-True Steps for Making the Perfect Vacation Rental Bed

    When I book a vacation rental, there are two pictures I always look for first:
    1. The bed;
    2. The bathroom. 
    More specifically, I check out the linens. If the bed linens are crisp and impeccably tucked, and the towels fluffy and folded just so, I know that the vacation rental’s caretakers pay attention to the details. Like clockwork, if the linens look fantastic, I can be assured the rest of the rental is at the same high standard.  
    And I’m not alone in appreciating a well-made bed. Spend a little time layering a sleeping experience your guests won’t forget, and they’ll thank you for it in reviews and repeating bookings!
    Here are my 7 tried-and-true steps to making a phenomenal vacation rental bed to benefit guests and owners alike.
    Step 1: Position the Mattress Protector On The Bed
    Your mattress is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your vacation rental bedroom. A good quality mattress protector shields that investment from bed bugs, allergens, incontinence, and other “yuck” situations.  
    Bed-Making Tip:  The mattress protector will stay on your bed indefinitely and will not need laundering. Install it and forget about it!
    Step 2:  Add A Feather Bed
    Want to get that high-end, ultra-luxury look and feel? A feather bed will create it, with an extra level of style and pillowy comfort. And if you’re getting complaints about an uncomfortable bed, you don’t have to undertake the big expense of replacing the mattress—feather beds to the rescue!  
    Bed-Making Tip: The feather bed is all about adding luxury—in both softness and appearance. So, when installing, make sure it’s light and airy and be careful not to deflate it during the bed making process.
    Step 3: Cover Feather Bed With A Waterproof Mattress Pad
    A waterproof mattress pad is a must for all vacation rental properties! If you don’t currently have a waterproof mattress pad please, please do yourself a favor and add one. 
    Why add a waterproof pad when you already have a mattress protector? Because waterproof pads not only provide an extra barrier for your mattress, they’re a snap to remove, wash and replace between guests. Mattress protectors, on the other hand, are much more difficult to launder.
    Bed-Making Tip:  Make sure your mattress pad has a good solid skirt that can wrap around all sides of your mattress. During installation, make sure you lift every bed corner to tuck the mattress pad underneath. Both of these steps will keep the mattress pad firmly in place.
    Step 4: Wrap Your Bed in Great Sheets
    As something of a “linen specialist,” I surprise people when I recommend—as I always do—a white cotton-polyester blend sheet over high thread-count or Egyptian cotton.
    Trust me, I have your best interests at heart! Blends are more durable and are much more efficient to launder. And many guests actually prefer the crisp, clean feeling of cotton-poly blends.

    Bed-Making Tip: Fitted sheet comes first, of course, followed by the flat sheet. Be sure to lift all corners of the mattress while wrapping the fitted sheet to prevent it from creeping loose (a huge source of guests complaints!). Don’t forget to work your sheets to make sure that they are smooth and snug across your bed. Add top sheet and tuck, tuck, tuck on all corners for a seamless finish.
    Step 5: The Duvet
    A duvet and duvet cover are really the best option for a vacation rental. Unlike comforters, they can be washed at each turnover, making them the most hygienic option. 
    Bed-Making Tip: Pull the duvet insert in its cover taut and smooth over the sheets. Then tuck it on all three sides of the bed.  Next, fold over the top sheet, and the duvet, and then tuck those seams under to create that seamless hotel look. Check out the video below to see how I do it!   
    Step 6: Pillows
    This is when your bed really starts to come together!
    Provide a minimum of 2 pillows for each guest so they can enjoy their optimal comfort level. Feather pillows can’t be beat for comfort and softness, but be sure to have an alternate option on hand for those with allergies.
    Once again, protectors are key. Keep your pillows clean and fresh with waterproof or water-resistant protectors on each one. Not only will they protect your pillows, they also help to create a smooth finish, too.
    Once you have your basic sleeping pillows sorted out, it’s time to add your decorative pillows. This is the fun part. Go for a bit of color and pattern to make your otherwise clean and classic bed really pop. 
    Bed-Making Tip:  Make sure your pillows are light and airy to create that cloud-like look for which hotels are famous. Don’t forget to artfully tuck in the ends of the pillowcase for seamlessness. Prop the two sleeping pillows against the headboard and then arrange your decorative pillows to complement them.
    Step 7: Throw Blanket
    Including a throw blanket at the foot of the bed adds another point of interest to your bedding decor. It also protects the white bedding when guests place their luggage on the bed, as they often do. I personally love adding a textured blanket, folded once, for a classic look. 
    Make sure you choose a washable, durable blanket as it will get plenty of laundering!
    Bonus: a nice blanket adds versatility to your bed. Your guests can snuggle under its extra layer on chilly nights, or ditch the duvet and use just the blanket and sheets on warm nights.
    Bed-making Tip:  As with the other steps, make sure you smooth out any and all bumps in your blanket. Make it as smooth as possible and tuck it to perfection.
    Happy Bed Making!


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