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What Types of Comforters Do Hotels Use?

What Types of Comforters Do Hotels Use?

Have you ever spent the night in a four or five-star hotel? If so, then you’ve probably noticed that they have perks beyond the mini bar. In fact, the most luxurious hotels in the US and abroad have one thing in common: they all offer exceptionally comfortable bedding. At once plush to the touch and visually soothing, hotel bedding keeps guests comfortable all night long and encourages them to return for another stay. So, how do the best hotels go about creating such an exceptional sleep experience? And what types of comforters do hotels use to help sleepers stay warm without overheating? At Latest Bedding, we’re pleased to offer a broad selection of cloud-like bedding options for guests of every taste. Keep reading to learn more about hotel-style comforters and find out how you can get better rest in the comfort of your home. 


The Difference Between a Duvet, a Quilt, and a Comforter


Wondering what types of comforters do hotels use? First it pays to understand what comforters are exactly and how they differ from duvets and quilts. The term comforter typically refers to a one-piece blanket that includes a fabric bag over filling. Comforters feature quilting to ensure the filling remains evenly distributed no matter how much you toss and turn. 


On the other hand, a duvet includes two pieces – the duvet insert and the cover. The insert is a fabric bag filled with down or another material. Customers are typically responsible for buying a separate duvet cover, which goes around the insert and protects it from dust, dirt, and bodily oils.


Finally, some sleepers opt for quilts. A popular and age-old bedding option, quilts are used worldwide. Also called bedspreads or coverlets sometimes, quilts feature a top layer often made from different pieces of fabric stitched together. Inside is a layer of wool or down fabric, while the bottom of the quilt features a solid piece of fabric. The three layers of a quilt are stitched together in a way that helps keep the filling material distributed evenly throughout the night. 


Most hotels use comforters over duvets or quilts. However, it’s not uncommon for hotels to provide an additional blanket for use with the comforter.


What Type of Comforters Do 5-Star Hotels Use?


The comforters found in five-star hotels tend to have some features in common. In most cases, luxury hotel comforters have higher thread counts than those found in other facilities. So they’re usually softer to the touch. Additionally, high-end hotels are more likely to purchase brand-name bedding rather than pieces that have been mass produced. The result is lofty, plush-feeling bedding that helps you relax and drift off. 


Hotel comforters are also known for being cooling. After all, you don’t want luxury and business travelers to wake up soaked in sweat because their bedding was too heavy. It’s not uncommon for five-star hotels to feature comforters with high thread count percale or sateen cotton shells. 


Why Hotels Use White Bedding


Along with choosing comforters with high thread counts, high-end hotels tend to opt for white bedding over other options. One of the benefits of white bedding is that it’s exceptionally versatile. If you opt for white sheets, pillowcases, and comforters, you can utilize just about any color you want for accents and decor in the rest of the room. In this way, white bedding acts as a blank canvas for the hotel’s stylistic choices. Plus, if your bedding is white, it’s easy to make any upgrades or changes when the mood strikes. 


Additionally, white bedding is popular among hotel guests because of its association with cleanliness. After all, white sheets and comforters can’t hide stains. When guests walk into a room with pristine white bedding, they immediately know that it’s clean and fresh. Moreover, it’s possible to bleach white bedding, so hotels have options when it comes to getting stains out.


White bedding is also aesthetically pleasing. When you sprawl out on white bedding, you might feel like you’re resting on a cloud. In this sense, white linens have a soothing, relaxing quality that’s particularly important for guests traveling for work. 


What About the Sheets?


White sheets with a high thread count are the most common choice for five-star hotels. Additionally, many luxury facilities choose sheets and bedding made from a cooling fabric like 100 percent cotton percale. Featuring a classic one over, one under weave, percale is thick, crisp, and fresh to the touch. Moreover, percale is exceptionally breathable and moisture wicking. Because heat and moisture pass through rather than sticking to your skin, you don’t have to worry about waking up in a pool of sweat. So cotton percale sheets are ideal for hot sleepers and those residing in warm climates. 


How to Choose High-Quality Bedding and Comforters


Clearly, five-star hotels offer a sleep experience that’s a cut above. Still, you don’t have to travel this year to get a better night’s rest. If you want to replicate the hotel experience at home, the key is choosing the right bedding. Here are some factors to consider when choosing high-quality comforters for the home: 


Filling

Measured in cubic inches, fill power refers to the amount of space that one ounce of down will fill and has a significant effect on the warmth and comfort of your bedding. Fill power typically ranges from about 300 to 900, and higher fill powers are associated with warmer bedding. If you want a comforter that works well for winter, consider a fill of 600 or above. However, be aware that comforters with high fills may be too warm for hot sleepers and those residing in temperate climates. Overall, a high fill comforter is great for replicating the hotel experience at home. 


Stitching

The best hotels also feature comforters with premium stitching. In particular, high-end facilities may opt for bedding with baffle box construction. This stitching technique features a grid pattern that prevents the filling from shifting over time or when you move. As a result, sleepers don’t have to worry about encountering cold pockets in the night. 


Thread Count

As discussed above, luxury hotels tend to prefer bedding with a high thread count, and for good reason. If the thread count of sheets or pillowcases is too low, you may find that the texture is rough or scratchy to the touch. For soft, smooth, long-lasting bedding, we recommend shooting for a thread count between around 250 and 800. That’s the maximum number of Egyptian cotton threads that can fit in a square inch of fabric. Be sure to consider weave as well. If you love silky-soft bedding, sateen will likely delight your senses. On the other hand, if you prefer crisp bedding, percale may be the better choice. 


Size

If you want to replicate the hotel experience at home, choosing the right size bedding is an important step. You probably know that comforters come in a variety of sizes, including twin, full, queen, king, and California king. However, you might not realize that hotels often feature oversized bedding. Doing this allows the comforter to drape over the sides of the bed and provides extra coziness. Larger comforters are especially desirable for those who sleep alongside a partner. For best results, choose a slightly oversized comforter rather than one that hangs on the floor. After all, you don’t want your bedding to get dusty or dirty. As a bonus, a little extra drape helps trap heat and keep you warm through the night. 


Design Style

Of course, bedding provides a purpose beyond the functional. If you want to create a bedroom space worthy of a high-end hotel, we recommend ensuring that the design style sparks joy. There are different ways to go when it comes to choosing a comforter look. Those who love the clean, fresh look of hotel beds may want to go with white bedding. On the other hand, if you want a soothing bedroom design that’s a little more bold, monochromatic may be the right way. To achieve this look, choose a main color and accent it with lighter and darker shades of the same hue. 


Prefer patterns in the bedroom? There are plenty of options from florals to stripes, spots, and paisley prints. A patterned comforter can also help you decide on accent pieces, as you can choose colors straight from the design. 


Hotel-Worthy Comforters at Latest Bedding


The good news is that Latest Bedding offers plenty of options for those looking to showcase hotel worthy comforters in their own homes. Here are some of the designer bedding options currently attracting attention in our online store:


Bebejan Bloom Purple 100% Cotton 230 Thread Count 5-Piece Reversible Comforter Set

If you appreciate the beauty and romance of floral bedding, the Bebejan Bloom Purple Reversible Comforter Set is a natural pick. Featuring stunning shades of plum and amethyst, this five-piece collection boasts a floral print on one side and a more neutral version of the pattern on the reverse. Plus, the 100 percent cotton sateen bedding features a thread count of 230 for extra coziness. Along with a comforter, this set comes complete with two pillow shams that are also reversible and a pair of decorative pillows. There’s also a bonus bag for easy storage. 


Bebejan Echo White 100% Cotton 230 Thread Count 5-Piece Reversible Comforter Set

Another ultra-modern choice from Bebejan, the Echo White 230 Thread Count Set boasts global flair thanks to the contemporary stripe design. The set features contemporary neutrals like charcoal, ivory, and gold, with stripes on the front and grey mini medallions on the reverse. The embroidered and printed pillows and matching shams finish off this design look. Made from 100 percent cotton sateen, the comforter shell is perfect for year round use. It works as well in a master bedroom as it does a teen’s room or guest room. 


Valetta Ivory 6-Piece Comforter Set

Looking for a bedding set with even more pieces to love? If so, the Waterford Fine Linens Valetta Collection is the way to go. Boasting a sophisticated jacquard damask design, the set gets added style from the chenille and pucker texture. The coloring includes ivory and gold for a look that’s at once on trend and elegant. Along with a comforter trimmed with twisted cord and two reversible pillow shams, the collection includes fully reversible Euro shams with quilted gold colored fronts featuring one-inch flange. And because the jacquard is naturally wrinkle resistant, you don’t have to worry about ironing. Additionally, the set comes with a bed skirt to finish off the look and hide anything under the bed from public view. 


Regency 300 White Down Alternative Comforter By J Queen

If you truly want to experience hotel living at home, it’s hard to beat the simple, sophisticated beauty of our Regency 300 White Down Alternative Comforter. Created by acclaimed designer J Queen, this creamy white comforter is made from exceptionally silky 300 thread count 100 percent cotton sateen. Manufactured with Nuair, the comforter features allergen barrier fabric to help protect sleepers from dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and more. Plus, Comfordry Technology helps keep the body dry by wicking away moisture in the night while the Duoloft Hypoallergenic fill ensures a silky night’s rest. Baffle box construction assists in preventing fiber shift while ensuring your purchase will stand the test of time. This luxurious piece is available in sizes twin, full/queen, and king.


Shop Hotel Collection Comforter at Latest Bedding


At Latest Bedding, you don’t have to choose between quality and style. Unlike other bedding suppliers, we offer a wide selection of luxury comforter sets in all the latest colors and patterns. Additionally, we stock items by brand-name retailers including Bebejan, J Queen New York, Waterford, and Donna Sharp. Whether you’re looking for comforters or sheets, decorative pillows or bed skirts, rest assured knowing you’ll find what you need in our online shop. Plus, we offer free standard shipping to help you save. Shop online today and start living the hotel life at home. 

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  • Alex Nicastro