Heavenly Bed for Less

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Create a Five-Star Bed for Less - Luxury Bedding for Less

Westin's
Westin's "Heavenly Bed". Westin Store

Upscale hotels promise guests the perfect night's sleep by creating five-star luxurious beds which look and feel wonderful. Recreating that level of luxury for your home can be accomplished by knowing the different elements which go into creating five-star bedding and finding feel-good fabrics that are soft and plush but at affordable prices.

Layers, Layers and More Layers

One common element that many of the five-star hotels use when creating luxury bedding is layering from top to bottom with super-soft yet crisp looking cotton linens, fluffy soft covers and plenty of plush pillows.

The elements of luxury hotel bedding generally include: (In order)

  • Bed skirt
  • Feather or foam mattress topper
  • Mattress pad
  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • One down blanket
  • Flat sheet
  • Duvet with an ultra-plush poly insert
  • Two feather and down pillows with protectors and pillowcases
  • Two hypo-allergenic pillows with protectors and pillowcases
  • One boudoir pillow with protector and cover

The Westin Hotel is known for its "Heavenly Bed" concept (pictured) designed to give guests the ultimate in sleeping luxury. You can achieve that same level of lavish comfort, but at budget prices.

The queen-size "Heavenly Bed" package costs around $2865 plus $300 in shipping. This includes a mattress and box spring at a cost of $1,275 and two feather and down pillows, two hypo-allergenic pillows and one boudoir pillow and cover, duvet cover with an overstuffed polyester insert, down blanket, bed skirt, top sheet, middle sheet, bottom sheet and pillow cases.

Our package recreates the Heavenly Bed package and includes all of the items listed above (except for the mattress) plus pillow protective covers and a mattress cover. We substituted a good mattress topper instead of going to the expense of buying a new mattress.

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Creating a Luxury Mattress

Flipping the mattress is the first place to start when building a luxury bed. Not only will it feel new again, but it adds years to the life of a mattress. To add freshness, sprinkle baking soda over the top and let it sit for an hour then vacuum it off.

Westin Hotels offers its guest a 13-inch pillow-top queen size mattress and box spring unit for $1275. To recreate their concept we suggest selecting a memory foam mattress topper or a feather mattress topper.

Feather or Foam?

Deciding on a feather or a memory foam mattress topper is a matter of personal preference.

Memory foam mattress toppers (four inches or higher) help relieve pressure points and will improve the feel of a not-so-comfortable older mattress.

Feather toppers are fluffy and soft and will enhance a mattress which is in good condition.

Mattress toppers are a cost-effective way of adding a more luxurious feel to your bed and can add years of life to an older mattress. When deciding on how thick of a topper to get, remember that the thicker you go, the more bed linens will cost to cover it.

Suggested Products

Overstock.com has a good selection of memory foam mattress toppers in all sizes. We found 4-inch Serta toppers for under $200.

Also available at Overstock are the feather toppers, under $100.

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Choosing a Bed Skirt

Bed skirts are a decorative solution to hiding box springs so it is important to know the dimensions of the mattress and how much space is between the box springs and the floor. It is also a benefit to find a bed skirt designed with split corners which accommodate footboards.

When shopping for a good bed skirt avoid one with a flimsy center fabric which could easily rip when being handled. Also, when making the bed, the bed skirt should be adjusted so it will hang evenly around the bed frame.

Suggested Products:

The bed skirts used at the Westin cost $140 - $190 for a queen size with an 18-inch drop.

Our choice is a poplin ruffled 18-inch bed skirt for under $21.

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Choosing a Mattress Pad

Simmons Beautyrest Cotton Mattress Pad
Simmons Beautyrest Cotton Mattress Pad. Price Grabber

Covering the feather topper with a good thick mattress pad will not only protect it but will also protect you from being stabbed by the tips of feathers that sometimes poke through the sheets. Also, feather toppers have a tendency to slip to one side and a good mattress pad will help keep it in place.

There are several mattress pads on the market which will do a good job of protecting your bedding. To keep everything neat and appealing, smooth out the wrinkles of the mattress pad and tuck the corners snugly under the mattress. For additional hold, you may want to consider adding elasticized grips which slip under the corner of the mattress and attach to each end of the mattress pad.

Suggested product:

  • Croscill 400-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Mattress Pad on sale for $59 (list price: $85) Features: 400-thread count and the expand-a-grip skirt.

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Choosing Luxury Sheets and a Spectacular Duvet

Duvet Set
Duvet Set. Amazon.com

A major element in designing a luxury bed is to layer, then layer some more. Also, finding good 100 percent cotton sheets with a high thread count will help achieve the desired ever-so-soft cloud-like feel to your bed.

We recommend Egyptian Cotton which has gained a reputation for providing luxurious softness because of its long fiber length.

Three sheets (one fitted and two flat) are needed to duplicate the Westin Hotel Heavenly Bed. The Westin Hotel sells its queen-size, 300-thread-count, deep-pocket fitted sheet for $130 and a flat sheet for $120 at a total of $370 for all three.

They offer a 100 percent Egyptian Cotton 220 thread count queen-size Duvet for $300.00. The total for the sheets and the Duvet equals $670.

Less Expensive Solutions

We found a 100 percent Egyptian Cotton sheet set with 600-thread-count, all-around elastic on the fitted sheet on sale for $69.99, regularly $299.99. The set includes a flat and fitted sheet plus two standard pillow cases.

We also found a matching three-piece Duvet set which includes one flat and one fitted sheet, one King Duvet and two standard shams, each made of Egyptian cotton woven to 1000 threads per-square-inch. The set was on sale for $79, regularly $218.99.

We suggest getting the sheet set in ivory and the Duvet set in white for a subtle contrasting layer to the bed ensemble. Our price for the sheets and the Duvet equals $148.99, a savings of $521.

The pillow cases are too small for the recommended king size pillows, but they can be doubled up to use for one of the four protective covers needed for the pillows. We opted to use the regular sized pillow shams instead of king-size.

Suggested Products:

  • Queen Solid Ivory Egyptian Cotton 3-Piece Duvet Set 600tc

     

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Choosing a Down Blanket

Woolrich Cream - Ivory Down Blanket
Woolrich Cream - Ivory Down Blanket. Amazon.com

Part of achieving the look and feel of luxury bedding includes multiple layers. Because of this, you may prefer choosing a lightweight down blanket for year round comfort.

The Westin Hotel queen size down blanket has a 100% cotton baffle-boxed stitched cover and is filled with European goose down and it sells for $200.

We found a boxed-weave 100 percent cotton cover with 75 percent white goose down for $49.99 which should offer layered luxury, but at a lot lower price.

The Westin Hotel blanket comes in white. You can choose to go all white or use soft colors such as blues, grays, and beiges. Because we have already elected to mix ivory and white, we selected a deeper beige blanket for additional mixtures of subtle color.

Suggested Product:

  • Woolrich Cream - Ivory Down Blanket

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Pillows and More Pillows - Goose and Feather Down Pillows

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The Westin Hotel "Heavenly Bed" feather and down king-size pillows cost $85 each. The pillows have 50 percent goose feathers and 50 percent down.

For under $20 for a pair, we found a mix of 95 percent goose feathers and 5 percent goose down which we feel is a good alternative.

Suggested Product: King Size White Goose Feather and Goose Down Pillows - Set of Two

Hypo-Allergenic Pillows

The Westin Hotel kingsize hypo-allergenic pillow is $50 for one pillow. We located regular size hypo-allergenic pillows which are constructed with an allergen barrier as the outer fabric.

The pillows are currently on sale for $15.99 (regular price - $35.99) and if you buy two the price is $15.19 each.

We suggest the regular size to fit the regular size shams that come with the duvet set listed above. The difference in size will not compromise the look of luxury you want to achieve.

Suggested Product:

Pristine Allergen Free Pillow Polyester Fiberfill Regular
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To help keep your pillows fresh and for added softness, cover the pillows with a pillow cover then put them inside the pillow case. If the pillow cover has a zipper, place the zipper side into the pillowcase first so that it stays enclosed and does not scratch you as your move around in your sleep.

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Pillow Covers and Pillow Cases

Pillow Case Set
Pillow Case Set. Price Grabber

There is nothing more soothing than resting on soft pillows and selecting the right pillow covers and pillow cases not only achieve super comfort, but it will add to the look of a five-star bed.

Starting with a pillow cover will not only protect your pillows but will add an additional soft layer of cotton.

We could not find where the Westin sells the pillow covers so we cannot compare the cost.

We found 100 percent cotton, 200 thread count percale pillow covers with a zippered closure for $5.99 each. We will need two for the king size pillows and two standard size covers ($4.99 each) to go under the pillow shams.

 

Pillow Cases

The Westin Heavenly Bed pillow cases are available in solids and piped 100 percent Egyptian cotton with 230- and 300-thread count cotton. The average price for a pair of king size pillowcases is $75.

We found a pair of 100 percent solid sateen Egyptian Cotton king size solid white pillowcases with a 600 thread count for $20.99.

We opted to go with solid rather than the piping since we have a combination of white, beige and taupe colors on the bed.

Suggested Products:

  • 100% Cotton Pillow Cover Standard Size
  • 100% Cotton Pillow Cover King Size
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  • Pillow Case Set 600TC 100% Solid Sateen Egyptian Cotton King Size White

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Final Touches - Decorative Pillows - Boudoir Pillows and Bolsters

Bolster
Bolster. Price Grabber

Decorative pillows will add the final luxurious touches to a true five-star bed. You can use one or many, depending on budget and personal preferences.

Boudoir and bolster pillows come in various shapes and sizes. Mixing the shapes offers the most dramatic look and enhances the layered look we want to achieve.

The Westin Heavenly Bed boudoir pillow and cover cost $90. We like the long look of their pillow and decided to choose a bolster rather than the more expensive specialty-sized boudoir pillow.

We found a 6 by 16-inch bolster pillow for $12.99 and the bolster sham for $24.99 for a total of $37.98.

We particularly liked the hemstitching and sateen ribbons which will enhance the elegance of the five-star bed.

Suggested Products:

  • Pinzon Feather & Down 6-By-16-Inch Bolster Pillow Insert
  • Pinzon White Mini Pleated Bolster Sham

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The Final Costs - How Much Did We Save for Our Five-Star Bed?

Folded Sheets
Jamie Gril / Getty Images

Westin Heavenly Bed

  • Queen Size Mattress - $1275
  • Bed Skirt - $140
  • Fitted Sheet - $130
  • Middle Sheet - $120
  • Top Sheet - $120
  • Duvet - $300
  • Down Blanket - $200
  • Feather & Down King Size Pillows (two) - $170
  • Hypo-Allergenic Pillows (two) - $100
  • Boudoir pillow and case - $90
  • Westin Heavenly Bed Pillowcases - $110 each - $220

    Total - $2865

If you are interested in shopping for any of the pieces of the Westin "Heavenly Bed" visit, Nordstrom.com.


Our Five-Star Bed
For your convenience, we have included the link for where to shop for each item. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • (Fitted and Flat Sheet, Two Standard Pillowcases)
  • - (Duvet, One Flat and One Fitted Sheet, Two Pillow Shams)
  • Hypo-Allergenic Pillows (two) - $30.38
  • Pillow Covers King - two - $6.99 each - $13.98
  • Pillow Shams (included in sheet set)

    Total - $591.26
    The total includes the Memory Foam Topper and not the Featherbed

Total Savings - $2273.74

By shopping carefully, using price-comparison websites and browsing local bed linen sales, you can enjoy creating a five-star bed for your home, but without five-star prices - the rewards will be amazing.