The metamorphosis of the hotel bed


Over the past few years, the hotel bed—the centerpiece of the guestroom—has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis that is still ongoing.

Jon Bryant, sales director of hospitality at Sferra—which has provided products for Thompson Hotel Group, the Fairmont San Francisco, the Fontainebleau Miami beach and others—predicted that quilted elements will become popular soon. “We’re looking at doing quilted bed-ends and quilted mattress toppers,” he said.

Tanya Hendershot, a design and sales representative with Star Textile, said that accent pillows with unique patterns or textures are also popular, and using the bed to add “pops” of color to the rooms is en vogue.

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Hendershot has also noticed the growing popularity of decorative top throws with an integrated scarf. “This can also be done with a vertical design, adding more of a creative look,” she said.  Hendershot said that the integrated scarf is growing in popularity for several reasons: “It's easy to keep the bed looking crisp when made up,” she said, “and it's only one unit that needs to be laundered.” The integrated scarf will be a more realistic option for hoteliers going forward, she predicted—but designers shouldn’t discard bed scarves just yet. “It allows you to have a design that can be reversible, and/or have a pattern with a solid accent border,” she said.

Bryant agreed that integrated scarves are increasingly popular, but he noted that these are generally found in midrange branded hotels. “I haven't seen anything like that in the luxury end of the business,” he said, adding that duvet covers are also gradually giving way to matelassés and blanket covers that match a pattern or theme.

For pillows, Hendershot has seen hotels using different size accents and using many different splashes of colors that accent the room's decor. Decorative pillows still play a very large role in the decor of the guestroom.

Bedskirts have shifted in recent years from ruffles to straight-lined sensibility to wrap-around covers that make a platform bed look like it has a box spring. “Unless there is a solid frame below, a box spring cover or bedskirt is needed to cover the box spring unit,” Hendershot said, noting that a bedskirt can add a bit of texture to the guestroom.

The most popular trend in skirting, Hendershot said, is a box spring cover. “Many properties are getting away from the
pleats and keeping a smooth look by using wrap-around covers. This creates a sleeker look in the room. Even better, with the skirts not dropping to the floor, it is much easier for maintenance.” 

Bryant agreed. “If you have a traditional bed in your room instead of a platform bed, you will use a bedskirt,” he said, noting that Sferra sells more paneled bedskirts than it does ruffled or gathered ones. “Paneled bedskirts are cleaner, neater and crisper,” he said. “They’re not as frilly as the gathered ones. They have a touch of elegance that gathered ones don’t.”


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