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Mastering The Art of Five-Star Sleep: Tips from Natalie McNally, Executive Housekeeper

September 15, 2023

Mastering Bedroom Bliss: 5 Expert Guide to Crafting Your Dream Sleep Haven by Natalie McNally, Executive Housekeeper

A perfectly made bed is not just a comfort to sink into after a long day but also a visual delight that can transform the entire ambiance of a room. Achieving that level of perfection, however, requires more than just tugging at sheets and fluffing pillows. To unravel the secrets of masterful bed making, we turned to none other than Natalie McNally, our Executive Housekeeper at Hotel Cafe Royal. With her years of experience in the hospitality industry, Natalie has perfected the art of making beds that are not only inviting but also impeccable. She shares her top five expert tips to help you recreate that luxurious hotel-bed experience in your own home.

1. Start with Quality Linens

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The foundation of a perfectly made bed lies in the quality of your linens. Investing in high-thread-count sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases not only enhances the overall comfort but also gives your bed a luxurious look and feel. Natalie emphasises the importance of crisp, clean, and well-ironed linens for a polished finish. Opt for neutral colours or a colour scheme that complements your bedroom decor for an elegant touch.

2. Tuck and Smooth with Precision


Natalie’s next tip is all about precision. Begin by pulling the fitted sheet tight and tucking it securely under the mattress, ensuring there are no wrinkles or bunches. The flat sheet should be evenly spread, with equal lengths hanging on either side. Natalie recommends using hospital corners for that pristine look. Fold down the top sheet and duvet cover to create a neat border and always ensure that the edges are perfectly aligned.

3. Fluff and Arrange Pillows

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Pillows play a significant role in the overall aesthetics of a well-made bed. Natalie suggests using a combination of sleeping pillows, decorative pillows, and shams to achieve that plush, inviting look. Start with the sleeping pillows, propping them up against the headboard. Arrange decorative pillows and shams in front, using a mix of textures and patterns to create visual interest. Natalie’s secret tip: karate chop the centre of the decorative pillows to create an inviting crease.

4. Maintain Regular Maintenance


Keeping your bed looking perfect requires regular maintenance. Natalie advises making the bed daily by straightening the sheets, fluffing the pillows, and ensuring everything is in its place. Wash your linens regularly to maintain their freshness and consider rotating or flipping your mattress periodically to prevent uneven wear. Regular upkeep ensures that your bed remains a welcoming oasis every night.

5. Pay Attention to Details


The devil is in the details, and when it comes to bed making, this couldn’t be more true. Natalie encourages you to go the extra mile by using a bed skirt or valance to conceal the space beneath the bed. Additionally, consider investing in a mattress topper or featherbed for added comfort. Finish off with a well-chosen throw or blanket at the foot of the bed for an extra layer of warmth and style.


Achieving a masterful, perfectly made bed is an art, and Natalie McNally’s expertise from her years as the Executive Housekeeper at Hotel Cafe Royal has illuminated the path to perfection. By starting with quality linens, mastering the art of tucking and smoothing, fluffing and arranging pillows with precision, maintaining regular upkeep, and paying attention to every detail, you can create a bed that beckons you with open arms every night. With Natalie’s expert tips, you can transform your bedroom into a luxurious sanctuary where relaxation and style converge, ensuring that every night’s sleep is a five-star experience.

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