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OK....into the Guest Room and off the booking engine/website headache.

We're needing to update our room appearance (20-rooms, all use same look).  We've been admonished here that Hotel Impossible frowns on floral (even though our comforters are tasteful in color, not ugly prints).

So...if you are redesigning the look and want to head in the duvet direction, any vendor suggestions for 20-room$ ?

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Wow, what a truly interesting post! I know this is an old thread, but I appreciated reading everyone's suggestions about bed linens. I don't know if it's poor form to chime in 4 years late (lol), so forgive me if reviving this thread is annoying.

I have his & hers blankets & comforters on my personal bed. I don't know how other couples manage without this arrangement!

All of my guests' beds have a top sheet, inexpensive woven cotton blanket ($40 @Targé, still look great after 6 years!), and duvet with duvet cover OR a thin quilted bedspread, depending on the season. Each room also has a spare blanket. I like having the choice between a blanket & a duvet, and I think my guests do, too. 2 blankets fit into one load of laundry, so it's not too much extra work. We're in a hot & humid climate and duvets would be impractical when the temp is over 100F. If you feel duvet covers are a hassle, look for ones that have ties inside the corners to secure them to the duvet, or sew some ties into the corners if you're handy with a needle & thread.

Side note: no roses or lace to be found at our B&B. Most of my sheets have a paisley or geometric pattern, while the blankets, duvets, & spreads are solid colors (tho the quilting provides a subtle pattern). The way I look at it, I want my linens to look crisp & clean, and I want all of my guests to feel cozy. The guys I know do not like roses and lace, and my guests have commented that they like that the rooms don't "look like grandma's house".

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I have his & hers blankets & comforters on my personal bed. I don't know how other couples manage without this

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I don’t think I could keep two sets of covers from falling off the bed, to me most important is being close to the one that makes life worthwhile 

Laugh for the day: still sleeping under the old blanket that was a wedding gift when we were teenagers, too many years to do different now 

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My grandmother had a chenille bedspread. The other grandparents never ever sat on their sofa... it was covered in vinyl.

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This Granny does not go in for roses and lace - lace is too delicate for a ham-handed Granny. I have doilies to protect my wood mantles. The no muss/no fuss is how this Granny operates. I get locally-made UN-scented soaps so my guys do not have to smell like a garden.

Every now and then, a guest will refer to us as Grandma's house but they always seem to make it the place you WANT to go to. Grandma's house was where they goodies were - home meant what was "good for you". Grandma's house is not something to be put down. Not taking it personally, but every time it is mentioned re a B & B, it is a put-down. (PS: Many B & Bs are operated by Grandmas.)

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I think granny’s is more of a feeling than a particular style, that warm feeling that granny was glad you stopped to visit. 

We’re just a motel so no fancy lace in the rooms, but do try to send guests away with the feeling that they had visited family that cared. 

For us our usual bath soap is Fells Naphtha, but guys don’t necessarily object to soap that smells good, think it was a guy on a motorcycle that commented that he was impressed with nice soap in the guest rooms. 

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My Granny used Fels Naptha soap!

 

I truly believe too many people are to opinionated about decor to notice the feeling generated by the place. Decor is in the eyes of the beholder. I look for utility - and despise having to find a place for 6 pillows before I can get into bed. I do not want to throw them on the floor - but I might really want to sit in that comfortable (to even see if it IS comfortable) chair to read, but do not want to unload the pillows to the bed and then put them back on the chair. THAT is MY pet peeve - both hotels and B  & B.

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My favorite soap was what Maxine’s mom used to make from old cooking grease and Red Devil Lye in a kettle in the back yard. When mom quit making soap we used Octogon soap till it disappeared from the shelves a few years back. 

Were you picking at me with part two (smile)? I agree with the issue of what to do with extra pillows, but then some guests seem to expect a pile of them. 

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Were you picking at me with part two (smile)? I agree with the issue of what to do with extra pillows, but then some guests seem to expect a pile of them.

Nope just my general peeve. I can understand the 4 pillows of different soft/hard or down/fiber (I have my extra pillows in dresser drawers or on the shelf in the closet) but 6 pillows plus shams that are NOT  going to be slept on (we hope) is over the top.

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I've gotten rid of my shams on 2 of the 4 beds & have been really happy with the result. Two fluffy pillows, 2 firm pillows, arranged in an upright, overlapping stack (think roof shingles). Prior to that, I used to take the shams & put them on the top shelf of the closet when I cleaned the room after the guests' first night. I've done this since day 1 -- got the idea from a B&B we stayed at years ago. Shams & throw pillows look nice when guests check in, but they almost always end up on the floor. And like you said, it's a pain in the neck as a guest to find homes for all of the decorative pillows when you actually want to use the bed!

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Octagon soap! Haven't thought about that in ages. We used that, too.

I switched to Ivory when I left home. Now I buy my soap at the farmers market from a gal in town.

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This non-grandma meant no offense to all of the grandmas out there, especially my fellow innmates. The smell of our homemade baked goods in the oven should bring to mind comforting memories, and our hospitality should make our guests feel at home. However, outdated décor and shabby linens are often what folks are referring to when they say a B&B reminds them of grandma's house. I loved my grandma dearly. She was one heck of a cook, but her home was a hodgepodge of décor from the 1950s to 1970s, complete with floral wallpaper and linoleum floors. Smiling 

(P.S. Please note that my comment was that guests appreciate that my rooms don't look like grandma's house. I didn't mean to infer that either me or my guests don't like grandmas!)

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Also there is a big difference between glowing with love and pride and - shabby and tatty

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I know im a little late for this thread-but the B&B we are working has Duvets-I HATE THEM. Its a pain to wash, its a pain to store, its a pain to make the bed not to mention they are a pain to replace when one is stained-and it does not take me 70 seconds (for me) to put them in-more like 15 minutes of putting them in the duvet then making sure its placed on the bed properly then making sure that its no wrinkled (unless you have a laundry service) we use homemade wrinkle release and they are all white....which is good for laundry (if you do your own) as you can bleach them but if you bleach them too much they end up with little holes as bleach wears it out. We did not have duvets we had nice comforters or spreads-I would not ever ever eve get duvets...

But that's just my opinion...PITAs that's what they are to me.

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I might add that I, by myself, can put a king size duvet into a cover in 70 seconds, so don't let anybody tell you they're a huge pain. They're only a minor pain. Takes longer than a bedspread, but worth it IMHO.

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I actually find them to be a major pain and am glad this is the week I remove them for the summer. Here's why...not every cover fits every duvet of the same supposed size. There is a constant struggle to find covers that fit the duvets or vice versa. My king duvet is about 6" shorter than the cover. Which means there is always room for the duvet to creep around. It needs to be shaken out every time the bed is made. Getting it 'squared up' is a royal pain.

Why do I do it? Lower heating bills.

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Ummmm, with a duvet cover you won't need a top sheet.  The cover is the sheet.  It's cotton the same as a sheet, except it's more wonderful.   A sheet just screws up the sleepers crying

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Ummmm, with a duvet cover you won't need a top sheet.  The cover is the sheet.  It's cotton the same as a sheet, except it's more wonderful.   A sheet just screws up the sleepers crying

Oh no, I have a duvet and top sheet, I had only a top sheet last night with our window open. I could never sleep under the duvet. And yet, this same week we had a frost (Tues morning I think it was) and then next day it was 90 degrees at 7pm!

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what we do is put on a top sheet in the summer - that way they can just have the sheet if they want - before I twigged to this keet finding duvetcovers taken off where they had just slept under the duvet cover

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...finding duvetcovers taken off where they had just slept under the duvet cover

I did that on my vacation in China years ago, and the others in my tour group were so happy when I told them how they could take the stuffing out of the thing and just sleep under the duvet cover. We were there a few weeks before the hotels would turn the air conditioning on for the season, and it was really warm. I spent one hot night on the floor by my open minibar refrigerator! You gotta do what you gotta do.

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I'll sleep with the duvet all year. In the winter I sometimes add a blanket. Otherwise, the duvet is good. It's very lightweight, but I know what you mean about sometimes just wanting the sheet.

Speaking of which...in the guest rooms it is time to remove the duvets! Yippee! They end up on the floor in the summer. Trampled and dirty.

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We take out the duvet and sleep under a top sheet and the duvet cover. Otherwise, I would need a lightweight blanket, like an ibex blanket. I can't sleep without a cover/blanket. Just a top sheet isn't enough.

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

Ummmm, with a duvet cover you won't need a top sheet.

I use both a top sheet and a covered duvet. Two reasons:

  1. Some people (like me) won't trust that the duvet cover is washed after every guest, so they'll appreciate a sheet between them and the duvet.
  2. Living in the south, a land of both heat and humidity, if I get hot in the night, I like options: keep top sheet and duvet over me, toss off the duvet and keep just the sheet, or toss off everything until I cool down. I wouldn't like only the options of all (duvet) or nothing.
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Ah yes, that makes total sense. I keep forgetting that we are not trusted to wash our comforters and duvets.   The heat where you all are - I keep forgetting that. enlightened

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To reply to the heat I always keep a top sheet on the shelf. As some times women get very hot a night and like just the sheet. So a queen size sheet is there ( on the shelf for ) who ever wants it in the middle of the night. They usually put the duvet on the bench when it was not being used. Only once did some one just roll it up in a ball and threw it on the floor.In the summer here we hit in the high 90s to 110 . Our rooms have both a ceiling fan or AC.

Yes we have high heat here to as we are at the top end of the Sonora desert. Like I said before we have different weights of duvets. The lightest ones are just light weight batting or kordell filling. But the best are silk in the summer and down in the fall  to  winter.

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Seems like the 2 duvets would be a problem, though, for someone sleeping alone and wanting the run of the whole bed. But for couples, a great idea!

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When we have one person sleeping in the bed we remove one duvet. So all they have is theirs.  remember it is a queen size bed he or she is sleeping in. So not a problem. to have only one duvet on bed.

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 Hello

I am going to chime in too. I have used duvets for many a year now. I just LOVE them! .I have a queen size beds with 2 twin duvet on them. One for each person. I have three different weights of duvets. Depending on the seasons. My guest for the most part love them too. One the the biggest reasons is the women love the idea they don't have to fight holding on to their share  of blankets.  I use 2 sets of pillow case with a fitted sheet on the bottom an just duvet on top. My duvets have a zipper at the side so I can Easley slide the duvet inside the cover. I use duvet clips to keep the Corners from sliding down.  I don't need to iron my covers but I do!I have three sets of covers for each room. Two patterned , one pastel color. I bought mine at Danidown in Vancouver BC. They wash up beautifully have kept the crispness wonderfully.  After 8 years I retired them and bought new sets. We still use the old ones for our family guests. Yes you can send the covers out to a Landry service, I just wash my covers.But the duvet it self gets washed when needed. You can also buy duvet covers to protect the duvets it self. That way you never have to worry about bed bugs!!!!!!

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We sleep with 2 twin duvets/covered on our queen bed. I love it! I got so tired of waking up in the middle of the night with my arse out in the open and I was freezing. I'm married to a bed hog.

It's a great compromise. We originally experienced the two duvet system when traveling in Europe many years ago and I knew at that instant that I was going to do it at home!

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Yes I am married to a sheet hog who loves all his sheet wrapped right up to his head. Uk! to hot for me. We hubby and I have had single duvet for 30 years now and just would not go back ever to sheets and blankets. So easy to wash up and slip into duvet  with covers. You can flip it ( duvet) off when ever you wish. It won't bother the next person.

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His and her duvets.  What an interesting idea.  Do all of your guests figure out why there are two twins?

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Yes and they love it even the young. We wash the covers just the same as you wash your sheets. Hence why 3 sets of covers. Do the guest realize the covers are washed and Iron . Yes for sure.!!!!

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As far as guest know it is washed and very clean as it has no wrinkles on  the covers. Smells clean looks sparkling clean

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His and her duvets.  What an interesting idea.  Do all of your guests figure out why there are two twins?

That's how beds are made in Germany.  So nice not to have to fight over sheets and blankets, blech.   I use them in my home, but cannot use them in the cottages. I could never keep up with the laundry. Instead, I use a linen service and they don't "Do" duvet covers Sad

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I would love to use duvets at our place, but since DH is the laundryguy and bed maker, he's got the final say. He doesn't want the extra work/time it takes. So, his vote carries more weight than mine, understandably.

We just got back from a vacation and the only traditional hotel I booked us in is a Ham pton Inn. The reason I choose them is because they use white linens, which includes a white duvet. You can tell that it's clean, nobody has sat on it or left disgusting remains on it!

If you can manage using duvets, go for it!!

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gotta love  my laundry service! woo hoo!

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Oh boy....DUVET 101!!!  Let the class begin.   Everything WHITE you say?   Gosh....we have NOTHING but CREAM colored sheets here....same with all the bathroom terry.   What to do now...just put hundreds into new sheets and towels...

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Oh boy....DUVET 101!!!  Let the class begin.   Everything WHITE you say?   Gosh....we have NOTHING but CREAM colored sheets here....same with all the bathroom terry.   What to do now...just put hundreds into new sheets and towels...

Welcome ...to the greatest website on the Internet. Wish you'd found it long ago!

Also, all white lets you comfortably bleach when you must!

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OK, cream. Just not red or navy or forest green. You could even do pastels if they go with the rooms. But you need something that will get washed in with the sheets. (To make is easy on you.)

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My duvet covers don't have buttons or poppers (whatever that is...snaps?) or zippers. Just a slit at the bottom (foot end) so you can stuff the duvet in like a letter in an envelope. I can't imagine putting the slit at the head end.

I put the top sheet on with enough extra at the head to fold about a foot of sheet back over the head end of the duvet. Even though I wash the duvet cover when I wash the sheets, people don't want the thing around their face because they can't feel SURE that I wash it, so the foot of sheet adds peace of mind for the guest.

My beds (below) have foot boards so the duvet cover gets tucked in down there, like in the photo, so the slit that exposes the duvet inside the cover is never seen.

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I would say buttons rather than poppers as with repeated washings and dryerings they simply melt.

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Hotel Impossible recommends (and I agree completely) that everything on the bed should be white, so guests can easily see that it's clean (and so you can see too).

I'm using the Comfort Stripe Duvet Covers from InnStyle. They're white, but the faint stripe dresses them up a little vs. just solid white. Innkeeper pricing ranges $66 to $72, depending on bed size.

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For that quantity of duvet cover I would look at Hotel Register. OR, Overstock.com. You can get non-down duvets that you can wash. Much better than trying to wash down duvets. Avoid dark colors as they show every stinkin' stain and will fade if in the sunlight. White ones can be bleached just like the sheets. Zippered bottoms will look better and be easier on your housekeepers than buttons.

Find a video that shows how to put the cover on quickly. (Essentially, you turn it inside out, grab the duvet at the corners and flip the cover right side out and shake.)

Because these will end up replacing your blankets, you'll want to change the covers after every guest. So, you need to calculate that into the budget.

Look at spending $50/each for the covers and another $50 for the duvet itself (if you get the non-down or down alternative). Another option if you want the down duvets is Cuddledown. Shop in their sale section.

 

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It's weird and I know it, but the end of the duvet, the button or zipper) is actually supposed to go under the flat sheet fold. Hidden in plain sight. 

Silk duvets are hypoallergenic and last a long time, but I don't buy anything that I would make me cry to throw out. Guests can really give things a beating. If you do buy down, dryer balls or tennis balls are essential when drying them, to get the loft back.

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This explains SO much. We stayed at a place in NM and they kept flipping the duvet around so the buttons were poking me in the eye every night. The duvet was NOT tucked under the top fold of the sheet but just on top of the bed.

I put the zipper/buttons at the bottom of the bed, but this is on top of the sheet and blanket.

What's the reason for putting the open end at the top of the bed?

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The basic reason.... If you do it right, folded under the top sheet, there is no trace of the end at all. The bottom looks perfect and the opening is hidden.

If you have a French fold and the buttons are hidden about 20 cm up on one side, you put that down at the bottom. But when the opening is at the end, you hide it, in plain sight at the top.

People forget that you are actually supposed to fold down part of the duvet with the top sheet. This prevents people from having to pull up the covers to cover themselves. There is enough fabric for them to cover their shoulders... since they are 3 dimensional. I lay the top sheet as high as possible, the cover over it, parallel to the top of the bed, but a few cm lower. Then pull back both to make the fold. Stops people from pulling from the bottom.

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I lay the top sheet as high as possible, the cover over it, parallel to the top of the bed, but a few cm lower. Then pull back both to make the fold. Stops people from pulling from the bottom.

Yep, that's how I do it too, but my french fold is at the bottom. If I didn't have the footboard to hide it, I'd have to tuck it under the mattress or yes, put it at the top under the fold of the top sheet. The opening doesn't go all the way to the corner of the mattress, so the part that sticks out past the footboard has no opening.

Glad I don't have buttons. They would be one more thing to open and close back every time!

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I have one set of sheets from LE where the top sheet is VERY long. If I see that someone has pulled it out, I know it isn't because it came out from under the mattress. There is no way for it to come undone other than someone deliberately pulling on it. I LOVE those sheets.

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One of my friends commented that we must not want people falling out of bed, the sheets are tucked in so tightly. Then again, it sometimes looks like wild animals slept in the beds.

I had to get rid of my Laura Ashley sheet sets because the top sheet shrunk up so much it would only fit a double bed. I then just 'mismatched' the bottom sheets (which are really soft) with the top sheets from a different, non-shrinking, set. Same with the pillowcases that matched. Shrunk up so much they wouldn't cover the pillows.

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