Turn-down service has long been performed at high-end hotels as a way to give guests an extra touch of luxury. This simple method of preparing a bed for use can also provide a classy touch at home for guests or simply as a way to spoil yourself and your partner. While you may want to skip putting chocolate on a pillow, the same effect can be had with a flower, a decorative pillow or even a personalised note.
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Pull the bedspread to the bottom of the bed. Fold it neatly across the bottom. If the bed is covered in a duvet, fold it to the halfway point of the bed.
Grab the upper corner of the sheets and blankets. Fold them in a triangular fashion toward the centre of the bed. This creates a spot for the person using the bed to get into the covers. If you are turning back both sides of the bed, the folded-back triangles should meet in the middle.
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Fluff the pillows. If you have more than one pillow on each side of the bed, stack them decoratively in an attractive fashion.
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Place any desired amenity on the folded part of the sheet. This might include a robe, slippers, a cut flower or even the traditional mint. For a guest in your home, you may want to consider placing a personalised note or card.
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Turn down the lights. If you have a dimmer switch, dim the lights to a low setting. Turn off any bright lights and leave on just a soft light.
- "Guestroom Attendant Employee Reference Guide;" American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute; 2009
- "Managing Housekeeping Operations, Revised Third Edition;" Aleta Nitschke and William Frye; 2008
- You may want to consider providing guests with other items they need to prepare themselves for bed such as towels and washcloths or a robe and slippers.
- These tips assume that the bed was already made with fresh, clean sheets before being turned down.
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