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I am getting ready to purchase some new linens, towels and pillows for my Adirondack cabins. I have not had good luck with pillows in the past and was wondering what kind to get. Do I get down, alternative down, foam, firm, soft, etc . They seem to get misshappen and lumpy after a few months. Any suggestions?
I've recently read that latex are the best because they're anti allergenic. I think they're too hard so I get the type of pillows that feel like down but are synthetic. Then I put antimicrobial pillow covers on them. We have a lot of pillows in the bedroom for people to use for reading and for the shams. We also have a sleeper sofa. All totaled there are 12 and all of them are synthetic with the antimicrobial pillow covers. When we're visiting the island I also iron all the pillows with a very hot iron to kill dust mites and I buy new pillow covers every 3 years.
This year I also bought a mattress cover that totally encases the mattress and the box spring because of the bed bug issue. So far there aren't any reported bed bugs in our complex but I'm not going to take any chances! You can buy special bed bug protective covers on line.
Our vacation rentals are in the tropics (Cairns, North Queensland, Australia) and so with the heat and humidity need to be constantly changed. I buy synthetic washable pillows with cotton protective covers which can also be removed much more frequently for washing. As I live close by, it is easy for me to put them all out in the sun for an hour or two...a great way to make them fresh. I always have spare pillows of varying degrees of firmness in the cupboard, so that people can make a choice if they don't like what is on the bed. Some guests solve the problem and bring their own!
Sorry, this isn't an answer to what kind of pillow per se, (although, like the previous poster I do offer a variety of types.) BUT! Once you have decided on a pillow, I have found, what I think, is the best pillow protector in the world! Ikea has the most wonderful pillow protectors anyone could ever want! They are quilted, have a zipper at one end for easy removal, they come out of the washer and dryer (I do dry on low heat) just like new, and are so well made you can just feel the quality! And (drum roll please)... most importantly... they are soft and cozy right out of the package! I wasn't sure what to do about all of our pillows, concerning the hygiene issue, because I had great, soft-feeling pillows, and the typical pillow covers feel like plastic. Now that I have found these, my pillows are even nicer than before! On top of all of this, they are reasonable! This is sort of a post-decision-but-still-part-of-the-topic answer. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80144245
BTW, (I sound like I own stock in Ikea, which I don't, but...) this same line has the same material for mattress pads, which I have put on top of my really nice mattress toppers, so now I only have to wash and dry one flat pad when changing linens between guests, when before I couldn't even wash my foam and down filled toppers. Anyone with that problem can check them out in the same department. They have elastic bands at the corners to hold them in place.
As a renter.
Nothing worse than terrible pillows or coverings.
If you have a king bed, buy king pillows.
Instead of 4 regular pillows, Then you can add extras for sitting up in bed. Nothing worse than fighting with all those pillows
If I find that I am going to lay my head down own a pillow that the pillow cover is less desirable then I will add a second pillow case to the pillow. I believe pillow covers are a must, they can be washed and your pillows are less likely to stain from body sweat. dirty hair & drulling
Same with the mattres cover add a flat mattress pad on top of your nice mattress cover for easy washing, and this will save your nice mattress pad & mattress from damage
As long as you're in the mountains, buy down! All good hotels use them now. For those who are allergic, stock synthetic down in the closets, offering them a choice. You can use it as an added value, and advertise it. I charge a lot, so I provide down bedding, and alternative down in the closets. The best prices are COSTCO: $40/pair queen down pillows, $50/pair of Kings, Pacific brand. They also stock great down-alternatives by Calvin Klein for $17 a pair! People love them, and I advertise down pillows (and alternative). I hate paying for lodging, and finding sythetic, cheap, or hard pillows, so I have to bring my own. Be like a high-end hotel and offer the best (but get them cheap), and advertise it!
I've really enjoyed reading about pillow covers. At our home in the mountains of PA, we find ourelves buying new pillows frequently. We have pillow covers and will consider the Ikea recommendation. I am also now using pillows just for our family and placing them in our private storage since I can't sleep on rental pillows.
Great thread about pillows! If you havent already checked it out there is another detailed discussion about linens with lots of opinions here. Enjoy.