Celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard knows a thing or two about comfortable beds. Having designed homes for multiple members of the Kardashian family—including Kourtney, Khloé, and Kendall—and many more celebrities, he has undoubtedly mastered the art of creating an ultra-luxurious bed for his A-list clients. So while we may be standing in an aisle debating between percale and sateen finishes or racking our brains trying to find the best mattress to suit our needs, this British designer knows exactly what works best every time.
When we got wind that the designer had recently launched a luxury line of mattresses for Custom Comfort Mattress and a bedding line for French brand Madura, we knew we had to pick his brain on precisely what it takes to create the ultimate luxury bed. From how many decorative pillows are too many to whether or not you should use a top sheet, these are all the well-kept secrets used to make luxe celebrity-approved beds. Take notes and you'll be on your way to your very own Kardashian-worthy bed.
Bullard believes every great bed starts with a great mattress—and an organic one. The designer stresses the importance of going all natural, which is reflected in his luxury organic mattress collection with Custom Comfort. "A mattress is such an important piece of furniture for our homes, and the piece we spend the most time using," he says.
"We spend one-third of our lives in a bed, so for me, it's vital that it is super comfortable and always must be organic. Organic beds are one of the most important pieces to purchase for our homes, as they legally don't need to be sprayed with the highly carcinogenic fire retardant; that retardant has been said to cause certain cancers from the gas fumes. Always buy a mattress that is as natural and organic as you can get."
When it comes to sheets, the designer reaches for a sateen finish and makes sure to change his sheets regularly. "I love pure Egyptian or Irish cotton sheets," says Bullard. "Sateen finish is my personal preference as I love the silky feel, yet unlike silk, the cotton sheets have a crispness that makes them delicious and pure luxury. I have my sheets changed every other day—I love that feeling of freshly laundered sheets. It's my own personal indulgence."
Monogram Your Linens
"I always insist on the best sheeting the clients will allow us to buy," says Bullard. "Custom-made bedding is amazing, especially when monogrammed. I love Leontine Linens for this quality and personalization. I always recommend pure down bedding with a pillow top added to the mattress to create cloud-like comfort."
Pile On a Pillow Top
When asked what his top tips were to make a bed feel extra luxurious, Bullard's first answer was simple: "Add a pillow top to your mattress to add unadulterated softness and luxury, even to the firmest of mattresses," he says. With a good pillow top, you can get support and plushness all at once.
Get Down With Down
"I love pure down for my bedding," shares the designer. "My pillows are always double stuffed so they are soft, but retain a firmness due to the amount of fill. I personally have two duvets: a light duvet for the summer and a heavy duvet for the winter. I usually like to keep the winter weight for about seven months and change it out in May."
Top It at Three
As far as decorative pillows go, the designer believes that there truly can be too much of a good thing: "I usually like one long rectangular decorative pillow on the bed; 38' x 17' is my standard size. Otherwise, I add three pillows: two 22' x 22's and a one 18' x 18'," Bullard says. "I think more than three is overkill."
Add a Blanket
"A folded blanket across the foot of the bed adds color, texture, and a moment of sheer luxury," says Bullard. "I recommend a pashmina blanket in the summer made of fine cashmere and silk thread, and a velvet blanket lined and bordered with cashmere in the winter, for that ultimate snuggle factor."
To get that hotel bed feel, Bullard recommends the following: "Spray crisp, laundered sheets with a water bottle when the bed is made up to remove any creases, creating a bed that's immaculate and inviting." No need to iron sheets—just a little water will do.
Embrace the Top Sheet
Not everyone likes a top sheet, but for Bullard, it's an essential: "I love a top sheet under my duvet. I always fold it up and over the top of the duvet when making the bed. I love having that added layer when sleeping in the bed. If you get too hot from the duvet, you can throw it off and still retain the sheet for lighter coverage. I find it hard to sleep without one now. It's an American thing that is rarely seen in Europe, but I always request one now when staying in European hotels; it makes me feel at home!"