I am currently in California for a long business trip. It is surprising how often I wake up here with my feet going past the end of the bed.

The double European beds are about the same size as Queen beds so my issue probably comes from the incredible amount of pillows that you usually find at the top of the bed.

I am not especially tall so how do American people, often taller than European (my feeling), deal with this? My guess is that there are several possibilities:

  • People throw somewhere all these pillows and just keep one
  • People sleep on the bed diagonally (I often do this one)
  • People build some kind of corridor in the middle of pillows so that they can squeeze in and fit in the bed
  • 1
    @Ankur I liked my title ("How to survive American bed ?") Why ? Maybe "How to survive American hotels' beds ?" – Ugo Jun 17 '13 at 6:47
  • 1
    Feet out of bed is my default position. It starts to be a problem when this is not possible by construction... – Bernhard Jun 17 '13 at 20:44
  • @Ugo I was just trying to clarify what the question meant to get it more attention. :) – Ankur Banerjee Jun 17 '13 at 21:39
  • 1
    I don't really understand this question. Having lots of pillows is not particular to American hotels at all. It's more a function of the star rating of the hotel/how good in thinks it is. I once stayed in a hotel in Madrid with 10 pillows on one bed. And clearly, no-one is forcing you to use them all... – Andrew Ferrier Jun 18 '13 at 22:59
  • @AndrewFerrier I don't really agree with you. It is true that 5 star hotels are very uniform and generally tend to satisfy to the customs of there most common customers i.e. Americans. Also many 5 star franchise are American. Maybe it influence other hotels somehow but lot's of pillow is certainly not in hotel quality standard everywhere over the world. By the way I was not really speaking about hotels as I only experiment this in furnished apartments and guest house until now. In this kind of accommodation in France you certainly won't find 6 pillows on your bed. – Ugo Jun 18 '13 at 23:20

Many pillows in hotels are decorative. You certainly don't need to keep them all there.

Generally you just put them to the side / on a chair / on the floor until you make the bed in the morning.

It may also be easier if you tend to sleep in the fetal position, rather than stretched out, but it's up to you to find the position that suits you best.

  • The standard mattress size for Queen and King is 84" or 7' or about 2m10cm (roughly). – Karlson Jun 17 '13 at 16:43
  • You make beds in hotels? Most hotels have staff that do that for you. A “long business trip” might involve an extended-stay kind of place that doesn’t, I suppose, but that wasn’t mentioned in the question. – KRyan Aug 4 '15 at 14:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.