LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/13 -- Nimble-fingered, Travelodge Hotel Manager, Andrea Warner, has set a brand new world record by making a king size bed in an incredible 74 seconds - after honing her technique making 120,000 beds.
To celebrate the officially opening of its 60th hotel in London, Travelodge the capital's biggest hotel chain marked the occasion by hosting an event to set a brand new Guinness World Record - for the 'Fastest Bed Making By An Individual'.
Taking the challenge was Andrea Warner aged 41, who has worked for Travelodge since 2001 at Wellingborough Travelodge in Northamptonshire. Andrea is the Company's fastest bed maker and makes a staggering 10,000 beds a year.
To fulfil the strict guidelines set by Guinness World Record officials, Andrea undertook the challenge in the hotel's Bar Cafe area with an audience of 200 people which included Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business & Enterprise. The world record attempt was adjudicated by three official timekeepers from the Amateur Football Alliance with four independent witnesses and stewards. Andrea dressed the king size Travelodge Dreamer bed in 74 seconds by:
-- Fitting a sheet on the mattress-- Covering a king size duvet with cover and fastening six poppers and then placing the duvet over the sheet-- Covering two pillowcases and placing the pillows on the bed-- Adding a bed runner over the duvet in 74 seconds
Currently there is no record held for the fastest bed making by an individual for a king size bed. In 2011, Premier Inn claimed to break a world record by dressing a king size in 95 seconds however this attempt was not officially recognised by the officials at Guinness World Records.
The only record Guinness World Record hold within their bed making category is held by: Wendy Wall from Australia who made up a single bed in 28.2 seconds on the 30th November 1978.
Andrea Warner, Travelodge Hotel Manager said: "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would set a brand new Guinness World Record. I love my job and I take great pride to ensure all the beds in my hotel are immaculately dressed for each customer. Making a bed is second nature for me.
My personal best for making a bed is just 58 seconds but it was not an officially recorded effort. Making a bed in front of crowd of 200 people is very nerve racking but I am ecstatic to have set a brand new Guinness World Record for making a king size bed in 74 seconds."
Andrea continued to say: "I hadn't felt I needed too many practice attempts as I've been making beds for 12 years. In the end I did a couple of rehearsals but they didn't go very well - I was so nervous I actually put the sheet on the wrong way round.
"I completed those practice runs in about 90 seconds and thought 'oh dear' because I knew I could do better - I just hoped I would perform when it mattered."
She added: "The poppers on the end of the duvet are the hardest part to do at speed because they are so fiddly.
"The key to making a bed so quickly is preparing everything first and making sure all the sheets, duvet and pillow cases are ready to be grabbed.
"I am sure somebody will eventually challenge my record and if they beat it I would love to have another go to get my time even lower."
Grant Hearn, Travelodge CEO said: "Andrea is one of our top hotel managers and I am so proud of her achievement. I cannot think of any better way of celebrating the opening of our 60th hotel in the capital by Travelodge setting a brand new Guinness World Record. Andrea did a remarkable job of dressing our Dreamer bed in 74 seconds."
Andrea was born in Wellingborough and has lived in the Northamptonshire area all her life. After leaving school aged 16, Andrea became a factory worker till 2001 when she joined the Travelodge hotel in Wellingborough as a guest room cleaner. Andrea climbed the career ladder very quickly and was appointed to the position of hotel manager for Wellingborough in 2003.
In her spare time Andrea enjoys spending quality time with Pebbles her Jack Russell dog and hitting the Northamptonshire countryside roads on her Suzuki Bandit 600 motorbike.
Thanks to her reputation as a speedy bed dresser Andrea's friends often ask her to make their beds for them.
Andrea said "I don't mind making my friends' beds for them because it is torture watching them do it, they just take so long."
After setting the brand new record for making the fastest king size bed, Andrea shared her top tips for making a bed in record time.
-- Make sure you have everything ready prior to dressing bed-- Place your bed linen in the order that you will need it-- Always use a fitted sheet-- When covering your duvet have the cover inside out and start covering from the top two corners of your duvet.-- Clear the area around the bed so that you can move around easily
Further images of Andrea setting the Guinness World Record (including Andrea in action) are available by calling the Travelodge press office at 01844 35 8703.
To view a video of Andrea in action, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmBitpysvmw.
Notes to editors:
Travelodge opened its first hotel in London in 1988 and over the last 25 years it has invested over GBP 700 million across the capital and created 1650 jobs with many positions being filled by the long term unemployed. Around half of this growth actually took place during the recession. Since 2007, Travelodge has opened 35 hotels across the capital which represents an investment of GBP 315 million and created more than 800 jobs.
Today Travelodge is the biggest hotel brand in London and is looking to expand further across the capital with an intention to open a further 145 hotels across London boroughs.
London Vauxhall Travelodge a 148 room property is the Company's 60th hotel in the capital and represents an investment of GBP 15 million and has created 25 new jobs.
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