With so many pillow sizes available, choosing the right one can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there is a tried and true method to pillow sizing, but first here’s why there are so many pillow sizes to choose from. They are designed to fit different sized beds and pillowcases, as well as accommodate personal preference in regards to feel and look. Now, here is everything you need to know to ensure you choose the right size pillow every time.
- 1 1. Bed pillow dimensions play a crucial role in creating a comfortable bed
- 2 2. You can choose to match to your bed measurements or change things up
- 3 3. Consider your pillowcase length and width
- 4 Here are a few pro tips you should find useful
- 5 4. Pay attention to conformance for improved comfort
- 6 5. Consider standard conventions when looking for the best fit
- 7 The Case for Mixing Pillow Sizes
1. Bed pillow dimensions play a crucial role in creating a comfortable bed
The primary reason pillows are available in an array of sizes is to match bed sizes. For example, the Super Standard, which may be referred to as a Jumbo or Standard/ Queen, gives retailers an added option between the small and medium size, allowing them to carry a larger selection of pillow styles. Below you will find our Pillow Sizes Chart, which details the most common sizes for each pillow type. However, it is important to note that sizes can differ greatly so you should be certain to look at the pillow’s actual size if you are looking for something specific.
2. You can choose to match to your bed measurements or change things up
Although it is a good rule of thumb to match your pillow and bed size, you don’t necessarily have to do this. This means that if you have a king size bed, you can select a king size pillow or any smaller pillow to use on it. (If you have a full or queen size bed, your options may be slightly more limited.) The truth is there are hundreds, if not thousands, of pillow combinations you can select from. Keep trying combinations until you find the one you like.
To help you, here are a few examples:
If you have a twin bed (38”), 2 super standard (24” or 26”) may work.
If you have a queen size bed (60”), 2 super standard (24” or 26”) may work, but remember you’ll need one set for each side of the bed.
If you have a king size bed (72”) or California king size bed (76”), three 24”super standard pillows, two king, two standard, and a single accent pillow should suffice.
3. Consider your pillowcase length and width
Standard and King are the two sizes of bed pillowcases available. A standard will fit three pillow sizes: Queen, Super Standard, and Standard. However, sheet manufacturers tend to take into consideration different pillow manufacturer’s variations when sizing their cases. Typically, they err on the larger side, which means it is likely to have too much room rather than too little.
Standard are usually 20-21” in length and 30-32” in width.
King are usually 20-23” in length and 36-41” in width.
Here are a few pro tips you should find useful
If you prefer added volume and height, tuck the ends of your pillowcase in tightly (like they do in hotels).
When you want a pillow to maintain its height and volume or give life to an older pillow, choose a smaller pillow.
If you want a pillow that can be fluffed and conformed, opt for a larger pillowcase. This is especially true if you have gusseted pillows, which are designed for loft. (Gusseted pillows are discussed below.)
What are Gusseted Pillows?
The gusset is the strip of fabric sewn between the bottom and top of the pillow. This lets the pillow loft more and better conform to the sleeper’s shoulder. Some manufacturers include the gusset in their measurements, but this isn’t always the case, which can make figuring out the size of a gusseted pillow online a tad confusing. At the same time, some manufacturers quote the pillow’s height as the height of the gusset, while others measure the entire pillow. If pillow dimensions are an especially important factor for you when placing an order online, it is a good idea to ask for additional clarification.
4. Pay attention to conformance for improved comfort
There are some sleepers, typically anyone who sleeps on their stomach or side, who tend to mold and squish their pillow up throughout the night in order to ensure it keeps its softness and loft, while also conforming around their head. Frequently, a king or queen size pillow has too much volume for this, making a Standard or Super Standard size the better option.
On the other hand, some sleepers look for a pillow to pull over their head, offering them protection from noise and light. These sleepers usually find that a light, conforming pillow works best. (It’s also worth noting that softer pillows, such as an all-down or down alternative fill may work well.) They will want to stay away for King and Queen size pillows.
5. Consider standard conventions when looking for the best fit
Although they were designed for the extra width of a king or California king bed, king size pillows are also ideal for sleepers who twist and turn on a twin bed. At the same time, they offer back support for working on a laptop or reading in bed. They can also double as a shorter body pillow.
A queen pillow gives you plenty of room on each side of your head, making it a good choice for anyone who tosses and turns. It’s also a good size when you are trying to create a bedroom that acts as a luxury retreat.
Standard or Super Standard Size:
This size is most recommended for sleep. Unfortunately, with a long pillow, the fill can easily migrate to the ends, making them less “squishable.” Some sleepers may prefer a shorter pillow due to the compactness. This size tends to be the most cost effective option as well.
Euro pillows are widely available and usually function as a decorative accent or reading pillow. Keep in mind that a 26” square euro pillow is often used as a sleeping pillow in certain European countries, such as Holland and Germany. This may be important if you are planning to travel in the near future.
The Case for Mixing Pillow Sizes
For an elegant, designer look, opt for different size pillows. Choose a bigger (king, queen, or euro) as your reading pillows and then layer the smaller size you prefer to sleep on in front. This is a good way to incorporate more color and patterns into your bedroom.