February 18, 2019

A Guide to Pillow Sizes

Just like clothes, bedding comes in so many different shapes and sizes. Sure, we all know the standard sizes based on the mattresses that we have (king, queen, full, and twin), but did you know that there's actually a method when it comes to determining the best type of pillow to purchase? Thankfully, we have our guide to pillow sizes to help you find your perfect pillow.

The reason that pillows differ in measurement and shape is to help accommodate personal preferences. Some people enjoy sleeping with huge fluffy pillows, while others prefer a small memory foam type pillow. There are some pillows that may offer more comfort than others just by the varying fill volume. Now, there's no wrong pillow to get for your bed - you can always choose whichever ones that you enjoy the most, however, the sizes mentioned in this blog are what's known to be the best for each type of bed... So, without further ado, let's get into the guide to pillow sizes.


Choosing a Pillow Based on Bed Size

As we've mentioned, pillows come in a variety of different sizes. The most common pillow size is standard as they're small/medium-sized. The majority of sleepers prefer this size pillow to sleep with as it's not too small, and not too big! Most people sleep with one or two standard sized pillows. There are also larger styles such as queen, king, and euro sizes. Here in the U.S., euro pillows are often only used for decoration, however, in European countries, such as Germany and Holland, this type of pillow is the norm!

Here is a breakdown of the different pillow sizes, with the suggested number that you should have per bed: 

Get Creative

As you can tell by their names, king and queen pillows are generally purchased for king and queen beds... However, that doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match all of your options! You can always get creative and combine various pillow sizes to add some visual design to your bed. Begin with a bigger size and then layer the smaller pillows in front. This will not only meet your pillow needs but it will also add some opportunity for color and pattern combinations with your shams and pillow cases. (This is where euro pillows will come in handy!) Think about anytime you're in a bedding store, or when you see a photo of a beautiful bed... They always have tons of pillows decorated beautifully!

Here is an example of how you can layer your pillows: 


Pillow Cases

Typically pillow cases come in two sizes: standard and king. The standard size pillow is designed to fit standard, super standard, and queen-sized beds. A standard pillow case typically measures 20-21” in length and 30-32” in width. A king has the same length, however, they are larger with a 36-41” width. Varying the case size can also change up the actual pillow itself. If you’re looking to fluff up your pillow, a larger case will assist with that. Buying a smaller case will keep its volume and height, while also adding some life to an older pillow.

If you're looking to make your pillows stand out, then you're going to need a beautiful pillow case... So, here are two of our pillow cases that are super eye-catching and unique!

1. FABULEUSE 100% Cotton Percale Pillow Case

FABULEUSE's cotton percale pillow case is made from 100% cotton and has a lovely phoenix design that reverses to a coordinating micro pattern. This pillow case is available in both standard and king-size!

Click here for more information on our FABULEUSE 100% Cotton Percale Pillow Case!

2. Idole 100% Cotton Sateen Pillow Case

This Idole pillowcase has a paisley motif design, which is more commonly known as the Cashmere pattern. The pattern represents many beautiful things such as a cypress tree, a symbol of life, and eternity. This pillow case is beyond beautiful and is available in both standard size and king size.


Click here for more information on our Idole 100% Cotton Sateen Pillow Case!

Type of Sleeper

There are so many different types of sleepers... Some people Side and stomach sleepers tend to mold and squish their pillows throughout the night so that it keeps its loft and softness around their heads. For some, a king or queen size pillow can have a little too much volume so a standard size is preferred. Other sleepers may favor a softer pillow, such as a down, down alternative, or feather fill.

Weirdly enough, did you know that your sleeping position says a lot about you? Depending on the way you sleep, there's a pattern with different personalities. Some people sleep on their backs, on their side, or even on their stomachs. So, no matter what way you sleep, make sure to check out our blog on what your sleeping position says about you! Click here to read it.

(Let us know what type of sleeper you are by leaving a comment down below!)


What Size Should I Choose?

Standard Pillow: This size is really the best for sleeping as it fits with a majority of bed types. It also tends to have the perfect amount of fill to achieve a good night’s rest.

Queen Pillow: The queen pillow is a good choice for someone who tosses and turns because it gives you lots of room on each side of your head. 

King Pillow: King pillows were designed for the extra width of a king or California king bed but they’re great for a twin bed if they move around at night.   


Our Top 4 Pillow Choices

Now that you learned all about the different pillow sizes, it's time to choose the perfect pillow! We've rounded our top 5 favorite down pillows and featured them below. Warm Things offers a few different 'levels' of pillows so you can choose the perfect pillow. The sizing are as follows: Standard 20"x26", Queen: 20"x30", King: 20"x36".

Below is a guide to the different levels:

Level 1: Soft - Recommended for stomach sleepers
Level 2: Soft-Medium - Recommended for back sleepers
Level 3: Medium-Firm - Recommended for side sleepers
Level 4: Firm - Recommended for those who need extra support


1. Soft Down Pillow (Level 1)

Our Soft Down Pillow comes in standard, queen, and king-sized. This pillow is made in the USA with fine, imported materials! Our Soft Down Pillow is perfect for people who prefer sleeping on their stomach, and for people who need flatter pillows for healthy neck and spine alignment.

For further information on our Soft Down Pillow, click here

2. Premium 700 Soft Down Pillow (Level 2)

Just like the pillow above, our Premium 700 Soft Down Pillow also offers the right amount of density for stomach sleepers who need a pillow for healthy neck and spine alignment. It's available in standard, queen, and king sizes.

For further information on our Premium 700 Soft Down Pillow, click here

3. Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow (Level 3)

Our Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow comes in a variety of different sizes including European, decorator, neckroll, standard, queen, and king. As you can tell by the name, this pillow is filled with Hungarian goose down to ensure you get a restful sleep. The sizing for the additional pillows are as follow: Euro: 26"x26", Decorator: 12"x16", Neckroll: 8"x16.

For further information on our Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow, click here

4. German Batiste Extra-Fill White Hungarian Goose Down Pillow (Level 4)

This is one of our all-time favorite pillows! It's made in our Northern California headquarters from the absolute finest Hungarian goose down and German batiste shell. It comes in a standard, queen, and king-size. If you usually sleep on your side, or if you need extra support, then this may be the best pillow for you!

For further information on our Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow, click here.  

Conclusion of Our Guide to Pillow Sizes

Hopefully, you were able to learn a bit more about pillows from our guide to pillow sizes! As we mentioned, we have tons of different pillows on our website to best suit everyone. We understand that some people prefer harder pillows, whereas others prefer pillows that feel like soft clouds! Considering there are so many types of pillows, it's important to make sure you get the size you enjoy most!

The 4 pillows that we mentioned are some of our absolute favorites! They are all super comfortable and they're guaranteed to help you have a good night's sleep. You can learn more about them on our pillows page.

Make sure to take a look at all of the other super comfortable pillows that we have to offer. Click here to check them out!

Thank you so much for reading our guide to pillow sizes blog! We hope you enjoyed it and gained some knowledge from it! Hopefully, you will find a pillow that helps you to sleep amazingly, so you can have the most comfortable sleeps!

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