June 09, 2021 5 min read
When talking about sleep quality, you’ll typically hear about mattress type, pillow density, or sheet material. But there’s another factor playing into your sleep satisfaction: pillow sizing.
If you didn’t realize that pillow size matters — or that you even had a choice — you’re not alone. Many buy their pillows based solely on the size of their bed. King-size pillows for a king-size bed. Makes sense, right?
For some, this totally works. However, it’s not a rule you need to follow.
Instead, different sizes work best for certain sleeping positions. Are you a side sleeper? There’s a pillow for that. Do you toss and turn? There’s also a pillow for that.
Like most things related to sleep, pillows are about personal preference. Having a few suggestions can go a long way, but it’s ultimately up to what feels best for you.
Not sure which details are essential when pillow shopping? Worry not! Consider the following traits when deciding which pillows are best for you.
The most common pillow characteristic people discuss is filling. You’ve probably got an opinion on the type of fill you prefer, whether you know it or not.
Do hotel pillows drive you nuts? Or do you get a kink in your neck if you don’t have your favorite pillow from home? It’s probably the filling that you notice.
Filling affects the pillow’s height which plays a significant role in comfort. On top of that, it also affects the pillow’s texture and washability.
The size of your pillow can greatly impact your sleep quality. If you roll around a lot in your sleep, you may want a larger pillow. Similarly, a Euro square pillow works well as a throw pillow. It may not be your ideal sleeping pillow, but it can provide the perfect support for reading in bed.
Before you buy a pillow, get familiar with your sleeping habits. We’ll explain more about this shortly.
It’s not just your pillowcases that need washing, but your pillows as well. They collect dust, sweat, and even bugs! The catch is, some are easier to wash than others.
You can easily toss most synthetic pillows in your laundry machine, but down and memory foam needs a bit extra attention. Some even require dry cleaning! (The same may be true for your designer bedding sets.)
Make sure you know what you’re getting into by reading the labels before buying a pillow.
It seems like pillowcase measurements should be pretty straightforward — and they are — but there’s more wiggle room than you might have believed.
Some pillowcases can fit a couple of different-sized pillows within them. If you own pillows of various sizes, it’s essential to know which pillowcases are appropriate for which pillows.
A standard pillowcase size is 20 inches by 26 inches. Of course, this fits standard-sized pillows, but you can also tuck a queen pillow inside. If your pillow is too soft for your liking, this can make it feel firmer.
The less common super standard pillowcase tacks on an extra two inches to its length. While still too small for king pillows, it easily fits most other sizes.
Add four inches to the standard pillow, and you’ll get a queen-size pillowcase. These pillowcases measure in at 20 inches by 30 inches and solely fit queen pillows.
King pillows are significantly larger than any other variety. So what is the size of a king-size pillow case? A whopping 20 inches by 36 inches.
Don’t be discouraged from king pillowcases if you own smaller pillows. There’s still a way to make it work! There may be a bit of an overhang when putting queen pillows in king cases — and a significant one if you use a standard pillow. To combat this, try tucking the excess fabric into itself, so it appears taut.
Comfort is the most crucial factor when choosing a pillow, but let’s be honest — aesthetics matter. Let’s take a closer look at which pillows are best based on mattress size.
Standard pillows are generally the best option for twin and twin XL mattresses. As this mattress size only comfortably fits one person, only one standard pillow fits well across.
Need something a bit bigger? If you have a twin or twin XL bed but want a little more headspace, try the two-inch longer super standard pillow.
Two queen pillows fit perfectly on a queen-sized bed. Since standard super standard pillows are only a few inches smaller, a pair of these will also fit appropriately on your mattress.
Since queen beds fit two people, these bed sets will usually contain two queen-sized pillowcases.
King and California king mattresses give you the most wiggle room when it comes to pillow sizes. Unsurprisingly, two king pillows are ideal on these beds, but two queens or three standards also work.
Like queen bed sets, king and California king sets will come with two matching pillowcases.
Using an appropriate pillow size for your sleeping habits can significantly affect your sleep quality. Here’s a guide on how to choose the proper size for you.