Pillow Sizes & Dimensions Guide

Written by Faisal Mughal

Last Updated on Apr 26, 2022

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    Do you wake up tired or in pain or do you fail to get a 7-8 hour sound sleep? That may be because you aren’t using the right-sized pillow.

    When it comes to buying mattresses, we consider different sizes and choose an ideal one. But, we rarely consider different pillow sizes. 

    To have a restful sleep, you need to find pillows that are ideal for your specific needs. From different pillow sizes to types and from the factors that you need to consider, to the right way to measure pillows, in this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about pillows.

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    Bed Pillow Sizes Chart

    Pillows come in different sizes such as standard, super standard, queen, king, and body sizes. It is important to note the below-mentioned measurements and consider your mattress and sleeping position to find out which one you should go for. 

    Pillow typeMeasurements in cmMeasurements in inches
    Standard51 X 6620 X 26
    Super Standard51 X 71 20 X 28
    Queen51 X 7620 X 30
    King51 X 9220 X 36
    Body51 X 13720 X 54

    Standard Size Pillow Dimensions

    A standard bed pillow size is 20 by 26 inches. If you have a twin bed, a standard size pillow would be enough to cover the width. However, for a queen-sized bed, you will need two. And, for a king-sized bed, three would be required. 

    Ideal for: 

    • Sleepers who don’t change their position, because combination sleepers might find it small and feel aches while sleeping.
    • For side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers, standard pillows are the best ones. 

    Super Standard Size Pillow Dimensions

    Super standard pillows measure 20 by 28 inches. Basically, here the length is 2 extra inches. A standard pillowcase size of around 21 by 32 inches is perfect for both standard and super standard pillows.

    Ideal for: Restless sleepers or those who enjoy a slightly longer pillow. 

    Though it’s suitable for most beds, this size is less common and may be difficult to find.

    Queen Size Pillow Dimensions

    The size of a queen pillow is 20 by 30 inches, i.e 4 inches longer than a standard pillow size. 2 queen size pillows will fit well on a queen-size or a full-size mattress.

    One thing that’s important to note is most companies don’t offer a queen-size pillowcase. For this reason, in most cases, a queen-size pillow fits well in a standard-size pillowcase. But if it doesn’t, better opt for a king-size pillowcase.

    Ideal for: Combination sleepers who change their sleeping position throughout the night by turning or tossing.

    King Size Pillow Dimensions

    The size of a king pillow is 20 by 36 inches (approx. 6 inches longer than queen size pillows) in general though it might vary based on the brand. 

    A single king pillow would be ideal for a twin bed. However, 2 king-sized pillows would comfortably fit for a king-sized bed.  If you are okay with no gap in between, you can also use them on a queen-sized mattress. 

    Unlike the other pillows, these need a king-size pillowcase that measures around 21 by 40 inches to fit properly.

    Ideal for: 

    • Active sleepers who toss and turn in bed. Its long length comes with an added advantage for better lumbar support.
    • Lower back support while reading and binge-watching.

    Body Size Pillow Dimensions

    Body pillows measure 20 inches by 54 inches. Body pillow size isn’t widely available and hence a king-size pillow is often used as its substitute. Even the pillowcase for body pillows are specific and owing to their longer length, these extra-long pillows can be used as a full-body cushion.

    Ideal for: 

    • Size sleepers provide support to their body by keeping the top knee raised, thereby relieving pressure on the hips. The spine will rest in a neutral position if the hips are even and supported, which might help you avoid waking up with stiff, aching muscles.
    • Pregnant women can keep these under their bodies as side sleeping is the healthiest position during pregnancy. A body pillow can make it more convenient by supporting the weight of a growing belly and reducing the pressure on the spine, lower back, and hips.

    Types of Pillows

    Different pillow types can affect the firmness and comfort level of pillows. Below are a few common pillow fillings and types:

    Down Pillow or Feather Pillow

    Down or feather pillows are the most expensive pillows since they are made using the feathers of birds like ducks and hence, are warm. The firmness of the pillows varies based on the quantity of filling. More the filling, the better the durability and support. 

    Polyester Pillow

    Polyester pillows are hypoallergenic in nature and can easily be machine-washed. They are also a budget-friendly option. However, these are less durable, which means you’ll have to replace them within a short span. 

    Memory Foam Pillow

    Memory foam pillows are excellent for providing pressure relief as they have signature body-conforming properties. They can be made of two different types of memory forams solid blocks or shredded pieces.

    While both of these are soft and can take the natural curvature of your neck, the shredded memory foam can adjust better to your needs.  If you’re seeking a pillow for neck pain relief, a memory foam pillow should be your go-to choice.

    Other Specialty Pillows

    Specialty pillows such as Travel Pillows, Orthopaedic pillows, and Euro pillows are available for your specific needs.

    Travel Pillow

    Usually, travel pillows are 12 by 16 inches. They are small in size to make it ideal for traveling, especially for children. They are easily portable and can be easily carried while traveling by car or plane.

    Euro Pillow

    Unlike all other rectangular pillows, euro pillows are square-shaped decorative pillows that measure 26 by 26 inches. These are ideal for enhancing the aesthetics of the bed or sofa. Also, check out how Euro Top differs from Pillow Top.

    Orthopedic Pillow

    Orthopedic pillows are suggested by doctors for better pain relief. These are ideal for people with neck, shoulder, back, or any other joint pain.

    These should be used as per orthopedic guidelines only for best results as they are customized. 

    How to Measure a Pillow

    Not sure how to measure a pillow? Here’s a quick and practical guide to help you measure your pillow properly and choose the ideal one for your mattress. 

    First, remove the pillow from its cover and lay it flat on the surface, and measure its length and width using an inch tape.

    Second, measure the length from top to bottom.

    Last, measure the width from left to right. 

    Here are some important tips you need to keep in mind while measuring:

    • Don’t measure from the center or diagonally. 
    • Measure from the corners. Make sure you stretch it out completely.
    • Prefer using a tape that’s firm or no-bendable i.e one that’s used by carpenters. 
    • Round off the measurements to the next closest number.

    How to Choose a Pillow Size

    Do you know the perfect pillow for your needs would depend upon several factors? Below are some important factors that you should consider while shopping for your next pillow:

    Mattress Size 

    You certainly need to consider your mattress’ size to pick the ideal pillow for yourself. For instance, for a twin bed, one standard or super standard pillow would fit well. 

    Whereas, for a queen or king-sized bed, two queen size and king size pillows would be suitable respectively, 

    Using two standard pillows on a king size bed will leave a lot of space in between. So, for that, you need at least two queen-size pillows.

    Sleep Position 

    Your sleeping position should be the most significant factor in affecting which pillow you should be buying.  This is because some sizes are more compatible with some sleeping positions than others.

    • The standard size is mostly ideal for any sleeping position. However, those who sleep on their side might require a higher loft to achieve the desired height. King pillow might be ideal for you if you don’t prefer molded pillows. 
    • Whereas, it wouldn’t be suitable for stomach sleepers.  They need a more soft and thin pillow to keep the spine aligned. 
    • Hence, an euro pillow with the right loft would work well work stomach and back sleepers.

    Bedding & Aesthetics 

    Your sleeping environment plays a vital role in ensuring quality sleep too. Throw pillows are mostly used for decorative purposes. Euro pillows are square pillows that enhance the aesthetics of your mattress. 

    Some people prefer having an assortment of pillows to cover up the head of the bed and not leave open space even if they use only a single pillow.

    Cost & Value 

    If you’re tight on your budget, go for standard pillows as they are the most budget-friendly. On the contrary, king-sized pillows are the most highly-priced. But, for king-sized pillows, you will also require a king-sized mattress and pillow cases too. For queen pillows, standard pillowcases would work. 

    Versatility

    Standard pillows are the most versatile pillows for the following reasons:

    • Easy to carry or travel
    • Suitable for both adults and kids
    • Fit comfortably on most bed sizes

    However, king pillows can be used while sitting or as body pillows. 

    Conclusion

    Finding the perfect pillow might be a challenge. You need to consider a lot of factors such as your sleeping position, mattress budget, filling, and purpose to buy the ideal pillow for yourself. Make sure you measure the pillow size correctly and get the right one.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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