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Have you ever looked at all the size options and wondered which one is right for you? While, it can seem
daunting, there is a method to pillow sizing and we are here to demystify pillow sizes for you. Pillows vary
in size and shape to accommodate personal preferences in look and feel. Different pillow sizes can offer
more comfort when you sleep by varying the volume of fill. They also vary to fit different sized beds and
pillow cases. Choosing the right pillow doesn’t have to be complicated. Just keep a few things in mind and
you will be sure to pick the right size every time.
Pillows come in a variety of sizes, mostly to match bed sizes. The Super Standard – most often called
Standard/Queen or Jumbo – provides retailers an option in between the small and medium size so they can
carry more styles of pillows on their wall. Our Pillow Sizes Chart below shows the most common sizes for
each type of pillow but keep in mind that sizes can vary greatly so be sure to look at the size if you need
20" x 26"
20" x 28"
20" x 30"
20" x 36"
26" x 26"
24" x 24"
22" x 22"
20" x 20"
18" x 18"
16" x 16"
The gusset is a strip of fabric sewn between the top and bottom of the pillow, which allows the pillow to
loft more and to conform to a side sleeper’s shoulder better. Some manufacturers include the gusset in
their measurements and others don’t, making it a bit confusing to figure out the size of a gusseted
pillow online. As well, some manufacturers quote the height of the pillow as the height of the gusset
and others are measuring the entire pillow height. You may have to ask for more clarification when
ordering online if the pillow dimensions are important to your purchase.
At Pacific Coast, we quote the height of the pillow as size of the gusset. We also subtract the size of
the gusset from the height and width dimensions. You will find a Queen sized Pacific Coast pillow with a
2" gusset described as 18" x 28" x 2". This pillow will still fit perfectly in a 20 x 30 pillow case.
It might sound simple to just buy a king pillow for a king bed but actually, you can use any or all size
pillows on a king sized bed. A good rule of thumb is to match the pillow size to your bed size but from
there, you can get creative. While there are fewer options for a Queen or Full sized bed, there are hundreds
of pillow combinations so don’t hold back if you find something else you like. Here are a few classics to
get you started finding your own style:
One Super Standard, One 26" or 24" Euro Square
Two Super Standard, Two 26" or 24" Euro Square
Three 24" Euro Square, Two King, Two Standard, One Accent
There are two sizes of bed pillow cases: Standard and King. Standard size is designed to fit three pillow
sizes: Standard, Super Standard and Queen. Fortunately, sheet manufacturers accommodate all the different
manufacturer’s variations when sizing their cases and will err on the larger side so our worst case scenario
is the pillow case will have more room than less.
Some sleepers – usually side and stomach sleepers– like to mold and squish their pillow up, even several
times a night, so that it keeps its loft and softness and conforms around their head. These sleepers often
find that a king sized pillow or even a queen sized pillow has too much volume and prefer a Standard or
Super Standard size.
Other sleepers like a pillow over their head to shield themselves from light and noise. These sleepers need a
light, conforming pillow and would probably not choose a king or queen size for this use. A softer pillow,
such as one with an all-down or down alternative fill (maybe one that is getting retired), would work well.
Standard Queen Pillow Size or Standard Pillow
Size: These sizes are really the best for sleeping and what we recommend first. The downside to a
long pillow is that the fill can migrate to the ends more easily and they are less ‘squishable’ having more
volume as discussed above. Some sleepers prefer a shorter pillow because they like the compactness. These
sizes also save money so those that don’t really have a preference may choose the less expensive option.
Queen Pillow Size:
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. As well, a large pillow can feel luxurious and contribute to a retreat-like feel in your
King Pillow Size:
King pillows were designed for the extra width of a King or California King bed but they are great for a
twin bed if your sleeper tosses and turns. They also make a good back support pillow for reading or working
on a laptop in bed. A king pillow can also work as a shorter body pillow.
Euro Pillow Size: With so many
sizes of Euro Square pillows to choose from, it’s easy to get the right look for your bed. They are mostly
used for décor and reading pillows (whether we are reading a book or like to bring the laptop to bed).
However, did you know the 26" square is also used as a sleeping pillow in some European countries, such as
Germany and Holland? If you buy bedding while traveling, you may be needing a new sized pillow.
Mixing Pillow Sizes: For a designer look, use a couple of sizes on your bed: a
bigger size for your reading pillows (king, queen or euro) and then layer the smaller size that you may
prefer to sleep on in front. This not only fills all your pillow needs but allows some fun color and pattern
combinations in your shams and pillow cases.
We hope you’ve found our Bed Pillow Sizes Guide helpful to make your bed your own little
haven. Send us an email if you have more questions.