How Many Pillows Should You Have on a King Size Bed?

So, you've treated yourself to a luxurious king size mattress. Now, you might be wondering how to arrange the pillows on your bed for both functionality and beauty. Fear not, because this article will guide...

So, you've treated yourself to a luxurious king size mattress. Now, you might be wondering how to arrange the pillows on your bed for both functionality and beauty. Fear not, because this article will guide you on the perfect number of pillows for a king size bed, as well as share some interior-designer-worthy arrangements and tips for choosing the right pillows based on your preferences.

The Right Number of Pillows for a King Size Bed

Technically, a king size bed only requires two sleeping pillows if it's accommodating a couple. If you sleep alone in a king size bed, one sleeping pillow is sufficient. However, if you want your bed to look visually appealing and well-decorated, you should consider adding some decorative pillows.

Decorating Your King Size Bed

A king size bed can look plain and empty without the addition of decorative pillows, such as Euro pillows with shams, standard pillows with decorative shams, and accent pillows like boudoirs and bolsters. Unlike a queen size bed that can look nice with just a couple of Euros and standard shams, the larger width of a king size mattress makes it appear bare with only sheets, a duvet, and a couple of pillows.

To make the most out of your king size bed, we recommend choosing a more robust pillow arrangement rather than simply placing one or two standard pillows on the mattress. Let's explore some popular king bed pillow arrangements:

The Classic

  • Prop three European pillows against the headboard.
  • Add two king size shams.
  • Finish with three smaller pillows with decorative or boudoir shams.

The Standard

  • Prop three Euro shams along the back of the bed.
  • Swap three queen or standard pillow shams for the second layer.
  • Finish with two boudoir pillows in front.

The Romantic

  • Use three European shams against the headboard.
  • Add two king size pillows to the second row.
  • Finish with square decorative pillows (measuring 20” x 20”) centered in front of the king size pillows.

The Maximalist

  • Start with three European squares at the back.
  • Add three standard size sleeping pillows.
  • Add a third row of three standard size pillows with shams.

The Bolster

  • Add three European squares against the headboard.
  • Stack two king pillows with shams.
  • Center a cylindrical bolster pillow in front of this arrangement.

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Factors to Consider

Before you choose a pillow arrangement and start ordering pillows, there are a few things to consider:

  • Measure the Headboard: If your headboard extends above or substantially beyond the mattress, it will affect the ideal arrangement.
  • Consider the Color Scheme: Plan your bed and throw pillow color scheme around your existing bedroom palette.
  • Review What You Have: Incorporate your existing pillows into the arrangement, both to save money and reduce waste.
  • Factor in Price: Custom bolster pillows and decorative shams can quickly add up in cost, so ensure the arrangement fits your budget.

Remember, choosing the right pillow arrangement is as essential as selecting the best mattress for your body type and sleeping position. Make sure your sleeping pillow provides comfort and support by considering the size, spinal alignment, fill, and optional pillows like body pillows or lumbar pillows.

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Choosing the Right Pillow

When it comes to pillows, you'll find different types available, including sleeping pillows, decorative pillows, and special needs pillows. Here are a few popular options:

  • Memory Foam: Conforms to your shape, offering firmness and support.
  • Down: Lightweight and luxurious, but high-end down pillows can be expensive.
  • Down Alternative: Cheaper than down, but not as durable.
  • Latex: Conforms to pressure points and maintains shape well.
  • Buckwheat: Provides above-average support, pain, and pressure relief.

Remember to choose a pillow that suits your sleeping preferences and has a quality you can trust.

Now that you have a better understanding of how many pillows you should have on a king size bed and how to choose the right ones, you can create a cozy and visually appealing space that suits your style and preferences. Sweet dreams!

Additional Resources:

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  • Memory Foam vs. Latex
  • Mattress Size Guide