Pillow Sizes: A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Match

Getting a good night's sleep is essential, but choosing the right pillow size can often be a daunting task. With so many options available, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why we've created this comprehensive...

Getting a good night's sleep is essential, but choosing the right pillow size can often be a daunting task. With so many options available, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why we've created this comprehensive guide to pillow sizes, so you can make an informed decision without all the research. Let's dive in!

Pillow Dimensions: Size Chart

Standard, super standard, queen, king, and body pillow sizes Image: Standard, super standard, queen, king, and body pillow sizes

From standard to king size pillows, the variety of sizes available might surprise you. Each size has unique dimensions that are best suited for specific mattress sizes and types of sleepers. So, while a standard pillow may seem like the obvious choice, it may not necessarily be the best fit for you.

Standard Bed Pillow Size

  • 20 x 26 in | 51 x 66 cm

A standard pillow fits well on a twin or full-size mattress. If you have a full mattress, which is 53 inches (134.5 cm) wide, two standard pillows will fill the width perfectly. However, for twin mattresses, which are smaller, one standard pillow is sufficient. Keep in mind that for larger beds, like king-size mattresses, it takes three standard pillows to cover the entire span.

Super Standard Pillow Size

  • 20 x 28 in | 51 x 71 cm

Slightly longer than the standard size and shorter than a queen, super standard pillows strike the perfect balance. They are a great option for those who prefer using one pillow or for twin or full-size mattresses. However, they are too long to fit across a full or full XL mattress but fit well on a queen.

Queen Pillow Size

  • 20 x 30 in | 51 x 76 cm

As the name suggests, queen size pillows are designed for queen mattresses. With a mattress width of 60 inches, two queen pillows fit perfectly. If you prefer a fuller look on a twin bed, one queen size pillow will do the trick. They also fit snugly in standard-size pillowcases, so there's no need to buy a different size unless you prefer a looser look.

King Pillow Size

  • 20 x 36 in | 51 x 92 cm

King-size pillows are typically found on king or California king mattresses. While you could use a king-size pillow on a twin bed, it will only leave about an inch of mattress on each side of the pillow. If you prefer this arrangement or find that a king-size pillow suits your sleep patterns, it can be a good choice. Just remember that king-size pillows require specific pillowcases designed to fit their larger dimensions.

Body Pillow Size

  • 20 x 54 in | 51 x 137 cm

Body pillows may not be as commonly thought of as other pillow sizes, but they shouldn't be overlooked. With the longest length out of all the sizes mentioned, body pillows are best suited for queen or king-size beds.

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Our Casper Pillows

At Casper, we understand that everyone has different sleep needs. That's why our pillows are designed with various sleepers in mind. Let's take a closer look at our range:

Original Casper Pillow: Available in standard or king size, our unique Original Casper Pillows feature a pillow-in-pillow design that responds to your movements. The down-alternative fill mimics the airy, softer qualities of traditional down. These pillows are not only machine-washable but also clump-resistant and breathable, keeping you cool night after night.

Foam Pillow: If you're seeking a pillow that provides excellent support for your head and neck alignment, our standard or king size Foam Pillows might be the perfect fit. With tiny perforations for optimal breathability and a luxuriously squishy feel, you'll stay comfortable throughout the night.

Down Pillow: Our fluffiest option, the Down Pillow, is made with ethically-sourced down and is also machine washable for quick and easy care. Featuring a unique 5-chamber design, this pillow offers optimal support. Like our other pillows, it's available in standard or king size.

Why Pillow Loft Matters

The term "loft" refers to the height of a pillow when laid flat. Depending on your usual sleeping position, you'll require a specific loft to ensure maximum comfort. For example, stomach sleepers are best suited to low loft pillows to keep their spine aligned, while side or back sleepers may prefer medium or high loft options.

Other Types of Pillows

In addition to the standard, super standard, queen, king, and body pillows used for sleep, there are other types of pillows that serve different purposes:

  • Travel pillows: Smaller in size, perfect for long car rides or plane journeys, these pillows offer the necessary support while being easy to transport.

  • Throw pillows: Primarily used for decorative purposes, these pillows enhance the comfort and appeal of a room. They come in various shapes and sizes.

  • Euro sham pillows: Measuring 26 x 26 inches, these pillows, like other throw pillows, add visual appeal to any space.

  • Pregnancy pillows: Designed with expecting mothers in mind, these pillows come in different lengths and shapes, providing support and comfort during pregnancy.

How to Measure a Pillow

Measuring a pillow may seem simple, but it's important to do it correctly to ensure accurate results. Instead of using a soft, tailor's measuring tape, opt for a firm, carpenter's tape measure. Hold two corners of the pillow to the ground and measure from one end to the other, ensuring a straight line. Avoid measuring diagonally or from the center to any side of the pillow. Additionally, the measurements should be whole numbers, just like the dimensions listed above.

We all have unique needs when it comes to pillows. Now that you've read our comprehensive guide to different pillow sizes, you can confidently choose the right pillow for you. Once you've found your perfect match, head over to our bed sheet size guide to complete your sleep-ready bedroom setup.