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HSN Bedding Guide - Pillows

HSN Bedding Guide - Pillows
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How to Buy Pillows

A good pillow can mean the difference between waking up refreshed and waking up with neck pain. Almost a third of your life is spent sleeping – so it’s a good idea to buy pillows that are right for you and your lifestyle. To find out which pillows will give you the sweetest dreams, first identify your sleep style and then choose the appropriate firmness, fill and size.

Sleep Style

If you ever unexpectedly woke up with a sore back or neck, your pillow might be to blame. Different sleeping positions require different lofts (a pillow’s fill volume) to provide maximum comfort and support. Which type of pillow is best for you depends on if you mostly sleep on your back, your side or your stomach.
Pillows for back sleepers are firm with a medium loft to support the head and neck comfortably
Pillows for side sleepers are firm to keep the spine aligned and provide ample head, neck and shoulder support
Pillows for stomach sleepers are soft and thin to cradle the head and neck without putting pressure on the neck and spine

Pillow Firmness

Your sleep position will dictate what firmness is best for you. Pick a pillow that both provides adequate support and fulfills personal preferences. Firmness is determined by the type of fill used and how tightly or lightly the fill is packed into the pillow.

Pillow Fill

Pillows can be filled with natural or synthetic fibers to give them their loft.

Natural pillow fillers are down, a combination of down and feathers, cotton and wool. A soft or medium fill down pillow is a popular choice, especially among sleepers who like to crumple their pillows to get comfortable. When buying a down pillow, look for tightly woven cotton covers. This will help prevent the down and feathers from escaping the pillow.

Wool and cotton hypoallergenic qualities make them a natural choice for allergy sufferers. Cotton pillows are softer than wool pillows, but become flat and might not be compatible with sleep styles requiring more support.

The synthetic fillers in polyester pillows, memory foam pillows and foam latex pillows are also hypoallergenic options. Foam pillows offer more support than down pillows and stay firm throughout the night. Pillows filled with polyester are firmer than down, but softer than foam pillows.

Pillow Sizes

Bed size typically dictates pillow size. Standard pillows are used for twin beds, queen pillows for queen beds, and king pillows for king beds. This isn’t a rule though, and many people choose pillow sizes based on personal preferences.

For instance, one king size pillow fits on a twin bed. If you prefer standard pillows, two fit on a queen bed and three fit on a king bed. Many luxury hotels pile four king pillows on their queen beds. The choice is really up to you.

Below are pillow dimensions and pillowcase information:
Standard Pillow Queen Pillow King Pillow Euro Pillow
20 x 26 inches
20 x 30 inches
20 x 36 inches
26 x 26 inches
Use Standard pillowcase
Use Standard pillowcase
King pillowcase; fits
Eastern and Cal-King bed
Euro pillowcase or
decorative pillow sham
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