How to Measure Pillow Size

Pillows are an essential part of our daily lives, providing us with comfort and support while we sleep. However, when it comes to purchasing a new pillow or finding the right pillowcase, knowing the size of your pillow is crucial. This may seem like a simple task, but various factors can affect the measurements of a pillow, making it challenging to determine its size.

How to Measure Pillow Size

This guide will discuss how to measure pillow size accurately and provide some useful tips to help you find the perfect fit for your pillows. If you’re ready to learn more, let’s get started!

Types of Pillows

Before we dive into the measuring process, it is essential to understand that different types of pillows are available in the market. Each type varies in size, shape, and purpose. Here are a few common types of pillows:

1. Standard – This is the most commonly used pillow size, measuring 20×26 inches. It is suitable for most people and fits into standard pillowcases.

2. Queen-sized pillows measure 20×30 inches and are slightly longer than standard ones. They are a good option for those who prefer extra length or have a queen-sized bed.

3. King – King-sized pillows are the largest, measuring 20×36 inches. They are perfect for king-sized beds and provide ample support for those who like to sleep with their arms under the pillow.

4. Body – As the name suggests, body pillows are long and cylindrical in shape, measuring around 54-60 inches in length. They are used for full-body support during pregnancy or for those who prefer sleeping on their side.

Step-by-step Guidelines on How to Measure Pillow Size

Step 1: Lay the Pillow Flat

Lay Your Pillow Flat

The first step is to lay your pillow flat on a clean and even surface. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or lumps in the pillow. Laying it on a flat surface will help you get more accurate measurements. This step applies to all types of pillows. If you have a body pillow, unroll it and straighten it out completely before measuring.

Step 2: Measure the Width

Using a measuring tape, measure the width of your pillow from one side seam to the other. This measurement should be taken at the widest point of your pillow. This will typically be around 20 inches for standard pillows, while queen and king-sized pillows will measure 20-30 inches and 20-36 inches, respectively. Make sure to keep the tape straight and taut while measuring.

Step 3: Measure the Length

Next, measure the length of your pillow from top to bottom. This measurement should also be taken at the widest point, including any fluffiness or loft in your pillow. The standard length for pillows is 26 inches, but queen- and king-sized pillows may vary between 30 and 36 inches. Measuring the length will give you an idea of your pillow’s height and help determine its overall size.

Step 4: Measure the Thickness

Determine the Thickness

To determine the thickness or depth of your pillow, place the measuring tape on the side of your pillow and measure from top to bottom. This measurement is crucial for choosing a properly fitting pillowcase. Standard pillows typically have a thickness of around 6 inches, while queen and king-sized pillows may vary between 7-9 inches.

Step 5: Measure the Girth

If you have a body pillow, you must measure its girth or circumference. This measurement is taken around the pillow’s middle, starting and ending at the top seam. Use a flexible measuring tape for this step, and make sure to keep it taut while measuring. The average girth for body pillows is around 54-60 inches. Measuring the girth will help you find a suitable body pillow cover or choose the right-sized bedding. This step is optional for standard, queen, or king-sized pillows.

Step 6: Record the Measurements

Once you have all the necessary measurements, record them on a notepad or your phone. Make sure to label the measurement for width, length, thickness, and girth (if applicable). Having these numbers written down will help you find the perfect pillowcase or bedding without having to measure again.

Record Them on a Notepad

Congratulations! You now know how to measure pillow size accurately. Remember to double-check your measurements before making any purchases and consider the pillow’s fluffiness or loft when determining its size. If you’re in doubt, it is always better to go for a slightly larger size to ensure a comfortable fit. Now, go ahead and find the perfect pillows for a good night’s sleep! Happy shopping! 

Additional Tips and Tricks to Measure Pillow Size

1. If you don’t have a ruler or tape measure, you can use a piece of paper to measure the length and width of your pillow. Simply place the paper next to your pillow, make sure it is flat and straight, then mark the edges with a pen or pencil. You can then measure the dimensions of the paper with a ruler or measuring tape.

2. For round pillows, you can use a piece of string or ribbon to measure the circumference. Wrap it around the pillow and then measure the length of the string with a ruler or tape measure.

3. If your pillow is an unusual shape, such as a triangle or crescent, you can still use the same methods mentioned above. Just make sure to measure all sides and angles to get an accurate size.

4. Remember to consider your pillow’s thickness when measuring. This is especially important if you have a memory foam or down pillow, which may compress with weight and affect the overall size.

5. If you need clarification on the exact size of your pillow, it’s always better to round up to the nearest inch or centimeter rather than rounding down. This will ensure that your pillowcase or cover fits properly.

6. Keep in mind that the size of your pillow may also change over time with use and washing. Measuring again every few months is always a good idea to ensure you have the correct dimensions.

7 . If you have multiple pillows of the same size, label them with their measurements for easy identification. This will save you time and hassle when looking for the right pillowcase or cover.

8. Always check the dimensions before purchasing a new pillow to ensure it fits your bedding and preferred size.

9. If you’re making your own pillows or pillowcases, remember to leave some extra fabric allowance to account for any shrinkage that may occur during washing.

Making Your Own Pillows

10. Lastly, feel free to ask for help or advice from a salesperson or customer service representative if you need clarification on the size of your pillow. They may have additional tips and tricks specific to their products to help you accurately measure.

Following these additional tips and tricks will ensure you get the correct size for your pillow and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep with the perfect fitting bedding. Happy measuring! So, have a good night’s rest without any hassle of ill-fitting pillows or covers using these helpful tips. Remember to always measure twice and cut once when it comes to making or purchasing new bedding items. Sweet dreams!  

Things You Should Consider While Measuring Pillow Size

1. Pillow Material:

When measuring the size of your pillow, it’s important to consider the material it’s made from. Different materials have different densities and weights, which can affect the size of the pillow. For example, a memory foam pillow will be much heavier than a down feather pillow of the same size. This means that you may need to take extra care when measuring the size of your memory foam pillow, as it may compress under its own weight.

2. Pillow Shape:

Pillow shapes can vary greatly and should be considered when measuring the size. A standard rectangular pillow will have different measurements than a round or square pillow. Additionally, some pillows are designed with a curved or contoured shape, which can affect the overall size and dimensions. Make sure to measure all sides of your pillow to understand its size accurately.

3. Pillow Firmness:

Purchasing a New Pillow

The firmness of a pillow can also play a role in its size. A softer pillow may compress more when being measured, while a firmer pillow may retain its shape and size better. This can be especially important if you are looking to purchase a pillow cover or case, as the measurements may vary depending on the pillow’s firmness. This is also something to remember when purchasing a new pillow, as the firmness level can affect your sleep and overall comfort.

4. Consider Pillow Cover/Casing:

When measuring your pillow size, it’s important to consider whether or not you will be using a pillow cover or casing. These additional layers can add to the overall size of the pillow and should be considered when choosing the appropriate size for your pillow. Measuring the pillow and cover separately is always a good idea to ensure a proper fit.

5. Pillow Density:

The density of a pillow refers to how much fill or stuffing is inside. This can vary greatly depending on the pillow type and the desired support level. A high-density pillow will typically have more fill and be larger in size, while a low-density pillow may be smaller and flatter. Considering the density when measuring your pillow size is important, as it can greatly affect the overall dimensions.

6. Personal Preference:

Ultimately, the most important factor to consider when measuring your pillow size is your own personal preference. Everyone has different preferences regarding their pillows’ size, shape, and firmness. It’s important to measure accurately and consider all the above factors, but ultimately, choose a size that will provide you with the most comfort and support while sleeping.

Try Out Different Sizes and Types of Pillows

Be bold and try out different sizes and types of pillows until you find the perfect fit for your needs.  So, always consider your personal preference when measuring and choosing a pillow size.

Following these considerations will ensure that you have the right size pillow for your needs, providing you with a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Remember to measure carefully consider all factors related to your specific pillow, and be bold and try out different options until you find the perfect fit. Sweet dreams!  So, always consider your personal preference when measuring and choosing a pillow size.  Happy sleeping!

Maintaining Tips for Keeping Pillow Size Accuracy

1. Regular fluffing and reshaping is one of the most important factors in maintaining pillow size accuracy. This helps to redistribute the filling evenly throughout the pillow and prevents any lumps or clumps from forming.

2. Another tip is avoiding excessive pressure on the pillows, such as sitting or jumping. This can cause the filling to shift and result in an uneven distribution, affecting the overall size and shape of the pillow.

3. Washing and drying pillows according to manufacturer instructions is also crucial in maintaining their size accuracy. Using a gentle cycle and low heat setting can help prevent any shrinkage or distortion that may occur with harsher washing methods.

4. Using a pillow protector or cover can help protect the pillow from dirt, sweat, and other substances that can cause it to become misshapen. Regularly washing the pillow cover can also help maintain its cleanliness and hygiene.

Using a Pillow Protector

5. Proper pillow storage is also important in maintaining their size accuracy. Storing them in a cool, dry place can prevent any moisture buildup leading to clumping or mold growth. Pillows should also be stored in a way that allows them to maintain their shape, such as standing on their edges or lying flat.

6. Finally, regularly inspecting and replacing old or worn-out pillows can help ensure their size accuracy. Over time, pillows may lose their shape and support, making it necessary to replace them for a better night’s sleep.

Following these tips can help prolong the lifespan of your pillows and maintain their size accuracy, ensuring maximum comfort and support for a restful sleep.

Always read and follow manufacturer instructions for the best care practices, and consult a professional if you have any concerns or questions about maintaining your pillows.  Ultimately, by taking proper care of your pillows, you can continue enjoying their softness and comfort for years.  So don’t forget to fluff, wash, and store your pillows carefully! Happy sleeping!

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Measure Pillow Size

What if My Pillow is Not a Standard Size?

If your pillow does not fall into the standard sizes of small, medium, large or extra-large, you can still use the same measuring method and adjust your measurements accordingly. For example, if your pillow is longer than a standard queen size but not quite as long as a king size, you can list its dimensions as 20 inches by 32 inches instead of 20 inches by 30 inches for a queen size.

Do I Need to Measure the Thickness of My Pillow?

Measuring the thickness or depth of your pillow can be useful if you are looking for a specific type of pillow, such as an extra-thick or ultra-slim one. However, measuring the thickness is only sometimes necessary unless you have a specific preference or requirement.

What Other Factors Should I Consider When Measuring Pillow Size?

Aside from the standard measurements of width, length, and thickness, you should also consider any special features or shapes of your pillow. For example, a contour pillow may have different dimensions than a regular rectangular one. In this case, it is best to measure the widest and longest points of the pillow to get an accurate size.

Additionally, suppose your pillow has a unique design or features, such as a gusseted edge or quilted pattern. In that case, you may need to measure these aspects separately and add them to the overall measurements.

What Are Some Common Pillow Sizes?

The most common pillow sizes are standard, queen, king, and European. A standard-size pillow typically measures 20 inches by 26 inches, while a queen-size pillow measures 20 inches by 30 inches. A king-size pillow is usually 20 inches by 36 inches, and European pillows are square-shaped with dimensions of 26 inches by 26 inches.

Can I Use a Pillow Size Chart to Determine the Right Size?

While pillow size charts can give you a general idea of what size to look for, it is always best to measure the actual pillow itself. Different brands and manufacturers may have slight variations in size, so you may need more than just a chart to give you an accurate measurement.


Now you know how to measure pillow size and what factors to consider when doing so. Remember to always measure your pillow at its widest and longest points for accuracy, and don’t forget to consider any special features or shapes. Adjust your measurements accordingly if your pillow does not fall into a standard size category.

With this knowledge, you can confidently find the perfect-sized pillows for your bed or furniture and ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. Happy measuring!  

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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