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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Pillow


Why do people keep bedding in their bedrooms? To get a good night’s sleep, of course! While you need a great mattress to get a solid night’s sleep, your pillow can greatly influence the quality of your sleep, too.

A pillow is supposed to support your head and neck while you sleep. It’s also supposed to promote the proper alignment of your body when you’re in bed. If you’ve woken up with an achy neck or sore shoulders in recent days, it may be time for you to replace your bed pillows.

As you look for new pillows, you should keep a few things in mind, including your sleeping position, a pillow’s firmness, size and filling and any needs you have that may require you to get a specialty pillow. Now that you know what to consider, let’s look at each factor individually.

Sleeping Position

The position you sleep in most often will have a big influence on the type of pillow you should purchase. If you sleep on your side or stomach, you’ll need a different kind of pillow than someone who sleeps on their back, for example. In general, back sleepers often do well with a medium-density or a contour pillow. Side sleepers tend to sleep well with a medium-density pillow as well while stomach sleepers usually fare best with soft and low-density pillows.


Bed pillows are typically made so that their size matches a given bed size. Bed pillows usually come in three sizes, standard, queen, and king. A standard king pillow is 20” x 36” so that two of them will equal the 72-inch width of a standard king bed. Queen pillows measure 20” x 30” while 20” x 26” is the size of a standard pillow.


The filling in a pillow is an important consideration because it will determine how your pillow holds up night after night. It’s also what provides support for your neck and head. Here are some common fillings you’ll have to choose from when you’re shopping for a new bed pillow:

  • Foam
  • Memory Foam
  • Down
  • Feathers
  • Polyester
  • Cotton


Pillows come in different levels of firmness, soft, medium soft, firm and very firm. A feather pillow is the softest pillow available while memory foam is the firmest pillow you’ll find. Soft pillows are normally ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Medium soft pillows are often great for back and side sleepers. Side sleepers are also commonly drawn to firm pillows. If a side sleeper has neck pain, the person may want to get a pillow that’s very firm.

Specialty Pillows

Specialty pillows are made to provide support when you’re in a certain sleeping position and to alleviate pain at certain pressure points. Specialty pillows are made in several forms to provide custom support that helps people sleep better. Here are a few kinds of specialty pillows:

  • Pregnancy Pillows
  • Contour Pillows
  • Leg Support Pillows
  • Wedge Pillows

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