Pillow Pickers: Choose New Pillows Based on Firmness, Filling and Size

Pillow Pickers: Choose New Pillows Based on Firmness, Filling and Size

Selecting a new pillow can be overwhelming, because there are so many options to choose from. Pillow options are based on firmness, filling material and size.  Once a pillow is selected, then it’s important to protect your investment.

Pillow Firmness
When choosing a new pillow, think about the position that you start to fall asleep. Are you more comfortable on your back, side or stomach?
Soft pillows are generally for stomach sleepers, while medium-density pillows are good choices side sleepers and the midnight Olympians who toss and turn. Back sleepers should select firm pillows that provide neck stability.
Remember ... firmness is based on personal preference.
Adjustability and support also play a factor in choosing a pillow. They create a proper sleeping position with a healthy posture, no matter how you sleep. Adjustability refers to how a pillow adjusts to cradle your head, and support is the way a pillow fills in the curves between your neck and upper spine.

Pillow Filling Material
A down pillow can last up to 10 years, and you’ll be lucky if a synthetic pillow makes it to the terrible twos. Generally, synthetics decompress in less than 24 months. Sleeping positions also contribute to a pillows longevity. If you’re active at night, then your pillow is probably contorting more than that of sound sleeper, which will lead to flattened, distorted pillow. 

Traditional Pillow Sizes
Standard: 20 in. x 26 in.
Jumbo: 20 in. x 28 in.
Queen: 20 in. x 30 in.
King: 20 in. x 36 in.
European: 26 in. x 26 in.
Travel Pillow: 12 in. x 16 in.
Body Pillow: 20 in. x 54 in.

Pillow Protection
Pillow covers -- also known as pillow protectors --  are placed on the pillow, which then, goes inside of a pillow case. They are usually zippered, and protect your pillow from stains, dust and moisture. Pillow cases are purchased in pairs -- with the exception of twin sizes -- and usually have an opening on one side.

Standard-size pillow cases are roomy enough to accommodate most king and jumbo pillows.

Pillow Decor
Searching for a decorative finish for pillows? Then consider pillow shams. Pillow shams are great for dressing up your bed and adding personal style.  Unlike a pillow case, shams are stitched on all four sides with back slit opening to insert a pillow.

If you’re searching for a perfect pillow to lull you through the night, then you should consider a new pillow from Domestic Bin.

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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