How To Choose The Perfect Decorative Pillow? Size Does Matter!
The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about pillows is the comfort level. Over the years, the pillows have been used from sleeping to as an Interior decoration piece.
Beds, sofas, floor or to the corners that we need to bring that extra coziness. Pillows play a bigger role by adding more style and color to our living. Pillows come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and sizes:
What are the standard pillow sizes?
While there are standard sizes for bedding pillows, the standard sizes for many other styles of pillows often depend on where and how they are used.
Bedding Pillow Sizes
There are four basic sizes.
- Standard – 20″x26″.
- Queen – 20”x30”.
- King – 20”x36”.
- Euro – 26”x26”.
Decorative Pillow Sizes
Many interior designers agree that certain sizes of throw pillows work best for certain situations, even though there are a wide variety of styles and sizes of decorative pillows. There is no “standard” size for accent pillows used to enhance décor. That is a matter of opinion and design.
Decorative pillows are often used to bring color to a boring setting or to help pull together colors from other elements in a room like the walls, drapes, and other furniture pieces. These pillows are often adorned with buttons, tassels, trims, and other decorative accessories.
Sizes vary from 16×16, 18×18, 20×20; 24×24, 26×26; 12×16; 12×20; 12×24
Throw pillows, or toss pillows, are typically small pillows that can be simply “thrown” into any position on a couch or chair. Looking around online for throw pillows, the standard sizes range from 16” square to a jumbo 24” square.
Lumbar pillows have become popular because of their abnormal shape. Most often, lumbar pillows are used to span the width of a club chair to help the chair seem larger. They can provide a splash of color while providing comfortable lumbar support.
Standard lumbar pillow sizes are 12”x20″. Larger lumbar pillows can be used for back cushions or support with other large cushions or pillows.
Bolster pillows are cylindrical and are typically kept on daybeds and beds. Bolsters are ordered by choosing the width and the diameter. They are available in diameters up to 6” and larger for longer-width pillows.
Floor pillows are simply oversized throw pillows on the floor. At Cushion Source, our standard size of floor pillows, or at least our most popular, would be 26×26”. The bigger the better since these will be used for comfortable seating, and these pillows are perfect for that favorite board game during family time.
What you need to know when decorating with Pillows
The standard size of throw pillows needed is dependent on the size of the area where they will be placed. Pillows that are 16” – 20” square will work well on larger sofas and chairs. Choosing smaller pillow sizes for large furniture may make them look out of place. Smaller patterned pillows can work well when used along with larger solid pillows in the background.
Just as the rules for decorating are not set in stone and are up to individual interpretation and tastes, set your design standards, and you will discover your style.