- Micromax™ Down-Alternative Pillow $59 – $79
- Sleepsmart 37.5® Down Alternative Pillow $79 – $89
- Micromax™ Down-Alternative Gusset Pillow $69 – $89
- Soft-Touch Down-Alternative Pillow $69 – $89
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MODERN PILLOW INSERTS at west elm
Did you know that the average person spends about one-third of his or her life in bed? Keeping that in mind, choosing the right bedding is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Wake up refreshed and rejuvenated when you sleep on the right pillow, sized perfectly and with just the right amount of support. With the incredible variety of options out there, shopping for pillows can seem overwhelming. To simplify things, consider the big picture, including your preferred sleeping position and the firmness you prefer, the fill of the pillows and the size that you like best.
How Do You Usually Sleep?
Ideally, pillows should support your head, neck and back to prevent strains, aches and pains. The height and firmness have a direct effect on how well pillows cradle your head and neck. But the position you sleep in is among the chief factors to consider before you think about any features of the pillows themselves. If you sleep on your side, you need pillows with firm support. Ideally, they should cradle your head, neck and shoulders. If you prefer sleeping on your back, pillows with medium support are best because they support your upper spine’s natural curve. If you’re a stomach sleeper, look for pillows with soft support so they don’t force your head into unnatural positions while you’re sleeping.
The Fill Determines the Feel
Firmness isn’t the only factor that goes into the feel of your pillows. Each type of fill also gives them a different sensation when you’re lying down. If you like a pillow that feels like a cloud when you lie down, look for one with a natural fill like down, feather or down-alternatives like poly-cluster fills. These materials allow the pillow to conform to your head while synthetic fills offer a little more resistance. For the most support and a dense feel, memory-foam pillows are the way to go. These are often a favorite among people who have experienced discomfort with other fill types. If you’re an allergy sufferer, look for pillows made with hypoallergenic fills. Some down fills are specially treated to reduce allergens, so make sure you read the fine print before you decide.
You wouldn’t try to stuff a king duvet insert into a twin duvet cover. Similarly, you want to size your pillows right for your bed. For example, if you’re buying pillows for a twin, one standard is typically enough. For a full or queen bed, two standard or queen-size pillows are a minimum requirement. For a king bed, you want two king pillows or three standard size pillows at a minimum. The average size of standard pillows is 20" by 26". Queen pillows typically measure 20" by 30", and king pillows are 20" by 36". As a general rule, the wider the bed, the wider the pillows. But you can add multiples instead, or use a king pillow on a twin bed if that’s what you prefer.
How Many Pillows Do I Need?
Choosing the number of pillows you want depends on three main factors: the size of the bed, your preferred sleeping height and the look you want to achieve. For some people, a plush display of pillows with some tucked neatly into pillow shams is the ideal look for their bed. For others, simply adding just what they need for sleeping is the minimalist look they’re after. Some people like sleeping with two pillows, others prefer one. Consider how you best like to sleep to determine the number of pillows you really need.
Whether you prefer feathers to organic down to synthetics, we have a perfect pillow for you at Pottery Barn pillow. And now that you know a little more about what to look for, the shopping experience should be easier than ever.