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A pillow is as essential for good sleep as a mattress. Choosing it, however, might be difficult because there are various shapes and sizes, each bearing a different purpose.
So, what are the standard pillow sizes in Australia and how to choose between them according to your needs?
This article has got all the answers, so read below!
Three Standard Pillow Sizes In Australia Explained
The best pillows in Australia are available in three common sizes: Standard, Queen, and King. Below, you’ll find a detailed description of each size, so you can choose the pillow based on your needs.
Standard (51 x 66 cm or 20” x 26”)
The smallest and the most common among the standard pillow sizes in Australia. You will find Standard pillows in the line-up of every major brand in bedding stores.
The main advantage of the Standard pillows is that their dimensions can accommodate every type of sleeper really well, and they don’t move around if you frequently switch between positions.
A Standard pillow will fit a Twin-sized bed perfectly, making it a perfect choice for kids and teenagers. Likewise, a pair of Standard pillows are perfect for a Full or Queen-sized bed.
However, if you have a King or Cal King mattress, you should size up; otherwise, it will be a lot of unused space between pillows, and your bed will generally feel disproportional.
Queen (51 x 76 cm or 20” x 30”)
Measuring 10 cm longer than the Standard, a Queen-sized pillow, as the name implies, is designed to fit Queen-sized beds. However, you can still use it on a Twin-sized bed for a snug feel or place it on a King-sized mattress for more breathing space.
The extra length makes the pillow perfect for active sleepers, who switch a lot between different positions. A larger pillow doesn’t move too much along with the sleeper and ensure that they still feel comfortable.
Along with that, higher Queen pillows will make a worthy purchase for those who need to sleep in a slightly elevated position, for example, people with reflux or sleep apnoea.
King (51 x 92 cm or 20” x 36”)
The largest of the standard pillow sizes in Australia, King, requires plenty of space to place it, so the minimal bed size for it is Queen.
Like a Queen-sized pillow, the King pillow is perfect for active sleepers because it offers you plenty of space and stays stationary no matter how actively you move throughout the night.
Overweight sleepers and those taller than 180 cm will also benefit from sleeping on a King pillow, as it allows you to comfortably position your shoulders and upper body in any position.
Finally, if you like to read or watch TV in the bed, then a King pillow is also perfect for you thanks to its increased height. Simply position it vertically and use as a cushion for your back.
Less Common Pillow Sizes
Along with the three common sizes, Australians use a couple more pillows. These sizes are less common, but you can still find them in major stores, such as Walmart or Amazon.
Body Pillow (51 x 137 cm or 20” x 54”)
Also known as a bolster, a body pillow can come in various sizes, but the most common dimensions are 51 cm by 137 cm. Here’s who can benefit from using a body pillow for additional comfort:
- Side sleepers. Especially those who have extra weight. A body pillow can keep your hips properly positioned, so they won’t put a twist on your spine. It also supports the abdomen.
- Pregnant women. During the last trimester, sleeping on the back or the side can be difficult. A bolster can provide additional support for a woman’s body without putting a lot of pressure on the womb.
- People with chronic pain. Sleeping with a body pillow increases the chances of finding a comfortable position and relieving pain.
European Square (66 x 66 cm or 26” x 26”)
This is the only European pillow size, which is mainly used as a decorative pillow when styling a look of the bed. They are perfect for stacking and adding depth to decorum.
One European square pillow fits tightly on a Twin-sized bed, and a pair of them ensure the same tight fit for a Queen bed.
How to Choose a Good Pillow?
Finally, knowing the difference between pillow sizes is just a part of the deal. A good pillow that suits your sleeping style, consists of many factors, with the main ones being materials, height and firmness.
And here’s how to choose them.
Generally, you will choose between natural materials, such as latex, goose down, or buckwheat hulls, and synthetic materials, such as shredded or solid memory foam and artificial latex blends.
Natural materials sleep cool and will serve you for longer. Plus, they make a good choice for certain conditions: for example, chiropractors consider the best pillows for the sore neck to be made of down, feathers, or latex.
Synthetic materials are cheaper and offer you an enormous variety of designs suited for every sleeping style.
The goal of the pillow is to support your head and remove the load from the neck and shoulder, so your spine can relax and rest. The main factor responsible for this is pillow height or loft. And the proper loft is tied to your preferred sleeping position:
- On the back: back sleepers will benefit from a medium loft (8-11 cm);
- On the side: comfortable pillows for side sleepers usually have a higher loft (12-15 cm);
- On the stomach: stomach sleepers usually don’t need a pillow, but sometimes can benefit from a small loft (6-7 cm);
- Combo: mixed sleepers should choose a pillow based on the most repetitive sleeping positions, or pick a model with an adjustable height.
And remember that you should change your pillow every two years (1) regardless of materials and design.
Why do Australians use European pillow sizes?
Australians use a European square pillow as a decorative pillow for styling their beds, however, these pillows can be used as additional for sleep.
What is the best pillow size for a stomach sleeper?
Most doctors agree that stomach sleepers shouldn’t use a pillow, or it will put a strain on the neck. However, if someone feels uncomfortable without a pillow, they might use a thin one or even put a thick folded towel under their head.
There are a lot of pillows to choose from! To pick a perfect one for you, consider your bed size, preferred sleeping position, and the number of pillows you need to comfortably position yourself. Also, don’t forget to check the materials of the pillow and its height, so it will feel comfortable.
What’s your preferred pillow size? Tell us below!
- Rebekah Scanlan (2021, March 3). Doctor reveals the ‘gross’ reason you need to change your pillow every two years. Retrieved from https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/doctor-reveals-gross-reason-you-need-to-change-your-pillow-every-two-years/news-story/d375193db5b72d929b1331b9632bccaa
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