Pillowcase Sizes and Dimensions Guide

Pillowcase Sizes and Dimensions Guide

Written by Nectarsleep editorial team

Last Updated on Apr 27, 2022

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    Pillowcases protect your pillows from stains, dirt, and other wear and tear. Pillow covers allow you to make your pillows look attractive with various patterns and colors. The pillowcase needs to fit your pillow well. A too large cover will repeatedly fall off or bundle up, disturbing your sleep. A too-small cover will flatten up your pillow in a few weeks. 

    We can divide the pillowcases into four types, body, king, queen, and standard. There are other specialty pillow cover types as well. Continue reading to learn everything about these pillow cover types. 

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    Pillowcase Dimensions Chart

    Pillowcases TypesWidth (in inches)Length (in inches)
    Body 20 inches54 inches
    King20 inches36 inches
    Queen20 inches30 inches
    Standard20 inches26 inches

    Standard Size Pillowcase

    Standard Pillowcase Size: 20 inches by 26 inches

    Standard size pillowcases are popular in the US. Generally, the standard pillow covers are used with standard size pillows. However, due to their extra size, you can easily fit them on a queen size pillow too. A standard size pillow is used on a twin bed. If you have a queen-size bed, you may need two standard-size pillows, and for a king size bed, you would require three pillows. 

    If you need a larger size, you can use super standard pillowcases. These are 2 inches longer than standard-size pillow covers. They can cover standard and super standard pillows but are small for king-size pillows. 

    Queen Size Pillowcase

    Queen Pillowcase Size: 20 inches by 30 inches

    Queen size pillowcases have the same width as standard size covers, but these are 4 inches longer. Most standard-size pillowcases can fit queen-size pillows too. You can use a standard-size pillowcase with a queen pillow for a fuller look. 

     You can use queen pillows on a queen bed as well as a king or California mattress. For a queen bed, you should use two queen size pillows for a complete look. 

    King Size Pillowcase

    King Pillowcase Size: 20 inches by 36 inches

     

    King size pillowcases are used with king pillows. These pillow covers are 10 inches longer than a standard-size pillow cover, making them too large for other pillow sizes

    For a king or California king-size bed, you can keep two king-size pillows side by side. For a queen-size bed, it’s possible to have two king size pillows, but it might look too tight. You can use one king-size pillow for beds smaller than king-size. 

    Body Size Pillowcase

    Standard Body Pillow Sizes: 20 inches by 54 inches

    Body pillows are oversized pillows to support your body while sleeping. Body pillowcases are made for body size pillows. These are the largest and longest pillowcases in the market. Body pillows come in various shapes, C, U, I, or J. An I-shaped body pillow is most commonly used by people and may come with a pillowcase, but for other shapes, you might require searching for the right body pillowcase. 

    Body Size Pillowcase

    Other Specialty Pillowcase Sizes

    Specialty pillowcases are designed for specialty pillows. There are no standard sizing guidelines for these pillowcases. You may need to search for a matching pillowcase for your pillow.

    Euro

    Euro Pillow Size: 26 inches by 26 inches

    These square pillows are used widely in the US for decorative purposes or while reading novels or watching movies. Even if they are not used every night, it is important to use Euro pillowcases, as it protects them from catching dirt, stains and makes them last longer. 

    Travel

    Travel pillows are small and are easy to carry. Travel pillows come in two shapes: C shape and rectangular shape. 

    Travelers use C shape pillows for overall support to their necks and heads for long trips. Mostly, these pillows come with a built-in and non-removable cover. It’s rare to find a pillowcase for these specialty pillows.

    Rectangular pillows are also known as toddler pillows, as due to their small size, they are used by toddlers. You can easily find pillowcases for these pillows in various colors. 

    Throw

    Throw pillows are primarily used for decorative purposes. There is so much variety in pattern and cover when it comes to throw pillow covers. It’s easy to find  throw pillowcases that match the style of your living room.

    Orthopedic

    Orthopedic pillows are used for proper body positioning. They help relieve medical conditions like sleep apnea, back pain, and insomnia. With orthopedic pillows, no size fits all. These pillows come in various sizes to fulfill everyone’s requirements. These can be used under your head and neck or your legs. 

    Due to their unique shapes, it’s challenging to find a fitting orthopedic pillowcase. Ask the pillow brand if the pillow comes with a case or sell a suitable pillowcase. 

    Read this guide to learn more about buying the right pillow.

    Do Pillows Always Need a Pillowcase?

    Yes.

    Reasons Why You Need a Pillowcase:

    • It protects pillows from dirt, sweat, and stains.
    • It protects them from wear and tear, making them last longer.
    • It allows you to give your pillows and room an interesting look. For example, you can select a pillow cover matching your living room. 

    However, some pillows may not need a pillowcase. C-shaped travel pillows and wedge pillows come with an inbuilt pillowcase. Pillows used for neck pain have a contoured design that doesn’t allow a pillow cover.

    Conclusion

    It’s important to use pillowcases as they protect your pillows from dirt, allergens, and stains. Buying the right size pillowcase ensures it doesn’t fall off repeatedly and doesn’t flatten it over time. After you find the right size cover, you can look for other factors, including color and design, as per your preference.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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