What is a King size pillow?
Among American sized pillows, the King size pillow is the largest. King size pillows have an extra-long measurement of 20’’ x 36’’. On a standard King size bed, two of these pillows side by side will fit comfortably. But on standard Twin size beds, one King size pillow is the perfect width. Some customers aren’t satisfied with the extra length and weight of these pillows so will choose to use them for decorative purposes instead. When picking the size of a pillow, it is important to consider the size of your bed as well as your own body. So, we recommend trying out different sizes before making a decision.
What to look at when choosing the best King size pillow for your needs?
The size, although quite important, is not the only aspect you should be worried about. You should be looking at several other features when choosing the best King size pillow for your needs, such as the ones mentioned below.
The best fill type for you
The filling determines the level of support the pillow can provide. There are numerous filling options available for pillows. Natural pillows are made of high-quality goose or duck feathers and down. However, they are not recommended for people with respiratory allergies. Down pillows are naturally soft, light and flatten easily. They provide good neck support and comfort. Feather pillows are firmer and less expensive than down pillows. Another natural option pillow is a filling with a mixture of feather and down. These pillows are filled with duck feathers covered with a down surround. They are affordable, comfortable and provide good support.
Synthetic pillows are a great alternative to natural pillows and perfect for allergy sufferers. These pillows are warm, easy to care for and much lighter. They come in a variety of different forms. Microfiber pillows are designed to replicate the natural down, trap warmth and are filled with highly breathable microfiber. They are ideal for support. Memory foam is another popular alternative. These pillows are filled with polyurethane foam that molds to the shape of your head and neck, keeping them aligned. They are slow to bounce back and provide ideal support, making them good pillows for back pain or neck pain sufferers. The best latex pillows are filled with 100% latex and are highly durable. They are mildew proof and easy to maintain.
There are numerous other fillings available in the market as well such as silk, wool, polyester, and buckwheat. In fact, these days we can even find pillows with multiple fill components like 50% silk and 50% polyester or latex, shredded foam and gel filling.
Check case material
It is crucial to invest in a pillow protector or check case material if you want to ensure the longevity of your pillow. Pillows absorb a lot of body moisture when we sleep so a pillow cover will act as a barrier to prevent your pillow from becoming discolored. It also helps retain your pillow’s natural shape. Washing a case is also much easier than washing the entire pillow, and it is often a better way to clean your pillow.
What is your sleep position?
If you know what your sleep position is, then it will be much easier to narrow down the perfect pillow for you. Sleeping on the side is the most common sleeping position. It creates a gap between the head and the mattress so a firm or extra firm pillow is the best option to maintain proper spinal alignment. Memory foam or latex pillows are good options as they do not flatten so easily. For people who sleep on their back, a pillow that supports the head without losing the natural curve of the neck is a good option. For such people, medium support pillows with feather and down filling are good options. Front sleepers sleep with their face very close to their mattress. If you are a front sleeper, you need a soft support pillow. To make sure your head doesn’t get pushed back at an awkward angle, use a malleable down pillow or a pillow with softer polyester filling.
How can a pillow be cleaned?
Most pillows should be washed at least twice a year unless they are labeled “dry clean only”. Down and feather pillows should be washed with small amount of mild detergent powder. Powder detergent is recommended as liquid detergent leaves a sticky residue which causes clumping. While washing these pillows, it is important to make sure that they are completely dry, otherwise, there is the risk of mildew. You can even use the no-heat-air-dry setting to break up clumps that arise. Memory foam and latex pillows, on the other hand, cannot really be cleaned properly as we cannot wash or steam them. So, to clean them, you should just treat the stains and spots as they happen and use pillow cover.
Fully polyester pillows can be washed in the washing machine. You should use warm water and a few at a time to balance the load. Try to use minimal detergent; usually, one tablespoon of liquid soap will do for one load. You can later use dryer balls to fluff up these pillows.
Is there a certification available?
Many pillows these days use memory foams, some of which contain gels. Numerous chemicals and substances are used, all of which may not be healthy, safe and sustainable for the user as well as the environment. A certification is a seal or document that attests that the set standards and requirements have been met for that product. So, it is wiser to purchase pillows that are certified as you won’t have to worry about the lack of transparency from the company or low-quality products. If your pillow is certified by certification programs like CertiPUR-US, you can sleep soundly without stressing about your health.
The firmness of a pillow
The firmness of a pillow is determined by the type of filling that is inside it. The ultimate objective in terms of firmness is to find a pillow that leaves you feeling refreshed and comfortable while providing the correct support.