How often should you change your pillows?

Goose down pillows | scooms bedding

Many sleep experts recommend replacing a pillow every one to two years. Why?

The key purpose of your pillow is to support your head and neck while you sleep, so that you don’t wake up with neck pain or stiffness. Pillows, like mattresses, deflate and lose their ability to be supportive over time. Different fillings do have different durability, natural down and feather pillows last longer than polyester filled pillows for example. Eventually though, all pillows will lose their shape and need to be changed.




Pillows also absorb body oils, dead skin cells and can attract dust mites (yuck!) Regular washing every six months can extend your pillows lifespan. Check the care label on your pillow for washing instructions. Foam pillows can’t be washed however. See our Guide to cleaning your pillow.

So, how do you know when it’s time to change your pillow? Is your pillow still doing its job? Do you wake up with neck pain or stiffness? Try these tests to check if you need to replace your pillow:

Down & feather pillows - Do you have to constantly fluff it up so that it supports your head?

Foam & synthetic pillows - Has the filling gone lumpy and clumpy?

Has your pillow gone flat?

Does your pillow still feel that it supports your head and neck?

If you fold your pillow in half does it stay folded?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it is time to treat yourself to a lovely new pillow!




Pillows aren’t really recyclable but instead of throwing your old pillows away, think about donating them to an animal shelter. Unless you have a pet of your own who would love a new bed!

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Caring for your scooms pillow | scooms bedding
How to clean and care for your scooms pillow

You can wash our goose down and feather pillows in the washing machine. Just follow the instructions on the care label. We recommend that you wash your pillow every 6 to 12 months.

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Bedding size guide

Duvet size & weight guide

These are standard UK bedding sizes so if you know your mattress size you can easily work out which duvet size you need.

Duvet size Duvet weight UK mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm
(4ft 5" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 302g 
9 tog - 486g 
All seasons - 788g
90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm
(6ft 7" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 448g
9 tog - 720g
All seasons - 1168g
135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm
(7ft 4" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 567g 
9 tog - 911g
All seasons - 1478g
150 x 200cm
Super King 260 x 220cm
(8ft 6" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 641g
9 tog - 1030g
All seasons - 1671g
180 x 200cm 


Duvet tog rating guide

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to be using a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
4.5 tog Summer / hot sleepers Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm


Pillow size guide

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support.

50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm


Bed linen size guide

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons.

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 50cm x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 50cm x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm

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