What size is a standard pillow?

Standard size pillow pair

What is the standard pillow size? A standard size pillow is 50cm x 75cm (20” x 30”).  A king size pillow, also called super king pillow, is 50cm x 90cm (20” x 35”). These rectangular pillows are the two most common pillow sizes in the UK.

STANDARD PILLOW 50cm x 75cm (20” x 30”) SHOP NOW
KING / SUPER KING PILLOW 50cm x 90cm (20” x 35”) SHOP NOW
TODDLER / CHILD 40cm x 60cm (16” x 24”)
SQUARE 65cm x 65cm (26” x 26”)
BODY 45cm x 150cm (18” x 59”)  

 Our Hungarian goose down pillow comes in standard and king size.


Here's our guide to pillow sizes:

  1. Which size pillow do I need?
  2. What size is a king pillow?
  3. What size pillow should a child use?
  4. What size is a square pillow? 
  5. What is a wedge pillow?
  6. What is the point of a body pillow?
  7. What is a bolster pillow?


Which size pillow do I need?

Choose the pillow size that you find most comfortable. If you have a single bed, double bed or king size bed, then a standard size pillow will fit best. You may want a larger king size pillow if you have a super king size bed or an emperor size bed, so that two king size pillows fit across the width of your large bed.

How your pillows will fit across your mattress width:

SINGLE: 90cm STANDARD: 75m or KING: 90cm
DOUBLE: 135cm TWO STANDARD: 2 x 75cm = 150cm
KING: 150cm TWO STANDARD: 2 x 75cm = 150cm
SUPER KING: 180cm TWO KING: 2 x 90cm = 180cm


What size is a king pillow?

king size pillow measures 50 x 90cm which is 15cm wider than a standard size pillow. A king pillow is also called a super king pillow. 


What size pillow should a child use?

Children, aged over 18 to 24 months, should use smaller size ‘Cot’ or ‘Toddler’ pillows measuring 40cm x 60cm (16” x 24”).  An adult size pillow may strain your child’s neck and shoulders.

See our guide to When can a baby have a pillow


What size is a square pillow?

A square pillow measures 65cm x 65cm (26” x 26”). This is a Euro Continental size pillow and not commonly used in the UK as a pillow to sleep on. You may want to use square pillows as an extra support to prop yourself up when sitting up in bed or to stylishly decorate your bed.


What is a wedge pillow?

A wedge pillow is triangular in shape, very firm and used specifically to elevate your head as you sleep. They are used to help people with respiratory issues, sinus problems and snorers and sleep apnea sufferers.


What is the point of a body pillow?

Body pillows are long pillows, around 5ft long, that can be really useful during pregnancy to support your bump or after surgery to help make sleeping more comfortable. A body pillow can help you to align your head, neck and back to reduce pressure on your shoulders and hips when you sleep. This can help prevent any aches and pains that you may be experiencing.


What is a bolster pillow?

A bolster pillow is long and narrow and usually firm. It doesn’t come in a standard size or shape. It’s usually used to provide back or arm support. A bolster pillow can often be solely decorative and used to dress a bed or sofa.



    Author: Emily AttwoodPublished: 7 March 2018Last modified: 11 April 2024

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    These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

    UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
    Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
    Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
    King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
    Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

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    EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

    Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.



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

     Tog rating Season / heat Feel
    2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
    4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
    9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
    All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
    All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
    All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth



    Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

    Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
    Single All seasons - 788gsm
    9 tog - 486gsm 
    4.5 tog - 302gsm 
    2.5 tog - 220gsm
    Double All seasons - 1168gsm
    9 tog - 720gsm
    4.5 tog - 448gsm
    2.5 tog - 320gsm
    King All seasons - 1478gsm
    9 tog - 911gsm
    4.5 tog - 567gsm
    2.5 tog - 400gsm
    Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
    9 tog - 1030gsm
    4.5 tog - 641gsm
    2.5 tog - 480gsm



    Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

    Standard  50 x 75cm
    King 50 x 90cm



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

    Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
    Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
    Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
    King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
    Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm



    Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

    Mattress protector size Mattress size
    Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
    Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
    King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
    Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 


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