Throw Pillow Sizing Guide

One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘what size pillow cover should I buy?’. One of the best things about pillows are the huge number of options – size, style, fabric, colours… But the number of options can get overwhelming fast, especially when buying online. 

Below are a few guidelines that I like to use when choosing pillows to style a space. These are not hard and fast rules – think of this guide as a starting point and add your own unique touch.

Pillow Sizes for Sofas & Sectionals

Start with the largest pillows at the back and layer in smaller pillows. Typically 2″ increments work well for combinations (i.e. 22″ pillow in front of a 24″ pillow or an 18″ pillow layered on top of a 20″ pillow). Layer in a lumbar pillow to add even more texture and pattern.

Smaller scale sofas and loveseats (less than 72 inches wide) do well with 18-20″ pillows.

If you want a more casual, loungey vibe on your full size sofa or sectional, size up to 24″.

Sectionals can be a little more tricky. Try a pair of 20″ & 22″ pillows on each side and add another 20″ & 22″ pair in the corner with a lumbar.

Pillow Sizing for Chairs

Either a single lumbar or a single 20-22″ pillow work well.

A rule of thumb for sizing lumbar pillows is to measure the width of your chair’s seat (inside of the arms if it has them) and subtract 2-4 inches. This is a good width for a lumbar pillow that will fit easily within the chair without looking too big or too small.

12×20″ or 12×24″ lumbars are always a good choice.

Pillow Sizes for Beds

Black & White Rustic Stripe Long Lumbar Pillow

There are many, many potential combinations depending what look you’re going for. Here are a couple of my go-tos.

Two 24-26″ square pillows (or three if you have a King) plus a lumbar in front.

I also love using long lumbars, they’re a great way to make the bed look pulled together quickly with minimal effort. Try a 14×36″ for a Queen or 14×48″ for a King.

Throw Pillow Sizing Guide
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