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The JYSK Pillow Buying Guide

Pillow Buying Guide

There are several elements to getting restful sleep. A comfortable and supportive mattress, soft sheets, and a warm blanket are all key to waking up well rested and energized. So too is the right pillow. Many people unknowingly sacrifice a refreshing sleep because they don’t have the right pillow but that doesn’t have to be the case. Take a look below for some pointers on how to get just the right pillow for a great night’s sleep.

This guide is broken down into a few categories. Feel free to scroll through from top to bottom or use any of the links to the left to jump the whichever section you’d like to read.


How to Choose

A really easy way to help narrow down what kind of pillow you need is to consider how you sleep. There are, generally speaking, four varieties of sleeper; there are back sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and then there are people who have a tendency to shift sleeping positions throughout the night. Here are some pillow firmness suggestions for each kind of sleeper so you can get the best possible sleep every night.

Back Sleepers: A medium support pillow is best for people who tend to sleep on their back. This level of firmness will provide an ideal amount of support to the upper spine. Memory foam or polyester filled pillows will most likely be the best option but feather filled pillows are also worth considering for a natural option.

Side Sleepers: An important consideration for side sleepers is spine position. A firm or super firm pillow will cradle the head and neck and help to keep the spine in a natural, straight line. Consider memory foam pillows as they tend to provide the most support.

Stomach Sleepers: With too firm a pillow, stomach sleepers can end up angling their neck in an awkward and uncomfortable way. Stomach sleepers should opt for a soft, plush pillow to allow for a more natural sleeping position. Pillows with an 80/20 mix of down and feather are great options.

Combination Sleepers: People who tend to shift positions throughout the night are usually best served by a medium support pillow. The only exception to this is if they spend more time sleeping on their stomach than their back or side. In this case, a softer option such as a down or down alternative filled pillow is recommended.


Pillow sizes:


The right size and number of pillows is entirely a matter of preference but below are some suggestions based on mattress size to help get you started.

Twin or Twin XL Bed: 1 Standard pillow (20” x 26”)

Double or Queen: 2 Queen pillows (20” x 30”)

King: 2 King pillows (20” x 36”) or 3 Standards pillows (20” x 26”)


Fill Types:

The kind of material used to fill your pillows is just as important as selecting the correct size and firmness. With a wide variety of fill options, you can find the perfect option for breathability, support, and allergy symptom reduction.

Natural (Down): Down filled pillows are among the most comfortable and a long-lasting option. Down filled pillows are arguably the most luxurious pillows thanks to the fluffy, insulating ability of down which is the super soft undercoat beneath a duck’s or goose’s feathers.

Natural (Feather): Feather filled pillows are among the most comfortable and a long-lasting option. Feather filled pillows create a much firmer pillow providing a significant amount of support.

Polyester: Polyester filled pillows not only do a fantastic job of providing just the right amount of support all night long, they are also ideal for allergy sufferers thanks to the fact that there are no naturally occurring allergens in the synthetic fibres.

Memory Foam: For people who tend to suffer from neck pain or spinal issues during the night, memory foam is a great option. Providing ergonomic neck and head support through the use of a dense, spongey material, memory foam pillows are ideal for sleepers who prefer a firmer pillow that provides significant support.

Hypoallergenic: For people who suffer from allergies to things like pollen and dust, be sure to look for pillows that are advertised as hypoallergenic as these pillows will not contain any materials that are known to aggravate allergies. Most often, pillows that contain synthetic polyester fills will be hypoallergenic though it is possible to find down and feather filled pillows that are rated to be hypoallergenic as well.


Pillow Care and Cleaning 

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Other Things to Consider

Pillowcases: You’re going to want to make sure you get a pillowcase to protect your pillow and extend its lifespan. Pillowcases are available in a variety of styles and designs. As a general rule, pillowcases with higher thread counts (or, in the case of flannel, higher GSM) will provide greater protection due to the tighter weave of the fabric blocking dirt and oil from penetrating easily. Higher TC/GSM pillowcases will also be softer and more durable too so they will be able to provide long-term protection for your pillow.


When to Replace: There’s no specific rule regarding when to replace a pillow. Generally speaking, if a pillow is taken care of it can last several years and it’s ultimately up to the user to determine if it’s time to replace it. If a pillow no longer looks evenly filled or if it’s starting to cause shoulder or neck pain or restless sleep then it’s probably time for a new one. For allergy sufferers, replacing a pillow more frequently can also help to reduce allergy symptoms.