How do I Choose the right pillow?
Where do we start with choosing a pillow? When we go when we step into a large departmental store , the task can feel a little overwhelming. Do I buy on price or material or brand? Usually we gravitate towards the brand that we are currently using. But what if we want a different level of comfort compared to what we are receiving from our current pillow. Ultimately pillow selection is a very personal choice as what one person finds ‘just right’ the next will find uncomfortable.
So below we have compiled a little information, to help you make an informed decision for your own comfort requirements.
Synthetic or Natural? Feather? Or Microfibre?
Feather - the most expensive of the pillow fillings. Feather pillows will give a soft supple level of comfort. Luxurious to the touch these pillows rely on being ‘fluffed up’ periodically to keep the comfort and loft level. There are indeed different qualities or feather fill and we would always recommend a white duck or goose filling. See Sheets on the Line’s feather pillows.
Microfibre - Has fantastic properties that suit most people's specific comfort needs. Low allergenic, microfibre is a great choice for anyone with allergies or respiratory issues. The loft is soft while supportive and will keep it’s shape and comfort level for long periods of use. Totally washable. See Sheets on the Line’s microfibre pillows.
What Height or Loft for sleeping position?
Medium loft is for those that prefer a soft loft with slightly less height. If you sleep on your back, the pillow you choose must be able to induce a slight stretch on your neck in order to optimally support your neck’s progressive curve.
High Loft is for those who prefer something with more support and height. If you sleep on your side, the pillow must be high but soft enough to give your head a leveled position while keeping your neck straight in alignment with your spine. The pillow must not cause your neck to curve or tilt upwards or downwards. The pillow must allow your neck to rest at a level that keeps the vertebrae in your neck aligned with your spine.
Pillow Outer Casing
Making sure that the pillows outer casing is a good quality cotton and not a synthetic material that will be promote heat and perspiration for the user. Sheets on the Line uses 200+ thread count, 100% cotton pillow outer casings to ensure the ultimate in softness and comfort.
In Australia we have two sizes for bed pillows.
- 50 x 70cm - This is the standard and will fit all major bed sheet sets. See our ‘Standard’ Pillows.
- 50 x 90cm - This is the ‘King’ size pillow to suit beds that are from ‘King size’ to ‘Super-King’. Pillowcases will be purchased separately as they do not come in a traditional bed sheet set. See our ‘King Size’ Pillows.
Checklist when choosing a pillow
Consider the following:
- What is the age and physical size of the user?
- What is the preferred sleeping position?
- Is the user currently in need of any special support?
- How long does the user lie in bed?
- Is the user prone to allergies or suffering from allergy-related issues?
Once you considered the above, you would be able to choose the pillow or duvet according to the following:
- Pillow fill type
- Pillow height and fill weight
- Pillow softness/firmness
- Temperature regulation of fill type