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Standard Pillowcase Size Chart: Find Your Best Fit

Pillows come in all different shapes and sizes; everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to which they use. There are Standard pillows, King-size pillows, Queen-size pillows, special orthopedic pillows, and sham pillows – just to name a few.

For every pillow size, there is a corresponding pillowcase size. Having a pillowcase that fits your pillow is ideal, so it's good to know the dimensions of the different sizes. That way, when you're out shopping for pillowcases or buying pillowcases online, you'll know exactly what to look for.

First, let us have a look at some of the key reasons we use pillowcases in the first place. Then, we'll go into a bit more detail about the sizes and types of pillows.

What Is the Purpose of Pillowcases?

Some people argue that pillowcases aren't necessary at all. Considering how quickly pillows can accumulate dust, dust mites, and other harmful allergens, this is a redundant argument.

Keeping Your Pillows Clean

  • Pillowcases are washable, whereas pillows themselves are significantly harder to wash. They add an extra layer of protection for your skin, not to mention your lungs. Without the ability to regularly wash your pillowcases, you would be exposing yourself to the dirt, dead skins cells, and saliva that has accumulated on your pillow over time.

Reduce Symptoms of Asthma

  • According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, "Dust mite allergens are a common trigger of allergy and asthma symptoms.'' This makes using pillowcases of utmost importance for those suffering from asthmatic attacks.

Help Your Pillows Last Longer

  • Regularly washing your pillowcases reduces the build-up of unwanted dirt inside your actual pillow, increasing their lifespan. Rather than having to dump your pillows every several months, pillowcases are a way of making them last longer.

What Are the Standard Pillowcase Sizes?

Standard Size 20 in x 26 in 51 cm x 56 cm
Queen Size 20 in x 30 in 51 cm x 76 cm
King Size 20 in x 36 in 51 cm x 92 cm
Body Size 20 in x 54 in 51 cm x 137 cm

Standard Size Pillowcases

The size of the Standard pillowcases is 20 by 26 inches. These are the most used pillowcases and are made to fit both a Standard- and Queen-size pillow.

Queen Size Pillowcases

Queen-size pillowcases are a bit longer than the Standard size. They are 20 by 30 inches, which gives them a little extra fabric to work with. Two Queen-sized pillows fit adequately across a Queen-sized bed.

King Size Pillowcases

Obviously, King-sized pillowcases are made to fit King-sized pillows. These pillowcases are usually 20 by 36 inches, giving them even more extra length than the Queen-sized pillows. They will fit comfortably across both a Queen or a King bed.

Body-Size Pillowcases

Body-sized pillows are the longest pillows you'll likely be able to find. They are often used to tuck between the legs during sleep for back and hip support. They are 20 by 54 inches and are not as common as the pillows mentioned above. It can be hard to find pillowcases of this size depending on the extensiveness of the home store you use.

The Bottom Line

Pillowcases are essential for a healthy night's sleep, despite what some of your friends might say about their necessity. They add an extra layer of protection between you and the harmful allergens that accumulate in your pillow over time. They protect the skin and lungs from dust, dust mites, and other nasty things – and they're especially important for those who suffer from asthma.

Every pillowcase has a corresponding pillowcase size and knowing what to look for before making any purchases is a good idea!

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