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How to Choose a Pillow Insert Size

We’ll let you in on a little secret. When it comes to creating a cozy, inviting space, pillows are the secret ingredient. However, with so many throw pillow sizes, materials, and styles to choose from, it can be tricky to find the right combination for your home. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide with everything you need to know, from calculating the right throw pillow size to picking what pillow insert to choose.

First things first

The first thing you’ll need to do is settle on the right throw pillow size. Some people find a pillow cover that they love, then start looking for an insert to match. Other people come with a particular size in mind, so they are looking for a cover that suits their taste. However, every pillow at The Citizenry comes ready to style with the insert included, so there’s no need to shop for a separate size.

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Choosing the Right Size

A good rule of thumb is to select an insert that is 2 inches larger than the cover. This extra space ensures your pillow looks full and perfectly plump. The same is true when you’re shopping for euro sham pillows. For example, if you have a 20x20 inch pillow cover, you should choose a 22x22 inch insert.

Choosing the Right Room

If you’re still struggling with what pillow insert to choose, consider the room you’re planning to put them in. Different rooms call for different throw pillow sizes, so we’ve outlined a few of our favorite tips here for picking the right pillow:

**Our favorite bed pillow sizes…**
* Standard: 20x26 inches
* Queen: 20x30 inches
* King: 20x36 inches

**Our favorite euro sham pillow tips…**
* Common sizes are 26x26 inches or 28x28 inches.
* Use an even number of pillows for a more balanced look.
* Layer 2-3 euro sham pillows for a queen or king bed.
* 1-2 pillows will work for a twin bed or a sofa.

**Common throw pillow sizes and tips…**
* Common sizes are 18x18 inches, 20x20 inches, and 22x22 inches.
* Mix different sizes and shapes to create visual interest in your space.
* Lean on colors and patterns that accent the colors in the room.
* Play with different arrangements to find the one that works for you.

Choosing the Right Material

For many people, the materials may be more important than choosing a specific throw pillow size. Luckily, pillow inserts are available in a variety of materials, each providing their own benefits. If you have allergies and don't want to sacrifice comfort, you may want to go with a synthetic down alternative, which has similar benefits but with far less sneezing.

Start Stuffing

Once you’ve found the perfect throw pillow size, it’s time to stuff. Start by fluffing the insert itself, working to distribute the filling evenly. Next, you want to fold the insert in half before inserting it into your pillow cover. Make sure that the insert fills out the entire space, fluffing to fill each corner of your new pillow. This final fluff will also help smooth out any wrinkles and create a plush, inviting look.

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