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10 Things to Consider When Buying a Pillow

by John Stewart
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A good pillow should be able to give comfort and support in the best possible way and it should not deflate or lose its fluffiness very quickly.

Below is a guide that may help you keep an eye out when you are out there scavenging for your next pillow;

1. Pillow filling

The type of pillow fill dictates whether or not a pillow would last for a long period of time. Take for example the natural goose down feathers, though a tad pricey, they are long lasting and excellent in terms of comfort.

The other alternative is the synthetic or polyester fiber pillows. They are more cost-friendly than the down feather pillow, generally hypoallergenic and machine washable. Then there is the spongy memory foam for firmer support. The disadvantage about foam pillows is that they retain heat.

If you are that type of person that easily sweat, I would suggest that you should shy away from foam pillows. Again, research. The pillow fill is the most important thing in a pillow and so choose a fill you are comfortable with.

2. Fluff factor

If you would like to have a very comfortable and long lasting pillow, you should really put this into consideration. The fluffier the pillow, the more it lasts.

Fresh air can be able to travel through it hence ideal for giving comfortable support. Fold the pillow and see if it fluffs back up. If not, you will have to look for another one.

3. Thread count

The higher the thread count, the more durable and softer it becomes. What do I mean by thread count? This refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric.

The standard sized pillow with a thread count of 300 is comfortable to sleep on and cost efficient. If you are in search for something more luxurious than that, I suggest you go for one with a 500-800 thread count.

Anything above that, though being the best, you will have to pay a hefty price for it. Most manufactures include a thread count which is always worth checking out.

4. Sleeping position

People have different sleeping positions and this is a factor that can help you to determine the type of pillow you will need. The type of pillow you need should always be fluffed despite your sleeping position. For example:

For a back sleeper, a thinner pillow is recommended so that your neck is not thrown too far forward. A good example is the memory foam pillow, which molds itself into the shape of your head and neck

For a stomach sleeper, you can either prefer to have the thinnest pillow possible or none at all. If you are a side sleeper, it is advised that you should go for a firmer pillow.

The purpose of this is to help build a bridging distance between your shoulder and ear. You might also find it more comfortable when you sleep with another pillow between your knees. This aids in the alignment of your spine.

5. Cost

Buy a pillow you can afford. Do not push your financial boundaries for a pillow whose price cannot be justified. It is advisable that you set a budget for you pillow before you break out to shop. Stick to your estimate but always give yourself a margin

6. Purpose

A pillow can be used for a variety of reasons. Some of the uses expand beyond your bed. That explains the existence of pillow types such as neck pillows.

Depending on what you want your pillow for, you might then be forced into choosing a specialized pillow type for that specific purpose. Conduct your research to have a grasp of what type of pillow is best suited for your intended purpose.

7. You

Consider yourself if you are buying a pillow for your personal use. As we have already discussed above, some pillows suit certain sleeping styles better than others.

Some suit conditions such as back pains and pregnancy better. You may also be allergic to certain types of pillow filling. Get a pillow that works best for you and you alone.

8. Pillow firmness

Generally, a pillow’s firmness can either be soft, medium soft, firm or very firm. This is a factor that can greatly affect the quality of sleep that one can get.

The soft pillow tends to be fluffiest than the rest and are mostly mad from down, cotton or polyester. They are meant for the back and stomach sleepers. Medium soft are those that are less fluffy than the soft pillows and are best for back and side sleepers.

Firm pillows, generally made from polyester or foam, are meant for the side sleepers while the very firm pillows, made from ultra-dense memory foam, are meant for the side sleepers who frequently experience neck pains.

9. Pillow size

The three common pillow sizes are; the king, queen, and standard sized pillows. The pillow size should complement the size of your bed. Take for example, a king size pillow cannot go with a single bed.

If you own a single bed, go for an ordinary single pillow and a king size pillow for a king size bed.

10. Covering

This is not as important for your sleeping position but the cleanliness of a pillow needs to be maintained. This prolongs the life of a pillow.

Remember the filling of the pillow is what is most important but the cover is always a consideration. Choose a cover that you find most comfortable.