Your ultimate guide to throw pillow sizes

Do you want to reinvent the look of your living area? Throw pillows can make it very easier for you. Just by tossing these decorative pillows, you can achieve your desired look.

The colors, textures, and prints of these pillows are used to complement the environment. When it comes to pillow decor, besides colors and textures, picking proper throw pillow sizes means a lot for the look of a space.

For instance, if one would put a tiny pillow on a 4-seater, it would actually seem to be lost, isn’t it? Throw pillows are available in all different sizes, choosing a perfect one from varieties makes it feel puzzled.

Here, we are giving you an insight into throw pillow sizes and methods to measure them so that you can come up with the right choice that would enhance the overall look of your space.

How to measure throw pillow sizes?

People make mistakes in measuring the size of a throw pillow and end up ordering the wrong one with different dimensions. Always bear in mind the dimensions of a pillow refer to pillows’ cover length and width when it’s kept completely flat without an insert.

Measurement of pillows(unstuffed) is always taken along corners. Sizes obtained by measurements are rounded up to 0.5 inches (0.5″) ie. If the obtained measurement would be 19.6″×19.6″.It would be therefore called a 20″×20″ pillow.


Now, If you have a zipped pillow with removable inserts, you can measure it by putting the insert out. But if the pillow is fully stitched you have to stretch the top two corners and pull the top seam very tightly meanwhile, tell your friend or partner to measure it.

If you cannot make it linear, extend the measurement by around half-inch. You would get a closer value.

Common pillow sizes

Usually, pillow sizes for sofas are 18″×18″ & 20″×20″. But sizes can be bigger or smaller according to the sizes of sofas & sections. Sofas with higher backs may have 22″×22″ or even 24″×24″ pillows. For kids, smaller pillows are generally preferred.

Things to Consider while choosing throw Pillow size

Furniture piece sizes, and styles (ie. modern & traditional ) are essential elements you should take into consideration while choosing a throw pillow.

  • Match your pillow to your furniture sizes. Bigger pillows look overwhelming on smaller sofas & beds similarly, smaller pillows look underwhelming on bigger sofas & beds. Both cases mentioned above would look slouchy & awful so always go with pillows that are proportional to the size of the furniture                                                                      
  • Creating depth and interest in the view looks very appealing. A combination of different-sized decorative pillows would trick the brain to produce more depth in the space. Adding depth to your space makes it look more open and welcoming. For regular couches or Loveseats layer bigger pillows with smaller ones.

ie. For smaller couches pair an 18″×18″ with 16″×16″

Use symmetrical sizes and arrangements. Using lots of shapes & sizes can ruin the look to be messy & awful, so go with a decent no of combinations and layering to look polished & presentable.

For better views and combinations, we have to use a throw or decorative pillows of different dimensions. We would also add plain & accent pillows to complement each other.

Throw pillow sizes for the sofa

1. Small-sized sofas (2 people)

For smaller sofas, one to two layers of pillows would work well.


2.Regular sofas (three to four people)

We should use up to 3 layers on standard sofas. For a minimalist look, one layer would work well, while to mix patterns and colors we can use two or three-layer


3. Longer and wider sofas (6-8 people )

We can add up to four layers on Longer and deeper sofas.


Throw pillow sizes for sectionals

Commonly L-shaped or U-shaped sectionals are used for family rooms or large spaces. For such big sofas, we would suggest up to three layers


Throw pillows for the chair

It is  always preferred to have a single layer of pillows on chairs
Square 20″×20″ throw pillow or Lumbar pillow

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Throw pillow sizes for the bed

1. Twin bed

For a smaller bed, we would suggest one or two standard pillows, layered with a lumbar or a small decorative pillow

⦁ One or two-bed pillow Size:20″×26″
⦁ Lumbar pillow or a small decorative pillow


2. Full bed or Queen bed

A full bed or Queen bed has a bit more space to mix and match. Here we would go with the classic style which includes two-bed pillows at the back layered with two square pillows, again layered with two Euro pillows & a small centered pillow.

⦁ Two queen pillows size 20″×30″
⦁ Two square pillows of 26″
⦁ Two accent pillows (22-20)”
⦁ One small centralized throw pillow


3. King bed

King beds have enough space to put together different styles and sizes. One easy-on-the-eyes combination we prefer is to keep three Euro shams at the back, Layered with four king bed pillows and oversized Lumbar pillows at the front

⦁ Three Euro sham, size:26″×26″
⦁ Three king pillows (accent), size:20″×36″
⦁ Two decorative square pillows 18″×18″
⦁ A square pillow with patterns
⦁ A long  lumbar pillow


Now, You must be ready enough to pick the right throw pillow sizes for your space. If you feel enough confidence to choose between different sizes like a pro.

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FAQs related to throw pillows

Do you still have questions? Here we have tried to answer some common questions. If your question didn’t get answered then feel free to ask in the comment box. I will try to reply ASAP.

Q1: What is the standard size of a throw pillow?

The 18-inch & 20-inch squares are the most popular ones for typical sofas. (20 x 26)inch pillow, and (20 x 36) inch are considered best for beds.

Q2: How to measure pillow for pillowcase?

To measure pillow size remove the filler. Hold the edge of the pillowcase tightly & record its measurement by putting it beside the measuring tape.

Q3: What are the common throw pillow sizes for the sofa?

Common throw pillow sizes for sofas are (18 – 20) inch square pillows, but larger sofas & sectionals (22 – 24) inch pillows work well.

What size should bed throw pillows be?

The size of throw pillows is often decided by looking at the furniture piece on which it would be placed. For beds, (18 – 26) inch squares work well. For instance, Euro sham 26″ x 26″ or 20″ x 26″ are placed on standard beds.

What’s the point of using a throw pillow?

Throw pillows are decorative pillows we commonly toss on our furniture. These pillows serve both the purpose of giving comfort as well as adding colors & texture to the environment. With throw pillows, one can easily transform the look of their home.


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