How Many Pillows Should Be on a Bed?

How Many Pillows Should Be on a Bed

How Many Pillows Should Be on a Bed?

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How Many Pillows Should Be on a Bed

Whether you want to upgrade your pillows to improve the quality of your sleep, or you are looking to recreate the luxury feeling of a hotel room, then you may be wondering how many pillows should be on a bed.

In this article, we will answer the question ‘how many pillows should be on a bed?’ and tell you everything you need to know about the topic.

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How many pillows should be on a bed?

No matter what size your bed or pillows are, it always looks beautiful if you rest your sleeping pillows vertically against the headboard, and add one or two smaller, accent pillows (or throw pillows) in the middle.

If you are a minimalist when it comes to bedroom décor, you probably won’t want dozens of pillows clogging up your space. Instead, simply lean your sleeping pillows against your headboard and add a smaller accent pillow (or throw pillow) in the middle, for a crisp, neat look. The accent pillow can add a pop of colour to your bed, so you can play with different shades and prints if you wish, or you can stick to a more cohesive colour theme.

If you enjoy creating a decorative space in your bed, then why not add a trendy bolster pillow alongside your sleeping pillows and accent pillow? Not only does a bolster pillow look stylish, but they are super practical – you can tuck it between your legs or place it by your shoulder for extra support during sleep.

If your headboard is large (measuring around 2 feet high, or more), then you definitely have the space to prop up a few extra pillows for decoration. Choose neutral, matching colours which don’t clash, for a streamlined, luxurious appearance.

When decorating a king-size bed, you may find it useful to choose king-size pillows, with accent pillows on either side and a bolster pillow in the centre.


If you are a side sleeper, you will need firmer pillows, to support your head and neck. Sleeping with 2 pillows is the best option for side sleepers, due to the nature of the vertical shoulder position. But the second pillow is not for your head!

Did you know that using a second pillow between your knees can prevent the leg on top from pulling your spine out of alignment? This also ultimately relieves stress on your lower back and hips.

If you are a back sleeper, one pillow underneath the head and one pillow under the knees is the most optimal position. This will keep the neck aligned in a comfortable way and support the natural curve in your lower back. Orthopaedic pillows are also excellent for people with back pain, as these reduce the pressure on your spine and neck.

Sleeping on your stomach is considered the worst sleeping position, as it strains your back and spine and forces your head to be turned in one direction for a period of time, which causes pain. However, many people are front sleepers, so if this is you, we recommend you use one, thin pillow. The less angled your neck and back are, the better for your overall health.

Can a good pillow reduce back pain?

Yes, the right pillow can provide relief from pain and stiffness in the back, neck, shoulders, hips and other joints. The wrong kind of pillow could lead to back problems and thus prevent your body from healing during sleep.

That is why it is crucial to choose the right pillow, to keep your head and spine in neutral alignment and offer support from head to toe.

The material of your pillow also affects your comfort and pain level. For instance, some people enjoy the hypoallergenic properties and head support of memory foam, but others may sink too far down into the material, resulting in their spine becoming misaligned.

Where can I buy good quality pillows?

At Bedding Comfort Store, we are proud to offer a variety of high-quality pillows at affordable prices. From hotel-quality pillows and soft pillows to luxury pillows, we have the best products to give you a blissful night’s sleep.

Click here to shop our collection of Pillows.

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Read on to discover some of our favourite pillows in our collection.


A budget-friendly pillow set, our Luxury Soft Touch Pillow Pair with Quilted Protectors is soft, cloud-like, and feels divine to sleep on. Each pillow has a 100% microfibre cover and a 100% hollowfibre filling, which is hypoallergenic and machine washable.

So comfortable are these pillows, that you can sleep on them without a pillow case at night- which is a proven way to stay cool on warm, muggy nights.

Click here to shop our Luxury Soft Touch Pillow Pair with Quilted Protectors.

Browse more of our Essential Pillows and Featured Pillows here.

Our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable Pillows (Pack of 2) offer amazing support to the body. Naturally hypoallergenic, our pillows are comfortable, durable and machine washable, so they are built to last for years. They also look super luxurious, to replicate that level of hotel comfort in your own home!

You can also choose the feel of our Luxury Hotel Collection pillows:

  • Choose our soft pillow (700g) if you are a tummy sleeper
  • Choose our medium pillow (850g) if you are a back sleeper
  • Choose our firm pillow (1,000g) if you are a side sleeper

Shop our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable Pillows (Pack of 2) here.

Are you looking for luxurious pillows with another layer of padding? Then, browse our Luxury Hotel Pillow with Quilted Protection (Pack of 2). These gorgeous polycotton pillows come with soft, quilted protectors- these protectors have a wavy design with a zip fastening, and both sides are quilted for a luxurious feel with every flip.

The quilted protectors help keep your pillows fresh for longer- you won’t even have to wash the pillows, just wash the protectors!

Shop our Luxury Hotel Pillow with Quilted Protection (Pack of 2) here.

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Where can I buy maternity pillows?

if you are an expectant mum-to-be, or you have a pregnant spouse or friend, then you will love our Soft Touch Bolster Maternity Pillow and our Soft Touch V-Shape Maternity Support Pillow.

Pregnant women know all too well how much pregnancy disrupts their sleep, as it often brings uncomfortable symptoms such as back pain, aches, fatigue and the difficulty of resting with a growing baby bump.

That is why we offer the most comfortable sleeping aids, to bring support to the pregnant mum’s body when she lays down and ease her discomfort. Our maternity pillows are designed to maximise comfort, with a soft, but sturdy structure.

Choose our V-Shape Pillow if you need help with sleeping on your side and to alleviate back pain caused by low elevation. Alternatively, if you need additional support for your legs, then simply slide our Bolster Pillow between your knees, so the pillow cuddles up against you.

Click here to shop our Maternity Pillows.

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How often should you replace your pillows?

At Bedding Comfort Store, we recommend replacing your pillows every 1 to 2 years.

Buying fresh, new pillows to replace your old ones will greatly enhance your comfort and quality of sleep.

Over time, there will be a build-up of dirt and germs in your pillow, from daily grime such as dust mites, saliva, dead skin cells, sweat, oils, makeup and food crumbs.

Research has found that up to a third of the weight of a pillow could be made up of bugs, dead skin, dust mites and their faeces – which makes them an ideal breeding ground for serious infections.

Hence, it is super important to clean your pillows and change them regularly, to keep your bedroom germ-free and protect your immune system from harmful pathogens.


Should babies sleep with pillows?

Children under 12 months of age should never be given pillows or a thick duvet, as this places them at risk of suffocation.

Between 18 months and 3 and a half years old, your child can transition to a toddler bed- this is when you can introduce pillows and soft bedding into the little angel’s sleeping routine.

To view our collection of Nursery Bedding, click here – we offer cot mattresses, cot fitted sheets, cot mattress protectors, and toddler duvets & pillows.

We hope you now better understand how many pillows should be on a bed after reading this article.

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