How to Layer Pillows on a Bed

Since upgrading to a king size bed, I’ve had some trouble figuring out the pillow situation. Specifically, how to layer pillows on a  bed? Do I need European shams? Should I have standard or king size pillows? How many pillows do I need? Are there pillow rules?! Thankfully, I found my answers below.

How to Layer Pillows on a Bed

For me, staying at a hotel is a real treat. I love a luxurious, white bed, a lush rope with slippers and a beautiful view. Some people are hotel people and others are not. I’m a hotel person, so I always wanted my bed at home to resemble a beautiful hotel suite. My sheets and bedding have been white for a few years now, and although I add pops of color here and there, I don’t think I will ever tire of the white.

I’m a pillow hoarder, so I want all the pillows on my bed to actually be useful and not just for decorating. I don’t love the idea of taking of half of the pillows before bed because they are purely for decoration. I want all the pillows to be purposeful.

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Then, I found this very handy guide via Pottery Barn, on how to layer pillows on a bed. The diagrams below offer ideas for how to style pillows but also hot to layer pillows on a king size bed and also how to style a queen bed.

How to layer pillows on a bed

These are of course just suggestions, but I found these guidelines really helpful. Especially, as I finally pulled the trigger and bought my dream sheets. 

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After looking at these charts, I realized I had too many standard pillows that are too small and got lost on the bed. Euro shams help anchor the bed and bring a sophisticated, effortless look without a ton of decorative pillows.

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Where to find the best sheets, duvet cover & pillows

I finally purchased some luxurious bedding for our king size bed. One of the best investments I’ve made was in purchasing this comforter. It’s a down alternative, but it feels heavy and it also has lots of volume. It totally has that  “wow” cloud effect because of how soft and pillowy it is.

I also updated our sheets. This is the first time I ever purchased quality sheets, instead of just picking some up at Ross or TJ Maxx—and boy, do these make a difference. The thread count and the quality is just superb and worth every penny.

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your bedding, I highly recommend Parachute Organic Cotton Bed Bundle

This bedding is beautiful. the organic sheets is their best seller and I can see why. I’ve washed my sheets several times and they look pristine, and still feel luxurious.

An honorable mention must also go to Target. I recently purchased their sheets for our guest bedroom and I was very impressed by the quality and the price.

I finally got the hotel-like look for my master bedroom, and it’s everything I ever dreamed it would be.

Isn’t it funny the things you get excited about as you get older?

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