Everyone knows that making your bed makes the room. And the crown on any well-made bed is a pretty arrangement of pillows which pulls the whole look together ─just as accessories complete an outfit. How you choose to display them is totally up to you — you can stack, lean, mix and match, work in decorative shapes and different patterns, or pile with abandon— We’ve put together a few of our top favourite arrangements below:



If you like things sleek and simple, this back-to-basics arrangement will appeal to your streamlined ways. It’s as easy as simply stacking up your sleeping pillows, and then leaning your shams against the stacks. You could also swap out the shams for smaller decorative square or round pillows.


For a slightly more formal display, involves rest your pillows against the headboard (one sleeping pillow in a case in the back, one decorative pillow sham in the front), then finishing the look with a pretty patterned boudoir pillow or two. You could also work in a cylindrical bolster pillow if the mood strikes.


This plush arrangement works great with European squares, and is a great choice for fancying up beds without headboards. Prop a pair against the wall (use three across in a king bed), rest your shams against those slightly offsetting them so the corners of the squares peek through, and then complete the look with a pair of decorative pillows in the front.


This, the most dramatic of our pillow formations, is ideal for a king or emperor bed. Start with three European squares lined up in a row against the back, place your shams in front of those (three across if they’re standard size; two if they’re kings), and then bring in a pop of pattern with your decorative pillows.

And now, some PILLOW TALK

 The most luxe of all fill types, down is warm, light, and a top-notch insulator.

Down-Alternative: Created with synthetic or natural fibers to mimic the feel of down, these pillows are hypoallergenic and tend to be more economical than down.

Pillow Protector: Pillow Covers constructed to protect your pillows from allergens like dust mites and mold.

Memory Foam: A thick, sponge-like material that molds itself around the contours of your head and neck.

20″ x 26.” A twin bed fits one standard, a full or queen fits two across, and a king fits three.

Queen: 20″ x 30.” Though these pillows also use a standard pillowcase, they’re a tad longer and also fit two across on a full or queen bed.

King Pillow: 20″ x 36.” These extra-long pillows fit inside king pillowcases and work best in pairs across king beds.

European Square: 26″ x 26.” Great for leaning against when you’re reading in bed, these sizable square pillows use euro shams.

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