How to Measure Pillow Covers Accurately? Step-By-Step Tutorial

How to Measure Pillow Covers Accurately? Step-By-Step Tutorial

Here is a quick explanation of pillow measurements in case you need it and are unsure of what size to order.

The measurement from seam to seam is used to determine the size of a pillow cover. When you measure a pillow cover from the front, the sides may occasionally be slightly folded in, making the cover appear smaller. Deleting the insert, turning the cover inside out, laying it flat, and taking a measurement from seam to seam will provide the most accurate measurement.

Learn how to accurately measure pillow covers by reading this blog.

How to Measure Pillow Covers?

Here are the steps to a stuffed pillow without a removable cover:

  1. Remove the pillow cover from the insert/filler
  2. Turn the cover inside out and lay it on a flat surface
  3. Measure from inside seam to inside seam (length + width) with flexible tape measure for a pillow cover size

If the pillow is filled but has no removable cover, you should use a flexible tape measure to measure the length and width of the pillow cover size.

Tips When Measuring Pillow Covers

Of course, these are only general suggestions, but hopefully, you get the idea. Keep in mind that if the dimensions are just a hair larger than the nearest whole inch, the measurements might not be rounded up in size. For example, if a pillow measures 20.2″x20.2″, it may still be called a 20″x20″ pillow. In general, the dimensions should be accurate within 0.7″ of the measurements given.

How to Measure Pillow Covers Accurately? Step-By-Step Tutorial

This sizing explanation should be kept in mind when selecting pillows for your couches, chairs, or beds. Many people make the error of placing a tape measure down the middle of a stuffed pillow and assuming that this measurement is the actual size of the pillow.

The likelihood is that they will be shocked to learn that the pillows they receive are actually much smaller than they anticipated if they order pillows based on this measurement. The most common sizes of pillows for sofas are 18″x18″ and 20″20″. However, larger sofas and sectionals, especially those with deep seats or high backs, may be better off with 22″x22″ or even 24″x24″ pillows.

Remove the removable inserts from your pillow covers if you plan to measure your pillows at home and your covers have zippers. The top seam should be pulled as tightly as you can while holding the pillow up to a tape measure if your pillow is completely sewn up and you are unable to remove the insert. If you are unable to pull it completely straight, add a small amount of length (typically 1/2 inch) to your measurement to get an approximation of the size.

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