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3 Ways to Arrange Your PillowsNow that you know the types of pillows available to you, you can start decorating your bed with them. Here are some tips to help you figure out how you want to style your pillows:1. Classic/traditional. A classic-style bed will usually have the greatest number of decorative pillows. If you like a more romantic look, you can pretty much add as many as will fit. For something a little more tailored and gender-neutral, we love keeping things symmetrical: the sleeping pillows hidden behind one set of decorative pillows (either standard, queen, king or Euro) with either two smaller squares (20-by-20-inch or 18-by-18-inch) in front or one lumbar centered at the front.
Let’s not forget perhaps the most important part of both bolster and neck roll pillows: the pillow insert itself. Since these pillows function as body support, the inserts need to be quite firm. Full-length bolster pillows especially need ample stability so they won’t “break” in the middle. Down and feather inserts are usually preferred. The higher percentage of down makes the pillow smoother (and more expensive); feathers do have quills that can poke over time. Ingrassia notes that an insert of 10 percent down and 90 percent feathers always looks better than foam or spun polyester, but keep in mind any allergies to down. A down alternative, like polyester fiberfill, is a good hypoallergenic choice. If you want natural but more luxurious inserts, choose a higher percentage of down, such as 30, 50 or 100 percent.More: How to Choose the Perfect Bed Pillow — and Sleep Better
The 2-2-1 ratio also works on beds. Rather than arrange the pillows from the outside in as you would on a sofa, arrange them from back to front.