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Bed Pillow or Sleep Pillows:

The classic bed pillow shape is a square or rectangle. In the US, they are common in these three sizes (in inches): Standard (20 x 26 inches), Queen (20 x 30 inches), and King (20 x 36 inches).

Pillows are generally covered with a removable pillow case, which facilitates laundering. Apart from the color and from the material of which they are made, pillowcases are described by three characteristics:

  • size
  • features
  • opening/closing

Size conforms to the pillow the case is to contain. They are typically described as

Standard 20" x 30" 50 x 75 cm
Standard.square 16" x 16" 40 x 40 cm
Square 26" x 26" 65 x 65 cm
King 20" x 36" 50 x 90 cm

'Square' is also called 'continental' in the UK. German pillow sizes are 80 cm x 80 cm (older) or 40 cm x 80 cm (newer). When considered as a subset of Bed Pillow, Euro pillows finish 26 in. x 26 in.

The main distinguishing feature is whether the pillow case is plain or with a valance around the edge. In the former case this is described as 'plain style' and in the latter as 'Oxford style'.

"Oxford...has a 5cm-10cm valance round all four sides. With a hemstitched or corded decoration around the inner edge of the valance"

The opening/closure of pillow cases ranges from the straightforward approach in USA called simply 'bagstyle' to the more usual European method with a pocket inside the open end to fully contain the pillow. This is Housewife style.

"Housewife is ...essentially a bag, with a flap in the open end to tuck the pillowcase behind to keep it in..."

Other methods of closure are ties or buttons/buttonholes.