The Most Frequently asked Questions about Pillows and Blankets
There are three common types of pillows: sleeping, special-needs, and decorative. Pillows can either be contoured, meaning they mimic the shape of the head and are usually higher on the sides than in the middle, or classic, meaning they are basic head supports with no special shaping. Special-needs pillows are designed to help with sleep apnea, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and back conditions. Decorative pillows are made for aesthetics.
What are common materials used to make pillows?
Pillows are made from many different types of materials:
- Memory foam (visco-elastic) - Memory foam has chemicals added to polyurethane to increase density. It is firmer in cool temperatures and softer in warm temperatures. Memory foam has the ability to mold to your body shape, thus helping align the spine.
- Latex - Latex comes from a rubber tree. The classification of "natural latex" depends on the ratio of latex to other chemicals.
- Polyester - These pillows are made with polyester particles of various densities.
- Feathers - These types of pillows are filled with feathers and down. Feathers have quills and are the rigid, exterior plumage of waterfowl while down is the soft coating underneath a bird's feathers.
- Gel - Gel is made from polyurethane or silicone. Gel is used primarily to help with body temperature regulation.
What are common materials used to make blankets?
These coverings come in a variety of materials:
- Down - A down covering is lightweight and traps air between down pockets, keeping you warm.
- Bamboo - Bamboo fabric is lightweight, soft, and absorbent.
- Synthetic - Synthetic materials are very soft; electric coverings are usually made from synthetics.
- Linen - Linen pulls moisture away, is hypoallergenic, and adjusts to your body's temperature. Linen becomes softer after washing.
- Cotton - Cotton is moisture-wicking and can be washed in hot water.
- Silk - Silk is soft, warm, and naturally anti-fungal and anti-microbial.
- Wool - Wool comes from sheep, goats, camels, alpacas, llamas, and vicunas and is heavier than other materials. The trapped air keeps you warm.
- Cashmere - Cashmere is made from Angora or cashmere goats and Merino sheep. It is dense, very soft, and warming to its users.
What are the measurements of blanket sizes?
Each size has a standard measurement:
- Throw - A throw is 50 inches by 70 inches.
- Twin - A twin size is 72 inches by 90 inches.
- Full - A full size is 80 inches by 90 inches.
- Queen - A queen size is 90 inches by 90 inches.
- King - A king size is 106 inches by 90 inches.
Can these coverings and pillows be washed?
Most of these items can be washed, but some may be dry-clean only. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when washing the products. Coverings should be washed in front-loading or heavy-duty top-loading washing machines. You should wash pillows two at a time for better water circulation.