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How to Arrange Pillows On a Queen Bed

How to Arrange Pillows On a Queen Bed

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Are you looking for a way to spruce up your bedroom decor? Arranging pillows on a queen bed is an inexpensive and easy way to add color, texture, and style to any room. Whether you're going for a modern look or something more traditional, there are endless ways to arrange pillows on your queen-sized bed.


From the type of pillow used to the placement and size, each detail can make a big difference in how cozy and inviting your bedroom looks. With just a few simple steps, you can learn how to arrange pillows on a queen bed like an interior designer!

Queen Size Bed Sleeping Pillows

Let's start by talking about the foundation needed to set up your queen-size bed pillow arrangement. When creating the perfect style it's important to blend form and function. You want your bedroom space to be aesthetically pleasing but let's face it-it's main purpose is for sleeping.


Sleeping pillows are an important piece to your queen-sized bed. They are essential for sleeping but they also provide a great backbone to prop up your decorative throw pillows.


how many pillows on a queen bed


The first step is to lay your sleeping pillows flat against your headboard, either vertically or horizontally-totally a preference thing. But, make sure to use the correct size for your bed.


The standard queen-size bed sleeping pillows are 20 inches tall by 30 inches wide in size. A queen size bed is 60 inches wide by 80 inches in length. So, the queen-size sleeping pillows fit the width of the bed perfectly. Rather than use standard or king-size sleeping pillows, opt for the queens.


Also, depending on the thickness of your sleeping pillows you may want to stack two pillows together other to give enough height and thickness to build your decorative pillow arrangement.

Decorative Throw Pillows for Queen Bed

Next up is the fun part, choosing the decorative throw pillows. The sky is the limit when it comes to picking out decorative pillows. However, there are a few things to consider choosing pillows - quantity, color, size, solid, pattern, and texture.


Queen bed pillow arrangement ideas


We'll talk more about quantity, size, and an easy-to-remember formula for selecting throw pillow combinations in a minute but right now let's focus on color.


A good start when styling throw pillows on a queen bed is to choose a color story. There are several ways to do this but the best way is to pull 3-4 different colors from other parts of the room such as a floor rug, curtains, bedding, wall color, and/or a statement piece.


Creating this color story will help to keep the look cohesive even if you choose different patterns and pillow styles.

Mix and Match Queen Bed Pillow Arrangement

Now, that you have your sleeping pillows and have some color palette ideas, it's time to start choosing patterns and styles.


It's important to note that your pillows do not have to match perfectly. To achieve a high-end designer look you don't want them to look like they belong to a matching set that you bought at Bed Bath and Beyond.


throw pillow sizes for a queen size bed


In fact we love using vintage or handmade pillow styles where each piece is unique. Often since they are aged or hand dyed the colors are not identical and stitching is not done on high-production machines.


We adore the charm and character that these details bring to the table or the bed in this instance!


To mix and match throw pillows, there is a simple formula for reference to create pillow combinations that work well together.

Queen Bed Pillow Formula

Using your color story narrow down pillow options based on this formula:

Solid + Texture + Pattern

Each row will either will be one of these three styles.


Solid - Solid pillows are just that- a solid color. Usually, it's best to carry the base of the bedding wall, or flooring color palette whether it's a white/off-white hue, pink/blush color, blue or beige.


queen sized bed pillow arrangement ideas


Texture - Textures are a great way to add subtle interest and depth to your queen bed pillow arrangement. You can choose from different textiles such as velvet, linen, cotton, woven, faux fur, or even silk.


how to arrange throw pillows on queen size bed


Pattern - Patterns will be the most fun to pick out and should add a popping color or bold graphic element to the overall design. This could be feathers, stripes, paisley, polka dots or any type of repeating pattern.


Queen size bed throw pillows


You can even substitute texture for a small-scale pattern if you prefer-just make sure to have both a small-scale pattern and a large-scale pattern in the mix.


Following this simple formula to layer throw pillows on your queen bed will help to keep your decorative pillow arrangement looking balanced and inviting. See some more examples following this formula on our post How to Arrange Throw Pillows on a King Bed.

How Many Pillows on a Queen Bed

Now that we have zeroed in on a color story and are clear on the best formula to follow to create cohesive pillow combinations, the next question is how many pillows to use on a queen-size bed.


There are no set rules when it comes to how many pillows to use but a good rule of thumb is to shoot for four to seven.


This range is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable when lounging in bed.

Throw Pillow Sizes for Queen Bed

There are many possibilities when it comes to choosing pillow sizes for a queen bed.


The most common sizes for throw pillows are as follows:


- Lumbar or bolster size (12x20") (12x30") (12x36")

- Square size (24x24") (20x20")

- Euro pillow size (26x26") (24x24") – perfect for the larger pillows at the back


Mixing different sizes also add visual interest to your bedscape. For more information about sized check out our throw pillow size guide.


Now that you have an idea of what throw pillow sizes work best on a queen bed, let's dive into how to arrange them.

Queen Bed Pillow Arrangement Ideas

throw pillow styles for a queen size bed


There are a few different ways to arrange throw pillows on a queen bed. Here are two of our favorites.


Option 1: Two 24x24" or Euro Size + Two 20x20"


This is one of our favorite looks as it creates an asymmetrical yet balanced look. Place two euro or 24x24" pillows at the headboard, overlapping slightly and then place two 20x20" pillows layered in front.


Option 2: Two 24x24" + Two 20x20" + One Bolster 12x36"


This is a great look for bedrooms with high bed frames. Place two euro or 24x24" pillows at the top of the bed. Then layer two 20x20" in front and finish with a bolster-size pillow along the front.


Option 3: Three 20x20" + One Bolster 12x36"


This dual-layered look is perfect for bedrooms with low bed frames. Place three 20x20" pillows at the headboard and then layer a bolster-size pillow along the front.


Adding throw pillows to your queen-size bed is an easy way to freshen up your bedroom decor and create a cozy, inviting space.

Where to Buy Throw Pillows for Queen Size Bed

There are quite a few good options for finding throw pillows for your queen bed. But the best collection of handmade one-of-a-kind pieces is with us here at The Global Stitch. (Shameless plug)


We carry a variety of colors, fabrics, and styles to match any type of aesthetic. From traditional cotton to luxurious merino wool throws, our selection offers something for every style.


We also specialize in handcrafted pieces that are carefully made by artisans around the globe.


If you don't find what you're looking for with us Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Anthropologie are a few of our favorites.


If you’re looking for something more unique, Etsy is a great place to search for hand-made pillows or vintage finds.


You can also find throw pillows at discount stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.

Wrapping Up: How to Arrange Pillows on a Queen Bed

When it comes to adding throw pillows to your queen-size bed, the possibilities are endless. With a bit of creativity and knowledge on how to arrange them correctly, you can create an inviting bedroom oasis that looks stylish and cozy. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or modern, there is sure to be something out there that will fit your style perfectly. From handmade pieces at The Global Stitch, designer finds from Pottery Barn or West Elm, vintage gems from Etsy or bargains at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods – whatever look you choose we hope our tips have helped make this decorating task easier!

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