Pillow Bells & Whistles – What Is a Gusset?
Bed pillows come in all shapes and sizes and can be a confusing item to purchase with additional features added. Many consumers are not sure how the pillow extras translate for needs and preferences. The additional pillow elements include: gussets, embroidery, piping or cording, removable protectors and more.
When a pillow is designed, the basic construction includes a rectangle shape filled with various fillings including down, down alternative or polyester. Pillows used in the United States come in 6 basic sizes, yet the majority of your local stores standard, queen and king:
• Standard – 20 x 26
• Jumbo – 20 x 28
• Queen – 20 x 30
• King – 20 x 36
• Euro – 26 x 26
• Body – 20 x 54 or 20 x 60
Why Are Some Pillows Thicker?
Pillows that have ‘Gussets’ and are also called ‘Sidewalls’ are basically a pillow that features a border or panel in the middle of the outside. This additional middle fabric allows the pillow to be thicker to contain more filling. Typically, the pillow gusset runs ½ an inch to 2 inches wide. Department stores like pillows that look thicker because consumers view the additional filling (the aesthetic looks) as visually more interesting. We do know that the greater the internal volume, the more filling is needed to keep the ‘full’ look. This additional filling is appealing for someone who wants a firmer pillow (this assumes the pillow fill weight is increased to allow for that correct density).
Having a gusset does not make a pillow firmer. In fact a gusset application means the pillow can run soft, medium or firm – having the same application as in the standard pillow construction. In most cases, a pillow with a gusset application can be used in standard pillowcases. Sometimes a store may run a promotional pillow with a really wide gusset – such as 3 inches. Wide gussets can make it difficult to fit a pillow into a pillowcase making an unattractive ‘couch cushion’ look.
What Are The Different Trims or embellishments on a pillow?
Some pillows feature piping or braiding as a decorative aesthetic enhancement. Generally these decorative elements don’t add nor alter the benefits of a pillows form. In some extreme cases the piping or braiding, if large enough, could cause an uncomfortable bump underneath a pillow case, but that is a rare design occurence. Other decorative elements may include printed fabrics or decorative stitching on the the gusset or both.
How Come Some Pillows Have A Pillow Protector?
Some pillows feature a bonus pillow protector – making caring for the pillow easier. It’s coverage gives added protection from oils, stains, wear and tear and other various soil exposure, extending the life of the pillow. It is typical that a basic pillow would be a covered with an nicer fabric outer protector (for example, a 500 TC pillow might use a 500 TC pillow protector, or a 230 Cambric Cotton inner pillow). At DOWNLITE we look out for pillow protectors that feature a premium smooth zipper – so the zipper is not felt when closed and in use.
How Come Some Pillows Have Embroidery?
Some department stores and brands like to use an embroidered logo on their pillows – typically on the outside pillow protector. The embroidery does not serve a purpose, but to enforce the brand in a store setting for extra visual appeal.
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