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Decorative Pillow Size Guide for Sofas

Your Guide to a Styled Sofa

Stumped by pillow combinations? Don’t fret. Designer throw pillows are a simple way to give any sized sofa a finished look. With so many square and lumbar pillow size options, you might be wondering where to start. Here are some styling tips that we share with our clients for a no-fail guide to pillow combos. 

 

Standard Size Sofas | Measuring 72 - 96 inches wide

Shop for an odd number of sofa throw pillows for a natural and inviting arrangement, one to three or five. For a traditional look, go for an even number of throw pillows for symmetry. Two or four large pillows positioned on opposite ends of the sofa will be eye-pleasing and tailored. Seeking a minimal inspiration for your sofa? Make it count with either a geometric pattern or a solid velvet pillow! Prefer more fluffy pillows on your sofa? A few big pillows look cleaner than a collection of smaller ones. Try mixing different textures, colors and patterns. When using large pillows, pop them into the ends and place smaller pillows in front. If you have a modern sofa with a low back, consider 18x18 inch pillows. Don’t forget about solids! They add oomph to any pillowscape.

Designer Tip Size

Best Square Pillow Sizes: 18x18, 20x20 and 22x22 inch
Best Lumbar Pillow Sizes: 12x20, 12x22, 14x20, 16x20 inch

Designer Tip Pillow Combo Options

Minimal: one or a pair of 20x20 or 22x22 inch / no fuss, easy look

Traditional: two 22x22 pillows and two 20x20 pillows / mix with different textures, colors and patterns.

Modern: two 22x22, two 20x20 square pillows and one 12x22” lumbar pillow; layering a variety of large and small scale patterns keeps things lively. 

 

Small Size Sofas | Measuring less than 72 inches wide

Seating surfaces for smaller sofas and loveseats may run smaller than a regular sized sofa so stick to just a few pillows. 

Designer Tip Size

Best Square Pillow Sizes: 18x18 and 20x20 inch
Best Lumbar Pillow Sizes: 10x20 and 12x20 inch

Designer Tip Pillow Combo Options

Minimal: one or a pair of 18x18 or 20x20 inch

Traditional: two 18x18 pillows or two 20x20 pillows

Modern: two 18x18 or 20x20 inch and one 12x20” lumbar pillow