Standard Pillows

Written by Shirley Parker
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Standard pillows, that is, those that measure 20 inches by 26 inches, are what most of us consider comfortable. You will also see them sized 21 inches by 27 inches from those manufacturers desiring to be different. King size pillows tend to be impractical, unless a person's frame is large and they need the extra support that a king size pillow provides.

Standard pillows are provided on airlines, along with blankets, or even feather duvets in first class. In fact, on long international flights, a first class passenger may feel as though she is at a five-star hotel. Exceptions include airlines that provide dinky pillows instead of standard size. Frequent travelers take along their own silk or sateen pillowcases to be assured of resting their heads on a clean pillow. On the positive side, airline pillows are firm enough to support the back.

At the other end of the spectrum, even Correctional Facilities are required to meet state and/or federal guidelines for the safety of bedding materials. Standard pillows may be filled with 50 percent polyester and 50 percent cotton, or 100 percent cotton, with cotton covers. They may be treated for antibacterial qualities or be flame-retardant.

Open-Flame Fire Safety and Standard Pillows

Effective January 1, 2004, California has issued safety regulations to protect consumers from mattress fires caused by open flames, such as matches and cigarette lighters, or in some cultures, open candle flame. Enforcement begins January 1, 2005. All mattresses, box springs and futons manufactured for sale in the state must now resist intense fire growth, so that occupants have more time to escape the flames, smoke and gases that are emitted. California has asked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make these tough standards a nationwide law. A similar standard for comforters and pillows is being developed.

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