Pillows are items generally used to support and cushion a part of the body. They consist of an outer case that contains some kind of stuffing. Some may be stuffed with feathers, but these are costly pillows and not suitable for the many people who are allergic to feathers. Hence a polyester stuffing is available as an alternative, or even polystyrene beads.
There are different kinds of pillows available, but the one people would most commonly know is the bed pillow. These are rectangular pillows that differ in length depending on the size of the bed that they are used on. Generally they are used inside a pillow case to help keep them clean.
Bed pillows are used to support the head and neck when sleeping or lying in bed.
Body pillows are far longer-as much as the height of an adult. They may be straight or these pillows may be ‘C’ shaped and are used for both head and neck at one end and knees at the bottom as shaped throw pillows the person almost hugs the pillow. Body pillows are popular with pregnant women.
Throw pillows, also known as throw cushions are square pillows that may be used to support the body on a sofa. They may also be decorative pillows that are used simply for looks on a bed or sofa and then removed before actually using the furniture.
Bolster pillows are round and longer than a normal pillow but not as long as a body pillow, however they are used in a similar manner. They are used to a greater extent than body pillows are in providing comfort, but also serve a dual purpose in separating reluctant bed mates-for instant children who are made to share a bed.
Husband pillows are used to prop a person up in bed, for instance to read or watch television. These pillows are tall for a person to sit against and have two arms that reach forward that you can lean on. The pillows get their name because using one is similar to being hugged from behind.