Wondering what throw pillow sizes to use on your sectional? I’m answering this question and giving you some examples below!
I will get to sizes next, but first I want to mention that when styling my sectional, I typically use 7-9 pillows. I like to use 2-3 on each end, and 3 in the middle forming a triangle.
I place the largest pillow at the back, then create a layered look from there by adding smaller pillows in front. This makes the seating arrangement more functional and also ensures the larger pillow isn’t hiding a smaller pillow behind it.
I also want to mention that if you are looking for tips on mixing and matching the colors and patterns of your pillows, you can find them here: How To Choose Throw Pillows For Your Sectional
You can find all of the details regarding my sectional in this blog post: Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce Sectional)
Ok, let’s get to it!
What throw pillow sizes should I use?
Here’s my pillow size guide:
In my living room, I start with a 24 inch pillow in the center of the sectional sofa, and one on each side. I then go down in size by 2-4″ for the next pillow, so either a 22″ pillow or a 20″ pillow. For the 3rd pillow, I like to do 14×20″ lumbar pillows.
You can layer the combination of pillows one in front of another on each end, or form a triangle with them, like below in my living room.
In the center, I almost always form a triangle with the pillow combo, as shown below.
The pillows above are older. You can shop for similiar pillows here.
Looking for advice on mixing and matching pillows? Find it here: How To Choose Throw Pillows For Your Sectional
And here are a couple of other similar size variations.
The pillow combination in the space above is almost identical to the original one, except for the center collection uses three square pillows instead of two square and a lumbar.
And below, you see yet another simple variation to the original.
On the right side of the sectional above, I styled two square pillows instead of a square and lumbar. The pillow covers above are all affordable options from Amazon- you can shop for them here.
I’m not showing you these different options to be confusing, but instead to show that you can make this formula your own if you stay with the basic principles- Three in the center, two to three on each side, and layer large to small from back to front.
If you have a smaller sectional, decrease the size of the pillows. For example, instead of starting with a 24-inch pillow, start with a 20-inch and go down from there. If you have a larger sectional, you could increase the number of pillows to 3 on each side and 3-4 in the middle.
If you are purchasing a pillow cover, you want to ensure you are using the right size insert. I almost always size up with square pillows. For example, for a 20″ pillow cover, I use a 22″ pillow insert.
If you can, I recommend almost always replacing the pillow inserts that come with your decorative throw pillows. I buy a lot of pillows from Target, and it makes a world of difference to use my recommended inserts instead of the ones the pillow comes with. It will make the pillow look higher-end and is easier to fluff.
Throw pillows are one of my very favorite ways to easily change up a space in my home. They not only bring comfort but also add color, texture, and character! Swap covers whenever you feel like a change- for seasons, holidays, or when you are just looking for a new feel to a room, and I hope this throw pillow sizes guide will be of help when you do!
I would say a 20″ square throw pillow is the most common size that I see. It is the most versatile pillow size and can be used on sectionals, sofas, beds, chairs, and benches.