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What are pillow chambers?

When it's time to buy a new pillow, you'll have many options to choose from to find the model that suits your needs perfectly. The size of a pillow as well as its filling are two of the primary properties that determine whether a pillow is right for you. A third element to consider is the number of pillow chambers. 

But what are pillow chambers and what should you consider when choosing between a one and a multi chamber pillow? Read on to learn what pillow chambers are, how many a pillow can contain, and how the number of pillow chambers impact your choice.

What are pillow chambers?

Pillow chambers are the compartments in a pillow that contain the filling. Most pillows have one or three chambers. Pillow chambers are used to ensure that your pillow provides support you need when you lie in your favoured sleeping position. 

A multi-chamber natural pillow will most often contain a combination of down and feathers with varying degrees of firmness and support, or maybe a combination of feathers and microfibre. Multi-chamber pillows have a core and two outer chambers. Depending on what the chambers contain, the pillow can have different qualities that make it good for certain sleeping positions and ergonomic needs. 

The pillow core and the pillow’s outer chambers have different functions

In pillows with three or four chambers, the pillow core has the firmest materials while the outer chambers contain softer types of filling. The combination of different firmness levels ensures that the pillow maintains its shape and provides the correct ergonomic support, while also feeling soft and comfortable. Pillow chambers thus have a significant impact on both pillow support and firmness. 

How does the number of chambers affect the price?

A multi-chamber pillow can be more expensive than a pillow with a single chamber. But that's just a general rule of thumb and there are, as always, exceptions. A pillow with three or four chambers requires more stitching and a more complicated production process, which can also affect the price. Learn more about pillow pricing in our article covering the costs of pillows.

Our assortment includes a wide variety of pillows so you can be sure to find one to suit your needs perfectly. If you need guidance or would like to learn all there is to know about which pillow is right for you, read our ultimate guide to choosing a pillow.

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