Oversized throw pillows make a style statement and offer more support and cushion for lounging or reading. Compared to standard-size throw pillows that typically measure 18 x 18 or 20 x 20 inches, an oversized throw pillow is usually 23 or 24 inches tall and wide. These supersized pillows are right at home on the couch, the bed, or even the floor and come in a wide variety of materials, colors, and styles.
“Trends in pillow sizes and shapes right now are especially fun!” says Christine Kobervig Munger, interior design expert and VP of merchandising and sourcing at Fernish, a modern furniture rental service. “Aside from being able to find all sizes of square and rectangular pillows, you can also find many throw pillows in unique shapes.” When shopping for oversized throw pillows, she suggests keeping in mind the scale of the pillow on the furniture piece where it will be used. “Larger furniture can accommodate bigger pillows, and more of them, without being overwhelming. Use oversized pillows on small sofas, beds, and accent chairs sparingly.”
We combed popular and specialty retailers to find the best oversized throw pillows for your space. Whether you’re looking for a washable, everyday throw pillow that can be used on the floor or a sophisticated pick to finish the pillow arrangement on your bed, we’ve included the top options. All of the oversized throw pillows we picked measure at least 22 x 22 inches. We compared pillows based on materials for the cover and pillow insert, care instructions, color options, and style.
Pottery Barn Libeco Linen Throw Pillow
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certified materials
High-quality 100 percent Belgian linen cover
Variety of stonewashed color choices
Dry clean only
No patterns or prints available
For an effortlessly chic oversized throw pillow, look no further than this stonewashed linen option from Pottery Barn. The Libeco Linen Throw Pillow measures a full 24 x 24 inches, with your pick of a down alternative or down feather insert. A zipper closure with leather pull is the finishing touch on this casually cool oversized throw pillow. It’s a standout pick if you’re looking for natural materials, plus key certifications like OEKO-TEX and Certified Nontoxic for the greenest, cleanest home goods.
The Libeco mill in Belgium supplies the high-quality linen that covers both sides of this pillow. It’s available in more than a dozen solid colors, but if you’re a fan of patterns and prints, you’ll want to consider other options. The cover is also dry-clean only, which is something to know if you have pets or kids who frequently leave their mark on your furniture and pillows.
Price at time of publish: $127, with down alternative insert
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Linen | Filling Material: Down feather or down alternative
West Elm Modern Form Pillow
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Recycled plastic filling
Handmade in a Fair Trade Certified facility
Limited design options
For a pop of color inside or outside, we like the West Elm Modern Form Pillow. It measures 24 x 24 inches and is available in two cheery colorways that will compliment your patio, porch, or favorite indoor sitting spot. The cover is made of 60 percent jute and 40 cotton, which gives the pillow the moisture resistance and durability you’d expect of an indoor-outdoor oversized throw pillow, and the material is safe in the face of rain and spills!
Take note that this oversized throw pillow is a sustainably and ethically-made option, too.
It’s handmade in a Fair Trade Certified facility in India, and the polyester fill material is made from 100 percent recycled plastic. It costs less than $60 but is spot-clean only—the only downside to this pillow pick. Thanks to its durability, it should survive this lightweight cleaning quite well, however.
Price at time of publish: $58
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Jute, cotton | Filling Material: Recycled polyester
AllModern Milford Embroidered Throw Pillow
Textured yet plush front side
Abstract pattern adds visual interest
Neutral color compliments most decor
Obvious zipper on reverse of pillow
If you’re a fan of soft textures and love abstract patterns but don’t want anything too loud, the AllModern Milford Embroidered Throw Pillow strikes the perfect balance. This gray-brown option has a cut pile linear pattern on the front side of the pillow that adds visual interest to your couch or bed, with softness you can literally feel. The greige color is neutral enough to match a variety of color palettes, which is a good thing, since that’s the only color option available.
This throw pillow measures 24 x 24 inches and includes a polyester-fill pillow insert. The cover is removable—you can’t miss the zipper opening on the reverse side of the pillow. While other pillows conceal the zipper along a seam, that’s not the case for this option. Even still, you won’t spend much time looking at the back of this pillow, since the textured front is the real attraction. Keep in mind that this pick is spot-clean only.
Price at time of publish: $109
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Polyester
Crate & Barrel 23-Inch Merrow Stitch Cotton Pillow with Feather Insert
Feather or down alternative pillow insert
Variety of colors
Matching material for front and back of pillow
Not all color options are made of organic cotton
Subtly textured cover is not as soft as expected
The Merrow Stitch Cotton Pillow from Crate & Barrel is available in nine shades to match your decor. You have your choice of a down feather or down-alternative pillow insert for the same affordable price–a bit of a rarity when it comes to throw pillows! Whichever insert you choose, an on-seam zipper neatly closes the pillow cover while minimizing visibility.
This 23 x 23-inch throw pillow is larger than the more common size of 18 x 18-inches for a throw pillow. It’s substantial enough to make a statement on your favorite sitting chair or couch but soft enough to be used for support and comfort. However, if you plan to use this oversized throw pillow mainly for lounging, take note that the subtly textured linen cover isn’t as soft as expected, according to some reviewers.
We think the linen textured cover and merrow edging gives this pillow versatile appeal across a variety of design styles. Pick up a few pillows in your favorite color cover, and use them to dress up any seating space.
Price at time of publish: $48
Size: 23 x 23 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Down feather or down alternative
Anthropologie Luxe Linen Blend Pillow
12 vibrant, saturated colors
Available in multiple sizes
Cannot be machine-washed
Polyester-fill pillow insert only
Dress up any seating space with the rich hues of the Luxe Linen Blend Pillow from Anthropologie. The oversized throw pillow is 22 x 22 inches, and you can pair it up with standard-size 18 x 18 pillows or a 14 x 40 lumbar pillow. It includes a polyester fill pillow, but there’s no option for a feather pillow insert, if that’s your preference. The cover, however, is the real standout here. While it’s touted for its linen, the viscose added into the mix makes for one seriously soft-to-the-touch cover you’ll want to lounge against.
Whether you pick up just the oversized throw pillow or the whole set, you’ll find your perfect match in a dozen gorgeous color options, ranging from rich jewel tones like ochre and dark turquoise to softer shades like seafoam and ivory. The removable cover also features a concealed zipper, which blends in seamlessly. Keep in mind that the cover is hand-wash only, so keep these pretty pillows far from dirt, food, and other messes.
Price at time of publish: $78
Size: 22 x 22 inches | Cover Material: Viscose, linen | Filling Material: Polyester
Sand & Stable Lassen Embroidered Throw Pillow
Textured geometric design adds dimension
Neutral colors compliment a variety of styles
5-inch-thick plush, sturdy insert
Down fill insert costs more
A neutral but stylish pick, we like the Sand & Sable Lassen Pillow for its embroidered geometric design in soft gray-and-khaki hues. It’s a perfect pillow for adding a dimensional accent to a leather sofa or your favorite armchair. This pillow has farmhouse chic vibes, but it blends in across a range of decor styles. It measures 22 x 22 inches and ships with a pillow insert. Take your pick of polyester or down fill, although unlike some of our favorite pillow picks, the down fill insert will add a few dollars to the cost.
The list price may seem high, but Wayfair has frequent sales and deep discounts on pillows, throws, and other cozy home essentials. As you might have guessed from the rich texture on the pillow front, it’s spot-clean only, but this popular oversized throw pillow is sure to make a great addition in any space.
Price at time of publish: $120
Size: 22 x 22 inches | Cover Material: Cotton, polyester | Filling Material: Polyester or down fill
West Elm Sunbrella Solid Indoor/Outdoor Cast Pillow
Wide range of colors available
Mildew-, mold-, and chlorine-resistant cover
Durable, easy-to-clean fabric
Cover is not removable
Solid colors only
A large and comfy throw pillow is a welcome addition to indoor and outdoor lounging spaces. But most oversized throw pillows aren’t ready for the exposure to the sun and moisture that comes from being outdoors for an extended period of time. That’s why we love the Sunbrella Cast Pillow from West Elm. This indoor/outdoor oversized throw pillow is finished with Sunbrella’s UV-resistant material for years of fade-free use. The acrylic fabric also resists the growth of mildew and mold and isn’t easily damaged by chlorine.
One of the best things about this 24 x 24 inch pillow is that it’s washable. While you can’t remove the cover, you can confidently scrub it clean using a solution of mild soap and water plus a soft-bristle brush. Use it on your pool deck or porch or around the firepit in your backyard without worrying about how you’ll clean it up if it becomes dirty.
Price at time of publish: $49
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Sunbrella Cast acrylic | Filling Material: Polyester
CB2 Leisure Velvet Throw Pillow
Hidden zipper closure
Down or down alternative insert options
Upscale yet durable velvet material
Available in five shades
Reverse side of cover is cotton canvas
Nothing says glam like an oversized velvet throw pillow. With the Leisure Velvet Throw Pillow from CB2, take your pick of rich shades like rum raisin or dark teal, along with classic color options like black and taupe. The oversized pillow cover ships with a feather down insert or down-alternative pillow. Keep in mind that the 23-inch insert fills the cover but won’t give you the ultra-plush look that comes from pairing a pillow cover with a slightly larger insert.
The cotton cover features a velvet finish on one side, with a natural cotton canvas backing on the reverse. The fact that these pillows aren’t velvet on both sides is the biggest flaw, but it’s not a dealbreaker for most people, who say that the cotton canvas backing isn’t too stiff or scratchy. To its credit, the cotton velvet material has a reputation for holding up well, without crushing—even after sofa sitting sessions or winding up on the floor as a comfortable cushion. Despite being so durable, the cover is dry-clean only, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re used to tossing your throw pillow covers in the washer. All things considered, we think these pillows are a stylish, affordable pick.
Price at time of publish: $50
Size: 23 x 23 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Down-alternative or feather-down
Sunday Citizen Snug Floor Pillow
90-day satisfaction guarantee
Free shipping and returns
Removable and machine-washable cover
Memory foam requires up to 24 hours to expand
We recommend the Sunday Citizen Snug Pillow for anyone who wants a really large oversized throw pillow. This pick measures 30 x 30 inches, making it 5 to 6 inches longer and wider than other oversized pillows on our list, many of which clock in at 23 or 24 inches in size. Of course, it also costs a little more. This pick is pricey, but it ships for free to your door. You’ll also have to wait about 24 hours for the memory foam pillow inside to fully expand, so don’t be surprised if it’s flat or thin upon arrival.
The extra size of this oversized throw pillow makes it ideal if you want a pillow that can support you while reading in bed, or it can double as a cozy sitting spot on the floor. Even if you order this pillow in soft, light shades like blush or gray, you don’t have to worry about where and how you use it—the cover is removable and machine-washable. The pillow insert is made of squishy, yet supportive, memory foam for a huggable form that holds its shape on your couch, chair, or bed. With a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, you’ll love this supersized pillow. If you don’t, we love that you have the opportunity to return it for a full refund.
Price at time of publish: $110
Size: 30 x 30 inches | Cover Material: Microfiber | Filling Material: Memory foam
Opalhouse Oversize Velvet Round Floor Pillow
Unique round shape
Doubles as a floor pillow
Limited color selection
Most oversized throw pillows are square in shape, but if you want to add variety to your pillow collection, go for an alternative shape. A round pillow is a popular option, and we recommend the Opalhouse Oversize Velvet Round Floor Pillow. It has a diameter of 30 inches and is 7 inches thick. Needless to say, you’ll need a deep sofa for this oversized throw pillow or use it on your bed if you like a mountain of pillows to snuggle up to while relaxing or reading. You can also use this oversized throw pillow as a floor cushion, given its thick profile.
The cotton velvet cover only comes in two shades—blue and pink. The lack of color options is perhaps the biggest shortcoming of this oversized round throw pillow. The cover is removable, but not suitable for machine-washing. Plan to spot-clean if it becomes soiled or dirty.
Price at time of publish: $35
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Polyester
CB2 Rue Leather Throw Pillow
Supple natural leather, stamped with textured ostrich print
Develops a unique patina with age
Choice of pillow insert (polyester or feather-down)
Only the front of the cover is leather
Available in tan and black only
Perk up your pillow collection with a leather oversized throw pillow, like this option from trendy retailer CB2. The Rue Leather Throw Pillow offers a unique aesthetic you won’t find with a textile fabric pillow cover. The embossed leather cover is stamped with a pebbled, ostrich texture and will develop a natural patina with age, giving your throw pillow a custom look over time. You have your choice of a polyester-fill insert or a feather-down option.
The oversized leather throw pillow measures 23 x 23 inches and comes in black or tan color options. Keep in mind that the reverse side of the pillow is made of cotton material in a matching color. A hidden seam zipper closure keeps the pillow insert securely tucked inside the cover. If you love the natural characteristics of leather, this throw pillow is a great choice in a size that makes a statement.
Price at time of publish: $109
Size: 23 x 23 inches | Cover Material: Leather, cotton | Filling Material: Polyester or feather-down
Threshold Woven Washed Windowpane Throw Pillow
Timeless, subtle design
Only available with a polyester pillow insert
Product color can vary
The Threshold Woven Washed Windowpane Throw Pillow is subtle yet sophisticated. This oversized throw pillow has a tonal windowpane design and a soft-to-the-touch cover that’s a blend of viscose, cotton, and polyester. It’s available in shades like yellow, cream, and blue, though the actual color sometimes varies from the retailer's photos. Customers note that what you see online can be lighter or darker in person, but with relatively neutral options, this affordable pillow pick should still work with most decor and rooms.
Inside of the 24 x 24 cover is a polyester-fill pillow insert. Fans of feather-fill pillows might be disappointed, but for $30, you can’t go wrong with the value of this large throw pillow. Households with pets or children will love the fact that the cover is removable and machine-washable. All in all, for an affordable oversized throw pillow that has more style and design than a solid pillow pick, you can’t go wrong with the Threshold Woven Washed Windowpane Throw Pillow.
Price at time of publish: $30
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Viscose, cotton, polyester | Filling Material: Polyester
World Market Oversized Tonal Stripe Throw Pillow
Solid color pillow with subtle tonal striping
Available in multiple colors
Cover isn’t machine-washable
Tonal stripe design only appears on pillow front
Add color, texture, and a plush pillow to your favorite sitting spot with the Oversized Tonal Stripe Throw Pillow from World Market. The pillow is available in three colors: ivory, rust, and mustard.
The solid color doesn’t compete for attention from other patterns in the room, but we love the tonal striping that adds texture and an eye-catchingly attractive design element to the pillow. Just keep in mind that the reverse of the pillow is solid. Even still, the cotton-polyester slub material is soft and attractive.
The 22-inch throw pillow includes a polyester insert. While the cover is removable, it’s not machine-washable. Thanks to its affordable price, we recommend you pick up a few of these plush pillows for any room in your house that needs a lift from a comfortable oversized throw pillow.
Price at time of publish: $35
Size: 22 x 22 inches | Cover Material: Cotton, polyester | Filling Material: Polyester
Better Homes & Gardens Liam Textured Stripe Pillow
Cushy, plush insert
Neutral beige tones blend with natural materials
Only available in a single color
The Liam Textured Stripe Pillow by Better Homes & Gardens is a neutral striped oversized throw pillow that looks good on its own or in combination with other textured throw pillows. The front side of the pillow features shades of beige that pair well with natural materials—think wood, wicker, or bamboo—and blends effortlessly with design styles as diverse as shabby chic to Scandinavian.
This oversized throw pillow comes with a small price tag, totaling less than $30 for both the pillow cover and insert. The textured cotton cover is removable and spot-clean only, but it’s a hardy cover that shouldn’t show much in the way of wear. While it’s true that this pillow only comes in a single color option, it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of settings. Of course, if you’re looking for a bolder pop of color, you’ll want to look at other options, but for a true oversized throw pillow (this one measures 24 x 24 inches), this pick is hard to beat for the value.
Price at time of publish: $25
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Not listed
Block Shop Textiles Magnet Reading Pillow
Combed cotton cover for extra softness
Hand block printing technique
Only available with down-fill insert
The Magnet Reading Pillow from Block Shop Textiles is part supportive, oversized throw pillow and part art for your sofa or chair. Whether you use it for reading, napping, or as the centerpiece of your pillow arrangement, this 24 x 24 pillow will draw plenty of compliments. What makes the Magnet pillow stand out is the Block Shop’s hand block printing technique. Using AZO-free, non-toxic ink, the cotton cover of the pillow is stamped with the chosen design—in this case, a gray-and-ochre geometric design. The removable pillow cover has a soft feel, thanks to the 100 percent combed cotton material.
Despite the special design technique, this pillow cover is machine-washable. Just be sure to use a cold-water, delicate cycle on your machine. The Magnet Reading Pillow is only available with a down-fill pillow insert, which gives it a squishy, sumptuous feel, but isn’t ideal if you have allergies and require down-alternative pillows. It’s also more expensive than most other options on our list, but it’s hard to find fault with the price, given the quality of materials and the attention to design of this well-made oversized throw pillow.
Price at time of publish: $165
Size: 24 x 24 inches | Cover Material: Cotton | Filling Material: Down-fill
What to Look for in Oversized Throw Pillows
When considering the materials of an oversized throw pillow, pay attention to the cover material and the filling material. The type and quality of these materials will have a large impact on the durability and feel of the pillow.
Sullivan says the most common materials for pillow covers are cotton, velvet, wool, or linen, but she suggests buying those made of 100 percent cotton or 100 percent linen. She prefers natural materials and points out that “organic fabrics have beautiful textures and a more luxe feel.” This is the case for the Libeco Linen Pillow from Pottery Barn, which is made of stonewashed linen and certified non-toxic.
The material inside of an oversized pillow will determine how squishy or structured the pillow is. The two most common pillow inserts are polyester fill or feather-down fill. Polyester is a popular down-alternative, because it’s lofty but hypoallergenic. However, it tends to hold its shape, without much opportunity for styling. Feather-fill pillow inserts offer soft support and can be easily creased in the center of the top of the pillow for a perfectly styled look. However, “feathers are heavier than poly fill and can be difficult to fluff in large amounts,” says Kobervig Munger. She recommends polyester inserts “for larger squares and rectangles to ensure the insert stays lofty.”
In many cases, you can have your pick of a polyester or down-fill pillow insert for the same price; this is the case for the Crate & Barrel Merrow Stitch Cotton Pillow and other picks on our list.
Style and Design
An oversized throw pillow makes a statement with its size, but the color palette, design, and materials of the pillow determine its overall look. There’s no shortage of style and design options when it comes to oversized throw pillows, so you can find one to fit any type of room decor. Glam options made of velvet, like the CB2 Leisure Velvet Throw Pillow, will add a ritzy feel to your sofa or chaise. Or you can pick a more relaxed look with a pillow that includes a cotton cover or subtle design, like the Threshold Woven Washed Windowpane Throw Pillow.
When shopping for throw pillows online, you can frequently search by color, which can help you to narrow down your choices. You may be able to filter by other elements of design, too—like pattern, style, or embellishments like fringe or tassels.
Care and Maintenance
Whether you use an oversized throw pillow on your couch, bed, or floor, the reality is that it’s likely to get dirty at some point in time. Most manufacturers specify whether the pillow is spot-clean only or has a removable cover that can be machine-washed.
“Most pillow covers can be machine washed on a cold setting as long as the cover is removable,” says Sullivan. But don’t head for the washing machine right away. “I would suggest spot-cleaning first, and if that is not satisfactory, only then using a washing machine to get the job done.” If you do wash your pillow cover, Sullivan advises that you use a natural detergent and wash on a cold, delicate setting. She says to skip the dryer and instead, “lay the pillow out to dry to avoid heat reactions or shrinking.”
If you need to clean the pillow insert itself, Kobervig Munger says, “Most polyester inserts can generally be machine washed if you can fit it in your washer without folding it.” Follow up the wash cycle by machine-drying with a couple of tennis balls or wool dryer balls to fluff as you dry. For much larger size inserts or feather/down inserts, she recommends sending them to a professional cleaner.
How do you style an oversized throw pillow?
It’s usually best to use an oversized throw pillow in combination with standard-size throw pillows on a sofa. Kobervig Munger’s top advice is to find balance and use a mix of sizes and shapes. “One to two oversized pillows is usually enough for a standard sofa.”
On a bed, however, you can use all oversized throw pillows or switch up the sizes and shapes. “On a queen- or king-sized bed, choose oversized square pillows in a size that lets you place three across the headboard behind the regular bed pillows. Finish off with a fun shape (a ball or flat round pillow) or a long bolster or lumbar in front of the bed pillows,” suggests Kobervig Munger.
Where do you store oversized throw pillows when not in use?
A nearby chair is one place to store your oversized throw pillows when you need to move them from your sofa or bed. The “pillow chair” is a temporary landing spot used by Sullivan for her collection of couch pillows. But for more long-term pillow storage (like when you’re making seasonal pillow swaps), Sullivan says that you can DIY your own vacuum sealed packs by placing pillows in a plastic bag and using your vacuum cleaner to suck all the air out. “This makes flat, easy-to-store packages that you can stack on top of each other in your closet or under your bed or couch; plus, the plastic protects them from any dirt, dust or damage.”
What size is considered an oversized throw pillow?
A standard throw pillow is usually 18 x 18 inches or 20 x 20 inches, so an oversized throw pillow will have larger dimensions—anywhere from 22 to 26 inches is typical. Usually, these pillows are also 3 to 5 inches thick. Keep in mind that “the larger the pillow, the heavier it will be,” says Kobervig Munger.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Erica Puisis is a freelance writer, product tester, and home decor expert who also writes for MyDomaine. She loves collecting throw pillows of all shapes and sizes for her living space and is partial to the soft, fluffy feel of down fill pillow inserts. To make this list, she considered each pillow's size, material, style, color availability, and cleaning requirements.
For more insight on choosing and styling oversized throw pillows, Puisis interviewed Christine Kobervig Munger, interior design expert and VP of merchandising and sourcing at Fernish. Christine provided tips on picking pillow inserts and ideas for arranging throw pillows on sofas and beds. Puisis also gathered tips from Clare Sullivan, an interior designer with helpful tips and inspiration on TikTok.