A Simply Guide to Choose Your Pillow Case

People usually put a lot of thought into their pillows. They pay attention that it’s not too soft, not to firm and shaped just right for their body. However, not many people think about what goes over the pillows.

It’s true that pillowcases are often neglected, even though they are an essential part of every bed set and can protect both your skin and your pillow. This means that by choosing the right pillowcase, you will not only ensure your pillow stays in top shape for a long time, but also provide yourself and your loved ones with better sleep.

Which fabric is the best?

The first thing you need to consider when shopping for any sort of bedding is the type of fabrics. Materials will not only determine the longevity of your new pillowcase, but they also affect the comfort. The best option you can choose is fabrics that offer maximum softness and cosiness that will last you a long time.

Just like sheets and quilt covers, pillowcases can also be made of different materials, both natural and synthetic. Sure, polyester materials might feel soft to the touch at first, but the reason they feel so silky and smooth is the use of synthetic materials. These fabrics are not only less durable, but also don’t allow the pillow or your skin to breathe. Plus, maintaining them will require much more effort.

Which size do I get?

Now that you know which fabrics are the best, it’s time to consider the size of your pillowcase. Since you probably already have a perfect pillow for you, you want to dress it into a size that will fit it appropriately. This phase of choosing a pillowcase might seem easy, but it can be quite tricky.

Usually, there are four different pillow sizes used in Australia, Europe and the United States. There’s a standard pillow that’s rectangular and it measures 48cm x 74 cm. This type of pillow is usually recommended for twin, full and queen beds. European bed is square and it usually measures 65 x 65 cm. The queen pillow is similar to the standard one but a bit longer. The standard size of a queen pillow is 54 x 80 cm. The king pillow is designed for king beds and is even longer at 50 x 90 cm.

What about the thread count?

You must have heard about the phrase “thread count”, but let’s explain what that actually means. Thread count or threads per inch (TPI) is a measure that states the fineness or coarseness of fabric. It measures the number of threads in one square centimetre or inch of fabric, both length- and width-wise. When you count the number of threads in one square centimetre (up and across) and add them together, you get thread count.

Thread count often measures the quality of the fabric and the higher the number the better the quality. For instance, the “standard” cotton thread count is between 100 and 150 while better quality pillowcases start at around 180. A count of 200 and more is considered a great quality fabric.

How do I care for my new pillowcase?

Once you pick out your pillowcase, washing before the first use is always recommended. The best way to retain that crisp look and colour of your pillowcases is to launder whites and coloureds separately on a gentle washing machine cycle (40 °C) using liquid detergent.

When it comes to drying, you can line dry them or tumble dry on low. Dry cleaning is not recommended. You can press your new pillowcase if you desire, but use a cool iron or iron on reverse.

Now that you know exactly what to look for in your new pillowcase, you’re ready to treat yourself to the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had!