How can I keep pillow cases from sliding off pillows?

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What You'll Need
Velcro strips
Zip on covers
Needle and thread
Safety pins
What You'll Need
Velcro strips
Zip on covers
Needle and thread
Safety pins

When you wake up in the morning and find your pillows out of their pillow cases, there are several things that you can do to prevent this annoying little occurrence from happening.

Sew Velcro Strips

One method is to sew some Velcro strips at the opening of the case in order to enclose the pillow and prevent it from falling out. If this is something you cannot do for one reason or another, try the following method.

Buy zip-on covers

This method is almost similar to the one above; buy zip-on covers so you can totally enclose your pillows and prevent them from falling out while you sleep. You can also try getting covers that fit more snugly for your pillows if your current ones are too big. This could be the cause of your pillows sliding out of their respective pillow cases.

Safety pins

If none of the above methods work for you, you can get a couple of safety pins and use them to pin together the top and bottom flaps on the open end of your pillow case. This should stop your pillow from coming out of pillowcase while you sleep.

Keep Pillow Cases From Sliding Off Pillows FAQ

How do I keep my satin pillow from sliding off the bed?

Satin is meant to be a smooth material, which means it doesn't stick or grip easily. Satin slides and it can slide while you are sleeping on pillowcases made of satin, which feels less like a luxury and more like a problem when you're in that situation.

Satin is meant to slide but there are ways to prevent it from doing so on your pillows. Use standard sewing supplies and some basic stuff from a crafts store to add a zipper to one side of the pillowcase, which can provide some grip and some "stop" to the satin material.

You can also sew buttons onto your pillow and sew little loops of fabric inside the pillowcases to correspond with the buttons. This will keep the cases in place and prevent uncomfortable sliding.

Are pillow protectors the same as pillow covers?

Pillow protectors are like pillow covers but they have a zippered closure, rather than open flaps at one end. The zipper closure keeps the protector on the pillow.

But pillow protectors are not made to be pretty, so people often use a standard pillowcase on top of pillow covers.

How do you make pillows stay fluffy?

Pillows are going to lose their fluff and become somewhat flatter as you sleep on them. This can't be helped, as it's a natural effect of the pressure of being under your head for hours at a time.

However, you can very easily fluff your pillows back up by placing them in the dryer for a few minutes. Pillowcases do not slide off fluffy pillows so easily because the pillow has more volume to it.

How often should you replace pillows?

Most people do not replace pillows as often as they should. To prevent allergens and keep supportive, comfortable pillows on your bed, you should be replacing them every one to two years.

Pillows lose their softness over time and over time, the dead skin cells and other little bits of flotsam associated with the human body can get trapped inside pillows. This can be a breeding ground for allergen-inducing junk that you don't want hanging around, so get into better pillow habits and replace them more often.

Why dry pillows with tennis balls?

Tossing a couple of clean tennis balls that haven't been used for playing tennis into the dryer might seem odd but it's a perfect way to fluff pillows, comforters, and other bedding. The tennis balls help keep pillows from getting lumpy and fluff them up nicely.

Odd as it may seem, this is an effective life hack.