What Are the Best Materials for Pillow Cases? What Are the Best Materials for Pillow Cases?

Pillow cases touch your face when they are used. To protect your face you should select a pillow case material that is soft.


Smooth and sensuous satin has been seen as the deluxe pillow case material for many years. The smooth shiny surface of satin is kind to your skin and seldom bunches up to leave crease marks on your face when you awake. It has long been believed that satin can help prevent facial wrinkles. Another benefit of satin is that your hair does not get so tangled. Instead of getting held by the satin, your hair slides across it.


Freshly laundered and lightly starched cotton has a very crisp feel to it. It is absorbent and gentle on your skin. Cotton pillow cases will bunch up, however, and can make non-permanent crease marks on your skin. Cotton is cool to sleep on and absorbent.


Flannel is a loosely woven cotton material that gives a soft appearance. Flannel is absorbent and warm to the touch, even in the cold. Flannel pillow cases are warm and soft.


Winceyette is a double-napped material also made from cotton. It feels much the same as flannel but is lighter and feels cooler. The fabric can be turned when one side is worn--which adds to its effective life.


Nylon is often used for pillow cases and is sometimes made to look like satin. Nylon is not absorbent and can make your face sweaty but is an easy care fabric and dries quickly after being laundered.


Ideally made of silk, velvet is a fabric with a pile and feels very comfortable against your skin. Velvet is made from cotton and polyester as well. Cotton velvet frequently used for pillowcases. The deep pile of velvet can be hot in summer but it is pleasantly warm most of the the year. Velvet can be washed, but only gently.


Polyester is a man-made fiber that is very popular for bed linens. It doesn’t feel like a natural fiber but it lasts a long time. Polyester is not absorbent and is often mixed with cotton to make it more absorbent.


Linen is a natural product of flax. Once commonly produced, linen is now quite expensive because it is no longer produced in quantity. Linen has a very unique feel to it and it cannot be mistaken for another material. Like satin, it is recognized for its quality.


Most materials are available in a wide selection of colors. To decide what fabric you like best, consider making a small test pillow and see how it feels. The deciding factors will probably be cost and the feel of the material.

Choosing a fabric for your pillow case is a big decision. Read this guide and sleep on it, while you decide which is best for you.

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