Whether you’re updating the bed linens in your master suite, decorating a teen’s dorm room, or fixing up a guest bedroom, pillowcases and shams from Overstock.com can help you create a style you’ll love. Sizes from standard to king let you find the perfect fit for any pillow, and special pieces, such as body pillow covers and Euro shams, provide just what you need for a comfortable sleep space. Browse pillowcases and shams in every color of the rainbow to match your existing design scheme and choose from a variety of patterns to dress up your bedding. Keep reading to learn more about pillowcases and shams and discover the answers to some commonly asked bedding questions.
A pillowcase protects a pillow from damage and typically has an opening at one end to allow you to insert a pillow. They typically come in standard and king sizes. Standard pillowcases measure between 20 and 21 inches in length by 30 to 32 inches in width to fit standard, super-standard, and queen pillows. Standard pillows measure 20 inches by 26 inches, super-standard pillows measure 20 inches by 28 inches, and queen pillows measure 20 inches by 30 inches. King pillowcases, which measure between 20 to 21 inches in length by 36 to 41 inches wide, are designed to fit king pillows, which measure 20 inches by 36 inches. Pillowcases also come in queen size, though the other sizes are more common.
Shams are often confused with pillowcases. While they look similar, there are some differences. Shams are typically placed on a bed for decorative purposes, and many feature ornamental borders such as cording, ruffles, or a flange. Most shams feature openings for inserting pillows. A flap closure hides these openings. Pillow shams are available in standard, queen, king and Euro sizes. Euro shams fit square pillows that typically measure 26 inches by 26 inches.
Most body pillows measure 48 or 54 inches in length by 20 inches in width. Body pillow covers protect the pillow while providing comfort and style. Cozy fabrics such as Egyptian cotton afford your body pillow a luxurious feel, while sophisticated designs like trellis patterns and French toile help enhance the style of your bedroom. Some body pillow covers are reversible, allowing you to change up the look whenever you like.
Pillowcases and shams constructed of 100 percent cotton are absorbent and soft against your skin. Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics for bed linens thanks to its durability, breathability, and affordability. Cotton pillowcases provide a cool sleeping surface, and they’re typically very affordable. When freshly laundered, cotton pillowcases and shams typically have a crisp, clean look and feel.
Often confused for satin, sateen is made from cotton. While satin and sateen share a similar weave, appearance, and texture, sateen's cotton fiber construction lends it greater durability. Sateen pillowcases and shams offer machine-washable convenience while still providing the smooth sheen and luxurious feel of silk.
Pillowcases and shams labeled as cotton blends feature a construction of cotton mixed with some other fabric. Cotton-polyester blends are popular, and cotton-rayon or cotton-bamboo blends are typical as well. When used for bedding, these blended fabrics often offer durability and wrinkle-resistance. Most are inexpensive. They often provide the soft and cool nature of cotton bed linens.
A man-made fiber, polyester is a common material for bedding. Extremely durable, polyester resists shrinking, wrinkling, and fading, and it often offers excellent breathability. Microfiber, another form of polyester, is popular for its softness and ability to wick away sweat as you sleep.
Rayon from bamboo results when bamboo pulp is dissolved in a chemical treatment, re-solidified, and spun into thread. The fabric is soft, silky, and durable. Rayon from bamboo is often described as an environmentally conscious fabric, despite the chemical treatments used in its construction.
Pillowcases & Shams FAQ
What kinds of pillowcases are good for hair?
Pillowcases with rough fabrics can cause your hair to tangle as you toss and turn, resulting in split ends. Sateen is one of the best pillowcase materials if you’re looking out for your hair. As you turn at night, your hair glides across the sateen fabric rather than becoming tangled up with it. Polyester is another good pillowcase option that results in less friction between hair and fabric.
What causes pillowcases to turn yellow?
Yellow stains on pillowcases are often a result of damage from sweat and oils from the hair and face. Moisture can also cause a pillowcase to look discolored, as can chemicals from skin care products or certain makeups. To avoid yellowing, be sure to wash pillowcases regularly according to the care instructions.
Which pillowcase materials are best for your face?
If you have a problem with acne, it’s best to avoid cotton pillowcases, as their tendency to absorb sweat and oils can make the condition worse. To help reduce wrinkles, choose a sateen pillowcase. The smooth fabric prevents bunching that can leave crease marks on your face.
How many pillows and shams do you need on your bed?
Twin beds are designed to fit a single standard-size pillow, while a full bed can fit two standard-size pillows. A queen bed can accommodate two standard-size or two queen-size pillows. King beds take two king-size pillows or three standard-size pillows. You can add several shams to beds of any size to serve as decorative accents. In addition to the sleeping pillows listed, many designers suggest adding two standard or Euro shams to a full-size bed, two queen shams on a queen bed, and three Euro shams to king beds.