Difference Between Pillowcase and Pillow Protector

I’m going to clear up another area of confusion. The differences between pillowcases and pillow protectors, as well as when, and how to use them.

In a nutshell, pillowcases are decorative covers designed to be slept on. While pillow protectors are designed to protect your pillow from stains and damage.

For a more detailed look at the difference between a pillow protector, pillow cases, and why you would use either or both, read on;

What Is a Pillow Case

A pillowcase is designed to look good, be comfortable, and be slept on. They don’t protect your pillow from sweat, spillages, and dirt very well. Other than being a layer of fabric that can stop some dirt from getting on your pillow.

They come in all styles, patterns, and colors. Typically you use a pillowcase that matches with the rest of your bedding.

Pillowcases have an opening on one side, usually with a flange so you can secure the pillow inside. They are easy to wash and should last many years.

What Is a Pillow Protector

A pillow protector serves a much different purpose than a pillow case. As the name suggests they are designed to protect pillows, and as such are able to wick away moisture, as well as stopping stains and dirt from damaging your pillow.

They are available in different styles and materials. Some are plush and comfy, adding some extra comfort to a pillow. While some are thin layers of waterproof material designed to just simply protect your pillow from stains.

All should be easy to clean. So, if they get dirty, you can simply wash and replace and your pillow will be as good as new.

Do I Need a Pillow Protector under My Pillowcase?

The answer to this comes down to personal preference. If your pillow is a bit on the old side and you want to extend it life then adding a padded protector might be a good idea.

Alternatively, if you’ve brought a new pillow you may want to use a pillow protector to make sure you’re getting the most out of its life expectancy and avoid damaging it.

They are commonly found used in hotel and other hospitality establishments for these reasons. Guests expect to use clean and plush feeling pillows, so protectors are a cost-effective way to make their pillows feel more comfy, last longer, and are easy to take off and clean.

If you do want to use a pillow protector remember that they put on your pillow first. So they are underneath your pillow case. Some don’t require a pillow case to be put on top. But it’s up to you, if you want all your bedding to match up you can still use a case.