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Pillowcases & Shams

Pillowcases and Shams

To many people, the appearance of a mattress matters very little, since it’s normally covered with a mattress pad, sheets, blankets and a comforter or bedspread. Other than its general shape, it’s impossible to see how the mattress looks beneath all those coverings. Decorative pillowcases and shams, however, provide a great opportunity to inexpensively enliven the bedroom’s appearance by adding color and style, while also enhancing your nightly sleeping experience.

Benefits of Using Decorative Pillow Cases

A pillow case’s purpose is to encase the various types of pillows people use when sleeping. Pillow cases, sometimes also called pillow protectors, are typically made from cotton, linen or other soft, supple fabrics. Over and above their decorative features, the benefits of pillowcases and shams include pillow protection, hygiene and added sleeping comfort.

Pillowcases provide a barrier between the sleeper and the pillow, which helps keep perspiration, hair, grime and other undesirable substances from entering into the pillow’s filling. Unlike most pillows themselves, pillow cases and many pillow protectors will withstand frequent machine washings and dryings at home, avoiding the inconvenience and expense of commercial dry cleaning. Hypoallergenic and antibacterial  pillow cases can also help prevent allergic reactions, the spreading of germs and guard against infection. Pillow  cases are available in sizes to fit all pillows, and come in a huge array of colors and designs, making them versatile, inexpensive elements for decorating a bedroom.

Pillow Shams

Pillow shams have been around for hundreds of years. During the early 18th century, the upper classes began using pillows with removable decorative covers to add style and flair to their bedchambers. Over the years, these colorful covers became known as “shams” which roughly translates to “false fronts”, meaning things are not always as they appear.

In today’s world, any colorful or ornate pillow case that turns an ordinary pillow into a decorative bedding accessory rather than simply a nighttime sleep accessory is called a Pillow Sham. As with traditional pillow cases, luxury pillow shams can be slept on, although they are more often used as a support for sitting in bed while watching television, reading or working on a laptop. During the day, shams double as decorative highlights.

Pillow shams are available in all pillow sizes, including Standard, King and Euro. Unlike conventional pillowcases that are open at one end for inserting and removing a pillow, decorative pillow shams have an opening in the middle on one side with overlapping fabric to smooth the enclosure after a pillow has been inserted.

Check Out Our Selection of Pillow Cases

All Sit ‘n Sleep Mattress Superstores carry an extensive line of decorative pillow cases and shams, ranging from economical coverings to high-end pillow protectors. Here is a sampling:

  • DreamFit® Degree 6 Tencel Pillowcases These high-quality pillowcases use patented technology to deliver an extremely comfortable sleeping experience. Made in the USA, the custom quality  Dreamfit® Degree 6 pillowcases hand sewn lock stitching prevent threads from unraveling for long life.
  • PureCare® Luxury Microfiber Pillowcases  Featuring an extra fine twill weave, these breathable, cool pillowcases offer a luxuriously soft feel and finish at a great price. Available in White, Ivory and Gray, PureCare Luxury Microfiber Pillow Shams come with a one-year warranty against material and workmanship defects.
  • PureCare® Elements SeaCellHalio Antimicrobial Pillowcases Made with fibers derived from all natural seaweed and cellulose woven into the pillowcase, these exceptional pillowcase sets contain natural antioxidants that help protect and revitalize the sleeper’s skin. PureCare's SeaCell Pillowcases are treated with antimicrobial silver chloride to inhibit bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause deterioration, stains and odors. PureCare® Elements make great memory foam pillowcases & protectors.
  • PureCare® Elements Bamboo Terrene Pillowcases These luxurious pillowcases are made from  bamboo rayon with Terrene® and luxury staple cotton in a premium sateen weave for a remarkably rich, comfortable sleep experience . PureCare Elements Bamboo Pillowcases have generously sized 8-inch pockets that allow the pillow to be securely tucked into the case. As with Purecare’s SeaCell™Halio Pillowcases, Elements Bamboo Terrene Pillowcases are treated with antimicrobial silver chloride.
  • PureCare® Silver Pillow Protector Infused with antibacterial properties and featuring MiteTight® seams and a locking zipper, this pillow protector helps guard against bacteria, bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, stains, mold, mildew and moisture finding their way into your pillow. PureCare Silver Pillow Protectors OmniGuard® fabric is approved for all pillow types, and won't affect the pillow’s feel or comfort. PureCare® Silver Pillow Protectors are an excellent choice for all Tempur Pedic pillowcases.
  • PureCare® One Aromatherapy Pillow Protector  For those who enjoy the gentle, soothing scent of aromatherapy, these quality pillow covers provide gentle, effective protection for any type of pillow including memory foam, down, gel or latex. Restless sleepers will particularly appreciate the benefits of sleeping on a PureCare® One Aroma Aromatherapy Pillow Protector.

See our full selection of cool Pillow Cases, Pillow Protectors and Pillow Shams online or at one of Sit ‘n Sleep’s 39 retail outlets conveniently located throughout Southern California.