The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Pillowcases for a Good Night's Sleep

Pillowcases are the unsung heroes of a good night's sleep. Often overshadowed by luxurious duvets and fancy sheets, they play a vital role in protecting your pillows and your skin. With a variety of materials, sizes, and features available, choosing the perfect pillowcase can feel overwhelming. But fret not! This guide will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the world of pillowcases and find the ones that will cradle you in comfort night after night.

MistyMorning's Pillowcase: A Perfect Choice

MistyMorning's pillowcases are crafted from high-quality Egyptian cotton, known for its luxurious softness and breathability. They come in the standard size of 50cm x 75cm with an additional 15cm of fabric on one side, likely for an envelope closure, ensuring a secure fit. With a 200 thread count, they offer a balance of softness and breathability for a comfortable night's sleep.

Fabric Fundamentals

The fabric of your pillowcase significantly impacts your sleep experience. Here's a breakdown of popular options to help you find your ideal match:

  • Cotton: The quintessential choice, cotton is naturally breathable, soft, and affordable.
      • Percale Weave: Crisp and cool, perfect for those who sleep hot.
      • Sateen Weave: Luxuriously smooth and silky, offering a touch of hotel-like comfort.
      • Egyptian Cotton: Known for its extra-long fibers, resulting in superior softness and durability. MistyMorning’s Pillowcases are made of 100% Pure Egyptian cotton, with 200 TC.
  • Linen: A dream for hot sleepers, linen boasts exceptional breathability and moisture-wicking properties. It gets softer with each wash and has a natural coolness.
    • Pros: Highly breathable, cool and moisture-wicking, naturally antibacterial, softens over time
    • Cons: Can wrinkle easily, may feel rough to sleepers, often more expensive than cotton.
  • Polyester: A budget-friendly option, often available in various sizes. However, polyester can trap heat and may not be as breathable as natural fibers.
    • Pros: Affordable, wrinkle-resistant, widely available in many colors and patterns
    • Cons: Not very breathable, can trap heat, may feel scratchy or uncomfortable to some sleepers, cause itchy rash if you have an allergic reaction to it.



Pillowcase Sizes Explained

Pillowcase sizes vary depending on the region and bed size. Here's a cheat sheet for common sizes in the UK:

  • Standard: 50cm x 75cm (20" x 26"): Fits most standard and queen-sized pillows. MistyMorning’s Pillowcase sizes are 50cm x 75cm with 15cm extra.
  • King: 50cm x 90cm (20" x 36"): Ideal for king-size pillows, offering a luxurious, full-coverage feel.
  • Super King: 50cm x 100cm (20" x 39"): Perfect for extra-large pillows or those who prefer more fabric.
  • Euro Sham: 65cm x 65cm (26" x 26"): Often used for decorative purposes on European-style pillows.

Features to Consider

While material and size are key, there are additional features to consider:

  • Closure: Opt for an envelope closure or zipper to keep your pillow securely encased.
  • Color and Style: Express yourself! Choose pillowcases that complement your bedding and create a tranquil sleep sanctuary.


  • How often should I wash my pillowcases?

Wash your pillowcases in hot water (check the care label) at least once a week to remove dust mites, allergens, and built-up sweat.

  • What if I sleep hot?

Choose breathable fabrics like linen or cotton percale weave. Consider a cooler room temperature and a moisture-wicking mattress pad for additional comfort.

Where can I buy pillowcases in the UK?

Pillowcases are widely available in the UK from a variety of sellers. You can buy at MistyMorning website and from MistyMorning Amazon store.


  • What type of fabric is best for pillowcases?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a pillowcase fabric, including personal preference, sleep style, and budget. Here's a quick rundown of some popular options:

  • Cotton: A classic and breathable choice, cotton is soft, comfortable, and comes in a variety of thread counts (higher thread count generally indicates softer feel).
  • Microfiber: Known for being wrinkle-resistant and hypoallergenic, microfiber is a good option for those who suffer from allergies.
  • Satin: Satin pillowcases can be beneficial for hair and skin, as the smooth surface reduces friction that can cause frizz and wrinkles.
  • Silk: The ultimate luxury material, silk pillowcases offer all the benefits of satin with a touch more breathability.


  • How can I keep my pillowcases white?
  • Pre-treat any stains before washing.
  • Wash with a good quality laundry detergent and an optical brightener (often labelled as "colour brightener" or "whitener").
  • Wash in hot water (if the fabric allows) and dry completely in direct sunlight if possible.
  • Avoid using bleach, as this can weaken the fabric.
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