What is the difference between a Pillowcase & a Pillow Sham?


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Pillowcases are the covers for your Sleeping Pillows. Shams are typically more decorative in nature. 

  • Stating the obvious, a pillowcase protects your pillow and is intended to sleep on.
  • A Pillowcase is different than a Sham.
  • A Pillowcase is open only at one end and generally contains a flange on the opening face where the fabric edge is turned over and sewn.

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Pillowcases are different than pillow shams

  • A pillow sham typically contains a tuck flap located in the back of the sham .
    • They are frequently finished with a flange on all (4) sides.
  • Shams are often used for decorative purposes, but many can be slept on if they are made from sheeting fabric.
  • Sizes of pillowcases are generally Standard or King.
    • Sometimes (but not often) they are made in a Queen size...
  • Pillow shams come in the following popular sizes:
    • Standard (20" x 26")
    • King (20" x 36")
    • Euro (26" x 26")
    • Queen (20" x 30")
    • Boudoir(12" x 16")...

Pillow shams can be slept on

Pillow shams are used in bedding & for other decorative purposes

  • Many people also prefer a Standard Pillow to a King Size Pillow as they are easier to manipulate or position to where you want them during sleep.
  • Vero’s Standard Pillowcases are designed to fit both a Standard Pillow as well as a Queen Pillow.
  • For one layer of Pillows use either (2) King Pillowcases or (3) Standard Pillowcases to fill the width of a King bed. Use (2) Standard Pillowcases to fill the width of a full or queen sized bed.

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