Difference Between Pillowcases and Pillow Shams

                                                         Difference Between Pillowcases and Pillow Shams

A pillowcase is a cover for a pillow, which is made from various materials like cotton or linen. It is a removable and washable fabric that protects your pillows from dust and dirt. It is mainly used for its decorative and attractive purposes as the fabrics used to make pillowcases come in different designs and colours to match the bed.

Pillow Shams are similar to Pillowcases when it comes to their purpose, but Pillow shams are constructed a little differently. Pillow shams generally feature more intricate patterns as compared to pillowcases. Shams are also adorned with embroidery and ornate laces and often contain a flange, a flange is a decorative strip of fabric that runs around edges of a Pillow Sham as they are strictly designed to provide a decorative touch to beautify the bed.

Here are the features of the Pillow Shams and Pillowcases



Pillowcases are defined by the following:

  • Open at one end
  • Doesn’t have a flange
  • Purpose is to protect the pillow
  • Intended for sleep on.

Pillow Shams

Pillow Shams are defined by the following:

  • Typically contains tuck flap on the back
  • All four sides often finish with flange or cording
  • Mainly for decoration
  • Sheeting fabric on shams used for sleeping on.


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