Shams vs. Pillowcases

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When it comes to making the bed, shams and pillowcases are two common bedding items that are often used interchangeably. However, they serve different purposes and offer distinct benefits. Understanding the differences between shams and pillowcases is essential to getting the best sleep and keeping an organized space. Let's explore the characteristics and uses of shams and pillowcases:


Pillowcases are the most common and essential bedding accessory. They are designed to protect your pillows, provide a soft and comfortable surface for your face, and keep your bedding clean. Pillowcases are typically made from the same fabric as your sheets, ensuring a cohesive look. They are open-ended on one side, allowing you to slide your pillow inside easily. Our Egyptian cotton pillowcases are equipped with envelope closures that keep your pillow stuffed securely inside this way it doesn’t fall out during the night.

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The primary function of a pillowcase is to protect your pillow from dirt, oil, and sweat. Removable and machine-washable, pillowcases are very easy to clean and maintain. Try our Hira pillowcase set for a soft, smooth hand feel and decorative touch. Available in various colors such as Spa, Icy Blue, and Midnight, our Hira pillowcase set is sure to brighten up any bedroom.

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On the other hand, shams are decorative pillow covers that serve an aesthetic purpose. Shams are typically larger in size than standard pillowcases and come in various shapes and designs. They are often used to enhance the visual appeal of the bed and create a polished and cohesive look. 

Shams usually have a decorative front with embellishments such as embroidery, ruffles, or flanges, while the back has an overlapping closure to insert the pillow. They are designed to be placed in front of standard pillows and can be propped against the headboard or arranged as decorative accents. Shams are not meant to be used in lieu of a pillowcase, but rather for decorative purposes. All of our duvet covers come with two matching shams and feature hidden zippers for ease of use with flap enclosures to keep them hidden. Our Triple Luxe Sateen duvet cover set includes a triple embroidered stitch bordering the duvet cover and shams. Try our newer colors like Black and Nickel or opt for our classic favorites like Gold, Ocean, and Arctic.

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