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Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses

There are several different kinds of stuffing materials for pillows. The material can be bought by weight depending on what you want to make, the function of the pillow and the desired pillow type. Which you should get depends on personal taste and how full you like your pillows. In this OneHowTo article we'll tell you how to fill cushions using different types of pillow stuffing and what their main features are.

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Pillow stuffing of animal or vegetable origin

These pillows include a stuffing of a very durable fibre, which is known as kapok, feathers or down. These materials hold and maintain their shape and firmness and take longer to lose their form.

Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses - Pillow stuffing of animal or vegetable origin
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Synthetic pillow stuffing

There are several kinds of synthetics such as foam, polyester or acrylic. These materials are easier to work with and insert into the pillows. But they are not as soft as animal or vegetable fillers and lose their form sooner.

It is important to choose a good pillow because we use this when we sleep or relax and rest our cervical vertebrae for about 8 hours a day. So don't mess around and learn to choose a good pillow that contributes to your nocturnal health.

Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses - Synthetic pillow stuffing

Foam pillows

Depending on the density of the foam, these pillows are more or less firm. They are also sold in different thicknesses, so it is possible to find a suitable one for you no matter what your preferred sleeping position is. There are some foam pillows called "anatomical pillows" which usually have a wavy shape to fit the curvature of the neck.

These are especially suitable for back sleepers. As for the rest, not everyone gets used to using them, so try one out in the store before buying it.

Latex pillows

Pillows filled with latex adapt quite well to the neck and head. They are breathable, anti-allergenic and accumulate less dust than synthetics. This type of pillow is one of the most recommended by specialists because the latex they are made of means they will last longer without losing their form and, therefore, won't harming the wellbeing of your neck.

These pillows are also very hygienic because they are easy to clean and the fabric doesn't generate heat or make the body sweat.

Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses - Latex pillows

Viscoelastic pillows

Viscoelastic pillows: This type of pillow is made of a special foam that adapts well to the body because it copies the shape of the neck and head. Not everyone is comfortable using viscoelastic pillows, especially side sleepers tend to have more trouble adjusting because they do not receive enough neck support. They are sometimes recommended for people with neck or back problems.

Other types of pillow stuffing

Currently you can find pillows stuffed with buckwheat hull, a type of wheat that provides good support for the neck. Manufacturers claim it stays cool in the summer and warm in winter. There are also those filled with poly cluster, which is embedded in silicone polyester for a consistency similar to that of down, but with the advantage being better than natural stuffing for those with allergies. Water pillows are rare but allow you to regulate their height by adding or draining more or less water.

Different Types Of Pillow Stuffing And Their Uses - Other types of pillow stuffing

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Tips
  • The higher the density of fibres filling the pillow, the softer it is to the touch. Most importantly, don't allow the stuffing to fall out because it may become contaminated.

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