How to Keep Feathers in Pillows

Updated February 21, 2017

The proper casing for your pillows aids in keeping feathers from coming out of the pillow casing, as covers made of closely woven thread are ideal to prevent feather loss. Zippable covers simultaneously prevent feathers from escaping and keep dirt and natural body oils from staining the pillow. According to Down & Feather Company, goose down pillows are the ideal pillows to use if you're concerned with feather loss, as the larger feathers, which may poke out, have been removed from the fill prior to inserting them in the pillow.

Choose a high thread count for your pillow case, or use tightly woven pillow protectors. A thread count of 600 is heavier than standard pillowcases, and is tightly woven to keep feathers from sticking out.

Fluff the feather pillows daily to maintain their size. Pillows that become flat are prone to feathers poking through the pillowcase.

Insert two flat pillows into a durable pillow case. Two flat pillows add volume, and can be inserted into a single pillowcase to increase firmness.

Properly care for feather pillows to keep feathers in and extend the lifespan of your pillows. Fill the washer with 1/2 to 1 cup of mild washing powder and warm water, and set the wash cycle to gentle or permanent press. Rinse thoroughly. Place the pillows in the dryer on a gentle, low-heat setting. The University of Nebraska suggests adding two tennis balls to fluff the pillow during the drying process and prevent flatness.


Use a front loading washer rather than a top loading washer, as the ringer in the top loader is abrasive against the pillows and increases the likelihood of feather loss.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild washing powder
  • 2 tennis balls
  • Thick pillow cover
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