The Ultimate Guide to Making a Pillow Fluffy Again

Most people can't sleep at night without a pillow. That's because pillows support the head and help maintain the delicate spines of the neck preventing aches and discomfort. With time, however, pillows flatten for reasons we will look into later and become discomforting. If your pillow is at that point, don't just grab another pillow yet. Explore some of these tricks to help make your pillow fluffier.

Without further ado, how do you make a pillow fluffier? Massage it, Air dry it, the options are numerous. We will take a look at them one by one.

Why Your Pillow Should Be Fluffy

The major need for a pillow is for comfort. A fluffy pillow conforms to the shapes of your shoulder, neck, and head thereby maintaining them in the right posture as you sleep. A flattened or hardened pillow on the order hand can not compress to support your head and neck which will leave you with excruciating pain or sleepless night that may negatively affect your productivity.

Why Do Pillows Lose Their Fluffiness?

A large percentage of a pillow is filled by air. This air is what allows for compression. The air along with the type of material the pillow is made up of adds up to give that fluffy feeling of a nice pillow.

With time, some of the trapped air is lost permanently leaving you with a flat pillow.

Also, the materials which a pillow is made up of can bond together, resisting air flow back into the pillow. In this case, apart from having a flat pillow, your pillow also feels hard to touch.

This is why pillows made of memory foam last longer. Memory foams return to their original shape after compression reducing the tendency of bonding and hardening of a memory foam pillow.

Signs Your Pillow Is Losing Its Fluffiness

Your pillow does not just lose its fluffiness overnight, it happens gradually, you can identify that your pillow is losing its fluffiness with these signs. 

  1. Flattening: Once a pillow becomes flat, it means that it has lost a lot of air and its primary material has lost its ability to return to its normal shape.
  2. Stiffening of the neck: An out-of-shape pillow will have compromised support for the spine and that will be expressed as either stiffening of the spine or neck pain
  3. Stiffening of the pillow: Bonding of the primary material of a pillow will harden the pillow. This can cause unbearable discomfort during use overnight.
  4. Lumps: Once a pillow is hard, it may begin to break instead of a normal compression when pressure is applied which will be noticed as lumps all over the pillow.
  5. Uneven filling: Broken pillow fillings will cause a pillow to be uneven as the broken pieces respond to gravity and collect at one end of the pillow.

How Do I Make My Pillow Fluffy Again

If your pillow has lost it’s fluff, all hope is not lost. You can make your pillow fluffy again by;

  1. Massage your pillow: The goal here is to stimulate the expansion of the fillings of your pillow to allow for air inflow into the pillow. Remove any covering of your pillow then place both hands at parallel ends and apply pressure intermittently for less than a minute. Once you do so with the longer ends, do the same for the short ends too.
  2. Air-dry your pillow: Another great idea to make your pillow fluffier is to place it outside. The airflow from the environment will find its way into your pillow giving it a raise and making it comfier. 
  3. Use a dryer: Place your pillow in a dryer and set your dryer to run at a low temperature to prevent burning your pillow. Using a dryer will help break up your pillow filling, making it feel softer and fluffier.
  4.  Replace the fillings of your pillow: If you don’t plan on changing your pillow just yet, you can completely replace its filling or add more filling material, especially if its filling material is foam or cotton. Unzip your cotton or foam-filled pillow and replace or add more foam to the pillow then seal the end and the effective ‘magic’ is done.

Why Do My Cotton Pillows Lose Their Fluff

People opt-in for cotton pillows because they’re very breathable. Cotton however is not an elastic material which is why cotton pillows lose their fluff after extensive pressure is applied and hardly return to their original shape.

 On the positive side, however, cotton pillows come with zippers which allows you to regulate the quantity of cotton fills in your pillow to meet your preference.

You can also combine some of the options we looked at for a fluffier pillow to increase the fluffiness of your cotton pillows or change to a pillow with a different filling like memory foam which maintains its fluffiness over a long period of time.

When Should You Get A New Pillow

If you have tried air-drying, massaging, and other alternatives but you’re still not getting that comforting experience from your pillow, then it’s time to get a new pillow. 


Why Do Pillows Go Flat?

Pillows go flat when they lose their air content as a result of applied pressure usually from your head and neck. Sometimes, pillows go flat due to termite infestation which will destroy the structural integrity of the pillow fillings.

Which Kind Of Pillow Does Not Go Flat

All pillows go flat over time. However, while some do so quickly, others take a longer period of time. If you want a pillow that does not go flat easily, then opt for memory foam.

How Often Should You Change Your Pillow?

You should change your pillow every 1 to 2 years. A memory foam however can last more than 3 years

As we’ve Seen

A fluffy pillow could be the bedding item that will determine whether you’ll have a good night’s rest or not. If however, your pillow has become flat, you can make it fluffy again through the simple steps we’ve discussed instead of going through the financial stress of getting another.