How to Fix a Flat Pillow And Make it Fluffy Again

This post was most recently updated on June 21st, 2020

All pillows eventually get flat after excessive use but it is always fixable. If your pillow has gotten flat, and you don’t want to replace it with a new one; you can bring it back to its previous condition. 

You should make a weekly routine to fluff your pillows with your hands to keep them fluffy and fat, except if they are made of foam. As basic as this technique is, it works every time.

If they are made of foam you can add new foam in them and voila! Brand new fluffy pillows!

Why Do Pillows Go Flat?

There are many reasons why a pillow can go flat given how much you use them in 24 hours. Mostly it happens because your head is compressed to the loose material for so long especially during the night that eventually the material gets compressed and loses its fluffiness and becomes flat. 

It could also be due to moisture. Your pillow can get flat by absorbing too much moisture but that can be fixed by drying out the pillow in the sun for a few hours. Low quality pillows get flat quite sooner than others even if you take care of them so be sure to get good quality pillows.

Are There Any Pillows That Don’t Go Flat?

If you are tired of changing your pillows quite often, consider investing in pillows that don’t go flat, like these, and retain their fluff for a longer period of time.

When it comes to pillows that keep their shape, latex and memory foam are considered an ideal choice. Latex is quite popular because of its bounciness and extra durability. Furthermore, its antimicrobial traits keep bad odors away and gives you a peaceful night’s sleep.

Down filling is another ideal choice and the good thing about this material is that you can always re-fluff it to get back the original loft. However, these are expensive as compared to memory foam pillows.

Purple pillows are another great choice that won’t go flat. Their tech is actually quite good that helps them retain their shape for a long time. 

How to Fix a Flat Pillow?

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Tired of flat pillows ruining your perfect night’s sleep? There are some simple hacks you can try at home to fix your flat pillows – which will definitely work. You can start by fluffing the pillows daily before going to bed at night. You can do it with your hands by holding the pillow by the ends and squeezing and stretching it continuously 3-4 times. It’s quite a simple trick but it keeps the pillows fluffy and prevents them from compressing.

You can also try hitting the pillow, but not with too much force or you could ruin it. Use this trick when your pillow is getting flat by hitting on it from the sides with your fists. Then whack it on the bed so to bring it back to shape and even it out.

Another hack that you can try is throwing the pillows in the dryer with a tennis ball. Wrap the ball in a sock or something similar and after a few minutes in the dryer the pillow will come out looking all stuffed and fluffy. Perfect for a good night’s sleep.

Lastly, the easiest way is to put the pillows out in the sun for a few hours. Sometimes pillows lose their fluffiness due to moisture and that can be fixed with the help of some sunlight. After 3 to 4 hours in the sun, the pillows will get their fluffiness back.

Can I keep my pillow from going flat?

It’s quite easy to keep your pillows from going flat, given that they’re not of bad quality. As mentioned above, make it a daily routine to fluff your pillows before going to bed and then in the morning. This way they won’t get compressed. Also remember to put your pillows in sun for 3-4 hours once in a week, this way all the moisture in the pillows will dry out and they’ll look stuffed and fluffy.

Signs that tell it’s time to replace your pillow

You should look for signs that would tell you that your pillows need replacement. It’s better to do it on time before they start giving you neck pains. Look for the following signs: noticeable lumps in the pillow; prominent stains from sweat or moisture; back or neck starts to ache when you wake up; constant need to fluff the pillow; you wake up with headaches; if you fold the pillow, it doesn’t go back to its shape instantly. These signs mean that the material inside the pillow has started to loosen up and you need to either replace it or fix it at home if it’s a feather pillow.

Hopefully this article would prove to be quite helpful in determining whether your pillow needs to be replaced and how it can be fixed if it has gone flat.

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