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How Long Do Feather Pillows Last? This is The Replacement Time

This post is part of the complete feather pillow buyers guide

Out of 24 hours, it is recommended that human beings sleep for 7-9 hours per day. That being said, for you to have a restful and comfortable sleep it is important that you invest in soft and durable pillows.

Feather pillows are one of the most common types of pillows used today, but how long do they last?

It is estimated that a well-maintained feather pillow can last between 3 to 5 years. This is only an estimate of how long they can last, however, because of frequent usage and other hygiene factors, it is advised that you change your feather pillows every 12 to 24 months. 

Other factors can influence the rate at which you change your feather pillows. If you have allergy issues (dust allergy for example), you should change your pillows at least once every 6 months because feather pillows are notorious for accumulating dust.

Read on as we deal extensively with why you should change your feather pillows and how to maintain them to make them last longer.

Signs Showing You Need To Replace Your Feather Pillow

Using the same pillows past their time is unhygienic and can lead to health problems. It is therefore important for you to see the little signs that signify that your pillow is due for a replacement. Some of the signs are:

  1. You wake up with neck or shoulder pain
  2. The pillows don’t give you enough support and comfort when you want to sleep
  3. You wake up with headaches and migraines
  4. Waking up with difficulty breathing and other allergy symptoms such as sneezing and rashes.
  5. Waking up feeling exhausted because sleeping was a struggle.
  6. Flat or lumpy pillows are usually due to overuse.
  7. Your pillow needs replacement if it has lost its springy quality. One way to test this is to fold your pillow in two and it does not unfold quickly.

Additionally, you should consider switching pillows if you have changed your sleeping posture or position. For example, if you used to sleep on your back but have changed to being a side sleeper, you will need a thicker pillow for optimal spinal alignment.

Why Should You Replace Your Feather Pillow?

While most pillows may look to be in perfect condition, the fact is that they may be a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and mold.

This is why you must change your pillow immediately after you realize that it has some or all of the signs itemized above. Here are some of the reasons why you should change your pillow.

Good hygiene

Your pillow starts neat and with proper care, it may retain its hygienic nature. However, as time passes and as years of usage accumulates, the pillow collects your sweat and body oils which can lead to it developing yellow spots and stains.

You should know that even with a pillowcase that you wash frequently, your pillow is still bound to get dirty and old. When your pillow accumulates sweat, it promotes the growth of fungi and molds inside it. This is not only unsanitary and unhygienic but also makes your pillow smell.

Prevention of allergens

It has already been mentioned that when you sleep your pillow collects your sweat and body oils. The pillow also traps bacteria and unhygienic substances such as dust, dead skin cells, and hair oils. These things then attract dust mites that can escalate specific health issues or cause health problems. 

If you suffer from allergies, dust mites can escalate symptoms like a runny nose, skin rashes, and sore throat.

Neck and spine support

As your pillow gets older, it gets lumpy and flatter. This is due to the weight of your head depressing it over time. Your pillow is instrumental in supporting your head and neck and keeping them in line with your spine. A flat pillow is unable to support your head and neck while sleeping. 

Once the pillow is worn out it may lead to bad posture and also cause neck and shoulder pains. The pain and lack of support may make it hard for you to sleep. 

Maintenance Tips for Your Feather Pillow

  1. Wash your pillows frequently, at least every 3 months.
  2. Wash your pillowcase and bed linens every week.
  3. Make sure that your room temperature does not exceed 50% humidity to avoid the growth of mold/mildew within the pillow. 
  4. After washing your feather pillow, make sure that you dry it thoroughly before use.
  5. Replace your feather pillow, at least once a year or earlier in case it becomes soiled or lumpy. 


In summary, ideally, a feather pillow can last up to 3 to 5 years but due to several hygienic and health factors, it is recommended that you replace your feather pillow every 12 months. Also in case you have an allergy, you should consider changing your pillow every 6 months.

Feather Pillows: A complete buyers guide – Parts:

1. Why Should You Use A Feather Pillow? The pros and cons
2. Down vs. Feather Pillows: What’s the difference and which is better?
3. How Long Do Feather Pillows Last? This is the replacement time
4. How to Wash And Dry a Feather Pillow: Step by step guide
5. How to Stop Your Feather Pillow From Leaking Feathers
6. Best Feather Pillows of 2021 – Full Guide and Review

Niklas Lampi

My name is Niklas and I'm the author and content operator at The Bedding Planet. I've always had a big interest in bedding and more specifically sleep. If I find something that makes me sleep better, whether that's a lifestyle change or a better bedding environment, I'm ready to share it with the world!

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