The thought of talking about pillows today makes me ridiculously happy! As you probably know, I love love love pillows! Pillows are like jewelry! They add that extra layer of pretty embellishment making a room something special! That’s why I take pillows outdoors too! Placed on a rocker, chair, porch swing or glider, pillows can add posh and pop to outdoor decor! Let’s talk about finding the best and prettiest and most fabulous outdoor pillows… and how to care for them!
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite outdoor pillows! Many of them are on sale too!
Outdoor pillows come in many sizes, styles, designs, motifs, colors, materials and price point. There is something for everyone!!!!
The number 1 first thing we need to know is that we should buy pillows or pillow covers that are meant to be used outside! This is so important.
Look for outdoor pillows that are:
- waterproof/ water resistant/ or water repellent
- mildew and mold resistant
- fade proof or resistant
It’s even better if these pillows are:
- easy to clean
- are treated with UV blockers
monogrammed pillow (Oh my! I love this pillow… monogrammed!)
It is also important that pillow inserts are appropriate for outdoor use. Never use down in an outdoor pillow. Although down is my first choice for indoors, when down feathers get waterlogged they smell foul (pun intended) and take forever to dry. What a mess! So keep the down pillows for indoor use only!
Go for a foam or polyfill that will dry easily when pillows are kept outside.
Even though I have a big wrap covered porch I still use outdoor pillows to accent the furniture on the porch. If I use an indoor pillow, very occasionally, I take it out only on nice days and bring it in before it gets too late in the day!
Moisture and indoor pillows do not mix! The dew point alone in the summer can cause pillows to become damp.
Pillows can also be exposed to spiders and other crawling creatures as well as debris and dirt that flies through the air. Spiderwebs and farm field dirt is a big problem around StoneGable. Just yesterday the farmer across the street harvested rye. It looks so pretty… but my porch got filthy! No wonder I only choose pillows I can hose off along with the rest of my porch!
I have several pillows that say “indoor/outdoor”. And they have held up great outside. Not all pillows are the same. So check if they have some or all of the features listed above for outdoor use.
Indoor pillows can be treated with Scotchguard or Never Wet making them stand up to the outdoor elements much better. Just follow the directions on these products. But, be aware that these products do wear off and will need to be retreated.
Cleaning an outdoor pillow is easy. Always follow any cleaning instructions on the tag of each individual pillow. I use a small whisk broom to knock off any surface dirt, spiderwebs, leaves etc. From experience, I have found that whisking my pillows regularly really helps to keep them clean.
If there is any light dirt or soil on a pillow, I try to blot it off with water and a clean white cotton (like t-shirt material) cloth. I have been known to spray the pillows with a hose too. I really do that a lot!
If a pillow gets lightly soiled mix 4 cups of water, tsp castile soap (love this stuff!!!!!) and 1 TBS borax in a spray bottle. Soak the stain with the solution and let sit for 15 minutes. Then spray with a hose or blot with cool water and a clean white cotton cloth.
The quicker the stain is tended to the better the chances of it being removed.
I must say… I have been known to put my pillow covers in my washer with Oxyclean, soak them and then wash them. I have had good luck with my outdoor pillows, but this is a last resort! You can also soak them in Oxyclean and hand wash and dry outdoor pillows… again as a last resort! I only hang up my pillows and pillow covers to dry. NEVER put them in the dryer!
coral embroidered pillow ( I have this and love it!)
Outdoor pillows are not just for summer! Think of them as three or even four season outdoor decor depending on where you live! Pillows look so pretty in your outdoor rooms and on your patios, porches and stoops during spring, fall and even winter too!
Here are just a few of the gorgeous pillows for fall! I’m ordering a couple of these!!!!
I hope this post has encouraged you to add some fabulous outdoor pillows to your outside living spaces! If you use pillows outside, we would love to hear a tip or two from you!!!! Let’s share!
|| mandarin orange pillow || crab pillow || monogrammed pillow || trio of blue fish pillow || whale pillow || bamboo outdoor pillow || green geometric pillow || beachy cornflower blue pillow || royal blue and white striped pillow || beach ball geometric || embroidered animal pillow || dragonfly pillow || coral embroidered pillow|| blue beach bike|| star embroidered pillow || mum pillow || copper velvet-like pillow || give thanks pillow
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