If you have followed me for any time at all you will know my affinity for gorgeous pillows! Today we are talking about PILLOW INSERTS and how to choose the perfect ones for your decorative pillow covers! I think you might be surprised how important the right insert is to give your pillows a plump and pretty look!
Now let’s talk about my favorite decor topic… pillows!
Pillow covers are the best way to go when it comes to collecting pillows. When you want to change up your pillows you can take off the covers and store them much more easily than pillows that cannot be separated from their cover.
Here’s where I keep my “downstairs” pillow covers… in the drawers of my Curlacue chest in the living room.
Pillow covers fold up and can easily be stored until you need them again.
A gorgeous pillow is not only about the cover though! It has a lot to do with choosing the correct insert to go inside! There are just a couple secrets that will make your pillow covers look plush and full.
My favorite type of decor pillow insert is made with feather/down. I like them because they last for years, are easily fluffed up and look gorgeous in a pillow. These pillow inserts are strictly for use inside. If feather/down pillow inserts get wet and do not dry properly they will smell horrible and be ruined!
Opt for polyfill inserts for outdoor pillow covers.
The other big designer secret is correct sizing. Did you know a pillow insert should be 2 inches larger than the size of your pillow cover?
So if you have a 20 inch pillow cover you will need a 22 inch pillow insert to make it look fabulous, fat and fluffy!
Here are some common pillow cover sizes and the perfect insert size for them…
- 18 inch pillow cover… 20 inch pillow insert
- 20 inch pillow cover…22 inch pillow insert
- 22 inch pillow cover… 24 inch pillow insert
- 24 inch pillow cover… 24 inch pillow cover or standard Euro sham insert
- lumbar pillows… same size as inserts
Now you know what designers have been using to make their pillow look so attractive!
Here are some other tips for keeping those down pillows looking their best.
- When stuffing a pillow cover with an insert make sure the corners of the insert reaches the corners of the pillow cover.
- Evenly distribute the down in the insert so there are no sparse or overly puffy areas
- To fluff, hold the pillow by the top then bottom corners and give the pillow (with the insert inside) a good shake
- Put a pillow between your fists and punch your fists together. Do this several time over the pillow
- To dust, shake pillow covers and inserts outside to get rid of surface dirt and dusk.
- Wash or dry clean pillows every once in a while to keep them fresh
You might like to see HOW TO STORE PILLOW COVERS