It may not be a surprise to you that I LOVE pillows. They are the easiest way to breathe life into a room and they are a great bang for our bucks! And for those bucks, we want to make sure we are purchasing quality pillows! It’s not hard to spot a pillow that will look beautiful for years and bring style to a room in your home. Here are a few things to look for in quality pillows…
Here are my best tips for choosing quality pillows. The black and cream buffalo check pillow below is one of my favorites. It’s simple design and exceptional workmanship makes a really beautiful pillow that works in many rooms in my home!Unfortunately, the company who sold it does not anymore. But it is a great example of a what to look for in a fabulous pillow.
Much of the cost of a throw pillow is the material and workmanship. Good quality fabric and designer styles do cost more than everyday cotton and polyester ones. The difference between a modestly priced pillow and one that costs a couple hundred dollars if often in the fabric.
Because I change up my pillows often I opt for more mid-range ($50-150) priced pillows. They are affordable and also have some of the finishes of the pricer pillows I love. Once in awhile, I can actually find a good quality pillow for less and I feel like I’ve mined gold!
Designer fabric is usually made in smaller lots than the fabric found in a craft store and with better quality material.
When it comes to pillows you do for the most part get what you pay for!
A pillow that is backed with the same fabric front and back or a nice coordinating fabric is a must for me. If a pillow is backed with a plain white or neutral cotton I pass it up. It’s usually a way to cut corners to make a pillow less expensive. And often times it is also a sign of lesser quality workmanship! And it shows… literally!
Trim is any other embellishment on the pillow like cording, piping, rope and more. It is usually found around the perimeter of the pillow added to the seams. The more expensive and elaborate the trim the more expensive the pillow.
Look for pillows whose trim start and stop neatly and are anchored into the seams of the pillows.
Remember the more ornate the trim around a pillow the more care a pillow needs to keep it looking nice.
The small flange works as a nice detail. No trim is needed.
Workmanship is so important in a pillow. For looks and longevity. I always look for the front and back fabric to match at the seams, the zipper is installed properly and that no raw edges are showing.
Give a pillow you are considering to buy a good once-over with a critical eye. Try the zipper and make sure it works easily and the opening is ample enough to remove and put in the insert. If there are embellishments on a pillow make sure they are fastened down and there are no loose threads that could be pulled to make the embellishments come undone. Also, make sure the trim is fastened down and in excellent condition.
Better made pillows often have hidden zippers. And sometimes it’s hard for me to find which end the zipper is in! Look for a nice nylon zipper that is easy to work and if the pull tab shows it is small and blends in with the color of the pillow.
There are a lot of information about pillow inserts out there. So I’m throwing my two cents into the ring! Don’t buy down alternative or polyfill or foam inserts. Stick with down unless you have allergies. And you don’t have to buy the best either.
You want to make sure an insert has a blend of down (the soft tiny feathers closest to the skin of a water bird used for insulation) and feathers (outer feathers closer to the outside of the body that usually have “pins”).
And be careful the type of cotton or material used in making an insert. If the material is not tightly woven some of the feathers might poke through.
A good down insert can last for years! And they will keep their shape with just a little fluffing.
And here’s a fabulous tip when buying inserts. BUY THEM ONE SIZE BIGGER THAN THE INSERT YOU WISH TO FILL. Your pillows will automatically look so much more plush and expensive!
If you have a favorite place to buy pillows I’d love you to share!
You might like to see my FAVORITE PILLOW PICKS for spring/summer 2018…
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