Throw pillows can be tricky to organize when not in use, but today I’m sharing a hack that will make your throw pillow storage easier!
I have this thing where I don’t allow my husband (or myself) to use the “pretty throw pillows” that lay around on our couches.
I can’t be the only one, right? 😉 I think some of you fellow decor enthusiasts will be able to relate.
It’s not that I don’t wish for us to experience the softness of the pillow against our heads, but I want them to last longer than one season.
First Things First: How Do You Make Throw Pillows Last Longer?
You buy quality pillows. I love the ones at Chapters Indigo, they usually come with feather inserts.
My trick is to use the “karate chop” test when shopping for throw pillows: You chop the side of your hand into the middle of the pillow, and if it doesn’t bounce back instantly, you’ve got yourself a good quality pillow.
If it springs back as soon as your hand leaves the pillow, it means the pillow is on the cheaper end (of course the price tag will tell you this too, but it’s good to know other things about it besides the dollar sign attached to the product, right)?
I have a mix of cheap and more expensive throw pillows.
The Throw Pillow Storage Hack Discovered
When we were first married, I didn’t have many throw pillows.
But over time that changed.
As I began to learn all about the decorating world and fell more in love with it by the day, I learned something from others:
Buy your pillow inserts and covers separately.
This blew my mind and changed everything for me!
See, one of our closets was starting to become a little overcrowded from my decor, throw pillows being a big part of it.
And when this new knowledge came into my life, it hit me that buying these two things separately would make storing my throw pillows so.much.easier!
Here are some other benefits of buying pillow covers on their own:
- Less clutter
- Easier to clean
- More affordable (for the most part)
- More options
- Retains higher resale value
Trust me friends, it wasn’t hard to start looking at my throw pillows as two separate pieces and keep that in mind when shopping.
The Thing is, You Only Need a Few Pillow Inserts
Once you have some good quality pillow inserts, you can easily change out the look each season with different pillow covers.
This doesn’t mean you have to change every cover, but if you do like to change things up then this is the perfect solution!
Buying pillow inserts and covers seperately has made storage so much easier and more efficient for me.
I remove them, fold them and place them in a bin or linen closet.
This has even made it easier for me to be okay with us using our “pretty pillows.”
One final little secret?
We bought some cheap throw pillows at Costco for everyday use. They’re still cute, and yes, they even have a zipper so you can wash the cover AND change it out if you want to.
Take Some Time To Do Inventory On Your Throw Pillows
Maybe you only have a few pillows, in which case you won’t need to spend much time doing this.
However, if you’re like me and you spent a good chunk of time buying entire solid pillows with the cover included before realizing it’s better to buy them individually, now would be a good time to go through your stash.
(I’m not against people buying a solid pillow with a cover. I have some in my home too. I just want to share my knowledge in case someone learns from it the way I did).
As you go through it, think about these things specifically:
- Are there any pillows/covers you don’t love anymore?
- Are there any you could sell or donate?
- Do any have a “hidden” zipper and now you have a separate pillow and cover after all?
- Do you have enough space to store all the pillows in your possession?
Asking yourself these questions as you purge will help make the process to get to efficient storage more accessible. You’re getting directly involved and that’s how you get things done.
Your days of overstuffed closets full of throw pillows are over friend. Just change out those covers, fold the old ones up and rest easy.
I would love for you to pin this for later friend, and please share it with someone who could benefit from this tip as well.