Pillow Talk: Switch up your home décor one pillow cover at a time!

Hi, I’m Liette (UTR Co-Founder) and I’m a pillow addict! I have a closet full of pillows and yet, I always feel like I need more. The reason I have some many of them, is that I like to switch out my décor on a regular basis, and pillows are a quick and surprisingly impactful way to do so. Not to mention, it’s extremely easy and inexpensive, and who doesn’t like a thrifty switch-up? So, I invest in pillows.

The only problem is that fluffy pillows tend to take up a lot of room, so I’ve opted for the next best thing: pillow covers! They fold nicely and fit in a drawer and I can now save precious closet space for other important things, such as clothes!

If you wonder what the elephant cushion is doing on the couch, well, it’s the pillow that is hiding in the pretty red cover. It sure looks different, doesn’t it? 

My point is that in less then a minute, I transformed the look from Safari to the Holidays simply by wrapping the pillow in a new cover. Magical! This XOXO pillow cover instantly changes the feel and look of the room. Not bad considering the cover cost less than $15.00, much cheaper than buying new pillows.

Advantages of using pillow covers
They’re machine-washable – if something gets spilled, no problem, you can wash it.
They take up less room – you can easily store them in a drawer.
They’re affordable – cheaper than pillows so you can change your décor as often as you want without feeling guilty.

Buying inner pillows (the synthetic pillows)
They’re soft and pack down well – easy to stuff in pillow covers.
They can be washed – keep them fresh smelling between seasonal looks.
They’re inexpensive – reuse them as often as needed.

Note: I have a combination of dense pillows (regular ones) that I have accumulated over the years and have a few synthetic ones. I like to buy different shapes of synthetic inners – rectangular or large sizes. And now that I’m smarter about storage, I buy pillow covers for all my pillows and keep re-using them to freshen up my décor.

If you’re planning on covering an existing pillow with a pattern, buy a thicker cover, or a darker one, that won’t show the previous pillow’s pattern! Be adventurous! Play with different textures and colours, most anything goes!

Hot tip: if you have 2 identical pillows with patterns like these ones, display one vertically and the other, horizontally. It breaks up the patterns, and makes it visually more interesting.

How to insert synthetic pillows in covers – the HARD way

How to insert synthetic pillows in covers – the EASY way

Here’s how:

  1. Fold the inner cushion in half.
  2. Hold sides together and squeeze into the cover.
  3. Don’t release until the entire cushion is inside.
  4. Pat down, fluff, zip up and you’re done.
  5. Ta-da!

Watch this 30-second video, it’s easier to understand, and I promise the next time you’re dealing with pillow covers and inners, you’ll thank me!

Pillows are an inexpensive way to add personality to a room without breaking the bank. Switch them out to match the holidays, the weather or your mood. L0L! Whatever makes you happy. If you really want to complicate things, just add a throw.

Is anybody else out there a pillow addict like me? I’d love to hear your confession, I’m listening. Share in the comment box below.

Thanks for dropping by,


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