Today I thought we would talk a little bit about down pillows, and how they differ from polyester pillows. I love the feel and heft of a good down pillow. They are a higher end pillow, and more expensive, but in certain cases they’re a better option.
Down pillows can be a better option than polyester forms when you’d like to have a nice full pillow. They are also great for people who like the karate chop look to their pillows.
In the picture below you can see that the down pillow (on the left) is a much fuller pillow than the polyester. You can also see that I have given the down pillow a karate chop in the center of the top, and with a down pillow it will stay that way for a long time.
Some people like down pillows because they can have more of a shabby chic look, depending on the fabric.
They’re also a better option if you have leather furniture. Polyester forms like to slip down on leather furniture, but down forms have more of a base that they sit on, so they don’t slip as much.
Even though I have been referring to them as down, the inserts that I get are a combination of down and feather. I usually like the 25% down/75%feather mixture.
I did want to point out that when I make a down decorative pillow, I do cut the fabric a little differently than if I am making a pillow with a polyester form. In my How To Make A Pillow post I show that to make a pillow cover for a 20″ X 20″ polyester pillow form, I would cut my pillow squares at 20″ X 20″. But, if I’m using a 20″ X 20″ down pillow form, I would cut my pillow squares at 19″ X 19″. Doing this will make sure that the pillow cover is not too loose.
So, do you have preference for your pillows – down or polyester?