Your Pillow Education: Different Sorts of Throw Pillows

Posted by Pillow Decor on 2014 Nov 17th

Your Pillow Education: Different Sorts of Throw Pillows

While the phrase "throw pillow" might make you think of the typical square pillow, the truth is that your choices are much more varied! Learn more about the different kinds of throw pillows that you can use to accent any room.

Size and Style

Throw pillows can range from just a few inches or several feet wide in size. Sizes can also be mixed and matched for different pieces of furniture or floor space.

Bolster Pillows

Bolster pillows, unlike the traditional rectangular or box pillow, are cylindrical in shape and are sturdier as well -an excellent option for leaning or propping up the head or legs.

Tuscany Linen Wedgewood Blue Bolsterbolster pillow

Edges and Flanges for Pillows

There are a number of different shapes that the edges of a pillow can take. For instance, the most basic type of pillow that you will see is the rectangular knife edge pillow. This type of pillow consists very simply of two square or rectangular pieces of fabric sewn together around the edges, creating a seam.

There are more decorative styles of pillows, however, such as the flange pillow, which has a band of flat fabric around its edges. These are enormously versatile and customizable, as the flange can be a different pattern than the rest of the pillow -though it doesn't have to be. A welted or corded pillow has a cord rather than a flange around the seam, which can also be comprised of the same fabric as the pillow, or a different fabric which coordinates.

Finally, the box pillow has raised, flat sides. This type of pillow is typical of the couch or seat cushion. The sides of the box can match or contrast the top and bottom of the pillow. Any pillow can come with tassels and other fun decorations, so don't be afraid to look at several different styles and shapes.

Box Edge Royal Suede Wine
Box Edge Royal Suede Pillow
Box Edge Rectangular Suede Pillows
Box Edge Royal Suede
Rectangular Pillow

Box Edge Stripes Pillow

Box Edge Stripes Pillow

Types of Stuffing


There are just a couple of types of pillow stuffing, namely down and synthetic options. Down requires the owner to fluff the pillow regularly, which is why many pillows are made of a down/feather or down/synthetic blend to hold their shapes more readily. Synthetic fillings have actually improved enormously over the past couple of decades, which means they can be as comfortable as down, and are a great option for pillows that will see a lot of wear. For example, polyester Fiberfil is hypoallergenic, a great option for those who want the feel of down but suffer from allergic reactions.

Texture and Color

Colors and textures are the most obvious aspects of any pillow, so choose throws that you like the look and feel of. Don't be afraid to go a little wild, either -like with this Snow Leopard Faux Fur Throw Pillow from Pillow Decor, which mixes a fun pat tern with a luxurious texture.

Variegated Faux Fur Pillow
Soft and cozy
Variegated Faux Fur Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Gray Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin
Gray Pillow

Snow Leopard Faux Fur

Snow Leopard
Faux Fur Throw Pillow