Cheap and Cheerful – Part 1



 Getting The Biggest Bang Out Of Your Pillows


Part 1


Selling decorative pillows may not be the most awe-inspiring job in the world but it has given me an appreciation of the importance of having your own little corner. Could be a chair, could be a sofa, or just your side of the bed.

As with most independent retailers we are always trying to find ways to keep our own costs down, so we appreciate just how difficult discretionary spending has become for our clients.

Covid created havoc with supply chains, delivery costs skyrocketed, and most of our customers are rightfully way more concerned with accelerating housing and food costs than purchasing pretty things.  In the midst of your daily turmoil, having a comfortable, cozy place to put your feet up (even if only for a few moments) is so important. We like to think our covers are great value for money, but there are lots of other inexpensive ways to get creative with your space.

We spend a great deal of our time with customers helping them to find just the right pillows for their own little corner of the world.  We know what is on trend and how to replicate that feeling without blowing the budget.

Pillow covers may be one of the easiest, fastest, and most effective ways to transform your space. You can add pops of color, texture, and luxury on a small budget. You can change them with the season or when your room gets its next lipstick job.  Read on, we can give you some creative tips for inexpensive choices to help cozy up your corner of the world.

If you invest in a good quality pillow insert, and kid and pet-friendly textiles, your fabric choice should put a smile on your face for quite a few years to come.

Photo: Filling Spaces

No one likes feeling deprived.  Frugality should never be seen as a necessary evil but smart buying habits are skills to be cultivated. My age may be showing, but I was raised when creative use and reuse were considered a talent. “Cheap and cheerful” and “lipstick job” were phrases in daily use in my house.

Remember this is advice from a self-proclaimed textile junkie, but I have replaced cushion covers with vintage junk store textiles, old bedspreads, drapery, and even a fabulous velvet fuchsia-coloured jacket.  If you lack the necessary skills or equipment to sew your own, send us a note with a photo of your fabric and we would be happy to send a quote.

The beauty of a good cover is longevity. It should be cleanable and interchangeable.  To make the most of your purchase, look for colours and designs you can live with for a while. Texture and subtle designs make upholstery fabrics good choices.  Indoor-outdoor fabrics have evolved significantly over the last few years and are not only economical but make great kid and pet-friendly choices.

We always talk about how pillows are an inexpensive way to switch up your decor, but they really aren’t. Cheap pillows just look cheap usually, and good ones can really add up quickly.  I decided to do a little experimenting with a really inexpensive pillow.  My conclusions follow in part 2 of this post.