…or rather how they are priced are a mystery to many. How can you get a pillow at Target for $20, but designer companies, like Eastern Accents and Lacefield Designs have the gall to charge $200 for one pillow!! Is that $200 pillow really 10x better than the $20 pillow?
And with custom pillows, the sky is the limit, really. You’re usually paying for the fabric, any trimming or accents that the designer may specify, the pillow form or insert, the workroom labor, and the designers time to specify and design them for you. Without any design fees custom pillows are a minimum $75-100. But they are custom, so no one else will have a pillow exactly like it.
So what’s the difference between a $20 pillow and a $200? In a nutshell, quality.
You guys know by now that QUALITY is my favorite word! I tend to study a lot about what constitutes good quality in furniture and accessories. For pillows it comes down to two things: the fabric and the insert.
- Courtney Spa by Ballard Designs 2. White Hemp Embroidered Pillow by Lacefield Designs 3. Blue Dot Pillow by Lacefield Designs 4. Willow Blues by Kim Salmela 5. Myers Pillow by Ballard Designs 6. Navy Denim Velvet by Lacefield Designs 7. Signature Throw Pillow by Lexington 8. Latika 18×18 Pillow 9. Filly White Pillow by Eastern Accents 10. Signature Pillow by Lexington 11. Bouquet 20×20 Pillow .
There are a couple of things that make fabrics that designers us pretty special. First of all, we get the “firsts”, which means the fabric that we sell has to meet certain standards. The fabric that doesn’t meet those standard get sold to discount stores.
The second thing is access to a larger variety of fabrics. We have thousands of fabric patterns at our fingertips, not to mention trimmings. We can use combinations of those to create unique pieces.
These fabrics are high quality fabrics. They that will look great for many years. They also feel great. As opposed to the types of fabrics used at retail stores.
- Terra Pom Pom Pillow by Ballard Designs 2. Linen Tassel Pillows by Ballard Designs 3. Green and Blue Pillow by Loloi 4. Trellis Embroidered Pillow by Ballard Designs 5. Zebra Pillow by Park and Main 6.Kenya Indigo by Lacefield Designs 7. Breeze Indigo Pillow by Eastern Accents 8.Floral Chinoiserie Pillow 9. Eliza Pom Pom Pillow 10. Chevron Dot Pillow
Inserts & Fillers
The best pillows have down/feather inserts. Period. You’ve all seen designers and stagers on TV do the quintessential karate chop pillow fluff. We the deep groove and the tall peaks wouldn’t be possible without feather and down. Different blends of feather and down – 90/10, 75/25, 50/50 – offer different weights and different “loftiness” in the pillow. The more down the pillow has, the lighter and fluffier it will feel.
Feather and down blend pillow inserts are more expensive that polyfil, which is what you will typically find at places like Target and About Home. Places like Home Goods and online discount retailers like Wayfair and Hayneedle are a mixed bag. Online, you can read the description of the pillow and it will tell you, but in person you will have to judge by feel. Basically, if you can’t karate chop the pillow and create a deep “V”, then the pillow isn’t feather/down.
With so much variety out there if you don’t know what you’re looking for you might miss some of the differences. I have to say that I have found some great pillows at Home Goods, but the pillows I have from Eastern Accents and Lacefield Designs are exquisite and were worth every penny.