Polyester pillows are cheaper than down. They are firmer and hold their original shape, but over time can flatten and become misshapen and lumpy.
Down pillows can be shaped and molded, so if you want to be able to chop your pillows, down is the way to go. They are softer, more resilient and last longer than polyester filled pillows. When you sit against them they will mold to your shape, but when you fluff them, they will puff up and return to their original shape.
Down pillows are made with a combination of down and feathers. Down is the fluff underneath the feathers on a goose or duck, which is very light and soft.
Feathers are heavier and provide support. Pillows are filled with different ratios of down to feathers. 5/95 pillows are 5% down, 95% feathers. 25/75 and 50/50 pillows contain a higher ratio of down, making them more expensive.
The 100% cotton covers on all our down pillow forms are featherproof.
You can also get pillows that are a combination of polyester fiber and down and feathers, which provide a compromise between shape, support and softness.
Pillow forms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We carry a lot of sizes that are hard to find.
If we don’t have the exact size for your pillow cover, you can usually get away with a slightly larger pillow. In fact, we suggest getting a pillow form that is 1″ – 2” larger than your pillow cover to create a full looking pillow.
Down is especially good at forming to fit pillow covers. With polyester pillows, you can also get some polyester stuffing to add to pillows that are a little too small. This works well for filling out the corners.
We have down filling that you can add if you can’t find the right size, but just make sure to line your pillow with featherproof ticking so the feathers don’t poke through.