Specifying Decorative Pillows may seem as simple as choosing a size and a face fabric but there are other elements that can be just as important. Decorative Pillows can add that extra something that completes a whole room, the pillow closure of a pillow can be that extra detail that makes the difference between a good pillow versus the perfect pillow!
If the only thing holding you back is knowledge, do not let that stop you. That is exactly where we step in. We want to equip you with the knowledge to specify exactly what you want and place the power in your hands to create excellence in every single detail of your design.
Pillow closure refers to the ‘way’ one seam of a decorative pillow is closed. While three of the different sides of a square pillow are permanently closed one of them may remain open to take the pillow insert in and out.
There are four primary methods of closing a pillow’s third seam. Below we will describe each, offer a picture of each and offer some pros & cons as they might pertain to guestroom or public design.
Hidden Zipper Closure:
At the point where the two knife edges come together on the 4th side a small zipper is sewn in. The zipper is inset and therefore sits below the actual edge, giving it the hidden adjective. The zipper is always installed on the ‘bottom’ seam of a square pillow and along the bottom side of a bolster pillow.
Pros: The Hidden Zipper Closure is the most typical type of pillow closure. It's easy to access the zipper and therefore take the insert in and out for cleaning.
Cons: The Zipper is a hard metal piece so use with pillows that may be slept on is not necessarily recommended.
This closure can also be referred to as an ‘overlap closure’ and is typical of bed shams. It is formed by seaming closed all 4 edges of the pillow and the back panel of fabric being made with two overlapping panels that meet in the center. The insert is put thru the slit at the back and is hidden from view by the overlapping panels.
Pros: The Envelope Closure is usually used with pillow shams on beds. The insert is easily accessible for housecleaning purposes and without an added element they are perfect for guests to sleep on.
This type of pillows simply has all seams permanently closed. This means that the insert is permanently enclosed within the pillow and cannot be removed.
Pros: These pillows are easy and no hassle. Without a closure they are straight forward in production and use. Plus you will have nothing to take away from the design at all.
Cons: They are permanently closed, therefore you cannot take the insert out to clean the cover or replace just the insert. This should definitely be thought through in high use areas.
This technically is not a closure but a decorative element that looks like a closure. One of the above closures would still be chosen and this element added by some shape of overlapping fabric that is ‘loose’ being folded over a seam and connecting to the rest of the pillow cover via single or multiple buttons. Typically, this is either triangular or square.
Use these words the next time you are specifying decorative pillows. All of them have uses in particular situations and can help complete your perfect design.