When we use something everyday, it’s easy for time to pass on by without thinking to replace it. The same applies to our lovely old pillows. Research shows that after just 2-3 years, our pillows can scoop up a whole 30,000 germs – meaning it’s probably time to replace them.
You’re not alone if you’re wondering how to save your old pillows from the trash bin. They can’t be recycled or donated, after all. That’s why we’ve put our heads together to come up with some brilliantly creative ways to upcycle old pillows, inspired by our collaboration with LoveCrafts. Because our pre-loved pillows may be old, but never forgotten.
1. Recover and repurpose
We feel utterly inspired after seeing what LoveCraft’s designer Emma, of Steel & Stitch, came up with. Her beautiful lion scatter cushion gives old pillows a wonderful new purpose – and could even double up as a yoga or home office cushion (ideal for supporting our spines during our days at home). View the how-to video.
2. Use the stuffing for old toys or cushions
Remember your childhood teddy that you still cuddle night after night? Yep, we’re talking to you. If it’s looking a bit flat after years of snoozing with you, try using the filling from your old pillow to give it some much needed plumpness. Or stuff some into any flat-as-a-pancake cushions.
3. Fashion a sun lounger
The weather’s getting nicer and many of us are still stuck at home. LoveCrafts’ take on a sun lounger takes multiple old pillows off your hands and provides top notch comfort when sat in the sun. View the tutorial here.
4. … Or a floor cushion
The same could be done to make a delectably comfy floor cushion. Great for the kids’ play time, cinema nights or simply vegging out.
5. Make a pet bed
Our furry friends love comfort, so repurposing your old pillows for their enjoyment won’t go amiss. Check out LoveCrafts’ version here – it even has a handy pocket for storing their most-loved toys.
6. Create a knee pad for gardening
A simple but useful one – try re-covering your old pillow (see LoveCrafts’ tips for this here) and using it as a handy knee pad for gardening. Your knees will never have known so much comfort.
7. Keep them aside for packing or moving house
If you think you could use your old pillows at some point, there’s nothing stopping you putting them to one side now for use later (you could even vacuum pack them). Their filling could be an excellent support for moving house – think of that crockery you’re desperate not to smash…
Finding the best pillow for you
Choosing a new pillow can seem more complicated than it needs to be. That’s where our handy pillow buying guide comes in. We put our heads together to think of all the burning questions you might have on buying a new pillow – from which filling is the best for you to how you can tell when it’s time for a refresh and how to break in your new pillow (it’s a thing, you know).
Your pillow love story
Many of life’s big moments happen in bed and our pillows are there for them all. So before you say heave-ho and bring in your brand spanking new ones, take a second to think about the journey you’ve been on with your old pillow with our pillow love story.