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Affordable Pillow Buying Guide for Modern Farmhouse and Boho Pillows

Pillows are such a cozy and affordable way to add texture to a home. That is, if you know HOW to shop for great pillows that don’t break the bank. I’m going to share with you an affordable Pillow buying guide for modern farmhouse and boho pillows.

Affordable Pillow Buying Guide

When I think of modern farmhouse style I think of cozy, neutral and shiplap!

Pillows are a HUGE part of creating a modern farmhouse or boho style.

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Pillow can be expensive, even at stores like Target. The cheapest I’ve seen pillows there are around $19.99.

So how do you buy a set, say four, of pillows and not spend $80-$100? Let me show you how I do it.

Affordable Pillow Buying Guide

In my opinion, the best way to buy pillows is to buy a set of four pillow inserts (18 by 18 is the most common) and then purchase pillow covers. You can buy pillow covers on Amazon as cheap as $5 each! Believe it or not, the quality of the pillow covers are really decent (I have quite a few $5 amazon pillow covers).

The other huge advantage to this is that if you get tired of the look and want to change things up, all you have to do is switch out the pillow cover rather than buying all new.

This can also give an old couch a whole new look without buying a new couch!

Also, did I mention that storing pillow covers is SOOOO much easier than storing pillows?

In this post, I’m going to show you how to buy entire pillows (pillow covers plus pillow inserts) for around fifteen dollars. Most pillow covers come as a set of two or four. When you add up the cost of each pillow cover plus the cost of each insert, I’ve calculated them to be around $15.

Remember, you will only have to buy the inserts one time. Once you have your pillow inserts, you will only have to purchase pillow covers from here on out.

First let’s look at pillow inserts. I’ve found a really good set below. These are polyester fill.

Pillow inserts

When you add it up, each insert comes out to be about $6.25. For the price, you can’t beat it.

That being said, if you can pay a little more, I prefer a down filled pillow insert. They hold their shape better and look better I think.

Another huge tip; use your old pillows and just buy covers for them!

Tip when buying pillow inserts and pillow covers

My biggest tip before you purchase anything is this;

Purchase pillow inserts that are one size larger than the pillow covers.

This creates a fuller look for you pillows. My biggest pet peeve is when pillows look slouchy and don’t hold their shape.

Holiday pillow buying

I purchased a set of 16 by 16 Christmas pillows from Walmart for $5 each last holiday season. Rather than storing them (pillows are a pain to store), I decided I would purchase pillow covers for them. All I have to do when Christmas rolls around is pull the covers off and BAM, new holiday pillows.

Once you’ve purchased a few pillow inserts OR you’ve chosen a few of your own pillows to cover, it’s time to purchase affordable pillow covers!

Where do you buy affordable pillow covers?

My best resource for buying affordable pillow covers has mostly been Amazon. Like I said before, I’ve purchased $5 pillow covers and they’ve held up like a champ.

Full disclosure: Most of the $5 pillow covers come from overseas. It did take about two weeks to get them. For example, I purchased these pillow covers, set of two for $8.95 (less than $5 each), and they have held up great!

You can see a few of these pillows in my home below.

couch with pillows

If you prefer not to purchase from Amazon, another resource for great pillow covers is Etsy. There are so many small businesses that make great pillow covers. Come on over HERE to see some.

Now that I’ve shared my guide on how to buy affordable modern farmhouse and boho pillows, I’ll share a few of my favorites.

Striped Gray Throw pillow covers, set of two

modern farmhouse pillows for under ten dollars

Set of four black modern farmhouse pillow covers

modern farmhouse pillow covers

Pack of two corduroy solid pillow covers (multiple colors)

Set of four boho style pillow cases

Boho style pillow covers

Home sweet home and arrows pillow covers

guide to buying affordable pillow covers

Set of two velvet pillow covers in assorted colors

Set of four indigo tie dye pillow covers

My guide to buying affordable modern farmhouse and boho style pillows

Set of four boho style pillows

Pillow buying guide for boho style and modern farmhouse pillows

The great thing about this “pillow buying guide” is that after you’ve purchased your inserts, you will only be purchasing pillow covers from here on out!

This means that every time you get the itch to switch (if you know what I mean) it won’t cost anything other than a pillow cover.

Can I get a loud Horray for only having to store pillow covers!

I hope this post has been informative for you and you’ve found a few tricks on how to decorate without breaking the bank.

Thanks for stopping by friends.


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  1. I’m so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Nicola Anderson says:

    Omg thank you for your post I have kept from buying new pillows because of the cost. Thank you thank you thank you…

  3. Judy says:

    Such great ideas. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  4. angie says:

    thanks for sharing such great ideas perfect for making the house look like a home
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  5. Great tips! Pillows are such an easy way to change up the look of a room. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty. We’ve just started a Facebook group called Creatively Crafty Showcase and you’re invited to join us! It’s another way to share this post and just about anything creative plus we’ll have opportunities to interact/support each other. You’ll find us here Hope to see you soon!

  6. Pam says:

    Wow, great ideas here! The picture of your home is lovely, and the pillows look so great! Saw your post at SITS Sharefest.

  7. Kippi says:

    Pretty pillows make a room! Thank you for sharing at You’re The Star Blog Hop, Kippi

  8. alissa apel says:

    That is a great price for 4 pillows! I should get some. I bought pillows that were on clearance, or at a store that was closing (I don’t remember). They’ve gotten kind of out of shape. The boys are so not kind as to how they sit on the couch.

  9. Thanks Cynthia, it’s the only way I buy pillows!

  10. These are great. I’d heard of using t shirts for covers for teens, but I’m far from a teen

  11. Thank you Linda! Have a great weekend.

  12. Linda C Johnston says:

    Great post! Thank you. I pinned this since, like you, I am a pillow addict! lol