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How Do I Choose the Best Leather Throw Pillow?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A leather throw pillow can add a touch of class to a couch or chair in your living room, but it helps to know what you're looking for before you head to the store. Determine the size and shape of pillow that you would like, and decide on which piece of furniture the pillow will be used so you will have a better idea of what colors or tones will work best. You may want to learn about the different grades of leather as well before you purchase a leather throw pillow so you know what you are paying for.

If you have an existing pillow, you may be able to save some money by purchasing a leather throw pillow cover rather than an entire pillow. This cover will slide over the pillow and zip closed to completely enclose the batting within. It will be important to choose the right size pillow cover to work with the pillow you already own, but as long as you do so, this is a great way to save a bit of money while still getting the look and feel of a leather throw pillow.

Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make throw pillows.
Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make throw pillows.

Leather comes in various grades, or qualities. Low-grade leather is likely to be less expensive because it will have noticeable imperfections. It may also be thinner than higher-grade leathers, which tend to be more expensive but more consistent in their aesthetics. High-grade leather also tends to last longer, and it will improve visually with age. Low-grade leathers may degrade slightly, though they are also likely to improve aesthetically with age if they are properly cared for.

Traditionally, most leather throw pillow models were brown or tan, though modern pillow offerings can come in a wide variety of colors. Think carefully about what colors and tones will work best with your furniture. Additional features such as buttons, seams, patterns, and tassels can alter the appearance of the leather throw pillow, and the best design is largely a matter of preference. Choose the one that appeals to you, but keep the look of your furniture as well as the rest of the room in mind. Try to choose a pattern or color that will stay in style for the long term; bright colors and loud patterns tend to go out of style more quickly than pillows with no patterns or muted patterns, as well as subdued colors.

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    • Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make throw pillows.
      By: Jim Mills
      Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make throw pillows.