Beaded pillows are decorative pillows that feature often elaborate designs on the pillow facing, constructed with the use of beads. The designs may be eclectic mixes of a many different colors and sizes of beads, or something more sedate using one simple color and size. These types of pillows are normally considered to be decorating accents only and are not intended for practical use.
There is no one right way to design beaded pillows. Some designs make use of only a small amount of beadwork, such as a design in the middle of the pillow coupled with beaded trim. Other designs call for intricate patterns that basically create an image on the face of the pillow. The choice of beaded accent pillows is normally dictated by the décor of the space and the personal tastes of the person occupying the room.
A pillow with beads is often considered a great way to dress up a space. For example, beaded pillows arranged in groups of three or five on a bed add a bit of visual interest to the room during the day. A decorative pillow of this type may be placed in an accent chair that has visual appeal but is not used for seating. The pillows may be arranged on a window seat as a way of dressing up the area and make the space more inviting.
While traditional beaded pillows were prepared by sewing each bead into place, that is not always the case today. The use of fabric glue is common with the mass production of some types of beaded pillows. However, even when the pillow does feature beadwork that is sewn into place, care must be taken when cleaning the pillow cover.
Beaded pillows should not be placed into any type of washing machine. Even using cold water and the gentle cycle, there is still a good chance that some of the beads will disengage from the facing. This not only destroys the look of the pillow, but also could lead to problems with the washer at a later date.
When beaded pillows must be cleaned, the filler should be removed from the casing, and the beaded pillow cover gently washed by hand. A mild detergent and lukewarm water is usually sufficient. The clean case should be laid flat and allowed to dry thoroughly before placing the pillow filler back into the casing.
If there is some doubt on how to properly clean the pillow, look for instructions from the manufacturer. There is a chance that the pillow may require dry-cleaning, depending on the method of constructing the design and the fabric used for the pillow facing.