How To Store Pillows?

Whether you change pillows every season or need to store extra pillows for guests, it’s important to know how to properly care for them and how to store them in the best way. Without proper care, pillows will end up looking rumpled and old much more quickly than they otherwise would if stored properly. 

However, keeping these items fresh isn’t as difficult as you might think if you choose the right method and materials for storage that will best suit your needs and budget. Read our article and learn about the best ways to store your pillows. 

Decide Which Pillows You Want To Store

Think about the pillows you want to store and which ones you want to get rid of. There is no point in packing and storing pillows that you don’t plan to use anymore. 

If you have too many pillows that you don’t use and you don’t know what to do with them, then you should consider selling some of them or giving them to the charity organizations.

Throw away the old pillows or put them to other innovative uses. Make the right decisions and save yourself a considerable amount of time, effort and money on buying storage material.

Storage Options

If you don’t have a spacious closet for storing pillows, you can figure out other ways of storing that will effectively protect and hide your extra pillows.

Many people have come up with clever and creative ways to store these items, and further in this article you will find out about some of them and learn about other suggestions as well as about mistakes that you should avoid. 

Vacuum Bags

The first and simplest solution is to use vacuum storage bags to protect your pillows and reduce the amount of space it takes to store them. If you have a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, use it to draw the air out of vacuum bags and create an airtight seal to keep the dirt, mildew, odors and insects out of pillows.

All you need to do is to place pillows inside the bags, seal them, insert the vacuum cleaner hose into the valve, and draw out all the air from the bags and pillows.

You can even create your own vacuum storage bags by using plastic trash bags. Place the pillows in a trash bag, gather up the open end in one hand and place the vacuum cleaner hose inside the bag and when all the contents are compacted, tie the knot in the open end or use packing tape to close the bag.

Such low, flat, compressed bags with pillows don’t take up much space and can be even slipped under beds to maximize space. 

Labeled Boxes

Storage boxes may be an attractive option for keeping your pillows contained. It is true that this storage option may not give you the same level of protection like other storage methods, but it is budget-friendly and, besides this, the storage boxes come in variety of sizes and shapes so you can choose what you like the most.

You can put them in various places around your home and use them as decorative items. Just be sure to clearly label each box so your can easily find what you need later. 

Cedar Chest 

If you are looking for a practical solution for storing pillows, then a wooden chest made of aromatic cedar will be a practical solution. Cedar wood oil acts as a natural insect and moth repellent which makes cedar chests excellent for storing pillows made of all natural materials.

However, if you choose this storing option, you should regularly maintain your cedar chest and stimulate its oils and scent by gently sanding its interior before packing away your pillows, otherwise it will lose its effectiveness. 

Storage Benches

In the last few years a huge emphasis is put on multifunctional and multipurpose furniture. So if you are looking for an attractive and functional option for storing your pillows, choose or make a beautiful bench that will have a large storing space too.

These benches are often made from cedar wood like the chest we mentioned above or other high quality wood that will keep your pillows smelling fresh and safe from moths and other insects. 


Baskets are among the most attractive options for storing small decorative pillows and you can place them anywhere around your home as a part of your home decor. However, they may not be the safest option as they don’t provide much protection for pillows from dust and insects since they can’t be closed.

Mistakes To Avoid

Although storing your pillows may seem to be quite a simple undertaking, it turns out that it’s not that simple as it may seem because with each of these storage options, there are several key problems and mistakes that you should try to avoid at all costs in order to protect your pillows. 

Forcing Pillows To Fit into a Container

Try to find bags and containers that will be of the exact size like your pillows or larger. Don’t squish and force your pillows to fit into a container that is too small as they will come out looking wrinkled and old once you decide to use them again.

If your pillows are made of shredded memory foam or polyester fibers, etc. and have covers with zippers, you can unzip the covers and carefully remove the filling. After you do this, you can place the covers flat so they will not crease and compress the filling into separate containers. Don’t forget to label the filling of each pillow so that you know which pillow cover it corresponds to. 

Storing Pillows in Warm and Moist Places

Avoid storing your pillows in garages, attics, damp basements, or closets that have external walls as this may cause the growth of mold and mildew and pest infestations. Therefore, try to keep them in a cool and dry place with a stable temperature.

Keeping Your Pillows in Plastic Bags That Are Not Vacuum Sealed

Avoid putting your pillows in plastic bags without vacuum sealing them because if you do so, there is the risk of condensation that can occur in the bag, especially if they are stored in a room that is prone to significant changes in temperature.

Vacuum storage bags are a great and safe option for storing pillows that saves space. However, pillows that are vacuum packed may come out with wrinkles and creases that, depending on the fabric of the pillow covers and care instructions, may be difficult to remove unless you unzip them and store their covers and filling separately like we mentioned. 

Leaving Pillows Uncovered

Storing your pillows in an open space, uncovered will cause them to collect dust, and leave them vulnerable to getting wet or damaged by your pets or in other ways as well.

Failing To Protect Gentle Pillow Covers from Rough Surfaces

If you place your pillows with delicate covers directly on an unfinished wooden surface or in a rough basket, they will most likely snag and tear.

Put protective paper on your shelves, wooden boxes or baskets and protect your pillows. There are many attractive options out there to choose from, so if the paper will be visible, choose some that will go well with your decor.