Thanks to the convenience and decorative details of interchangeable throw pillow covers, updating your space doesn’t have to cost a lot or require major renovation. Today, many throw pillows come with the option to change out the cover, giving you allowing you to create a cozy new grouping or liven up your room in a matter of seconds. Removable throw pillow covers are also much easier to clean, though you'll still want to pay attention to the care instructions. “When washing, turn the covers inside out,” recommends Krissia Garcia, founder of Maryland-based cleaning service Kriss Klean.
Keeping this in mind, we scoured the internet to find the best throw pillow covers around, considering their style, material, size, and closure type.
Pottery Barn Blaine Striped Pillow Cover
This charming throw pillow cover combines coastal farmhouse style with vibrant fibers in a thick stripe. It comes in neutral with red, blue, or green accents but you can also reverse the cover to feature a solid neutral side. Getting two looks in one is one of the reasons that this pillow cover is a top choice. Because it is a timeless look, it works with a wide variety of styles and seasons. Like many options from Pottery Barn, this pillow insert is a bit pricey. But given its durable construction and versatility, it’s still a great value.
You can launder this cover in the washing machine on cold and run it through a low cycle in the dryer. Because it is made of a cotton and polyester blend, it doesn’t wrinkle easily. If needed, you can run a warm iron over it to get crisp edges. It works best with a 22-inch pillow insert and has a zipper closure so that you can remove the insert when it’s time to wash.
Price at time of publish: $59.50
Dimensions: 22 x 22 inches | Material: Cotton, polyester
MERNETTE Corduroy Soft Decorative Square Throw Pillow Cover Set of 2
A lot of color options
Multiple sizes available
Can’t iron the corners and edges
This budget-friendly set of two pillow covers is a great neutral that works with just about any style. It is made of soft corduroy and comes in 20 solid colors. There are a couple of bright colors available, such as orange and lemon yellow. But most of the colors are neutral or muted. You can also choose between seven sizes, all square, ranging from 16 inches to 26 inches. There is one lumbar pillow shape, which measures 12 by 20 inches.
You can wash and dry the pillow cover at home but you should not iron or dry clean it. The corduroy is meant to have some volume and texture, which can be impacted if you run an iron over the top. Using the right size pillow insert, sold separately, can help keep the corner and edges crisp without an iron. To ensure a plush look, the company also recommends getting a pillow form a size larger than the cover.
Price at time of publish: $14.99
Dimensions: 12 x 20, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 22 x 22, 24 x 24, 26 x 26 inches | Material: Blend
Pottery Barn Cozy Teddy Faux Fur Pillow
Multiple insert options (or no insert)
Extra soft fabric
Only three colors
If you want the warmth and coziness of faux fur in a snuggle-friendly pillow, the cozy teddy faux fur pillow cover from Pottery Barn is just the thing. You can get it with a down feather insert, down alternative insert, or cover only. This may be a more expensive option than sourcing a less costly pillow insert or using one you already have, but it does make the process easier to do it all in one purchase.
This pillow cover only comes in three colors: ivory, tobacco, and sage. It is solid-colored and works well as part of a layered look. Because its texture is part of the appeal, you should be careful when washing. You can wash it on a gentle cycle and tumble dry low, as well as iron, if needed.
Price at time of publish: $59
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches | Material: Polyester
Anthropologie District Loom Pillow Cover No. 703
Interesting texture and design
Requires professional cleaning
For a one-of-a-kind look, you can count on the District Loom pillow cover from Anthropologie. It follows the brand’s signature bohemian look and is made out of remnants of vintage Turkish rugs. The cover is extra thick and textured, with the same tight weave you would expect from a floor covering. The colors are muted and the specific design of each piece is unique.
Because it is a delicate piece, you should get it professionally cleaned. You can spot clean small spills with mild soap and water, but you should never put it in the washing machine. “Mild dish soap or detergent mixed with water is a good choice for delicate items,” says Garcia. Not only is it expensive to replace, but you also won’t be able to get the exact same design and color, since each piece is unique.
Price at time of publish: $148
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches | Material: Wool
Lark Manor Anthonyson Fringed Pillow Cover
Textured design detail
Only spot cleaning recommended
The neutral color of this pillow pairs well with the textured detail on the front of the pillow. It is made in a geometric design out of matching cotton, creating a chevron effect. The back is the same color and material without the embellishments. You can easily switch between sides depending on the look that you want to achieve.
Keep in mind that this is an ivory pillow and you will need to spot-clean it by hand if needed. For households with young kids or pets, it may not be the best choice because you can’t launder it in the washing machine. You will also need to get a pillow insert separately. Fortunately, it is very affordable and there are three size options available. You may even be able to use a pillow insert that you already have!
Price at time of publish: $15.99
Dimensions: 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 22 x 22 inches | Material: Cotton
Anickal Rustic Linen Pillow Covers, Set of 2
Come in a pair
A lot of size and color options
Solid base for design
Can’t mix and match
Getting a pair of throw pillow covers is a good idea if you are building a look from scratch. These pillow covers are made of linen and come in solid colors, perfect for creating a base for your couch, chair, or bed that you can update with more decorative accents seasonally. They are also super affordable and come in six sizes and 12 colors.
Because there are so many size options, it’s important to pay close attention when you are ordering to make sure that they are compatible with the pillow forms, which are sold separately. Five of the options are square and one is a rectangular lumbar pillow. Remember that these are a pair so you will get two covers of the same size. If you want to mix things up with multiple sizes or colors, you will need to get another set.
Price at time of publish: $13.99
Dimensions: 12 x 20, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 22 x 22, 24 x 24 inches | Material: Linen
HOMFINER Faux Leather Throw Pillow Covers
Come in many sizes
Same on both sides
Hard to clean
Only one color option
The rich faux leather of these pillow covers gives a modern look. They are made of vegan leather that has just the right amount of grain and texture to give them interest and the caramel color works well with traditional or classic styles. They come in pairs or individual lumbar pillows, although you can also opt for a pair of rectangular lumbar pillows as well. There are eight size options in all.
In case of any spills, you can spot-treat these covers clean but avoid putting them in the washing machine (to maintain the texture, you shouldn’t even wash them by hand). However, if you do stain them, you can turn them over since they are the same on both sides.
Price at time of publish: $32.99
Dimensions: 12 x 20, 12 x 12, 14 x 14, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 22 x 22, 24 x 24 inches | Material: Vegan leather
West Elm Classic Cotton Velvet Pillow Cover
A lot of color options
Multiple sizes and shapes available
This plush pillow cover from West Elm comes in eight colors, with an emphasis on rich, jewel tones that look great in velvet. It is made of cotton velvet that has just enough sheen to add a luxe touch to your style. It also comes in a 20-inch square, a 12-inch by 21-inch rectangle, or a circle with an 18-inch diameter. You will need to purchase the right pillow insert for the size that you order, so pay close attention when deciding.
The pillow cover has a linen border but is otherwise pretty simple. The details come from the texture and by pairing the pillow with other seasonal or decorative options. This pillow cover is a bit pricey for its size. Since it can work with any season or style, it is good to have as a base for your overall design.
Price at time of publish: $39.50 - $54.50
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches, 12 x 21 inches, 18 inch round | Material: Linen, cotton
Crate & Barrel Organic Cotton Velvet Pillow Cover
Super soft texture
Many colors available
Only one size option
For classic style in a super-soft, organic cotton fabric, consider the Crate & Barrel Organic Peach Washed Cotton Velvet pillow cover. It is made of all organic fibers, a great feature if you plan to sleep on your throw pillows or have them close to your face. This version is also super soft thanks to the velvet texture. You can opt to get it with a feather or down-alternative insert or just as the pillow cover.
It is only available in one size, however. Fortunately, the 20 by 20-inch size is one of the most popular and works as a base for a grouping of pillows or on its own as an accent. It comes in 17 colors, which are all solid colors. The visual interest comes from the texture, although these work best as a base for other accent pillows.
Price at time of publish: $34.95
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches | Material: Organic cotton
Dovecove Tappahannock Square Pillow Cover
Decorative detail on trim
Multiple colors available
Not available with a pillow insert
This affordable pair of pillow covers is a good option that can be used as a neutral base as well as provide some visual interest. Each pillow cover has a burlap trim detail that makes the borders interesting while still working with a variety of styles. The front has a texture and weave similar to linen. But it is machine washable and doesn’t show signs of wear or wrinkling.
This pair comes in six colors. There are plenty of neutral options, including gray, beige, and an off-white tone that Dovecove calls “nature.” The blue and teal options are muted and a good choice for coastal or breezy looks. You will need to get a separate pillow insert, since you won't have the option to add one to this purchase. Dovecove recommends sizing up to a 22 by 22-inch insert for a full look.
Price at time of publish: $17.99
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches | Material: Polyester
Juvale Velvet Throw Pillow Cover
Less common size
The subtle metallic shimmer of the design on this throw pillow cover is great for a modern, trendy style. It has a dark blue velvet background with gold accents in a repeated design. It isn’t the most neutral, but because the pattern is small and repeating, it can be used with other styles as part of a grouping. Keep in mind that it only comes in one size, which might impact where you can place it in a stack of pillows.
The cover is made of polyester and can be washed in the washing machine. The velvet is soft, however, this pillow is best as a decorative accent rather than a super soft pillow for sleeping or lounging. It is 17 by 17 inches, which isn’t one of the more common sizes for throw pillows. You will need to purchase a separate pillow insert but can always size up to 18 by 18 for a fuller look.
Price at time of publish: $11.99
Dimensions: 17 x 17 inches | Material: Polyester
Serena & Lily Sunbrella Veracruz Pillow Cover
Won’t fade in the sun
Water and mildew-resistant
For an outdoor-friendly throw pillow cover, the Sunbrella fabric of the Veracruz pillow cover is a top option. Sunbrella fabrics are made of acrylic that won’t fade or wear, even when kept outside. It also resists water and mildew accumulation but is still soft enough to be used indoors as well. The pillow features embroidered palm trees and details in contrasting colors to the white or light blue background. Like most Sunbrella fabrics, which last for years even in rain, snow, and harsh UV light, it is quite expensive.
It comes in a 20 by 20-inch square pillow cover or a 12 by 21-inch lumbar pillow. You will need to get an insert in both cases. After removing the insert and turning the pillow cover inside out, you can wash it. For the best results, get a pillow insert that is also machine washable so that you can periodically clean the entire setup when it gets wet or dirty.
Price at time of publish: $268
Dimensions: 20 x 20, 12 x 21 inches | Material: Acrylic
AllModern Jude Geometric Throw Pillow
Durable, rugged fabric
Part of line of pillow covers that coordinate
Only in one size
Spot clean only
It’s not surprising that a pillow cover from AllModern has a modern, geometric look. This black and white pillow features a mirror image design that is inspired by Southwestern textiles. It is made of a blend of wool and cotton that creates a similar structure and heftiness that is often associated with the rugged, all-weather fabrics used in the Old West. You can get it as just a pillow cover or with a down or polyester insert. You will need to be careful when cleaning. It is not machine washable. AllModern recommends just spot cleaning as needed.
The pillow cover is only available in one size. Fortunately, it is 20 by 20 inches, which is one of the more common throw pillow sizes and it is easy to find a pillow form that works. AllModern has other pillow covers that complement this one with slightly different rustic designs and color palettes. You can also use it in modern decor if you want to highlight the black and white colors.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches | Material: Wool, cotton
Ballard Designs Custom Pillow Cover
A lot of fabric options
Multiple sizes available
Can send in your own fabric
Production can take longer
This pillow cover from Ballard Designs gives you the chance to create just what you want with a fully customizable setup. You start with a blank canvas and can select fabric from their list of over 250 or supply your own. You can choose different selections for the front and back to create a reversible option. The pillows are then custom-made, including piping and hidden zippers.
They are available in lumbar pillows, as well as square pillows of various sizes and seat cushions. You can create a coordinating look or go for something that contrasts throughout your home. Because they are custom, these pillows are expensive and take a bit longer to make and ship. You also can’t return them unless there are manufacturing defects.
Price at time of publish: $90 - $259
Dimensions: 12 x 20, 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 22 x 22, 26 x 26 inches | Material: Various
Serena & Lily Wiltshire Raw Silk Pillow Cover
Natural variation makes each unique
Dry clean only
The raw silk used in the Serena & Lily Wiltshire pillowcase is handspun for extra luxuriousness. It is super soft and delicate. It also has a subtle sheen that adds visual interest and texture to a grouping of pillows. It is a solid color and comes in five coastal-inspired colors. But due to the slight variation in each handspun thread of silk, there is just enough depth to the color to keep things interesting. Each pillow cover is unique.
These pillow covers are expensive. When you consider that you will also need to get a pillow insert, which is sold separately, the cost can really add up. It is also dry clean only. If you do spill things frequently or have small children or pets, you may want to opt for something that is not so expensive to launder.
Price at time of publish: $228
Dimensions: 18 x 24, 22 x 22 inches | Material: Silk
What to Look for in a Throw Pillow Cover
The most common size for throw pillow covers is 20 by 20 inches, although they can come in smaller and larger squares. Lumbar pillows, which often measure 12 by 20 inches, are also popular in a pillow grouping or as a single pillow on a chair. Some, such as the MERNETTE Corduroy Soft Decorative Square Throw Pillow Cover Set of 2 and the Anickal Rustic Linen Pillow Covers, Set of 2, come in a lot of sizes. Throw pillow inserts come in a variety of sizes as well so that you can get the right fit.
Cotton, polyester, and linen are popular choices due to their affordability and that they can be easily cleaned. Luxurious fabrics like the velvet in the West Elm Classic Cotton Velvet Pillow Cover and the silk of the Serena & Lily Wiltshire Raw Silk Pillow Cover are also popular with those who want to create a decorative look with a touch of luxury. All-weather fabrics, like the Serena & Lily Sunbrella Veracruz Pillow Cover, are good for outdoor use.
“Luxury fabrics often have special cleaning instructions,” said Garcia. “It’s important to pay attention to the instructions and get them cleaned professionally when required.”
Style and Color
Throw pillow covers are one of the easiest things to change out in a room to add a different style or color to your decor. Not only are they available at a wide variety of price points, they are also available in everything from seasonal decorative prints to neutral colors and solids. Options with customizable fabric selection, while pricey, are the best for creating the exact look that you want.
Some use fabric remnants to create one-of-a-kind pieces, like the Anthropologie District Loom Pillow Cover No. 703. Other, such as the Ballard Designs Custom Pillow Cover, can be customized with fabric on both sides.
Most throw pillow covers, including the popular Pottery Barn Blaine Striped Pillow Cover, have a zipper closure. This allows you to put a pillow insert inside or remove it when it is time to clean or change the cover. Hidden zipper closures mean that the pull tab can be tucked away, resulting in a cleaner look. Some throw pillow covers have a button closure on one side, although this is less common.
Should a throw pillow be bigger than the cover?
A throw pillow insert should be the same size as the cover for a tailored look and one size larger than the cover for a full look. The best option for your throw pillow cover will depend on the style that you want to achieve as well as what is available.
How long do throw pillow covers last?
Throw pillow covers can last for years with the right care and cleaning. If you want your throw pillow covers to remain in great shape, make sure to follow the care instructions. “If the care label indicates that the cover is machine washable, then you can wash it in a washing machine using a gentle cycle and a mild detergent,” says Angela Brown, host of the Ask a House Cleaner show. “If the pillow casing has embellishments, like sequins or beads, placing it in a mesh laundry bag to protect the decorations during the wash is a good idea.”
Do my throw pillow covers need to match?
No, your throw pillows do not need to match. In fact, creating a grouping of coordinating, but not matching, throw pillows can make your space more interesting and provide plenty of texture. You might even want to go with contrasting colors or patterns for a wow factor.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. When compiling this list, she looked for high-quality throw pillow covers in a variety of styles, colors, and fabrics. She also paid close attention to cleaning instructions and talked to Krissia Garcia, founder of Maryland-based cleaning service Kriss Klean and Angela Brown, host of the Ask a House Cleaner show, about the best ways to keep throw pillows clean and looking great.