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What to Do with Old Pillows to Put New Life into Them

Do you find yourself wondering what to do with old pillows which you no longer need? With the average person preferring to sleep with two pillows, when it comes to buying replacements, most of us won’t give much consideration as to where our old ones end up.

Health experts recommend that we change our pillows every two years. As the material in such products cannot be recycled, you can only, therefore, imagine how many old pillows are sent to landfill day after day.

As so many of us are looking to reduce, reuse, and recycle as many household products as possible, it makes perfect sense to apply this same mantra to the many pillows we use during our lifetime.

There are several practical ways that you can make good use of your old pillows. Best of all, you don’t have to be an arts and craft expert to do so!

Improve Your Current Pillows

what-to-do-with-old-pillows_2First off, old pillows make great stuffing for new pillows. Though it may initially sound strange, many people find that they can’t quite get the desired plumpness from brand new pillows, which are usually stiff for a couple of weeks after buying them.

Simple solution; take out the stuffing from your old pillow and make a small insert into your new pillow, placing as much filling in it as you need. The result is an instant boost in minutes!

Add to Your Cushion Collection

Whoever said that your old pillows had to be reused purely as pillows? Perhaps cushions are more your forte, and you feel you can never have enough of these soft furnishings dotted around the home.

Old pillows are perfect for this job as you can simply empty the contents and sew them back up into a clean case, thereby inserting them into a cushion cover of your choosing.

Nobody need be any of the wiser that it isn’t, in fact, a brand-new cushion they’re sitting on – especially when the comfort it provides is the same as shop bought cushions!

You can also apply this method to dining chair cushions or any other seating that requires a cushioned pad. You could even use these types of cushioned pads for the car, both driver, and passenger seats.

Super-Size Those Cushions

what-to-do-with-old-pillows_5If you have a few old pillows lying around, why not consider combining them to make larger floor cushions?

These can be made for the ultimate in comfort and used to double up for sleepovers, movie nights, campouts and even as additions to nursery and kid’s rooms, for example in the shape of a cushioned baby or toddler pillow.

Alternatively, if you prefer your sleeping pillows larger than usual and haven’t yet got one to suit your individual preferences, why not combine a few old ones together and create your very own repurposed king size pillow?

Block That Draft

Old pillows are super useful when being made into draft excluders. The one item that many of us can’t be bothered to buy for occasional use, when those cold winters do come around it’s the one item we’ll always be grateful to find buried at the back of the storage cupboard!

Simple to make, just combine a few old pillows together, and you have an instant block from any cold drafts in the home.

Make A Pets Day

what-to-do-with-old-pillows_4Old pillows make great new beds for pets of almost any variety!  Better still, these recipients won’t voice any complaints about your recycling efforts!

Considering that most pets prefer to sleep on something which has a scent of their home already on it, old pillows are more than likely to be favored here, rather than new shop bought ones which have an unknown odor.

Better still, if you don’t have any pets, you could consider donating these homemade pet beds to shelters across the country, who’d no doubt be more than happy to receive such kind gestures for their furry or scaly residents.

Keep Old Stuffed Toys Looking New

Old pillows are perfect for filling any type of stuffed toy which is starting to look a bit neglected.

From teddy bears to rag dolls, there’s never any need to get rid of a child’s stuffed toy if it starts to look a bit worn and ragged.

A good wash and a re-stuffing with material from an old pillow will have their childhood companions looking as good as new again.

If you have children, who love any type of cuddly toy, it's worth keeping the stuffing from a couple of old pillows in storage, for there’ll always be a bear or doll that needs a bit of a boost from time to time!

The Possibilities Are Endless

As you can see, there are no limits to the number of projects you can create from merely taking an old pillow and re-using it for another purpose.

So, the next time you find yourself looking at getting rid of any old pillows, why not stop and have a re-think? Perhaps consider how you could best re-use them, rather than instantly adding to the landfill.

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