One of Life’s Important Questions

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

There are two sides to the super-important pillow insert debate: polyfill vs. feather and/or down. Which side are you on? Or maybe you have better things to do than be opinionated on pillow inserts? Touche! Well you are in luck because I am going to be opinionated for you.

I get questions from readers all the time (no I don’t) about which route to go, so I’d thought I do a little post on this very topic. There’s positives and negatives to both types and depending on the situation, I dabble a little in both.

The pom pom pillow on the right is the feather insert and the dragon pillow on the left holds a polyfill insert. If you’re SUPER new to the pillow world, a feather insert is made up of duck feathers. You’re probably also likely to see “feather down” which is a blend of feathers and down.  A polyfill insert is filled with polyester fiber clusters.

There are four major things I care about in regards to the function of pillows:

1.) Can I karate chop them?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather Insert: YES

Polyfill Insert: MINI CHOPS ONLY

If you are a fan of violently chopping your pillows to get that lovely dip at the top, then feather inserts are for you. A very small karate chop can be achieved with polyfill, but it won’t hold and is just puny overall.

2.) Will they hold their shape?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather Insert: NO

Polyfill Insert: YES

I don’t know about you, but I like to lean on my pillows. The pillows I have on my sofa are all feather inserts and these suckers collapse and flatten after a good TV-watching lean session. The implication of this? Lots and lots of fluffing and re-plumping is required. Polyfill, on the other hand, is much more dense and is nearly impossible to flatten.

3.) Do they sit well on the sofa / furniture?

I’m going to get a little complicated here. Keep focused on the pillow in the front—the one that sits in front of the velvet pom pom pillow.

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus GoAbove: Both are feather inserts.

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus GoAbove: The dragon pillow is the polyfill insert.

This one is a little less noticeable, but I find that polyfill inserts (the blue/yellow/green dragon pillow in the photo above) don’t “settle” well on furniture. They are very rigid and in result have a very hard time looking relaxed.

4.) Are they easy to clean?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather insert: NOT REALLY


Polyfill inserts are great in that they’re low maintenance in the cleanliness department. I throw mine in the washer on gentle and then low heat in the dryer. I fluff them throughout their dryer cycle to keep clumps from forming. I’ve also heard about putting tennis balls in the dryer along with the insert to keep the whole clumping thing for happening, but that sounds loud to me!

Feather inserts are a whole different ballgame in the laundering department, to me. In fact, I just don’t do it. I make sure I have zippered / removable covers for these types of pillows. There’s something that gives me the heebie jeebies about wet feathers and/or down and I worry I won’t dry them the right way!

Here’s a couple more fun (fun, right!?!!!) facts about each type:

Feather and/or Down Pillow Inserts:

  • Naturally conserve body heat
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable year round (keeps cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold)
  • Will last for years

Polyfill (also called “Down Alternative”) Pillow Inserts:

  • Practical and cost efficient
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Easy to care for

As far as where to buy these inserts, Crate&Barrel is my go-to source. I use C&B the most when I’m in a pinch. It’s free shipping, they have a ton of sizes on both types of pillows and I think the prices are decent (especially for the sake of convenience). If I have the luxury of time, I’ll cruise the pillow clearance aisle at Home Goods for good inserts.

So, I’m dying to know, which side do you fall on? Or maybe you mix it up?

Go Haus Go: Helping you answer life’s important questions, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. LOL! ;)






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More Paper Silhouette Art

DIY Pet Silhouette

I like to DIY my art.. wall decor.. whatever you want to call it. I probably turn to DIY first for two reasons: 1.) It’s likely to be super budget-friendly and 2.) DIY makes it personal.

So when the magazine folks (I know, I know… I’ll stop mentioning it soon enough) wanted me to add some wall art above the daybed, I immediately knew I was going to rely on my ‘ole paper silhouette trick. I’ve done this project before: a bright, tomato red bear. The full tutorial is on that post too.

For this round, I featured my two favorite creatures: our doggies.

DIY Pet Silhouette

The trick to making these silhouettes look a little more finished is the adhesive foam buttons that line the back of the colored paper. It’s just an extra little feature that provides some depth and a shadow outline around the shapes.

This is one of those projects where an X-acto knife is your very close friend. Especially when your subject has shaggy fur.

DIY Pet Silhouette

The entire piece is 24 x 30 and it cost me around $6 (for the paper). I stole the frame from this tea towel art project and the displaced towel has returned to its rightful home in the kitchen as a hand towel.

Below is my submission photo for Pillow Hoarders Anonymous. I guess it’s not so anonymous if I’m broadcasting on the Internet but oh well!

DIY Pet SilhouetteI realize that’s WAY too many pillows for that poor daybed but they are safe and comfortable there so I’m just going with it. Aaron calls this room pillow storage, by the way…

I’m writing this on Sunday night and I fear the week ahead. It’s one of those weeks where it feels like everything got scheduled the same week, so for the next couple of days I know I’ll be running around like a crazy person. Not looking forward to it. Aaron and I skipped vacation this year (damn gutters), but it’s weeks like these that make us regret that decision. I see a stay cation in our future.

Happy Monday (blergh.)




Around the Haus | Vol. 1

There’s so much that happens in the house that I don’t share here on the blog, but I’d like to! Whether that be super-mini projects that don’t require an entire post or just funny stuff that’s happened, I’ve got the urge to keep it real. So let’s begin!

Look, I can explain…

Dead Basil Plants

I’m so bad. A terrible, horrible plant killer. I find it odd that the plants in my back and front yard are thriving thanks to consistent watering but these little suckers which are literally within a few feet of me for hours at a time, get neglected. Sorry little basil plants. I may put my dignity aside and buy plastic succulents but the thought of the dust makes my teeth hurt. Or maybe I’ll give basil another try. Or maybe I’ll just clean out the dirt and fill them with candy. Mmmm… candy.

In other news, I have been trying to curb my extreme Internet addiction (I caught myself browsing Bloglovin while drying my hair a few days ago… rock bottom) that I’m trying to rekindle my love for books. I LOVE books. I used to read all of the time but they’ve been pushed out of my consideration set for the stinkin’ iPhone. So yes, two books are on my list this week. I’ve already read one of them:

Brain on Fire Book

… which I must say was a disconcerting read because at the time I was experiencing some wicked headaches and may or may not have convinced myself that my brain too was on fire. (It’s not.)

The other book was selling like hotcakes at the airport bookstore so I jumped on the bandwagon. I love the show, so I’m down for learning the full story.

Orange is the New Black Book

In other news, my house is a mess of epic proportions. Just to think 4 short weeks ago I would have eaten breakfast off the kitchen floor.

Messy Kitchen Table

I’m not even going to show you the office/second bedroom for fear I may be casted in the next season of Hoarders. Seriously.

So tonight, when I would rather be reading my new book, I will be cleaning and purging and just generally trying to restore life to some level of sanity. Oh yea, and playing fetch with this pup.

Suge the Boston Terrior

I tried to catch a picture of him in action but this is the best I could do. You can see the frenzy/energy in his eyes. When I see that look, it’s usually time to go in the back yard and throw the ball 100 times to burn off that energy! Suge is 30 solid pounds of pure Boston Terrier.

Someone asked why I never post pictures of Biggie. Biggie is constantly with me. He sleeps on my chest, he lays on my lap… where I am, he is. A chihuahua through and through. I promise he gets lots of play time too (usually with Suge’s toys, which Suge really enjoys… not).

This may be the most random post I’ve ever written. I’m just going to go with it because it’s…. FRIDAY!!!! Have a great weekend everyone!