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26 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Throw Pillows and Covers for Every Type of Room

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The cost-benefit ratio of a set of throw pillows will almost always work out in your favor. People will argue that these pillows serve no actual purpose, but in reality, they’re an affordable decorative exclamation point that makes your furniture cozier and easier to nest in; a well-made one can even help support your lower back. But how to know which of the thousands out there are right for your home? To help answer that question, we did a deep dive to find the best throw pillows available on Amazon for every type of space, from your living room to your bedroom, patio, kid’s room, and screened-in porch. Many of the styles shown below are covers and don’t come with the actual pillow insert, so we included a few of Amazon’s best-selling cushy inserts to fit inside the covers.

For the ceramicist’s studio

We love the blobby shapes on this textured pillow cover and can imagine it going with some sculptural ceramics — or candles — on a nearby coffee table.

For the professorial study

These soft, wide-wale-corduroy pillow covers, which come in 24 colors, will lend the room an academic vibe.

For the family den


Constructed as a giant knot, this throw pillow can actually be thrown like a ball. More practically, the round shape provides flexible support for propping up a head or back.

For the ’70s-inspired living room

For the Instagram-ready bedroom

These covers tick all the aesthetic boxes for millennial decorators: abstract shapes, muted pink-adjacent earth tones, and texture.

For the greenhouse

JWH 3D Flower Throw Pillow Cover
From $19
From $19

A sunflower-inspired pillow cover that will keep the spring vibes going all season.

For the vintage-inspired boudoir

For the modern boudoir

For the non-cutesy nursery

This leopard-adorned pillow cover is fun for kids and chic enough for adults.

For the Pantone loyalist

To go with all the chartreuse, violet, and rare shades of gray.

For the pattern-phobe

This indigo linen-blend cover is simple and non-fussy, and it won’t be too busy for a small apartment.

For the craftsman home

The subtle cross-stitched pattern gives this handsome pair of covers texture and flair.

For the mid-century-modern home

The color and pattern of this groovy, embroidered cover is just the thing to offset the clean lines of their space.

For the consummate host

These crushed-velvet pillow covers, which come in six colors, will add a luxe vibe to a dinner party.

For the graphic designer’s loft

This embroidered cover is a bold, abstracted take on your classic zebra print.

For the outdoorsman

For the hard-core cottagecorer

Lace, linen, and embroidered flowers make these covers the perfect accent for a Frog and Toad–themed room.

For the cat lover’s armchair

Manual Cat Shaped Pillow

A kitty that won’t scratch or make guests sneeze.

For the farm-to-table chef

These striped cushions, in a similar pattern to French linen kitchen cloths, look as if they could have been plucked from the set of a Nancy Meyers movie.

For the aspiring biologist

A chubby seal pup is a perfect homework helper.

For the velvet-everything living room

The pom-pom fringe makes it just fancy enough without being too flashy.

For the comic-book fan

A pillow cover to match the collection tucked away on a nearby bookshelf.

For the Florida back patio

For the freshman dorm room

Extra cushy and cute dorm-room accessories are on the top of every college freshman’s wish list.

For the tween girl’s bedroom

Pastel rainbow tie-dye plus fluffy faux fur makes this the center of any tween room.

For the art historian’s library

And two best-selling throw-pillow inserts

These best-selling inserts on Amazon come in seven sizes to fit any of the square throw-pillow covers above.

From the same brand, this size fits most small rectangular throw-pillow covers.

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26 Throw Pillows for Every Type of Room