In one ideabook, 9 Pointers for Perfectly Styled Pillows, the Comments section quickly filled with thoughts on chopping. One remark, in particular, left a lasting impression on me. The Houzzer said, ”It’s cracking me up that the takeaway from this whole [ideabook] is the karate chopping of pillows! Follow-up look book: “To chop or not to chop?”
OK, reader, I’ve decided to accept your challenge. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of pillow chopping.
The indentation on the top of the gray velvet pillow showcases the incredible softness and texture of the fabric.
This room is a perfect example of mixing different chopping styles. Some of these pillows have a chop and some do not. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be a chopper all the time.
The furry pillow and patterned pillows hold a lovely shape without a chop, while the turquoise pillow looks special with a chopped form.
Heavyweight upholstery and decorator fabrics like these are structured enough to keep the shape of a quick fluff for quite a while. Just picking up a pillow like this and giving it a quick shake or dropping it can give it a full, neat shape that will last.
The type of insert your pillow has may help you decide if you want to chop or not. Here the pillows appear to have a feather or down insert with a high fill count. They look full and plump without chopping.
A foam insert is definitely not a good contender for a pillow chop. Pillows with foam filling tend to be more rigid and usually look good without frequent fluffing. If you overmanipulate them, in fact, they can get lumpy.
The black and white pillow plays a big role in this simple but eye-catching design. The rectangular shape allows the bold graphic vertical stripe to do its job. The pillow might have had less impact if the shape had been altered with a chop.
As much as I wish I could say it doesn’t bother me, it wouldn’t be the truth. I usually end up fluffing it.
Not every pillow in my home gets chopped, but this one usually does. I like the way the chopped shape mimics the X-back of this particular chair.
Let the comments begin! Where do you stand on the chop-or-not block?