What Type of Sofa Seat Cushion Am I Looking For?

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You may think that choosing a sofa just consists of choosing the right style, and the type of fabric or leather you want - but one of the biggest choices you’ll have to make is actually the type of sofa seat cushion filling used.

Whether you are looking for a firm sit or a comfy lounging feel, it's important to know about what seat cushions give you the right level of comfort.
As here at SofaSofa we make all our furniture in our workshops in South Wales, we know every part of your sofa up close, including what goes into your seat cushions, and that's why we put together this handy guide to help you decide.

Hollowfill Fibre

Hollowfill fibre cushions are really soft and squishy, and give you that feeling of sinking into your sofa after a long day. They require regular plumping and turning, and it’s perfectly normal to have a bum imprint left in the cushion once you've got up! They soften with use so it’s important to rotate them regularly to ensure even wear, and this especially applies to you if you tend to use the same seat cushion all the time. We manufacture our own hollowfill fibre cushions, and in case you wondered how we get all that fluffy stuff in, we've taken some photos for you.

Hollowfill fibres are mainly used on our loose cover sofas as they suit the style perfectly.

Banbury 3 Seater Loose Cover Sofa

Banbury 3 Seater Loose Cover Sofa

Below you can see the hollowfill fibre filling as used on the Banbury furniture. It’s beautifully soft, and we make the cushions ourselves in our Crumlin workshop, so we can ensure that the cushions are beautifully plump.

The cushion casings are partly stitched, and just a small opening is left on one side so that the fibres can be blown in. Once the filling has been added, the opening is sewn up and voila - the cushions are ready to sit on!

Sofa Seat Cushion Filling

Hollowfill fibre seat cushion filling and stitched cushions

Moulded Foam

Moulded foam cushions are a much firmer option, and require occasional turning to keep them looking as good as new. They may lose some of their initial density (as with any sofa cushion), but will keep their shape for years to come. These cushions give a streamlined appearance to the furniture, and we tend to use this type of filling on our upholstered suites to give clean lines and finishes.
Our Balmoral Collection has moulded foam seat cushions, and hollowfill fibre back cushions.

Balmoral 3 Seater Sofa

Balmoral 3 Seater Sofa

Moulded Foam Seat Cushions

Moulded Foam Seat Cushions

Moulded Foam with a Duck Feather Casing

This type of cushion is a perfect mixture between firm and soft. It offers the firm support of a foam core, with the added luxury of a duck feather casing that wraps around the top and bottom of the seat. While the cushion will be quite firm to start with, it will soften the more it gets used, and after a few months you’ll never want to leave the comfort of your new sofa or chair!

We use moulded foam with a duck feather casing for the cushions on many of our armchairs, including the Florence armchair below, as it offers a great combination of support and comfiness - perfect for sitting and reading your favourite book.

Florence Armchair

Florence Armchair

Moulded foam with duck feather casing cushion

A moulded foam with duck feather casing cushion

This type of cushion also has a zip on the cover, so you can remove the foam centre to turn it, and give the feather quilting an occasional plump - this will keep this cushion feeling as good as new.

Moulded Foam with a Dacron Casing

What is Dacron, I hear you ask? One of our colleagues described Dacron as candy floss, which we think evokes images of luscious, soft fluffiness!

Dacron has many different names but it is essentially a polyester fibre.

Whichever description you prefer, we’re sure you’ll love the feeling of this plump cushion, and it looks amazing on our Wentworth range.  Just turn it occasionally to ensure even wear on both sides, and you’ll be good to go for years to come.

Wentworth 2 Seater Sofa

Wentworth 2 Seater Sofa

Dacron Casing

Dacron Casing

Feather

If you’re after something different to foam or hollowfibre, our 100% feather cushion will fit the bill. Although it’s firm to start it will soften with use and become a soft, squishy cushion which will give you a luxurious, sink-in feel. To maintain its loveliness a regular plump and turn and the odd shake to disperse any lumps and bumps is all it needs. As long as this is done you’ll have a gorgeous informal, relaxed cushion ideal to chill out on.

feather cushion

One of our 100% feather cushions

feather cushion filling

Feather cushion filling

You’ll find these fluffy delights as an option on our classic Grosvenor Collection.

Wentworth 2 Seater Sofa

Grosvenor 2 Seater Sofa

Cold Cure Moulded Foam

This type of cushion is firm, and offers consistent support whilst giving a tailored linear appearance. All it needs is an occasional dressing to maintain its shape, and this cushion will give you years of longevity. You can find these cushions on our traditional leather sofas in our Regent Leather Collection and Senator Leather Collection.

Regent 3 Seater Leather Sofa

Regent 3 Seater Leather Sofa

cold cure cushion

Cold cure moulded foam cushion

Fibre-wrapped Moulded Foam

We love this cushion, as it offers the firm support as previously described, but with the lovely softer wrapping of dacron for a little bit of added luxury - which we all need in our life from time to time!

cold cure dacron casing cushion

Fibre-wrapped moulded foam

We use this for a lot of our leather sofas, which has a mix of leather and fabric, and reversible seat and back cushions - offering the best of both worlds.

Wilmington Large Leather Sofa

Wilmington Large Leather Sofa

What about the back cushions?

Unless you choose a design that doesn't have back cushions, like our Vintage Chesterfield Leather Sofa, your back cushions will either be made from 100% hollowfill fibre, or a mixture of fibre and feather. Foam isn’t used for our back cushions as it's solid, and not a comfortable material to lean against for a length of time.

Conclusion

As long as you care for your cushions as dscribed in the instructions that comes with your sofa, they will give you many years of comfort, and see you right through many nights of TV, family get-togethers and afternoon naps!

All of our furniture is covered by a two-year manufacturing guarantee too, so you have total peace of mind about their quality - and if for any reason you aren't happy, just get in touch with us for a chat to see if there’s anything we can do.

Still not sure? Come and visit our showroom where we got most of our sofas with a range of seat cushions for you to try and find the most comfortable fit for you.

Posted in Armchairs, Fabric, Sofas on 26th May 2016

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