In Part I we talked about the frame, Part II about how important the use of Elephant Foam is. Today we’ll tell you about the cushions as the cushioning is the true source of comfort in furniture design.The cushions on their own should be heavy so pick them up. Are they light? If you can throw them around and pick them up easily it is not good quality foam. When considering your new piece of furniture, unzip the cushion- hopefully you will see the following things:-
- A good quality cushion will have an elephant foam core, as it is the heaviest, densest and most resilient. It will give you years of structure, firmness and stability which is good in a cushion.
- The dense elephant foams provides you with superior comfort. Seat cushion foam should be wrapped in a triple wrap of dacron/tetron in its own casing. This adds a softer look & makes the furniture design even more comfortable. The casing is important as stops it going into balls long term.
- For a more indulgent super comfy sit the foam core could rest in a zippered all cotton casing, channelled duvet which is hand stuffed with just the right blend of duck down & feathers for softness & durability. For those of you appreciate the better things in life you can have the luxury & feel of a traditional down cushion, but without the maintenance of daily fluffing which is required with an all feather cushion.
- All furniture design should have back & arm cushions that are a feather/fibre mixture encased in a down-proof fabric with a centre gusset to help shape & give supreme comfort.
- The fabrics on the cushion should be over locked and all seams on joins top-sewn for additional strength. This means seams will not fray, giving increased wear & life for your favourite piece of designer furniture. YKK zip and auto lock sliders should be use so you don’t get the case of the ‘exploding sofa cushion’. Am sure you have all seen that!
- Look to see if the cushion is tailored to fit into the back of the sofa/chair. It should not just be a straight square, so look for small curves that tuck the cushion into the corners & underneath the back of the seat, especially if it is a fixed back. Just another way of telling quality.
P.S. Designer Tip: When selecting scatter cushions for your sofa, opt for feather filled inners, not the Dacron/Poly fill. With feather inners your cushions sit so much better and look and feel soooo much more luxurious. Well worth it.
In our next post we will talk about what guarantees you should look and then we’ll talk a little about upholstery fabrics (now that you know what a quality sofa is like!)