GETTING THAT PLUMP PILLOW LOOK
Recently I have been putting together a mood board for my living room/ family room, and I'm at the stage of sourcing the throw cushions for my sofas. As I look at the sorry state of our current cushions, I am so glad that I have learned a thing or two since I last decorated this room.
You see, no matter how attractive your cushion covers are, and how well they coordinate with your scheme, if your cushion filling isn't right, then you will end up with cushions as flat as pancakes in no time. As with most things in life, it's not what's on the outside, but what's on the inside that matters!
I've been in touch with the experts at The Cushion Warehouse to bring you a guide on how to choose the right cushion inserts for your home. Let's take a look:
Synthetic Vs Natural
Cushions can be filled with either natural materials, or synthetic man-made materials. In my experience, natural fillings produce the plumpest results, and the most even coverage of filling. However, if you have a family member who suffers from allergies, there are some pretty decent synthetic options available too.
Feather and Down Fillings
When we think about natural fillings, we usually think about feather or down. Essentially, feather refers to the outer feathers of a bird, which are waterproof and therefore more coarse, and down refers to the softer feathers which sit underneath. These down feathers are light and fluffy, providing insulation for the bird, and soft and warmth for your cushions.
Unlike a foam pad, feather and down cushions can be plumped back into shape whenever they get a little flat, and the natural curve of the feathers acts as a spring to help with this.
Most natural cushion inserts contain a mixture of both feather and down in different quantities. Generally, the greater the proportion of down, the more luxurious your insert, with pure down being the softest and most sumptuous. Makes sense, right?
Goose feathers are even larger, lighter and softer than duck feathers, and so goose down is the most luxurious of the lot, although it is not quite as firm and supportive.
Another natural alternative is wool. Wool gives a firmer filling than feather and down, but it can still be plumped back into shape.
Although a natural product, wool is also suitable for allergy sufferers because it is resistant to dust mites and bacteria. If sustainability is high on your agenda, wool is a really eco-friendly option. Wool filings are not widely stocked, but you can find a range of woolen inserts at The Cushion Warehouse.
Synthetic fibre is the most common cushion filling that you see on the high street. Fibre cushion pads have several advantages, in that they are usually inexpensive, and you don't get annoying feathers poking out through the cover. However they tend to have a short life span because they go flat very quickly. They can also go lumpy and out of shape, and once this happens, there is no going back!
Synthetic fillings generally come in two types: hollow fibre and microfibre.
As the name suggests, hollowfibre filling is made up of hollow strands of polyester, which means that it is more breathable and appears plumper than some other synthetic fillings.
Microfibre fillings have strands which are closely packed together. This makes it soft and very fluffy, but it also lacks support and so is better used for occasional cushions, rather than every day.
Whether you are buying cushions from the high street, or having them bespoke made, make sure that you check out the inserts in your cushions to get that sumptuous look.
If you've got any questions, come and pop on over to the facebook group where we can help you (click the image to join).