Buyers guide

HERE WE HAVE A BUYERS GUIDE TO HELP WITH YOUR PURCHASE

FOAM FILLING
Foam is a popular filling for upholstery. It is resilient, flexible, easy to manipulate and can be moulded or shaped to meet the most complex upholstery styles and designs. Upholstery seat cushions are predominantly filled with foam. It is normal for them to soften 20-30% in the first six months under normal use, until they find their natural balance.

Foam seat cushions are often wrapped in polyester fibre wadding to give an even softer feel for initial comfort and to reduce wear. The density of the foam used will vary depending on different price points and there are all different types which still offer great performance used to suit your budget.

The most common and affordable filling is polyurethane foam. The higher the density, the firmer the cushion will be. Foam can be wrapped in softer material or cotton to make it softer. Dacron (a type of polyester fabric) wrapped foam is the cheapest option, but again it won’t last as long.

FEATHER AND FIBRE
Modern upholstered furniture predominantly contains feather or fibre filled back and/or seat cushions. Both are popular for comfort because you sit ‘in’ them rather than ‘on’ them. But they do require a lot of plumping-up to retain their shape, and some people can be allergic to feathers inside.

Feather and/or fibre cushion in-fills are often produced in sections to reduce the likelihood of the filling moving around inside the cushion where downward movement could be a problem. These cushions can usually be restored to look like new by smoothing out creases to avoid premature fabric wear and frequent plumping for shape retention. There is no universal standard for the plumping of seat and back cushions, but your retailer will be able to give you specific advice about care requirements.