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Introduction

Wicker furniture cushions are an essential part of standard wicker seating furniture.  To thoroughly enjoy standard wicker, you will want to choose a good set of patio cushions that look and feel great inside your home or patio using appropriate fabric for the location and complements your furniture and decor.

Typically when people refer to wicker furniture cushions, they refer to tufted seat cushions for standard wicker furniture.  Standard wicker furniture is wicker furniture that can be used with or without cushions.  When you do use patio cushions, you use only seat cushions.  Back cushions are not recommended for standard wicker because the seats’ depth is insufficient to make the furniture comfortable if back cushions are used.   

Although many new types of wicker are available today, we will only discuss the cushions for standard wicker.   Wicker furniture cushions for chairs, love seats, rockers, sofas, and gliders have distinctive shapes.  Rather than rectangle or square shapes with square corners, wicker furniture cushions have rounded-off back corners on the seat cushions to conform to the shape of the wicker seats.

Common chairs, single gliders, and rockers typically use either 18in. x 18in., 19in. x 19in. Or 20 in. x 20 in. cushions.  Love seats, double gliders, and porch swings typically use either 41in x 18 in. or 42in. x 19 in. or 46in. x 20 in. cushions.   All these cushions will have rounded-off back corners.  These are the most common sizes you will see for sale at a retailer.  Although these are typical sizes, that does not mean they are the only sizes.  You may have a different size.  If you do, you need to take accurate measurements and have a set made to your specifications by a cushion maker.  Your cushion maker will assist you in determining the sizing for your wicker frames.

The Tufting

Tufting for patio cushions performs three purposes:

  • To hold the polyester fabric in place and keep it from clumping.
  • Aesthetics – Tufting adds shape to what would otherwise be a flat smooth cushion.
  • Firmness and thickness – The more tufts in a cushion, the thinner and the firmer.

The Number of Tufts

When you get tufted wicker furniture cushions made, you will typically have the option to choose how many tufts you want in each cushion.

  • Chair seat patio cushions will usually have one or four tufts.
  • The love seat cushion can typically have one row of three tufts, two rows of three tufts, or two rows of four tufts.

You typically would like to coordinate a chair with one tuft with a love seat with one row of tufts and a chair with four tufts with a love seat with two rows of tufts.

Fabric

When you get wicker furniture cushions made for your wicker set, choose a fabric that is appropriate.  If you use the furniture and cushions indoors, you can use indoor, all-weather, olefin, or Sunbrella fabric.  If you have patio cushions made for outdoor, you can use all-weather, olefin, or Sunbrella fabric.  If you are in an extremely sunny location such as Florida, you really want to consider using Sunbrella fabric.  Sunbrella will provide the best protection against fading and deep cleaning for a very long time.

Summary

Wicker furniture cushions are tufted cushions that fit the shape of wicker furniture with rounded-off back corners.  Measure your furniture seats to determine the size you need.  If your retailer does not offer the size you as a standard, ask them if they can make you a set to fit your furniture.  Please choose the number of tufts to meet your aesthetic and our comfort needs.

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