Tips for Buying Deep Seating Cushions

Deep Seating Cushions


Going out to buy your first set of replacement cushions can be a scary experience.  Deep seating cushions are expensive and you don’t want to make a rookie mistake, become frustrated and waste your time and money.  Following these tips will ensure you do the right thing and receive the quality cushions you want and be able to enjoy your furniture for a long time to come.

Determine What You Have

The first thing you need to do is determine what type of cushion you have and what you need to replace.  Structure a list of the items that can be expanded to include details later.

As an example, lets say you have a three seat deep seating sofa, one deep seating chair and an ottoman, these three pieces become the basis of your list.

Deep Seating Cushion Sets Consists of Two Cushions

Since there are two parts to each deep seating cushion set, you need to be specific on what description goes with each piece of the set.  Document them carefully.  Sets typically include a foam seat cushion and a fiber filled back cushion.  In some rare cases, back cushions can be made of foam or other fill materials.

Things You Need To Do

  • Define Shape/Style of Each Piece
  • Measure Cushions
  • Define Accessory Options
  • Choose Fabric Type
  • Select Fabric Pattern
  • Contact a Vendor/Cushion Maker
  • Provide Vendor With Your Cushion Information and Request a Quote
  • Evaluate quotes
  • Select Vendor and Place Order

Define the Shape & Style

It’s very important to define the shape and style of your cushions when discussing replacements with a cushion maker or choosing from a selection of online choices.  Most conventional cushions have conventional shapes and can be easily determined.  Others need to be more specifically defined.  In particular, this is where you want to define whether you want boxed or knife edge seat or back cushions.

  • For example, if you were defining the shape and style of a deep seating chair cushion set, it might look something like this:
  • Chair Seat Cushion: Square front corners and rounded back corners with knife front edge
  • Chair Back Cushion: Arched top and squared-off lower corners with one center tuft.  Knife edge with removable casing and removable zippered cover.

Measuring Your Cushions

You will need to measure your cushions or your furniture to accurately determine the size you need for replacement. You will need to accurately record the measurements in your log. This can be done by one of two methods.

  • Measure your cushions from the center left to right and front to back.  Measure or define the thickness of the cushion.
  • Measuring your existing cushions (assuming they are in reasonably good shape and not too deformed) or,
  • Measuring your existing furniture frames

Define Accessory Options

Here is where you have to decide what type of accessory design you want for your cushions.  Basic deep seating cushions don’t have any options such as tufted back cushions, back cushion zippers and casings or piping.

Choose Fabric Type

Choosing an appropriate fabric type for your furniture is a very important step in ordering cushions.  You need to choose fabric that will conform to the conditions in which they will be used. 

Fabric Type Selection Guidelines:

  • Select Indoor Fabric for Indoor Only Applications
  • Select Indoor/Outdoor All-Weather Spun Polyester Fabric for Indoor or Outdoor use
  • Select Olefin or Sunbrella premium outdoor fabric when you want excellent protection and durability for indoor or outdoor use

Select Fabric Pattern

Abundant patterns, solids and stripes exist in many of the different types of fabric.  Once you have selected the type of fabric you want to use, look through the selections and choose the best one for you.

Contact a Vendor/Cushion Maker

You may want to contact a cushion maker prior to selecting a fabric just so you can review their fabric choices.  Regardless, you will need to find one or more vendors that you can work with to assist you in getting prices and ensuring that your order is properly cared for.  A quality cushion maker will provide excellent assistance and help you understand what you need to know about ordering cushions.  If the one you try working with is not helpful, move on to the next one. 

You will want to ask a lot of questions about their service and products.  Quizzing them will help you understand the type of operation you are dealing with and whether you want to proceed any further with them.

Provide Vendor With Your Cushion Information and Request a Quote

Provide them all the data you collected and logged so they can provide you with a good estimate in addition to a quality product that fits, feels and looks good.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a quote in different ways (Example: boxed vs. knife edge cushions) in case there is a price issue that might cause you to order one way or another.

Evaluate quotes

When you get the prices back from the vendor, look them over well.  Take notes and make sure that what you requested is in fact what you received the quote for.  Go back and ask questions to reinforce that you will be getting the right size, shape and quality cushion that you expect.

Place Your Order

Once you have determined what you want to do and who you want to order from, place your order and wait for your cushions to arrive.

Provide Feedback to the Vendor

Vendors like feedback and it’s a great way to share your thoughts with others out there looking to buy cushions from the same vendor.  Most companies that sell cushions from a website will provide you with the opportunity to submit your input and post your comments online.

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