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Cushion Basics: How to Choose the Perfect Cushion Filling

Having the right cushion filling in your home seating areas can turn a space into the most relaxing environment you've ever encountered, rather than simply a spot you perch to rest. Couch cushion filling varies between brands and styles, so finding the material that you enjoy most is essential. It's also a decision that's highly personal. While appearance and durability are often top-of-mind, considering your sofa cushion filling is just as vital. You want something that's comfortable for your couch, yes, but also a cushion that's going to stand the test of time against daily wear and tear.

When you’re looking for new furniture for your home, the first thing you probably pay attention to is style. Whether you’re looking for transitional furniture, mid-century décor or sleek contemporary looks, you may already know what size and style you’ve got in mind. What you may not know is what kind of cushion filling you like. Different cushion fillings are used to provide varying degrees of comfort and maintenance depending on the seat depth. All of those different cushions on the market give you choices, but too many options can be overwhelming!

Use this guide to learn more about choosing the right cushion filling from ultra-soft and plush to super-firm and durable.

Sink Into Soft Cushions

If you like falling onto a couch covered in seriously soft cushions, feather fill is an ideal option for you. Down feathers are an exceptional filling material, but they can be costly and often require more maintenance. Down alternatives are becoming more popular and they’re an excellent choice if you're allergic to down or want to avoid spending your whole budget on one piece of furniture. Low-density foam is another option and it tends to retain its shape better than feather-filled cushions. It’s also more durable and typically lasts longer in family settings.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing down feather cushion filling is that it's more likely to shift over time. As your weight settles into the right spot, surrounding feathers get pushed aside, creating a dent. Down feather couch cushion filling, just like a comforter or pillow, will need to be re-fluffed regularly to bring it back to proper form.

Seek Support from a Firm Seat

A soft seat works for some, but a lot of people prefer more solid support. If you’re one of them, high-density foam cushions are a must-have. Resilient and durable enough to last 10 years or more, high-density foam cushions with a fiber wrap provide serious support. High-density foam is also a no-fuss option when it comes to maintenance since it retains its shape with ease.

This type of sofa cushion filling is a fantastic option for those who suffer from back pain, as it provides the most spine support. With less sinking and sagging, it's easier to maintain good posture, making you less prone to aches and pains upon standing. It can also help those with sciatic pain.

Move to the Middle

If your idea of the perfect seat is neither too soft nor too firm, you’ve got a variety of options available to you. Spring down cushions made with a spring core and covered in foam are enticing to many buyers. For a slightly softer feel, feather batting is used to provide a little more comfort. Solid foam cushions with a medium density rating are also an excellent option since they’re durable and don't require regular maintenance. They’re also great for kid-friendly family rooms.

Middle-firmness cushion fillings are generally among the most popular for home seating. They offer the best of both worlds. You'll get adequate back support without too rigid of a feeling. Friends and family will appreciate the comforting feel of cushion filling that settles with their bodies, yet bounces back into shape when not in use. This type of couch cushion filling retains its appearance for longer without the sagging look of cushions that are too soft. Many people go for this option as it's the perfect blend of style, durability, and comfort.

Find Your Fill, Love Your Sofa

Choosing the right fill type for sofa cushions isn’t rocket science. In fact, you’ve probably already figured out if you prefer soft, medium or firm cushions when you’re lounging.

Now you just need to find the look you want to match your cushion type so you can start relaxing in style!

When you shop at Mor Furniture for Less, our expert design associates will help you find the style you want with the cushion support you love. Whether you're searching for an over-sized sectional, a vibrant accent chair, or a sofa and loveseat combination, we have plenty of options.

Buy with peace of mind knowing that your purchase comes with our double-the-difference guarantee* and add a SafeGuard Mor Protection Plan to your purchase. Our protection plans cover accidental tears in your cushion filling, spills and stains on the upholstery or material, and provide repair for mechanical failures that may happen over time. This means your furniture will look amazing for years to come, no matter what life throws its way.