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While many people like making their own covers, it is often easiest to use pre-made cushion pads. Whether round or square and filled with feathers or foam, cushion pads give your cushions their shape and more importantly, that cushiony softness.

While some people may wonder how many cushions a piece of furniture may really need, no one denies how good they feel when you get home from work. Sit back, sink into your cushions and relax.

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About Cushion Pads

Cushion pads are used for ornamental or comfort purposes, and are placed on beds, settees and other pieces of furniture where people sit or lie. They are designed to be make sitting or lying down more comfortable, and come in a range of different sizes dependent on what piece of furniture they are intended for. Most cushion pads require a cushion case to be placed over them to maximise the level of comfort.

Cushions fillings can vary widely, and affect the softness of the cushion. Polyester hollow fibre, duck feathers and microfibre are the three most common fillings used for cushions. Each varies in softness, weight and care. Polyester hollow fibre cushions are usually covered in a polypropylene outer in order to allow breathability. The materials used comply with fire safety regulations.

Duck feather cushions are usually a little heavier, but also more insulated. They often use a cotton outer cover instead, as the material is more suitable based on the filling. Duck feather cushions will require plumping and airing regularly to maintain softness and shape. Many are not machine washable and must be taken to the dry cleaners.

Some are machine washable but are advised to be dried as soon as possible after washing to maintain softness and plumpness. Care must be taken when washing to ensure the guidelines are followed for the each individual cushion. These cushions can use either whole feathers or curled feathers. Curled feathers are a lot cheaper and less comfortable. Whole feathers create a much softer cushion. Microfibre cushions use microfibre, are machine washable, and normally have an outer cover made from cambric cotton.

Cushions pads often come in a range of different shapes dependent on where they are intended on being placed in the home. The most common shapes available are rectangular, square and circular. Rectangular cushions are mainly used to sleep on, and come in sizes varying from 12? x 18? to 14? x 24?. Square and circular cushions are generally used on settees and chairs to provide extra comfort when seated. Square cushions can come in sizes from 12? x 12? up to as big as 36? x 36?. Circular cushions can have a diameter from 12? all the way up to 36?. The size of the cushion is largely dependent on the specific piece of furniture it is designed to be placed upon.

Most cushions come in a white or cream outer, that is then covered by a cushion case to match the aesthetic of the home or piece of furniture it is being placed with. Care must be taken when purchasing cushions that the size is compatible with the cases the user already has, or that appropriate cases can be found. Some retailers sell cushion cases with the cushion, however many are sold alone. It is often advised to purchase cases one size up from the cushion itself, to provide a comfortable and snug fit.