Luxury Cushions for your Tush

Let’s face it, regular ‘ole foam cushions are basic. And admittedly it’s my job to shed light on things you never knew you needed until I tell you so.

But if you suffer from back pain, have trouble getting out of your seat or have mild to severe OCD, you can stop reading. Foam cushions are probably for you, and I recommend them with all of my heart.

Sink In

I consider sofas, aside from the utilitarian aspect of sitting for comfort and conversation, sculptural and beautiful, all fluffed, plump and waiting. I suppose that’s why no one wants to mess them up. Like a perfect cheese plate or a freshly iced cake. But the best part is the re-fluff, I get a certain satisfaction of seeing a flattened, tousled sofa come back to life over and over.

“It’s High Maintenance”

Well,  yes, but so am I, and if you’re reading, probably so are you, just a little. And I’d much rather dive head-first into this mountain embankment of duck feathers than fall flat on a piece of stiff poly-something.

How It’s Made

There’s generally three types of cushions, beyond the standard foam, which is often wrapped in dacron or more foam. And the amount of sinking and support depends on the firmness of the cushion core and the percentage of down and feathers and their varying amounts and qualities.

100% Down/Feather

This is the ultimate luxury in cushioning and not for the faint of heart if you find yourself bothered by the fluff regimen. Providing baffles on down & feather filled seat cushions maintains the plump, high crown with a minimum of fluffing. Filled with down & feather mixes. The down itself is categorized into qualities of fill power and warmth, but for the purposes of a cushion’s use, insulation is not quite a requirement.

Spring Down

I love these cushions because you can attain the loft of a down/feather seat, but still have a hidden core that auto-fluffs back. This is a seat cushion containing a Marshall spring unit and wrapped in an envelope of down & feather. The envelope contains baffles to eliminate fill shifting. In this case, the envelope can be filled with your choice of down & feather mixes.

Down Wrapped Foam or Duvet

 

Similar to the Spring Down, the foam, which can be varying levels of firmness, acts as a stablizer and gently repositions the down/feather envelope after re-use. Slightly less effective than the spring, this is a very luxurious option for sets for maintaining a firm, rounded crown.

Dacron Wrapped Foam

This is the standard option for maximum firmness and minimal fluffing.

Keeping this one short and sweet, ladies and gentleman. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Luxury Cushions for your Tush

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  2. “30 lb foam” huh? (its in the cross section picture)

    Never heard of that. I have seen plenty of innerspring inserts for seat cushions.

    Based on what I know, 30 lb foam should have the consistency of almost pure rubber. its 10-15x denser than the foam you traditionally find inside seat cushions, making it almost not even really foam.

    I have never observed that type of material anywhere inside of a sofa frame.

    2.8 is typically the highest density PU foam you can get in an arbitrary sofa. There may be exceptions from very large manufacturers like Ikea or possibly American Leather for some of their higher volume products. When economies of scale come into play you can justify much higher quality foam. The type that requires molds. That type of foam can get up above 7 lb/ft^3. Its the type of foam that companies like BB Italia, various high quality officer furniture and recliner manufacturers, and of course car seat manufacturers use. That way you get longevity/durability and support but in a much slimmer cushion profile. AFAIK you cant, at least reliably, cut or shape that type of foam so its only used in applications where you can mold it into shape. Either that or its not something that can be economically formed into a big “bun” like more traditional PU foam. IIRC, its sometimes sold by the sheet so that it can be used to pad the frame of certain sofas, but not for cushions.

    2.8 foam is, nonetheless, considered to be “extreme use” or “commercial grade” or “contract grade” foam, good enough for use by the type of contractors who build or install furniture inside large hotel chains, restaurant franchises, etc. where the furniture can be used by people who weigh 90 lbs or 500 lbs., day in day out, for years and years without being replaced.

    some places advertise 3.0, but everything I have heard from insiders suggests that is an exaggeration or a lie…. that basically the real numbers vary a bit above 2.8, such as for example 2.86, and that people just round up… 2.8 is like a “guaranteed minimum” or something like that.

    Most places dont even offer a 2.8, even as an upgrade option (Example: Room and Board, RH, Pottery Barn, etc.). Most places wont go higher than 2.2, although I have seen 2.4 advertised a few times.

    1.8 and 2.0 is much more common. 1.8 is sometimes used with a high firmness, supplemented with a (crappy) feather down wrap so that you get 5-7 years of support before the cushion is garbage.

    Just as important is the suspension in the frame.

    8 way hand tied is great, especially if you want to give the furniture to your grand kids. That being said, from an actual ergonomic perspective there isnt a huge gain above sinuous springs. Its mostly a reliability thing. However, it shouldnt be. Unless your factory employs retards, the sinuous springs should be pretty damn reliable.

    Webbing WILL sag. Its inevitable. the metal in the sinuous springs will not stretch or bend to any significant extent when compared with the lifespan of other elements of the furniture (such as the fabric itself). Webbing on the other hand has a lifespan comparable to the foam in the seat cushions. Its made out of rubber, often manufactured by chemical company Pirelli.

    Final point:

    Feathers are utter garbage.

    Goose down is great, but its overkill.

    Trillium (0.8 denier polyester down) is 10x better.

    Its softer, has a smaller fiber diameter (0.8 denier means that each fiber is either the same as or narrower than the diameter of silk; 1.0 denier is supposedly the diameter of silk, although I’m sure it varies), can survive being washed (although its like washing a pillow and will require tons of dry time and fluffing to get it back), is hypoallergenic, and will not “break down” as a result of physical degredation or crumbling of the individual elements of the bulk down (such as crumbling or crunching of the quills of the feathers or bending/stretching/tearing of the goose down feather material)

    the only real potential downside to trillium is that it can compact quicker. You have to fluff it up more often.

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