Cushions: Filling Differences between Foam, Feather, and Polyester

10 April 2017

If you’re shopping for comfortable furniture for your home or business than you should know that you have choices. There are three options that are commonly used when filling cushions. All three have different pros and cons. The best way to make the best decision for your particular needs is to educate yourself on all three of them. This will allow you to make an informed decision based on your preferences. Obviously longevity, appearance, and comfort should all be considered.

Are you looking for furniture that is very supportive and slightly firm yet still very comfortable? Foam is the way to go. It offers a supportive fit – and that is important for people who have back problems. There are different variations in density and types. Foam is very resilient. It requires very little upkeep and the cushions will keep their shape very well. This type of material works well in all different environments – including your home or commercial space. It is generally long-lasting. This makes it a very cost-effective material for filling cushions.

Feather is another commonly used filling material. When you sit on furniture that you basically “sink” into you’re probably sitting on cushions filled with feather. It offers very little in the way of support but is extremely comfortable to many people. However, it also requires a little bit more maintenance than foam. Cushions generally do not hold their shape very well on their own and will require frequent “plumping.” For many people this is a small price to pay, but if you’re using it in a commercial space be aware that without that frequent “plumping” it won’t hold its shape. And feather filling is generally mixed in with the third option, polyester.

Polyester fibers that are filled with air make for a comfortable sitting experience. However, like feather, they also require regular plumping or fluffing to retain their comfort and appearance. And, like feather, the polyester fibers don’t offer as much as support in comparison to foam.

Educating yourself on the differences of cushion fillings so that you make the best choice based on your needs is a smart thing to do. Really consider the amount of upkeep and maintenance that you want to deal with, if any. If you’re of the mind that less upkeep is better, than foam is probably the way to go. If you’re looking for less support and maybe a little more comfort, feather or polyester are great options.

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