The basics of sofa cushion replacement

Do your old sofa cushions have that saggy and rundown feel? Then it’s time to replace the cushions and breathe new life into your couch and the living room.

The budget

The first thing is to estimate how much you are willing to spend replacing worn out cushions. Long life expectancy foam will last ten years but cost triple the price of one-year or two-year foam. Match this with the remaining life expectancy of your sofa. The longer your foam inserts should last, the more it will cost.

The material

Next, you need to decide what sort of cushion filling you prefer. There are different foams with different densities. For example, the normal seat cushion on a sofa has a foam with a 22/27 rating, which has a medium level of firmness and bounces back. Back cushions on the other hand have a 15/15 rating and are much softer but bounce back quickly. When measuring before you order, The Foam Factory says to round the figures to the nearest ¼” and then ½” to that figure.

Maintenance

Another factor in your decision will be the amount of maintenance you can afford. For example, cushions with down need a lot more maintenance, additional fluffing and protection from spills. Foam cushions just need some water, a gentle squeeze and they are clean.

The cover

Lastly there is the cushion cover. In fabric terms, there is a rating for the number of rubs that it can take before signs of wear. You might want to get a high-rub washable fabric for environments with lots of use or if you have children at home.