When I was a much younger man I loved soft seat cushions that gave you a nice “ride” as I sunk down on the sofa. I wanted cushions that wrapped around me and felt like I was in a cocoon. Now that I have matured I like a firmer cushion that supports my body better and makes getting out of my sofa less difficult. As we age many of our needs change including our furniture needs. So the question becomes:
Can a soft cushion in your existing sofa be changed so that it now fits your current needs?
The answer is almost always: “Yes”. The next question is: “Is it economically prudent? If your furniture is “high end”, was expensive, or is an heirloom the answer is probably yes. If your sofa was inexpensive then maybe not. Most mass produced furniture today is built in “other countries” – yes just like almost everything else that used to be produced in the USA. Generally this means that it is an inferior product and not worth the cost of replacing the cushions. Also many leather sofas are intentionally very soft and use webbing system rather than a spring system for support . If your sofa doesn’t have a supportive base then changing out the cushions probably won’t solve the problem. However if your sofa is of good quality then changing out the cushions should make you very happy with your sofa. It will feel like new again!
What does a webbing system look like?
What does a spring system look like?
If you determine that your sofa is a good candidate for new cushions then you need to determine which type of cushions you want. Cushion stuffings usually are foam and dacron or sometimes feathers, down, springs etc. When our goal is to firm up a cushion we either rebuild the existing stuffing or build a new one. Foam has two properties – density and compression. The density may be thought of as the quality while compression is the firmness of the foam. We use high density foam and may use a higher compression foam than the original cushion. We may also build the stuffing 2″ larger than the finished size of the sewn cushion to achieve firmness. There are many different ways to accomplish firmer seating but care must be taken to ensure the new restuffed cushion still fits the furniture. The cushion can be stretched to the wrong size so we ask the client to give us the inside seating dimensions for comparison. It actually takes a bit of work to evaluate what needs to be done but we have done it so often we stock almost everything we need so you can get your new cushions very quickly. If you decide to replace your seat cushions make sure you go to a reputable business that has lots of experience with this. Otherwise you are bound to be disappointed.
Jim the Sofa Man
If you need or know someone who needs to firm up their seating come see us at Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Our goal is to make every customer a happy one!
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