If you were to ask me for one, incredibly simple, inexpensive, and truly fun way to spice up the furniture around your house, without a doubt, I’d answer cushions. Seat cushions, throw pillows, chair pads… it’s difficult to have too many around the house. Between all the chairs, sofas, and patio furniture, you’re bound to need replacements over time. Not only that, replacements are an easy, exciting way to do an entire décor makeover.
Just for a taste of what there is to explore, consider your backyard deck. Whether you have tall bar stool furniture or lounge chairs, patio cushions are absolutely essential to that outdoor comfort you’d like to achieve. Yet it doesn’t have to stop at comfort. There are so many patterns, colors, and styles that you might choose from. And don’t worry about the beating sun. Let no rainfall douse your excitement. Outdoor cushions are made to weather all sorts of climates. Look for companies like Sunbrella that guarantee long lasting cushion beauty rain or shine.
Now you can move yourself indoors, leaving the patio chair cushions behind. The number of places you could use some new pillow décor is nearly countless. Your dining chair cushions get more than enough wear, reupholstering should happen at least ever couple of years. It’s a great opportunity to brighten or change the look of your entire dining area. Choose fabrics that are both elegant and hide spills or stains well.
For that darling window seat, you’re going to need a replacement as well. Window seat cushions fade easily, and tend to get more foot traffic than typical indoor pillows as well. Depending on how much sun your seat gets, you might consider Sunbrella cushions there as well. Either that, or something equally durable and fade proof.
On your rocker, the problem is not usually the fabric that gives way, but the pillow padding itself gets worn down quicker than on other seats. Perhaps it’s the subtle continuous friction as you rock back and forth. In any case, rocking chair cushions could probably be restuffed fairly often without overdoing it.
Moving on to the living room, you’ve got your ottoman, recliner, and sofa cushions to account for. These are the places that serious comfort is going to take most priority. You want really plush cushions, seats that you can sink into and remain sunk into for long periods of time. Support for your back is also important. Make sure your cushions are well stuffed to offer support, yet soft enough to enjoy sitting in. Depending on whether or not you have pets or children, your seat cushion will have to be at different levels of durability and/or washability.
While it is true that sometimes an entire pillow has to go, the majority of the time you can salvage your furniture merely by revamping the cushion cover. If you know you like a certain pattern or material, buy a few of the same covers to alternate between washes. Alternatively, if you have a hand at sewing, you can have a ball at the fabric store and make those cushion covers for fun on a weekend here and there. Perhaps it will become a real hobby. Give them away as gifts. Personalized scatter cushions are great memorandum for friends and celebrations.