Cushions began as a unique piece of furniture, separate from chairs or other items. During the Middle Ages, they were much larger and covered with leather. At this time they were considered a status symbol.
Cushions were occupied by low-ranking household members and so a household with a lot of cushions could afford a lot of servants.
The modern cushion is soft and significantly smaller. It is typically used to provide extra support and comfort for your head and back when sitting on a lounge chair or a sofa.
They are also a simple way to add colour, texture and other features to a room’s decoration. Leather is still a common cushion cover.
However, modern cushions are designed to be soft and comfortable rather than hard and durable.
Modern cushions interiors are made from synthetic materials. This allows them to be produced cheaply while being easy to launder. This material is always covered and there is a limitless variety of materials, colours and patterns to choose from. The perfect cover can always be found to match any type of room and personality.
Patios and other outdoor seating areas are a common addition to modern homes. Cushions are a simple way to make these spaces much more comfortable and stylish.
To prepare for this environment, cushion covers are typically made from synthetic, weather-resistant materials like PVC or oilcloth fabric.
This makes them water-resistant and ideal for short rain showers though they can stick to the skin on hotter days.
Interior design regards cushions as essential. A home without cushions lacks a soft-touch and it is a very unusual home that lacks cushions. Their versatility is largely due to the wide variety of cushion covers available such as:
Knife-edge This is the most common type of scatter cushion. The cover is made from two fabric pieces sewn around the edges and are available in a variety of shapes.
Flange This type includes a flat band of fabric around the cushion’s edges. Different types of fabric can be combined allowing for a greater variety of designs.
Piped Piping runs around the edge of the cushion and gives the opportunity for a second colour or material to accent the main one used. When the piping is the same colour and material as the rest of the cover, it is known as “self-piped”.
Box Box cushions are the type most commonly found on sofas. Their flat sides make them larger and better able to provide back and lumbar support.
Bolster Bolster cushions are cylindrical. The fabric is either gathered and tied-off at the sides or flattened. They are often found on sofas but are sometimes called “neck rolls”.
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