How to Make Cushions More Comfortable

Cushions are a welcome buffer between yourself and difficult chair seats, but age and wear can take its toll. Few things are worse than stepping right into a chair only to discover that you are perched on cushioning bumps, flat cloth or poky buttons. Don’t toss out the entire chair. Sprucing up a pillow is a straightforward and cheap way to put the comfort back in your chair.

Pick the cushion up and shake it out completely. Cushions stuffed with down, feathers or loose fiberfill can get bunched up or compacted, therefore a great shaking is often all you need to make them more comfy.

Use a seam ripper to remove cosmetic buttons. They may provide visual appeal, but are generally not all that comfortable when you’re sitting on them.

Replace cushion padding to make the cushion thicker. Open the back seam with a seam ripper if the pillow cover does not have a zipper. Cut cotton batting and upholstery foam to fit inside this pillow cover. Spritz the upholstery foam with a light layer of spray adhesive and lay the cotton batting on top of it. This retains the cotton batting from wrinkling and bunching up under you when you sit on it again. Slip the upholstery foam and batting into the pillow cover and stitch the seam shut, where there’s no zipper.

Recover a pillow that is scratchy or manufactured from leather that is becoming scratched or torn. Assess the thickness, width and height of the pillow and also add 1 inch to each dimension to get the amount of fabric you want to recoup it. Remove the old cover or put a 1/2-inch-thick object of upholstery foam in top of this aged pillow and fit the new one about it.

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