Mixing up the fabrics in your collection can add depth and texture to your space.
The beauty of new cushions is that they enrich the colours, patterns and textures of the existing decor scheme. However aesthetically pleasing your new cushions may be, it’s important to consider how your fabric choice complements your room interior.
Types of cushion fabrics
- Cotton linen blend
- Wool or knit
- Faux fur
- Outdoor cotton
Cotton linen blend
These blended fabrics are natural materials and are used in many cushion manufacturers. Cotton linen blend stays cool and gentle on the skin, has a very crisp and smooth feel to it and is considered breathable and easy-to-care-for.
Cotton is durable, easily machine washed and dried and ages well. Linen, which is made from flax plant, is strong, absorbent, has a lovely natural sheen to it and becomes softer with repeated washings.
A delightful fabric that holds its shape and colour; polyester is a mixture of various fibre’s and a popular fabric option for throw cushions.
It’s a unique and inexpensive material which lends warmth and durability, making it more than worthy of a spot in your home. Because it’s easily washed and dried, resistant to stretching and shrinking; polyester fabric can be found in high-quality cushion designs suited for most interior spaces.
It’s a stylish choice to upgrade your living space with new decorative throw pillows — and create any style that complements your taste.
Velvet is a woven, tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, which makes for its luxurious pile with a distinctive feel. It can be made from either synthetic or natural fibres; silk, cotton and more recently, polyester.
The material is extremely soft, and comes in deep, rich colours. Velvet can last for decades if properly cared for — it’s durable, can be easily machine washed, and the fabric won’t stretch or fade.
Incorporating velvet seat cushions can provide depth and dimension to an otherwise bare aesthetic and adds a flavour of softness when paired with other cushion fabrics such as cotton and linen.
Velvet cushions lend an elegant touch to a glamorous room, but feel equally at home in a relaxed and laidback setting.
Choosing the best fabric for cushions
Abrasion tests are often used to determine the softness of couch upholstery. For residential use, it is said that the fabric should be 15,000 or higher during the rub test. You should take a good look at durability, especially if your sofa is used a lot and that will help you determine which types of pillows and fabric will be best.
Do you have kids? Do you love to entertain? Answers to these questions can factor into the kind of fabric of your sofa cushions.
As mentioned earlier, you also want to find something that is more fade resistant. If the cushions and pillows are placed in a room with a lot of sunlight, then fade resistance is definitely something to consider. If you live in an area in high humidity, find a mildew resistant fabric for your cushions and cushion covers.