How to Arrange Cushions on a Sofa Pt 1

What’s a sofa without a stylish cushion arrangement? Not only are cushions functional essentials, they’re also your sofa’s seasonal outfit changes – a way to dress up, dress down or style any sofa just as you’d like it.

Discover how to choose the perfect cushion arrangement and dress your sofa with our 9 essential cushion styles.


A cushion arrangement for minimalists, two individual cushions makes for a simple, chic aesthetic. Place matching cushions side by side in the centre of the sofa with a proportional gap between them.

Channel a sophisticated, cohesive look with matching or similar fabrics or draw attention to special cushions with a contrasting fabric.

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There’s no rhyme nor reason to this kind of multi-layered sofa styling and that’s just the way we like it. Ikat prints alongside paisleys and brocades mixed in with printed linens – this kind of arrangement is all about texture.

Although it’s preferable to throw the rule book out of the window in this instance, there are a few tips for creating a designer-approved look.

When choosing fabrics, think of the scale of the patterns you plan to pair together. A large, medium and small scale print will produce an interesting and well-balanced cushion arrangement.

Next think of the cushions’ styles. Are they mostly casual or formal? Pretty or edgy? A common thread in the visual quality of the fabrics is also important.

If you have both of these covered, you can be bold enough to be as creative as you want.

This is also a great place to bring in added extras, like fringing, tassels and braiding, since this style is all about a nonchalant, bohemian vibe.


As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sometimes the standard approach is best.

A balanced cushion arrangement is one of the most visually pleasing arrangements. Make yours interesting by playing with colour, pattern and texture.

A balanced cushion arrangement harmonises varying fabrics very well – its symmetry gives even the most casual or eclectic array of fabrics a smart aesthetic.

Lumber or bolster cushion styles are a simple way to create interest with this kind of arrangement.

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Why must our cushions be confined to the ends of our sofas? Place cushions slightly away from the ends for a change from the norm.

When working this style, a minimum of three is suggested but the style works equally well with larger even numbers too.

Centralised cushion styling is an ideal choice for sofas which are too small to hold multiple arrangements or sofas which are too long for arrangements at either end.

The arrangement is also a natural fit for curved sofas which don’t have such structured ends. Try rounded designs to echo the lines of the sofa in a harmonious combination.

Stay tunes for part 2 and in the meantime shop our cushions, they come in so many sizes you won't be lost for choice, small cushions, medium cushions and large cushions.