Cushions are pieces of textile that can be used to cover, support, or protect a variety of objects. They may cover and support a sofa, chair, table, bench, or any other object. Some people call them shams, while others may refer to them as pads, insoles, cushions, etc. Some people believe that cushions are an art form, a type of decorative sculptural object, while others consider cushions to be simple but necessary accessories for objects. Whatever you think of when you hear the word "cushion," you can be certain that there are a wide variety of styles, makes, colors, and patterns that are available to suit a variety of uses.
Remember that garden chair cushions are made of many different materials. Most commonly, cushions are made of fabrics such as silk, jute, cotton, and canvas. A cushioned seat pad or cushion is an absorbent bag of any soft decorative material, typically stuffed with feather, wool, polyester fiber, nylon staple fiber, or other synthetic material. They may be employed for seating or to soften the hard wearing or sharp edge of a sofa or chair.
The most common fabric used in cushions is polyester. Synthetic fabric cushions are less comfortable than the fabric cushions commonly referred to as patio cushions. While a small percentage of patio cushions are designed to resist abrasion, moisture, stains, spills, and damage from heat, most patio cushions are manufactured using a vinyl resin material that does not stand up to the above challenges. This material is commonly referred to as "soft foam."
Other commonly used materials in cushions include leather, wicker, fabric, suede, bamboo, rubber, and synthetic grass. Each of these materials has its own benefits and drawbacks. For example, the type of wicker used to make patio furniture cushions will begin to crack, split, buckle, split, fade, and mold after exposure to the sun. Fabric furniture cushions will quickly fade if left in direct sunlight, will get damaged by furniture, and will eventually need to be replaced. The same goes for most synthetic materials for outdoor use.
Cushions are used in outdoor furniture cushions for the purpose of providing an attractive finishing touch to a patio chair. Typically these cushions feature a fabric cover over a foam core that is attached to a frame. The fabric covers are often washed in a machine, but the foam core is not susceptible to fading or damage. Popular styles include flip-chair cushion, chaise cushion, garden umbrella cushion, bench cushion, and glider cushion.
Cushion sizes vary according to the seating dimensions of your furniture. Typically a box cushion, which is the most popular seating choice, will accommodate up to twelve people. A standard twin size cushion will seat five people. To accommodate larger parties, a group cushion, which is generally the largest seating option available, will seat up to thirty people.