Today I am going to show you how to choose the right cushion insert.  The inside of your cushion is just as important as the beautiful cover you have just bought.  There is a large range of different materials that are used for cushion inserts so you must consider what your cushion will be used for, decoration or it may actually have a purpose.  Here is a simple guide to show you the different materials and to help you make an informed decision for your cushion insert.

Cushion inserts

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Innergreen’s line of recycled PET cushion inserts are filled with 100% PET fibre, which is derived from recycled water bottles. They look and feel similar to a high-grade polyester cushion insert, but have a greater resilience rating and will last for much longer. For every 1kg of fibre used, you can save more than 70 water bottles from landfill.  These cushions are Non-Allergenic, you can machine wash them and dry on the line.

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Down & Feather Cushion Inserts

Down is the most luxurious and expensive option for feather cushion inserts and comes in a few different varieties. Down is a natural material and is made from the feathers of ducks and geese. You can get pure down, or pure feathers, or a combination of the two. Down and feather cushion inserts make for a very comfortable and opulent cushion. They are very soft and conform to the shape you put them in.  This would have to be my favourite cushion insert, and I am mostly using them in my cushions now.  If its a mixture you are after West Elm have a cushion insert with a choice of a feather/down blend or down alternative.


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Foam Cushion Inserts

Foam inserts are made of polyurethane foam and are also a popular choice, especially for outdoor cushions. You can choose from a range of thickness, which will determine the comfort of your cushion.  Higher density foam will remain responsive for longer but it will also be harder and not so comfortable. If you want your cushions soft then perhaps opt for a lower density foam insert. One of the advantages of foam cushion inserts is that cleaning them can be relatively easy.   If you are looking for outdoor cushions you can have custom made foam inserts from The Foam Booth.  Shelley Panton Store has a range of inserts that are 50% duck feather mixed with 50% foam so your cushions will hold their shape and offer great back support and are non allergenic.



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Polyester Cushion Inserts

Polyester fiberfill inserts are a basic cushion insert and an inexpensive choice. They are very soft and will hold their shape.  There are different varieties of polyester cushion inserts and you will generally find that the softer they are, and more closely they resemble down. Polyester is also non-allergenic and easy to wash.  Spotlight has a range of polyester cushion inserts.


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For plump and filled out cushions, you should always get an insert that is one size bigger than your cover.  So, for an 40 x 40 cover, a 45 x 45 insert should fill your cushion perfectly, if  you want a soft and floppy pillow, choose the same size insert as the cover.