By John Francis
Choosing The Right Chair Cushions
Hard wooden kitchen and dining room chairs beg to be softened
with chair cushions, but choosing chair cushions that don’t
overwhelm your kitchen set isn’t easy. You can pick up a set
chair cushions for $5 at the local dollar store – but will
fit into your room’s décor – or detract from your style?
Face it – you get what you pay for. Cheap chair cushions have
thinner padding, less durable fabric and shoddy workmanship.
you take the trouble to choose well-made, quality chair
for your kitchen or dining room set, you’ll be rewarded with a
set that lasts longer, is far more comfortable and requires
less care in the long run.
What To Look For When Choosing Chair Cushions
When choosing chair cushions for wooden chairs, take these
things into account.
- Pick the right size for the seat. If the cushion is too
small, it will be uncomfortable. If it’s too large, it will
look bulky – and the edges of the chair seat will add to the
wear on the fabric and cut the life of your cushions.
- Make sure that any ties are sewn into the seam of the
cushion. Chair ties take a lot of pulling and tugging when
people sit and stand. If the ties are sewn into the seam,
they’re far more likely to stay attached.
- Buy chair cushions treated with stain guard to make it easy
to keep them clean. If you find the perfect cushions and
they’re not stain resistant, invest in a can of stain resist
stain guard to make it easier to keep them looking fresh and
new. After all – this is your kitchen, and your kids eat here,
- Choose washable chair cushions – or one with removable,
washable covers. See above for the reason! Even with stain
guard, some spills are going to soak in. Being able to toss
your chair cushions into the washer will make your life
- Pick cushions in a durable fabric that will stand up to the
wear of lots of seats on the seat. Corduroy, denim, chintz,
canvas and duck are all good choices for fabric that wears
- Rolled edges, piping and ruffles should all be firmly sewn
into the seam between the top and bottom of the cushion.
Examine the seam carefully for any breaks and gaps, and give a
little tug on the ruffle or piping to make sure that it
come free easily.
- Tufted cushions are pretty – but they can be uncomfortable
you sit on them for long periods of time. If you do choose
tufted cushions, make sure that any buttons are sewn on
all layers of the chair cushion to avoid losing buttons to
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