When it comes to furnishing a home – whether the interior or the exterior – there is nothing which quite adds an extra level of comfort and style like cushions. Simple and inexpensive, these decorative items make any sofa far more inviting and can add a pop of colour to any home.
If you are starting from scratch with your decoration, however, it can be confusing to know which size of cushion to opt for. Even if you already have your cushion inserts or your cushion covers, finding the corresponding cover or insert to match can also be difficult.
In the case when you are starting to decorate from scratch, it is important to begin by deciding which type of cushion will suit your home best. There are many different sizes available on the market, which can provide plenty of choice, but it is also crucial to know the standard cushion size in your country.
In Australia, for example, the standard cushion size is 45cm by 45cm, with a typical large cushion measuring 60cm by 60cm. There are both larger and smaller options available however, including 30cm by 30cm covers and 65cm by 65cm inserts. These, of course, are square cushions, but there are also many rectangular models on the market too.
The different sizes available will depend on the particular region of the world you live in, so before you invest your money, check that there are plenty of replacement options of both covers and inserts available in your local area. This will make it easier to find a quick replacement for a reasonable price should you need one.
After you have taken these into account, you will next need to consider what will look good in your home. Generally, furniture in the home works well with smaller cushions such as the 45cm by 45cm items mentioned earlier. On the other hand, large cushion covers and inserts are well suited to outdoor furniture and day beds.
The reason for this is that outdoor furniture can often require an extra level of comfort that large cushions provide, and daybeds may need large cushions to provide additional support and comfort for sleeping. Whereas smaller cushions are great decorative options indoors, large cushions can also look great and be very useful on larger items of furniture.
If you are in need of any inspiration for a cushion size that looks good, try looking through online home decor magazines for pictures of stylish living rooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces. They can give you an idea of what cushion size looks good in different types of room, and whether or not you would like something similar for your own property.
The next thing to mention is that you must absolutely get your cushion cover size matched correctly with your cushion insert. Although people tend to think that a 60cm by 60cm cushion insert will suit their 60cm by 60cm large cushion covers, this actually may be unsuitable in many cases.
The reason for this is that matching like for like when it comes to size can mean that the cushion cover is not completely “filled out” by the insert itself. The result will be a soft and somewhat floppy cushion, although this may be what you are looking for, and if this is the case you should opt for this.
For those that prefer their cushions plumper and more supportive, it is best to buy an insert that is a few centimetres larger than the cover. 65cm by 65cm cushion inserts for 60cm by 60cm large cushion covers are therefore recommended, as are 50cm by 50cm cushion inserts for 45cm by 45cm regular cushion covers.
By following these few guidelines, you should be able to find some cushion inserts and covers that work well for you either indoors or outdoors. All that is left is to find a great cushion retailer with a range of designs that you will love and that will suit your home.
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