New throw cushions can transform a room. Switching up cushions is one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to update the look of your home and make it feel fresh again. If you’re like me, and you change cushions often, consider investing in quality cushion inserts and purchasing new cushion covers when you’re ready to revamp. This approach saves money and precious closet space. Removable cushion covers are also easier to wash, which is especially important for cushions in high-traffic areas.
There are no rules when it comes to colour, pattern, and texture. Be bold! Be playful! Let your personality shine! But do be careful with size and shape. Here are some quick tips for buying the right cushion covers for your inserts:
Square cushion inserts can have sharp or rounded corners. Make sure that the corners of the cover are the same shape as the corners of the insert.
Your cushion cover should be the same size as your insert, or 1-2” smaller on all sides if you prefer a fuller look. If your cover is too small, the cushion will buckle and wrinkle when inserted. You also may not get that coveted 'chop'!
Now, I know it’s not always easy to abide by this rule of thumb. Sometimes you come across covers 2” smaller than your cushions, and the inserts might be a little squeezed, but you HAVE to have them! (“These cushion covers are going to bring major drama to our living room this winter…but they’re a bit small!!” – Me, in November, holding up a pair of emerald green, velvet covers. My husband has never looked so disinterested.) You may have room to bend the rule, depending on the fabric of the cover and the fill of the insert.
Fabric: If your cushion insert is a bit too large and wrinkles inside a thin, silk cover, those wrinkles will be very noticeable. Thicker, sturdier materials hide wrinkles much more effectively.
Fill: Inserts filled with down and/or feather trap a fair amount of air. This means they can be compressed into a smaller space more easily. Cushions with a polyester or other synthetic fill will not fit into a tight cover as nicely.
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