Ever since humans developed the ability to consciously think and feel, everything that has been done is to make life easier for us. Pick any invention and look at its history, isn’t it something that helps you live a more comfortable life? Be it homes, vehicles, electronic appliances, and even the smaller things that are not machines like carpets or curtains. Don’t they make your life better in some sense? Every little thing that human beings have invented or created had the motivation of more comfort behind it and the item we’re looking at today is also one of those things- a cushion. The name itself will stir up scenes of coziness and comfort in your mind.
The word cushion means something that softens blow or impact, something you use as a shock absorber. It can also be defined as a bag of fabric filled with soft materials to be used as a comforting item for sitting or kneeling down. Any padding you use to make your seating or kneeling more comfortable can be called a cushion. A cushion has many uses and makes things comfortable for you in ways you can only imagine. Cushions have been an important part of our homes for a long time. When exactly did they come into existence and whose was that brilliant brain that thought of something like this? Let’s get to it!
The earliest known use of a cushion dates back 7000 years in Mesopotamia. They were a status symbol back then. The more cushions you owned the more affluent you were. More comfort meant more wealth. No cushions have survived for us to see as masterpieces but through art from this era, it could be established that the cushions from those times were elaborate and gorgeously dyed in pretty patterns and colors.
Cushions were earlier used to show off your wealth and to decorate your homes. As mass-production gained more and more popularity there were lots of updates in the regular but fancy cushions. They’re no longer just used for home decor, they serve several purposes. The more utilitarian cushions are the ones you use to either make your car seat more comfortable or to make your dining chairs give you better seating. Meditation is also an important practice that uses cushions and there are cushions specifically manufactured for this purpose. These cushions grant you the perfect seating you need for a meditation session. Cushions not only give your homes a beautiful look but they also give you a comfortable place to rest when you’ve had a really long day.
As stated earlier, cushions serve many purposes. Let’s have a look at what these significant types of cushions can be used for:
- Chair cushions– these cushions act like padding on hard surface chairs like wooden or iron. They soften the seat giving you a comfortable place to sit. Most of the chair cushions have tie strings on them so that they can be tied to the chair and stay put. These are very affordable and convenient to use cushions suitable for any chair. They come in many shapes and sizes so you can choose the perfect ones for your chairs.
- Wicker furniture cushions- wicker furniture looks very stylish as it is but sometimes when you’re sitting on them for long periods of time, they feel uncomfortable. To make them more comfortable, wicker furniture cushions were introduced in the market. They are available in sets or individually too.
- Meditation cushion- Mediation has become a very popular practice recently because of all the stress our generation has been going through. Meditation cushions are therefore gaining popularity too. There are two types of meditation cushions- zafu cushions, and zabuton cushions. Zafu cushions allow your knees to remain elevated while you meditate and zabuton cushions are rectangular cushioned mats that give you a place to rest your knees while you’re meditating.
- Throw cushions– These are beautiful comfort cushions. They are used for both aesthetic appeal and comfort. They are often available in vibrant prints and colors to match with the rest of your home decor. They give a casual look to your home making it look as if the cushions are just thrown onto the furniture.
- Novelty cushions- These are also decorative cushions but are more quirky. They are available in unusual shapes like a donut or in the shape of lips or heart-shaped. Their primary purpose is decoration.
Cushions are typically made from soft materials to give you a comfortable seat. The outer fabric is generally soft to the touch and it is filled with either memory foam or latex foam.
Have look at the following materials used in making cushions:
- Foam- This type of cushion filling is the most desirable since it is very comfy and durable. It comes in a number of densities like low density, high density, high resilient density. It is also available in many different options like molded foam, memory foam, spring down, blend down, etc.
- Hollow fill fiber- This type of filling makes the cushions super soft and cozy. They are perfect for use on sofas where you usually take a nap. They do not provide any support whatsoever and that is why it is not recommended to be used by people who suffer from chronic pains.
- Feather- This type of filling can be customized. You can increase or decrease the amount of feathers you want to include in your cushions according to the plushness you want. They are super lightweight but again, they do not provide any support.
- Polyester- This is a budget-friendly filling. It is pretty soft and inexpensive but it does flatten out sooner than the other fillings. It is available in different types which offer different levels of comfort and durability. The ply-soft polyester is a type that doesn’t bounce back and stays limp. Faux down polyester gives the feel of down and is less expensive. It is great for people who are looking for soft cushions but are allergic to feathers.
- Batting- This filling provides insulation and cushioning. It can be used for medical purposes. It comes in two thicknesses- 42.4 ounces and 25.5 ounces. It is susceptible to poking through the sofa cushions. This filling should be used if your cushions are not meant for daily usage but only for decorative purposes or occasional usage.
Following is a specially curated list that has all the best types of cushions you can buy for yourself or as a gift for your friends and family:
This is a comfy seat cushion that is made of memory foam. It has a rubber bottom which prevents it from slipping and sliding. It has a built-in handle so you can easily carry and position it. The cushion is made with premium quality materials and durable memory foam with a cool off gel layer.
Use this cushion to support your tailbone and reduce pressure. It can also be used to relieve lower back pain and sciatica. It’s great for office use, while driving, for travel, and for a wheelchair.
- Ergonomic design
- Maximum support
- Promotes healthy posture
- Can be used by everyone
- Easy to transport
- Not very firm
- Flattens after some time
Review & Recommendation:
This thoughtfully designed orthopedic seat cushion can be used for a million things and that’s the reason why customers loved it so much. People whose jobs involve a lot of sitting down continuously were thrilled to have this cushion. When you’re sitting down for a long time, your glutes start to hurt, well, you can say goodbye to that pain because with this cushion you will never feel it again. Customers loved these cushions because it does exactly what it’s meant for. If you’re worried that the gel might make the cushions cold then please note that the velour cover will keep it warm and cushy for you.
It’s recommended by customers for anyone who needs to sit down either for work or due to sickness for a long time. The cushion seems to be very well made and does a great job of supporting your bottoms. People who’ve been suffering from chronic illnesses or who’ve been just plain exhausted working from home for so long, totally recommend these cushions as they were their saviors in times of trouble. When you sit for long hours every day you’re bound to have some back and neck issues but with this cushion, you will definitely have a more comfortable seat and no pain at all. Buy this cushion for yourself or for your parents or grandparents as a Christmas gift and give them the gift of comfort.
This seat cushion is made of high-quality materials that last long. There’s a non-flattening dual-layered foam that relieves pressure on your bum. The mesh on top is breathable which provides great air circulation.
This seat cushion can be used for better support and good posture while sitting. Since it relieves back pain, you can’t also use it on hard surfaces. The breathable mesh keeps the cushion cool all day long which means you can use it in your car without worrying about sweating.
- Versatile usage
- Next level comfort
- Large surface area
- Non-skid bottom
- Machine washable cover
- Very thin
- Compresses completely
Reviews & Recommendation:
This seat cushion gives you a lot of lumbar support. If you experience constant agonizing pain in your back, this cushion is here to help you out. It is perfect to sit down on and it doesn’t slip from the seat. The bottom of the cushion has a dimpled surface that helps it stay in place. Customers said that it’s a great purchase to use on a chair. Since it’s affordable you can buy it bulk and give them off as gifts for Christmas or New years.
This cushion is recommended for everyone who suffers from pain due to long sitting hours. The removable cover is easy to clean and the carrying handle makes the cushion handy. It’s an inexpensive item that will provide you with a lot of comfort while sitting. Customers who’ve tried many options of seat cushions highly recommend it as they felt that this one was the best. It’s a great gift for short drivers. It will also sustain the weight of heavy people as the materials are quite durable. Customers loved this seat cushion and highly recommend it.
This meditation cushion is modeled after traditional Japanese cushions. It’s got a beautiful mandala lotus flower design on it. The cushion has buckwheat hulls filling which can be added or removed from the pouch inside the cushion to adjust the height of the cushion.
This beautiful cushion serves the main purpose of providing comfort and good posture while you’re meditating or doing yoga. You can also use it while traveling for your yoga routines.
- Provides relaxation and peace
- Machine washable velvet cover
- Portable with a handle
- Thick for proper support and comfort
- No pressure on the knees or back while meditating
- Bugs on the cover
- Busted seams after a few weeks of usage
Reviews & Recommendation:
Since this cushion is filled with buckwheat hulls it does not get compressed at all and to adjust the height, all you need to do is remove some of it from the cushion. Customers loved this large-sized meditation cushion as it provides them the perfect height and perfect posture for meditating. The zipped cover is very convenient to be washed in the washing machine. Customers felt that the cushion is fantastic for the price. It is very comfortable and supportive. You can meditate for a long time before your legs get numb. It looks very beautiful and the cover is made of the softest fabric to ensure comfort. It was loved by its users.
This meditation cushion is recommended for everyone who does yoga and meditation. It is also recommended for people working from home because it works really well as a seat cushion too. It is recommended because it can help you meditate for longer periods of time without feeling uncomfortable. Customers who’ve been using this meditation cushion for a long time recommend it for its performance and durability.
This ergonomic gel seat cushion is made with a U-shaped contoured design that allows your tailbone to rest. It has two layers of orthopedic memory foam, and one layer of therapeutic comfort gel.
This gel seat cushion can be used to place on your office chair to make it more comfortable. It is also an ideal product for frequent travelers. Pregnant women can use it to have a more comfortable seated posture. It can also be used by people who suffer from neck, shoulder, and lower back pain.
- Great gift
- Grippy bottom
- Works with any chair
- Improves posture
- Adapts the contours of your body to give a customized fit
- A little hard
- Length and width too small
Reviews & Recommendation:
For most customers, this cushion has worked miracles in relieving pain and discomfort. Its size is perfect for any regular chair. Some customers were extremely happy with the results that this cushion delivered, especially for people suffering from chronic hip and back pain. They said they really loved it because it made a profound difference in their comfort level.
It is highly recommended by its users for the good size and even better materials. It is also recommended for short people since it can boost your seat while also giving you comfort. This is for people who need a firm cushion, not a very soft one. The size was a little problematic for some people but it is still recommended for the kind of comfort it provides.
This chair cushion is a padding item for chairs. It’s made of memory foam. It fits most chairs with its design. It’s available in 14 beautiful colour options which can be mixed and matched with your home decor.
This chair cushion can be used for putting on dining chairs, kids’ playroom, and even on patio furniture. It’s skid-proof which means you can place it on smooth wooden chairs or iron chairs without worrying about them slipping and falling off.
- Perfect fit for any chair
- Versatile colour options for mixing and matching
- Durable and long-lasting
- Easy wash and care
- Too thin
- Colours are a bit different from the pictures
Reviews & Recommendation:
If you’re looking for some chair cushions that are not too thick but still comfortable to sit on, you should definitely get a set of these chair cushions. Customers enjoyed placing these cushions on the dining chairs or patio furniture. Since they are not too thick they might be a little hard for some people. You might want to give it some time to break in. Some customers complained that they received the wrong colours but they loved the quality of these cushions. The stitching is done with contrasting colours which failed to impress most customers but was liked by others. They will fit your chairs perfectly and you’d be surprised to know that the non-slip surface actually works. It won’t annoy you by slipping off the chair every now and then.
These thin chair cushions are recommended for everyone who has hard surface dining chairs or any patio furniture. The cushion will make your furniture even more comfortable to sit on. They’re available in many colours and are very easy to clean. There’s no reason to not pick these cushions. They’re affordable so you can buy two sets and keep changing them whenever the mood strikes. These cushions are highly recommended by their users. Some customers complained that the sizing was a little off but the best thing about these cushions is that they do not slip at all. Buy these for your family today and forget about those cold and uncomfortable chairs.
These cushions are made using gel-infused memory foam with heat-responsive technology. It adjusts itself to give better support to your body. There are strategically positioned holes in the cushion that allow proper air circulation so that it doesn’t get too warm after sitting for a while.
This comfy cushion can be used in many places to relieve back pain. It can be used in a car seat for more comfort while driving; can be placed on an office chair to work comfortably for several hours; can be used on a wheelchair which is often subject to a lot of sitting.
- Anti-slip rubber bottom
- Machine washable cover
- Certified and safe materials used in manufacturing
- Custom contoured design
- Hard and uncomfortable for some
- The size was not adequate
Reviews & Recommendation:
Customers who bought this cushion to use on wheelchairs for their old or disabled family members said that they feel this cushion is a blessing in disguise. If you are tired of seeing your loved ones in pain then you should get this cushion to give them a comfortable place to sit on. The holes in the cushion are perfect because they allow air circulation and that doesn’t overheat your cushion if you sit on it for a long time. The cover is washable and easy to dry. The cushion is perfect for use on a chair but some customers reported that the cushion is not fit to be used in a car seat. The size is not compatible with car seats and hence it makes it uncomfortable. Buy this cushion if you’re someone looking for chair cushions and not for car seats.
Customers recommend this cushion for all the people who have been suffering with any pain related to sitting. This cushion will ease all your aches and pains without asking for too much money. It gives you firm support and you’ll be sitting comfortably for hours without getting distracted with pain. It is recommended because it is just as advertised; is firm yet comfortable and soft enough to give you proper support. Customers highly recommend this cushion, especially for chairs.
These chair cushions are made of ultra-soft memory foam. The backing is lined with rubber to prevent the cushions from slipping. The top side is soft microfiber with a honeycomb woven pattern. It’s piped with thick stitches and the cover can be washed in the machine.
This chair cushion can transform any place to a super comfy spot. You can use this cushion to place on your car seat for a long drive; you can also place it on your office chair to work; take it to sporting events or picnics and enjoy a comfy spot in the middle of nowhere.
- Super soft fabric
- Machine washable
- Textured rubber backing
- Long-lasting and sturdy
- Many colour options
- Hard to maintain
- Does not fit all chairs
Reviews & Recommendation:
If you think these are just regular chair pads and there is nothing special about them, then you’re wrong! These awesome seat cushions are every customer’s first choice. The foam is firm but not hard. The rubber backing acts as a great grip. It keeps the cushion from moving here and there. Customers were happy that the cushions did not have any chemical smell and looked like they are safe to be used in families with little children. Customers felt that they’re a fair price for the quality. They fit square chairs perfectly but it’s a little difficult with oval or circular chairs.
It’s recommended for people who have hardwood chairs or iron chairs. These cushions will make sitting on these hard chairs comfortable. If your chairs do not have built-in cushions, get these today. The cushion is of the perfect thickness and doesn’t feel lumpy under your bum. It’s highly recommended by its customers for its excellent grip. It is as good as it is advertised to look.
The inside of this cushion is completely made of memory foam. The outside is made of breathable leather which is machine washable. There is an adjustable buckle with which you can adjust the cushion according to your body. The bottom has rubber dots which will help the cushion stay in place.
This cushion can primarily be used on a car seat. It can also be used for several other purposes. You can place it on your airplane seat for a comfortable journey. It can also be used to place on armchairs for people who suffer from chronic back pains.
- Breathable fabric
- Premium looks
- Non- slip bottom
- Perfect size
- Top-quality memory foam
- Chemical smell
Reviews & Recommendation:
This is a popular product among truck drivers. Since they have to be in the driver’s seat for almost the entire day they need a comfortable seat and most of them said that this is the best cushion they’ve ever invested in. It also significantly raises the height of your seat so you’ll have a better view while driving. This cushion stays in place; will seat you up nicely; the neutral colour will match with everything. It will not only support your lower back but will also give you a two-inch boost while driving. It is very easy to slide in and out of your car. Customers felt that this cushion is an excellent find and if need be, they’ll buy it again.
It’s highly recommended for people who drive a lot. Whatever car or truck you own, this cushion will perfectly fit that seat and give you proper support. It looks discreet and matches all cars. Buy this car seat cushion today and you will never again have to worry about constant aches and pains in your back. It is recommended by users who trust the brand and stand by the quality.
This chair cushion is made with the ultimate latex foam which doesn’t go flat like other foams or cotton filling. It has a premium stitching pattern to ensure durability. The cover on these cushions is machine washable and does not fade.
This chair cushion can be used for multiple purposes like a car seat cushion, kitchen chairs, patio furniture seats, wicker furniture seats, etc. It has ties on the sides so it can be secured on practically any sitting place.
- Superior durability
- Standard size
- Machine washable
- Side ties
- Losses fluffiness over time
- Slides from place
Reviews & Recommendation:
These plush chair cushions were loved by their customers since they are super soft and cozy to sit on. Some customers expressed their concerns over some slipping. The cushions do not have any rubber backing that is why they slip and slide a little but they do not fall off the seat since they have ties on both sides. Initially, when the cushion arrives it is too soft and plushy to sit on but customers reported that over time it tends to flatten a little which was not taken well by some customers. The brand claims that the foam doesn’t flatten and it should deliver that. Some customers felt that even after slightly flattening the cushion remains cozy to sit on. It has received many positive reviews and is, therefore, a great quality product.
It is highly recommended for all types of chairs. It fits all the chairs perfectly. Since it has ties, it stays in place even though it doesn’t have gripping on the backside. It can be used on your furniture inside the home as well as outdoor furniture. The quality of the cushions was highly appreciated by the customers and that is why it is recommended to use. It is long-lasting and you won’t have to worry about changing the cushions when they get dirty since the cover is washable. Whenever it gets dirty, just wash the cover in the machine. Buy this cushion today and give your guests a more comfortable place to sit on.
These chair cushions are made of high-quality memory foam. It is made with a special microdot backing which makes the surface non-skid. It keeps the cushion firmly stuck to the seat. These cushions are tufted to prevent lumping and flattening.
This chair cushion can be used everywhere in and out of the house. It can be used in the kitchen as a comfy seat; on a stool near the counter. It can also be used on wicker or patio furniture.
- High-quality memory foam
- Non- skid backing
- Versatile uses
- Easy to maintain
- Soft fabric
- Size is not as described
- Go flat in some time
Reviews & Recommendation:
Customers said that these cushions are the coziest ones they have bought among many brands. For some customers, the non-skid works perfectly but it might not work if you place them on polished hardwood chairs. Some customers reported that the sizing is not as described in the pictures and that the cushions are much smaller than advertised. Customers also felt that these cushions go flat very soon, in a month after use. The memory foam is thick but not soft and that is why some customers find it a little uncomfortable. If you want something firm to sit on which is not too soft then you should get these cushions.
These cushions are recommended for use in households where there are a few chances of them getting dirty. The cushions do not come with a cover or removable covering. It cannot be washed and if it gets too dirty you might want to buy a new one. If you’re looking for something that is good for some time then get these or get a cover for these so that they don’t get too dirty.
1. How to wash and keep my cushions clean?
Cushions are an item which is used often and that means they get too dirty. Some cushions are washable but some are not. Some come with washable covers and some come without washable covers. Follow these steps to keep your cushions clean and new looking for a long time:
2. Wash the cushion covers using the following steps:
- Find a detergent that has no dyes as these are the best type of detergents to wash your laundry. Detergent pods can stain your cushion covers.
- Set your machine on a cold cycle. You can also set it to a low heat setting. Washing your cushion covers on a cold cycle will help prevent shrinkage.
- After the cycle finishes, dry the cushion in your machine at a low heat setting for a short duration.
- Let the covers dry out completely before placing the cushions back inside them.
As mentioned earlier, some cushions also can be washed. To wash your cushions, first, check with the manufacturer and ask what they recommend. If they recommend washing your cushions only then go ahead with washing them.
3. Follow these steps to wash your cushions in the machine:
- Choose a gentle cycle
- Pour in some liquid detergent
- Wash the cushion with cold water or with lukewarm water
- You can dry the cushions in the drier at a low heat setting to avoid shrinkage
4. Cushions that do not have any covers or zippers can also be washed by hand. Follow these steps to wash your cushions by hand:
- Fill up your bathtub or a large bucket with lukewarm water
- Put your cushions in this water along with non- dye detergent
- Slosh the cushion around in the water and gently agitate
- Scrub off any stubborn stains with your hands
- Rinse them several times with cold water
- Dry them completely in the sun
5. What are some tips for choosing seat cushions?
Following are some tips you can use while buying a seat cushion so that you make an informed choice:
- Find a cushion to fit your unique style with an ergonomic design
- Measure the size of the cushion before buying so that it fits in the places you’d want to keep them
- Make sure you don’t spend too much money on your seat cushion because according to most reviews good quality cushions are available at affordable prices.
- Buy a lightweight and portable cushion so that you can take it wherever you want. Seat cushions make any chair for you so comfortable that you won’t be able to sit anywhere without them and that is why it is recommended that you get a lightweight and portable one.
Seat cushions have gained significant popularity since the pandemic hit. All over the world, people started working from home, and even now when the pandemic is loosening its grip on us, many people are still working from home. Since the work from home trend started there is no limit on your working hours because you are at home and your boss can ask you to work any time. It is not a healthy thing for your body to sit in uncomfortable lawn chairs with hard bottoms while working for a long time.
Buy seat cushions today and give yourself the comfort of an expensive office chair. Since everyone in the world has transformed their homes into offices it would be a great idea to buy seat cushions in bulk and give them as Christmas or new year gifts. Let us know in the comment section which cushion you chose from our list for your comfort.