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Replacement Sofa Cushion Inners – Foam or Feather Filling?

Is your sofa starting to look tired and saggy? Is it getting harder to plump it back into shape? The cushions of your sofa will lose their plushness, shape and resilience due to constant pressure and wear. But, before you rush out and buy a completely new sofa, consider replacing the cushion inners to restore the shape and comfort you once enjoyed. There are a few options to consider when choosing your new filling.

Choosing Between Foam or Feather Cushion Inners

When it comes to selecting the right cushion fillings for your furniture, two popular options stand out: foam and feather. Each type has its unique characteristics, benefits, and considerations. Let’s explore the differences between them to help you make an informed choice that aligns with your preferences and lifestyle.

Foam Cushion Fillings:

Support & Durability

Foam cushion fillings are known for their excellent support and durability. They offer consistent firmness and retain their shape over time, making them a preferred choice for those who require reliable support for their back and posture. Foam cushions provide a consistent level of comfort and maintain their appearance even after prolonged use. 


There are many different foam grades to choose from. The density is an important consideration – it is a measure of weight per unit volume and is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Industry standards are 1.8 PCF but going up to a 2.5 PCF is going to be more comfortable and last longer.

Allergies & Maintenance

Foam cushions are hypoallergenic and less likely to attract dust mites or allergens, making them a better option for individuals with allergies. They are also relatively easy to maintain since they can be spot-cleaned or wiped down, depending on the type of foam used.


Foam cushion fillings are more budget-friendly than feather fillings. They offer a cost-effective solution without compromising on comfort and support.

Feather Cushion Fillings:

Softness & Comfort

Feather cushion fillings are renowned for their luxurious softness and plush feel. They provide a cozy and inviting seating experience that can’t be replicated by other materials. Feather-filled cushions offer a “sink-in” sensation, which many people find extremely comfortable and relaxing.


Feather-filled cushions tend to have better breathability compared to foam. They allow air to circulate more freely, which can help regulate temperature and prevent the cushions from becoming too hot during extended periods of use.

Maintenance & Fluffing

Feather cushions require regular fluffing to maintain their shape and loft. Over time, feathers can flatten and lose their volume, necessitating occasional adjustments to restore their fullness. Additionally, feather cushions may need professional cleaning to remove allergens and maintain their freshness.

Allergies & Durability

Feathers can trigger allergies in some individuals, and feather cushions are more prone to attracting dust mites and allergens. Additionally, feather cushions tend to lose their shape and support faster than foam cushions, requiring more frequent maintenance.

A Sustainable Choice

Whether you choose the foam or the feather inners, you are making a responsible choice by choosing to extend the lifespan of your furniture. By breathing new life into your existing furniture, you reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Why Southwest Upholstery?

Here at SW Upholstery, we have years of experience in chair and sofa reupholstery of all types and styles including Parker Knoll furniture. Replacing cushion inners is something we can do for you via post for your convenience. 

Simply measure your cushions and email them to us for a quote. 

Then if you are happy with our quote, we will send you a packaging pack and arrange a courier to pick them up. Your newly filled cushions will be returned to you in around 7 days.

We also provide full domestic and commercial reupholstery services across the UK. So please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.