Shopping for Replacement Sofa Cushions the Right Way

Written by: The Foam Factory

When searching for a sofa foam replacement, there are various things that you have to consider while shopping. Some people disregard foam as just “another filler” and go with anything that they believe is suitable. If you don’t plan on changing your sofa cushions for a long period of time, it’s best that you find one that is not only durable, but will provide adequate comfort as well.

Support and Comfort

The good news about replacing your cushions is that you won’t need to throw your sofa away in the local landfill. You can easily replace the sofa seat cushions and bring back the exact same comfort that you had when you first bought it. By choosing the right filler you’ll maintain a solid support on both your back and your bottom. Over time these cushions begin to sag, and although many find it to be comfortable, they should be replaced for health purposes. Find the right filler that mixes both support and comfort. The back cushion should be firmer than the bottom cushions primarily because of the support factors. The typical seat cushion on a sofa has medium firmness and is able to bounce back very easily.


Prices vary on sofa cushions. You can expect to pay three times more for a cushion that has a 10-year life expectancy compared to an average one or two-year cushion. A long-lasting cushion should be very firm initially, then gradually become softer. By purchasing softer sofa foam, you’ll find that you’re going to have to replace it a lot sooner as they will begin to sink in itself through the constant pressure of body weight.

Upholstery Fabric

Your upholstery fabric covering your seat cushion should be bought based on the lifestyle of your household. If you have younger children, opt for a washable cushion cover over the more lavish dry clean-only fabric. Also, if you have several sofas scattered around your house, you can place different types of fabrics on each one, depending on their usage. A good indicator of how much wear a sofa fabric can take is by looking at the rub count. Numbers range in the thousands and prices tend to increase with a higher rub count.

The Bottom Line

Before you purchase a sofa cushion, determine whether or not it’s going to be used daily, how much support you want within it, and how long you want it to last. This will begin to point you in the right direction so that you can find the right type of sofa cushion for your household.