If you’re in the market for a new sofa, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice. From a beautiful three-seater upholstered in a patterned fabric (like our Orla Kiely Linden sofa) to a reclining leather corner unit, there are so many aesthetic possibilities to sort through that we often don’t even consider what’s on the inside.

What is the best filling for sofa seat cushions?

Sofa cushion fillings are usually made from one of the three F’s: foam, feather, or fibre. In fact, most sofas are filled with a combination of these to provide different levels of support and comfort. The most common sofa filling is foam, as seen in our Bella sofa range.

Foam filled sofa options

Foam sofa cushion filling provides firm support and keeps its shape even after extended use. It’s also incredibly low maintenance, as you don’t need to bother with constant fluffing to maintain that desirable plumpness (although occasionally turning cushions is recommended). Low-density foam has more give to it while high-density foam has a firm, springy feel.

Tip: for those with limited mobility, opt for high-density foam: it’s much easier to get up from!)

Fibre sofa filling options

Fibre fillings are usually made of polyester, and have that lovely ‘sink in’ feeling that so many of us look for in a sofa. There are two main types of fibre fillings: blown fibre (for a super-soft feel) and pocket fibre (for a fluffier, bouncier feel). This filling requires a bit more upkeep than foam to preserve its appearance and is commonly used for back and arm fillings.

Tip: this is a good option for those with feather allergies, asthma or other sensitivities.

Should I go for a foam or fibre filled sofa?

You can enjoy the best of both these sofa cushion filling options. Fibre is commonly mixed with feather or foam, as seen in our Brindisi leather sofa range which features a foam-fibre filling for a seat that’s equal parts cosy comfort and long-lasting support.

Feather filled sofa options

Feather is, unsurprisingly, the softest of sofa fillings. Duck feathers are most commonly used in sofa filling; on the other hand, down (ultra-soft underbelly feathers) is often used in scatter cushions as they provide little support and require frequent plumping.

Although feather-filled sofas offer an incredibly plush lounging experience compared to fibre or foam filled sofa options, they involve the highest level of maintenance. For the best of both worlds, try a foam-feather blend like our Kendal range.

Tip: feather-filled cushions are not waterproof and won’t survive spills (unless protected with waterproof covers), so if you have little ones or pets in the house, opt for a foam or fibre filling.

Come visit us in store and test our wide range of sofas to find which sofa filling is best for you!