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Your presence is always good news at ReviewBox Brasil! Today we are going to talk about cushion stuffing, a very important item for our comfort, but not always very considered. Below, you will find out what the best and most suitable types of cushion fillings are, as well as finding out about their hygiene and care. Let's go?




Summary

  • The cushion filling is responsible for providing us with comfort and well-being when we lie down on a bed or sit up in an armchair or sofa.
  • It can be filled with various types of materials, whether synthetic or not.
  • Some materials, such as viscoelastic, are very common in the composition of pillows, since they have specific purpose in combating pain in the neck and back.
  • The hygienization well done is essential in the maintenance of the stuffing for pillow and collaborates for the combat to the acarids

The Best Pillow Stuffings: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Choosing your cushion filler should take into account comfort, practicality and even your health. In the guide below, we'll explain why you shouldn't put this decision on the back burner.

Foto de uma mulher sorridente sentada no sofá com uma almofada no colo. Com um das mãos ela segura o celular e com a outra um xícara branca.

Your cushion filler determines how comfortable your cushion will be. (Source: Bruce Mars/ Pexels.com)

What are the types of cushion fillings?

The first thing you should decide on when buying your cushion filler, is the material. There is a plethora of possibilities, ranging from feather to foam. Below, we will punctuate some of the most traditional.

Animal-based fillings

These are a bit expensive, but also well known for their softness and comfort. Here, we can highlight feather and down fillings, known for their high durability and low possibility of deformation. Ideally, you should buy hypoallergenic options.

Synthetic fillings

Synthetics are the most popular and cheapest, super easy to find. They can be made of polyester, silicon fibre or even acrylic. They are the easiest to produce, but are also less durable, with great chances of deformation in the long run.

Foam Fillings

Known for being firmer, these are usually considered "anatomical", having different densities. Foam is also a synthetic material, so its durability is not a strong suit.

Viscoelastic filling

Finally, the viscoelastic, most common in pillows. This is a controversial filling, hated by some and loved by others. It is quite firm and can even be considered a little hard, being suitable for people who suffer from neck and back pain. It is anatomical and does not absorb heat.

Animal origin Synthetic Foam Viscoelastic
Durability High Medium to low Medium to low Medium
Comfort Firm but very soft Variable Firm and soft Fairly firm, slightly hard
Price High Low Low Medium

How to sanitize your cushion filling?

Contrary to what many people think, sanitizing cushion stuffing is much simpler than it seems. It is recommended that you wash it in the washing machine with cold water and preferably liquid soap, which is more easily absorbed. When washing, set the machine on the gentle cycle and, if you like, use softener. Never use bleach.
Avoid twisting your cushion filling and never put it in the dryer

At the end of sanitizing, allow the machine to spin the stuffing and place it to dry in a cool place, but without direct contact with the sun. Avoid twisting your stuffing and never put it in the dryer, as the fibers may be destroyed by the heat. Finally, make sure it is 100% dry before using it again, because if it is still wet, it may end up molding and spreading fungus.

Foto de dois travesseiros branco e uma almofada vermelha, os três em cima de uma cama de casal com design moderno.

Sanitising cushion stuffing is necessary and should preferably be done in the washing machine. (Source: Jens Mahnke/ Pexels)

How to make your own cushion stuffing?

If you are the team that likes to put your hand to the wheel, you should not bother making your own cushion stuffing, which although it takes a little work, is nothing complex. Below, we'll explain how to make acrylic blanket filling, a synthetic material that is simple to handle and easy to find for purchase. You will need: acrylic blanket, scissors, pins, needle and thread.

  • The first step is to cut two square pieces of the cushion to the exact size you want, as perfectly as possible.
  • Next, cut two more squares of acrylic blanket, but this time in slightly smaller proportions, about two fingers shorter.
  • Go on cutting in proportionally smaller sizes, until you form two pyramids of more or less six pieces (the smaller one on top, and the larger one on the bottom).
  • Now, you should take one of the pyramids and place it on top of the other, but upside down, so that the two smaller surfaces are in contact.
  • Smooth it out well, and place this acrylic blanket sandwich inside two more layers, a centimetre larger than the base layers.
  • Then pin the sides, and sew by hand.
  • Your filling is ready to receive a beautiful cover and be used as you wish!
Did you know that cushion stuffing can cause allergies? This can happen especially with models that are not hypoallergenic. A good way to keep your stuffing free of dust mites is to wash it every three or four months and keep it in a cool place, away from humidity. It is also interesting to let them sunbathe for a few hours at least once a month

Purchase criteria: how to compare cushion fillings

As you may have already noticed, cushion stuffing is a product that requires some care, so we have selected some points that can make all the difference when it comes to your choice:

Below, we will explain each of them a little better.

Filling material

As we have already said, choosing the material of your filling is more than halfway done. There are several possibilities, and each one of them fits better in one situation. If you are looking for such comfort and high durability, bet on materials of animal origin. The synthetic ones, such as fibres, polyester and acrylics, are much cheaper, but less durable and may have different densities.

Foto de um homem deitado em um sofá cinza, em meio a almofadas cinzas e estampadas de cactus, lendo um livro vermelho, que tampa o seu rosto.

The filling of your cushion can be made of different types of materials. (Source: Lisa Fotios/ Pexels.com)

Comfort

The most important issue when choosing the filling is comfort, so if possible, test the chosen model before you hit the hammer, and make sure it pleases you. If your cushion will be on your bed and will support you during sleep, be sure that it does not cause pain or discomfort especially in the neck and back region.

Health

As you already know, pillows can accumulate dust and cause respiratory diseases, such as allergies. In order to prevent this from happening, prefer hypoallergenic models, made with specific fibers that do not spread dust mites. Despite being more expensive, they are the most suitable for maintaining an impeccable health, and need less care.

Cushion cover

A cushion cannot bear this name if it is only made up of filling. To be complete, it must have a cover. In this case, the choice of design may vary according to your taste and the environment in which it will be, and may be colored, printed, neutral or as you prefer. Use your creativity!

(Fonte da imagem destacada: Designecologist/ Pexels.com)

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