Designer’s Guide to Buying Custom Cushions

When you’re a designer looking to get cushions for your client’s space, it can feel overwhelming. Do you go with pre-made or custom? What company should you work with? This blog post aims to offer some clarity for designers looking to get cushions for their clients.

Store-bought Cushions

If your client has standard furniture, it may be possible to find standard cushions online or in a store. This means the cushions are available quickly, but limits the creative possibilities. Beyond that, retail cushions are often made from subpar materials and wear out quickly. The client may find themselves frustrated when, in a years time, their new cushions are flat and faded. This is not ideal for the client or designer.

Direct from Furniture Company

Most furniture manufacturers sell cushions with their furniture. It may be possible to buy directly from them if the sizes are correct. However, this limits the fabrics you can choose and may have a long lead time. Many companies also do not deal directly with the public, and will instead direct you to a retailer, where the prices will be higher.

Local Tailor

If there is a local shop in your area that deals in sewing, they may be able to assist you with cushions. They are likely to be able to acquire fabric and sewing materials, but might have trouble getting fill for the cushions. Most tailors do not have experience with making cushions from scratch, so you will need to do some digging to find someone skilled in that area.

Day beds in Spectrum Carbon with long back pillows, 5 inch thick seats and backs. (made 2021, photo 2023)

Online Cushion Company

Recently, there has been a shift toward direct to consumer sales in some manufacturers. A company that specializes in custom cushions will have all the resources and experience required to make your client a long-lasting and beautiful cushion with a quick turnaround time. If you know what you need, you can order online, but it’s also a great idea to talk to a sales representative for any questions you have. By ordering from a custom manufacturer, you can be sure that you will get a cushion that fits the furniture exactly and will last for years to come.

Ordering as a Designer

For versatility, speed, and service, a custom manufacturer is your best choice when looking for custom cushions. While custom cushions can be more expensive than standard retail cushions, they last longer and look better, leading to happy client.