FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most frequent questions and answers
The beauty of scatter cushions is that they allow you to be more bold with patterns and bright
colours, without making a major design commitment or compromising the traditional or
minimalist feel of your room. Better still, you can swap out your cushions later to update the
feel whenever it takes your fancy.
Shabby Chic: The right scatter cushions can help you to add the finishing touches to a shabby
chic living room design. If you’re trying to achieve the shabby chic look, there are a variety of
patterns out there to choose from that will complement your shabby chic furniture. Whether
you opt for subtle floral cushions or want to be more bold with tartan cushions, there are
enough options out there to keep you happy.
Minimalist: White and black cushions, or even metallic cushions are a useful way to add a touch
of glamour to a minimalist room. Depending on your scheme; try out copper, silver cushions or
gold cushion covers to add style and interest to your living room. For contrast, try adding in one
or two bright colours to the mix: lime green cushions offer a bold alternative.
Eclectic: If you are going for something more individual and haven’t managed to find what you
you’re looking for in the shops, handmade cushions can add a unique touch to any room. With a
variety of fabric painting and embroidery kits out there, you can be as adventurous as you
would like, and it’s an enjoyable DIY project for a weekend. Failing that, select your favourite
fabric and speak to a local upholstery specialist to have custom cushions made to order.
Traditional: Scatter cushions don’t have to make a statement. Opt for subtle embroidery and
lace in more neutral tones – try duck egg blue cushions, for example – to accessorise your room
if you’re going for a more classic look.
Vintage: For a vintage theme, black and white photo cushions can work well. Or you can be
adventurous in your vintage home accessories with feather cushions, graphic designs,
geometric cushions or even union jack cushions. Whatever colours or designs you go for, scatter
cushions really can add a splash of your personal style to a room.
Too many can be impractical, while not enough can look sparse.
Find out how to achieve the perfect balance below.
How many cushions for a 2-seater sofa?
We recommend using 2 to 4 cushions on a 2-seater sofa or couch. Using 2 cushions creates a pared down and minimal look, 3 cushions creates an eclectic and more modern style, while 4
cushions provides the opportunity to add depth and balance to your arrangement.
Using 2 cushions on a 2-seater sofa
Displaying a pair of cushions on your 2 seater sofa gives it a pared down look and is often a
favourite for those who prefer a minimal way of decorating. The cushions can be placed at each end of the sofa or slightly towards the centre. You may select identical cushions to keep your decor scheme simple and elegant.
Using 3 cushions on a 2-seater sofa
Odd numbers are always ideal for a modern or eclectic look, and 3 cushions work equally well
on a 2-seater sofa. Your selection may vary in shape, colour, texture and size depending on your taste and style.
Using 4 cushions on a 2-seater sofa
If you wish for more cushions on your 2-seater sofa, then 4 cushions are perfect for adding more depth. These can be arranged by placing three cushions on one end — starting with a larger cushion, then a slightly smaller one, and finish it off with a rectangular one in front — and
a single cushion on the other far end.
Alternatively, for 4 cushions on a 2-seater sofa, you may opt for two pairs of identical cushions. One pair of big cushions in a large size, and another pair of slightly smaller cushions.
How many cushions for a 3-seater sofa?
We recommend using anywhere from 3 to 6 cushions for a 3-seater sofa. Using 3 cushions
creates a pared down look, 4 cushions helps to create symmetry, while using 5 and 6 cushions creates a much fuller look with plenty of opportunity to showcase textural and size differences.
Using 3 cushions on a 3 seater sofa
Create a simple pared down look with 3 cushions on a 3-seater sofa. The 3 cushions can be arranged the same way you would on a 2-seater sofa, with 2 cushions on one end and a single cushion on the other end. You may opt for cushions that match to create unity or ones with varied shapes and textures.
Using 4 cushions on a 3-seater sofa
When using 4 cushions, choose a pair at the back of your arrangement that are large enough to
showcase their colour. Then use smaller ones that are highly patterned or with at least one colour pulled from the larger cushions. Place each pair on either side of the sofa to impart a
sense of symmetry and order.
Using 5 cushions on a 3-seater sofa
Placing 5 cushions on your 3 seater sofa offers an eye-pleasing proportion without cluttering the
couch. Layering a variety of textures, patterns, and colours keeps things lively and casual. For an
attractive look, place a pair of cushions on both ends and a single cushion in the centre. Using a different shape here with the centre piece like a rectangle really adds a stylish finish.
We recommend using anywhere from 4 to 9 cushions on your corner sofa, however, this depends on the style of the couch as they come in varying sizes and lengths. Use 4 for a simple approach that focuses on the corners, use 6 for a similar layout with more depth, or experiment with 7 and 9 cushions to create cozy little pockets of style.
Using 4 cushions on a corner sofa
When placing 4 cushions on a corner sofa, you can opt for a single large one at each end, nd 2
feature cushions in the centre. The cushions in the centre may be patterned or in bold colours to really bring the couch to life. This arrangement is simple and requires little time to re-create when cleaning up.
Using 6 cushions on a corner sofa
Alternatively, you could go for 6 cushions for your corner sofa. This will help to bulk out your ends for more comfort and allow you more scope for mixing colours and textures. It’s best to use pairs on the right, left and middle section to create a balanced look. Select cushions in
varying colours and patterns for an intriguing decor statement.
Using 7 cushions on a corner sofa
When using 7 cushions on a corner sofa, it is best to choose a collection with corresponding colours and patterns so that your sofa is not disjointed. The middle of your sofa will become the focal point so be sure to use a feature cushion here that pulls the whole collection together.
When arranging, place 2 cushions at each end of the corner sofa and 3 in the centre.
The Cushion Cover:
If your fabric tag tells you that the fabric is something that can be machine washed, you can unzip the cover and remove it from the cushion. Wash it on gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Make sure the cover is zipped closed before you put it in the washing machine or you may end up with a tangled up mess. Covers can be line-dried but many people prefer to put the cover back on the cushion while it is still damp. This is because some fabrics will shrink, even when they are not put in the dryer. If you allow the cover to dry on the cushion, it will mold itself to the shape of the cushion for a snug fit. Be sure it is completely dry before you put the cushion back on the couch.
Some covers will require dry cleaning. Check the tag and if it says dry clean only, this is what you need to do. You don’t want to risk ruining the cover unless you are prepared to have new ones made if there is an accident.
The Cushion Inner:
If the stain has seeped down into the cushion, you may need to wash it as well as the cover. This is a little trickier that washing the cover in the washing machine. Once the cover is removed,
you can put the cushion in your washer as well, if it is big enough. However, you must be sure that you can turn off the agitator or your cushion may be destroyed by the washer.
A safer way for washing scatter cushion inners is to put the inner in the bathtub with regular laundry detergent or vinegar and wash it by hand. Be sure you rise it thoroughly and then set it outside in the sun to dry. Depending on the size of your scatter cushions, this could take a day or two, so be sure you are cleaning your scatter cushions on a day when sunny weather is predicted.