Give yourself some new cushions this Spring – an instant home uplift

The cushion is a very ancient article of furniture; the inventories of the contents of palaces and great houses in the early Middle Ages constantly made mention of them. Cushions were then often of great size, covered with leather, and firm enough to serve as a seat, but the steady tendency of all furniture has been to grow smaller with time. Today, the cushion is considered an upholstery item.

Every few years I like to update my cushions as I have a very neutral coloured sofa so a few cushions to bring some colour to it are always welcome. Having trawled the internet I have found cushions in every price range but my cushions need to be hard-wearing as on a busy weekend I can have 10 people and 4 dogs sprawled across the sofas.

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My first stop is always John Lewis who have a wide range on offer. I love their Velvet ones for £25 but they are dry clean only but perhaps a couple will work and I can try to keep them clean.

I have also found that the colours shown on their website are accurate which is not always the case with some websites. I recently bought some cushions labelled duck egg blue and when they arrived they were very green.


Watch out for sizes as there are many different ones on offer. However, you can buy cushion pads separately if you do not have a pad to fit the cover you have selected.


Marks & Spencer have a wonderful selection of cushions in their homewares section. All are well made and reasonably priced.


I have a friend who recently updated her London apartment with many products from ZARA and it looks very stylish and smart. The Wonder Woman cushion is a bit of fun but would make a great Mother’s Day gift.


Oliver Bonas is a shop that often surprises and you can find some hidden treasures that are both unusual and often a little quirky.


These may be at the upper end of the price scale however the designs are so unique and fun, maybe one could justify a couple of scatter cushions.