What are Floor Cushions?

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Floor cushions are extra large cushions or pillows that are often used for lying on the floor to play games or watch TV. They are also frequently used as footrests or for extra seating. Floor cushions may be square, rectangular, or any other shape. The most common floor cushions are large, fluffy squares that are the perfect height for resting your feet on while seated on a sofa or in an easy chair.

Floor cushions can be custom made to match other furniture pieces, such as leather floor cushions to match a leather sofa, upholstered cushions to match an upholstered chair, or cushions made from the same fabric as your draperies. Custom floor cushions help make a space seem more cohesive by repeating fabrics throughout the room.

Adding a stack of assorted floor cushions in a corner or spreading them around the room are good ways to add texture or a punch of color to a space. Soft chenille, micro suede, vinyl, leather, and even tapestry or upholstery fabric can add great texture and come in a variety of colors. Floor cushions also help give a room a more casual feel.

Floor cushions with removable covers are very practical, since the covers can be taken off and washed as needed. These floor cushions usually have zippers but may have other types of closures such as Velcro or snaps. On the other hand, some covers may simply close the way pillow shams do.


More formal floor cushions, which are sometimes used for seating near a coffee table, are more like a typical seat cushion than a pillow. This style usually has flat sides and ribbing and may be tufted in the center. These cushions are sturdier and less casual than the pillow style.

Floor cushions can be purchased in department stores or furniture stores, ordered online, or homemade from blankets, comforters, denim, or any fabric you choose. Floor cushions are perfect for the family room, game room, kids' rooms or dorm rooms. Since they cost less and take up less space than furniture pieces, they make excellent, inexpensive alternatives for extra seating.


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