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Best cushions for your home: brighten up your lounge, bedroom or outdoor space in an instant

There’s always room for another cushion and we’ve gathered the best options for 2022, whether you want to cosy up to a velvet, tasseled, colourful or minimalist design. 

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated May 1, 2022

A living room with a blue corner sofa and colourful cushions

Who doesn’t love a good cushion? They’re an affordable way to refresh your living room, bedroom or children’s room, and they keep you comfy in front of Netflix. They’re also a low-risk way to inject colour or pattern into an otherwise sensibly-decorated room.

Mumsnetters are on hand to help you find your new favourite cushion. There’s a variety of styles in our  roundup, from maximalist to minimalist, robust to hard-wearing and cute to contemporary, so whether you’re revamping your bedroom or looking for a stylish way to make your WFH desk a fraction more comfortable, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are the best cushions to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall cushion: TK Maxx/Homesense Pomegranate Cushion

A red cushion with a pomegranate pattern and pom pom trim

Price: £25 | Buy now from TK Maxx

"The nicest I've seen, with a lot of choice, are at Homesense" - recommended by Mumsnet user, bridgetreilly

"Mine are feather filled from TK Maxx, love them" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, littlegreengloworm

TK Maxx’s homeware department and its dedicated home shop Homesense are legendary. Combining a huge choice of styles, brands and bargain prices, they’re hard to beat when it comes to cushions. This patterned red velvet cushion with a pom pom trim by Paoletti is one example - we love the rich colours and well stuffed insert. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find a good cushion at TK Maxx. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size: 50 x 50cm
  • Filling included: Yes

2. Best budget cushion: Miulee Microfibre Cushion Covers Set of Two

two mustard coloured cushions on an off-white chair

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

"Amazon have loads and they are really cheap. I’ve just ordered some myself!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, janjas

It can work out cheaper to buy your covers and inners separately. This two-pack of microfibre velvet cushions is just over £10, and you shop around for the right size cushion pad with a manmade or feather filling. The covers come in 20 different colours and 11 different sizes, so there’s an option for every room. 

Key specs

  • Material: Microfibre
  • Size: Various available
  • Filling included: No

3. Best big sofa cushion: Celina Digby Luxury Large Super Soft Velvet Sofa Cushion

A blue cushion with a rainforest pattern on a blue leather chair

Price: £45 | Buy now from Amazon

These big, bold cushions from Celina Digby will brighten up a plain sofa. The cushion covers are removable, machine washable and can go in the tumble dryer. The filling is manmade, but it’s generous so it's good and squidgy. There are two sizes and eight patterns to choose from - ranging from retro hippy florals to luxurious leaf prints. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size: 55 x 55cm
  • Filling included: Yes

4. Best sofa cushion: IKEA Skogskorn Cushion

An embroidered blue, red and grey cushion from IKEA

Price: £25 | Buy now from IKEA

"Ikea feather filled are great and really good value" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Surroundedbycats

Feather-filled cushions can set you back a pretty penny, and that’s why Mumsnetters love IKEA’s range. This embroidered Scandi-style cushion is filled with high quality duck feathers is only £25. IKEA cushions last and last, and this one will complement a room with reds or blues as part of the decor. It’s pretty firm, and reviewers say it’s great for a nap on the sofa. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton, feather-filled
  • Size: 40 x 58cm
  • Filling included: Yes

5. Best velvet cushion: Holly Willoughby at Dunelm Lexi Cushion

A pale blue round cushion on an off-shite chair

Price: £22 | Buy now from Dunelm

"Have a look at the Holly Willoughby round pleated cushions at Dunelm. They have teal and a blue which would both go well" - recommended by Mumsnet user, ODFOx

Velvet cushions are having a bit of a moment - there are a bunch of them on this list! So there was stiff competition for choosing the best one. This Lexi cushion by Holly Willoughby for Dunelm came out on top - it’s elegant, well made and a good price. Available in six shades to suit a variety of colour schemes, it’ll add a glamorous boudoir look to any room. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size: 35 x 14cm
  • Filling included: Yes

6. Best colourful cushion: Designers’ Guild Banarasi Silk Cushion

A bright turquoise checked cushion from Designers Guild

Price: £75 | Buy now from Designers Guild 

"Designers Guild! So spendy but gorgeous" - recommended by Mumsnet user, rosegoldwatcher

How gorgeous is this? Made from pure silk and taffeta in eye-catching cobalt, turquoise and coral check, this cushion from Designers Guild is rather special. It comes with a feather cushion pad, and it’s dry clean only - which is worth bearing in mind. There’s also a matching throw, and a lilac and pistachio version if blue’s not your thing. 

Key specs

  • Material: Silk, cotton, taffeta, feather-filled
  • Size: 60 x 30cm
  • Filling included: Yes

7. Best minimalist cushion: Mernette Corduroy Cushion Cover Pack of Two

Two textured white cushions on a white sofa

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

If you love a minimalist look, texture is your friend. This tactile, bobbly cushion cover from Mernette adds interest to your sofa without being busy. Available in 19 colours and three sizes, they come in pairs, but the cushion pad isn’t included. They’re machine washable on a gentle cycle, and the fabric is really soft and comfy. If you’re brave enough to have a white sofa, these are an excellent way to complement it. 

Key specs

  • Material: Corduroy
  • Size: 45 x 45cm
  • Filling included: No

8. Best bed cushion: Emma Shipley Aububon Feather Cushion

A blue tasselled cushion with an elephant print by Emma Shipley

Price: £60 | Buy now from Amazon

"Emma Shipley cushions would look lovely, but they’re £££" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MurrayTheDemonicTalkingSkull

Known for her vintage-esque and fantasy inspired animal designs, Emma Shipley makes gorgeous cushions. This navy Aububon one has tassels around the edge and a parrot emblazoned on the front. This cushion will make a dramatic, maximalist addition to any bedroom. Plus it’s perfect to prop yourself up for breakfast in bed. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester, feather-filled
  • Size: 43 x 43cm
  • Filling included: Yes

9. Best outdoor cushion: B&Q GoodHome Kisiria Geometric Cushion

A blue, green and cream cushion from B&Q

Price: £20 | Buy now from B&Q

"We bought large, really comfy cushions from B&Q" - recommended by Mumsnet user, BeingATwatItsABingThing

To add a touch of comfort to your outdoor seating, B&Q has a range of cushions designed for outdoor use. We love this cool geometric Kisiria cushion and have our fingers crossed  for a barbecue summer. The cushion will still need to be brought inside and kept out of the rain, but it’s more robust than an indoor cushion and is designed to match B&Q’s outdoor furniture range. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton, polyester-filled
  • Size: 50 x 30cm
  • Filling included: Yes

10. Best cushion for kids: Sass & Belle Cloud Face Cushion

A cloud shaped cushion with a sleepy face

Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon

Send subliminal ‘go to sleep’ signals to your kids with this sleepy cloud cushion from Sass & Belle. The cute cushion will make a friendly, comfy addition to a child’s bedroom and would suit a nursery as much as an older child's room. Soft and squishy enough to be hugged like a teddy, kids will love this adorable cushion. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton, polyester-filled
  • Size: 10 x 30 x 24.5cm
  • Filling included: Yes

What are the best cushion fillings?

Feather-filled cushions are the best for comfort and quality, but they’re more expensive than polyester hollow fibre cushions. Man-made fillings tend to get flat sooner than feather options, but this varies a lot with quality. 

Which material is best for cushions?

Cushions can be made from pretty much any soft fabric. Cotton or polyester are best if you're looking for a hard-wearing cushion, and polyester velvet is particularly popular right now. Silk cushions are super luxurious but liable to get damaged with too much use, so best kept for decoration. 

What type of cushion is best for a sofa?

A variety of cushions looks great on any sofa. Whether you opt for a single colour in different fabrics and textures, or a variety of patterns and shades, a mix of cushions will make your sofa look its best. 

What’s the best cushion to buy?

TK Maxx’s Pomegranate cushion is our pick for the best cushion to buy. It’s part of a huge selection at TK Maxx and Homesense, which is Mumsnetters’ go-to for amazing cushions.

How we chose our recommendations 

We spent several hours trawling the threads in Mumsnet’s forums for recommendations from our users on which cushions they rated most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.

For our initial longlist, we also consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media, and made sure we included brands that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.

We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted cushions to check that previous customers were satisfied with their purchases

In doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a top list that we think offers something for every style and price point.

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