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Welcome to our Custom Cushion Glossary! This comprehensive guide will help you navigate and understand the terms commonly used in the world of custom cushions. Here you will find definitions for a variety of terms related to materials, styles, manufacturing techniques, and more. We hope this glossary helps you make informed decisions as you design your perfect custom cushions!

  • Acrylic Fabric
    A synthetic fabric known for its durability, colorfastness, and resistance to weather, UV rays, and mildew, making it an ideal choice for outdoor cushions and upholstery.
  • Batting
    A layer of soft, fluffy material used to add cushioning and insulation to a cushion.
  • Bolster
    A long, narrow cushion often used for additional support or decorative purposes.
  • Boxed Cushion
    A cushion with a boxed edge, created by sewing together top and bottom panels with a separate side panel or gusset.
  • Boxed Edge
    A cushion edge style featuring a flat, tailored appearance created by sewing together top and bottom panels with a separate side panel or gusset.
  • COM (Customer's Own Material)
    An option allowing customers to provide their own fabric for a custom cushion project.
  • Dacron Fiber
    A brand of polyester fiberfill used as cushion padding to enhance comfort, maintain shape, and prevent fabric from wrinkling or sagging.
  • Deep Seating
    A term describing furniture designed for maximum comfort, often featuring thick, plush cushions and a more relaxed seating angle.
  • Density
    A measure of the firmness of foam, calculated by the weight of a cubic foot of the material.
  • Foam Core
    The main support structure of a cushion, usually made from high-density foam.
  • Gusset
    A strip of fabric sewn between the top and bottom panels of a boxed cushion, creating depth and a tailored appearance.
  • Hinged Cushion
    A cushion design consisting of two or more sections connected by a fabric hinge, typically used for furniture with adjustable backrests or multi-part seating.
  • Knife Edge
    A cushion edge style in which the top and bottom panels are sewn together directly, creating a clean, simple look with minimal bulk.
  • Piping
    A decorative trim created by enclosing a cord within a strip of fabric, often used to accentuate the seams of a cushion.
  • Polyester Fiberfill
    A synthetic material made of polyester fibers, often used as a cushion filling for its softness, durability, and hypoallergenic properties.
  • Polyurethane Foam
    A versatile, synthetic foam material commonly used in cushions for its durability, support, and comfort.
  • Reticulated Foam
    A type of foam featuring an open-cell structure that allows for quick drainage and air circulation, making it ideal for outdoor cushions and marine applications.
  • Solution Dyed
    A fabric dyeing process in which color pigments are added to the polymer solution before being extruded into fibers, resulting in fabrics with excellent colorfastness and resistance to fading.
  • Sunbrella┬« Fabric
    A high-performance outdoor fabric known for its durability, colorfastness, and resistance to mildew, stains, and UV rays.
  • Tufting
    A technique that involves sewing through the layers of a cushion to create a decorative pattern and ensure the filling stays in place.
  • Upholstery
    The process of applying fabric, padding, and other materials to furniture, such as cushions, to improve aesthetics and comfort.
  • Waterfall Edge
    A cushion edge style that features a single piece of fabric wrapped around the cushion's sides, creating a smooth, seamless transition between the top and bottom surfaces.
  • Zipper
    A closure mechanism used on cushion covers, allowing for easy removal and replacement of the cushion's interior materials.
* The current lead time to shipment for newly placed orders is 20 to 25 business days.
Lead times are to be considered an estimate and are subject to change based
on many factors including fabric availability. Lead times do not include shipping time.