About Cushions & Pillows
A Cushion is a soft bag usually of some fancy material, stuffed with wool, feathers, polyester staple fiber,etc – also known as throw pillow or toss pillow, which is a cushion that is purely decorative and not designed for support custom throw pillows or comfort.It may be used to soften the hardness or angle of a chair or sofa.
A Pillow is a large cushion support for the head, usually used while sleeping in a bed, or for the body as used on a sofa or chair. A pillow is designed to provide support and comfort to the body. There are three main types of Pillows / Cushions with some uses of one type also found in the other.
Decorative cushions, Bed pillows & Orthopedic pillows. We’ll be talking about only the first two types in this article.
Decorative Cushions: Decorative cushions have two uses. They normally have fancy cushion covers which helps in enhancing the look of the room. Even when used as part of a Bedspread set, to Make a Perfect Bed, decorative cushions are not used for sleeping & usually removed at bedtime, thus, while found on the bed, as their main purpose is decoration, they are called Decorative Cushions.
Decorative cushions are also found in other living areas of the house or Hotel such as Living Rooms, Studies, Lounges, Lobby seating, etc. on Sofas, chairs, lounge chairs, window seats, etc. Here they are placed in such a manner that they look ‘tossed’ or ‘thrown’ casually! (Hence Throw Cushion)
These throw cushions or decorative cushions are always matched or are in contrast to the Color scheme / theme of the area in such a way that they always bring out the best qualities of the Theme / Furniture piece / Room / Color scheme. Hence also called ‘Accent’ pillows /cushions.
Floor Pillows are another kind of decorative cushions used for sitting or kneeling upon. These pillows often finish 24″ x 24″ or 30″ x 30″.
The classic bed pillow shape is usually a rectangle, sometimes with 1″ to 2″ wide flaps around all edges or with 4 pointed corners. Body pillows are usually 140cm long& are normally useful in providing support for those who sleep on their sides and for pregnant women. Similar pillows are available in Japan with anime style images on them & called Dakimakura.