Choosing the Right Foam for Your Sofa Cushions: A Guide

When you’re looking to perfect your sofa, one element of the sofa stands out above everything else: the cushions (and the foam within them).

Foam cushions are by far the most popular and cozy choice for sofas, and have proven to be incredibly beloved by consumers worldwide.

To find the right type of foam and cushion for your sofa, however, you may need some guidance. Thankfully, we’re here to help with this guide to choosing the right foam for your sofa cushions:

Choosing the Right Foam for Your Sofa Cushions

Understanding Foam Density

When calculating a sofa’s foam density, you must take into account the weight of one cubic block of the foam cushioning.

To understand this further, take one cubic block of foam that weighs one pound, and that would be considered to have a density of one pound.

To achieve the industry standard of being a high-density foam, the cushion must have a density of 1.8 or above. For cushions that have a density of 1.8 or below, they are known as low-density foam.

The more dense a cushion is, the firmer it will feel. There are three comfort levels associated with the density of foam cushions:

Plush Comfort Level

For those seeking a hyper-soft cushion, you’ll want to seek out a plush comfort level cushion.

This cushioning is designed to make you sink into it, giving you a comfortable, dreamy experience every time that you sit down.

These have a density well below 1.8 and are popular with those looking for a sofa they can spend endless hours lounging on.

If you want a customized plush comfort level cushion, the massive stock available at The Cushion Foam Store has you covered.

Firm Comfort Level

For sofas meant for napping, offices, and other more casual settings, firmer cushions are the most popular choice.

They provide more support and are designed to take in more pressure from your body as you sit or lay on them.

For those who want a high level of support, and a high density above 1.8, going with a firm comfort level is key. These are also one of the most popular styles of sofa cushions.

Medium Comfort Level

If you want the mid-level of firmness and density that exists between firm and plush, you’ll need to go with a medium comfort level cushion.

These cushions allow you to sink in just enough, without you being fully drawn in like you are with a plush comfort level cushion.

Many consumers prefer this level of density, as it will be comfortable for a larger swath of family members and friends.

Memory Foam vs. Polyurethane Foam

Memory foam and polyurethane foam are the two most common fills for sofa cushions. However, polyurethane is the most common of the two, and these cushions are sometimes referred to as “toppers.”

Memory foam, on the other hand, contains some polyurethane foam but is blended with additional materials, compounds, and other elements that ensure a more resilient, comfortable, and sunk-in fee.

The memory foam has the benefit of allowing your cushion to adjust to the exact shape and needs of your body.

Those that have never had memory foam often assume that it is highly expensive, but in today’s marketplace, it is just as affordable, accessible and beloved as its polyurethane counterpart.

Choosing the Right Cushion Style

Finding the right cushion style for you is all about your bodily, aesthetic, and budgetary needs.

Consider your price range first, and work from there, so that you can pick out a reasonable cushion style to fit your sofa.

Next, try out different cushions if possible, as this will help you understand which feels best to you, and which will ensure that your couch remains maximally comfortable for as long as possible.

Lastly, make sure your cushion matches with your couch (and the room it’s in) in terms of color, look, style, size, and any other important aesthetic considerations.

If you follow these three steps, you will find the perfect cushion that will help you complete your dream sofa.

Choosing the Right Throw Pillows

Once you’ve found the right cushions for your sofa, investing in some complementary, stylish throw pillows is highly recommended.

These will give you extra comfort, and help spice up the look of your sofa (and the living room as a whole).

Be sure to buy throw pillows that are not too large, or small, for your sofa, and try to ensure you do not buy throw pillows made from materials that will feel contradictory to your cushions.

Here’s to Your Dream Sofa

With these tips, you’ll finally be on your path to achieving your dream sofa.

Nothing feels better than unwinding on your sofa after a long day, so you want the sofa to be as comfortable as humanly possible. Using this guide, you’ll easily locate the exact right choice for your sofa’s particular needs.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.