Attached or Unattached sofa cushions with small kids?

smsusaJuly 31, 2009

Which sofa cushions are better with small children (4yr boy and 1yr girl): Those with semi-attached or unattached cushions? It seems the unattached cushions would be better because they can't be ripped from the sofa but then again, the semi-attached cushions won't get as squashed with kids playing around on them. I've found a sofa I sort of like with unattached cushions, but the sofa I like better has semi-attached back cushions.

Any thoughts or opinions on this?

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Sherrie Moore

Have you thought of a tightback sofa? I like this style best. No cushions to sag.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 4:22PM
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No, I'd prefer something with cushions. Tightback sofas don't appeal to me at all.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 4:29PM
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The kids can't play King of the Hill with attached cushions!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 3:45PM
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dedtired wrote: The kids can't play King of the Hill with attached cushions!

precisely why i vote for attached!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 8:17PM
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Advantages to detached:
- You can flip them over to even out wear or hide damage
- You can easily get into them to replace the cores or add padding as needed.
- There is not attachment stitching to break open
- Don't tend to sag as much because they are foam core not fiberfill.
- Worst case scenario: you can replace the cushion with new materials

Advantages to semi-attached
- Cannot be removed for play

Seems to me the answer is detached and house rules.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 9:42AM
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If you have young children you definitely do not want attached cushions. Attached cushions are relatively easy to rip away from the main body of the sofa and they are not easy to repair.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 12:23PM
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I was just browsing the furniture forum to see if I could find any information on how in the world to repair the attached cushions on a sleeper sofa. I think there was a small tear and the kids definitely enlarged it. One cushion is halfway torn off. The sofa is so heavy that taking it in to be repaired is not an option. I don't think any upholsterer makes house calls. My next idea may be terrible but I am thinking of pulling off the cushions and taking them to an upholsterer and having coordinating fabric sewn on the back. At least the existing back of the sofa is completely upholstered.

I will never do attached cushions again.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 4:23PM
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The best forts (& memories) are made out of sofa cushions.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 3:36PM
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