A Review of La-Z-Boy’s Chair and Sofa Seat Cushions

Blog Posts  |  Reviews  |  December 25, 2020

Let’s Unwrap the Mystery Behind Furniture Seat Cushion Construction

Yikes! It’s trueCanadians spend almost 10 hours daily of their waking time being sedentary (not including sleep).  That is a LOT of time on our backsides!

Your furniture says a lot about your style, but don’t overlook comfort with it being in such demand.

Your chair or sofa’s cushion seat construction is one of the most important factors determining its comfort level and lifespan.

Buying new furniture is an investment in your home’s quality of life.  It becomes evident quickly whether your new seat cushions will hold up or flatten out like gingerbread cookies.  

To avoid this discomfort and bad investment, you’ll want to learn more about the seat cushion construction to make sure it is right for you.  

La-Z-Boy has over 90 years of experience in furniture manufacturing. Our testing labs try to gain a better understanding of how customers use our product to ensure it has the durability to last for the duration of its expected lifespan. 

To achieve the ultimate seating experience, the right balance of high-density foams, cushion support and fabric or leather cover undergoes rigorous seating impact testing. The test simulates the physical use and real-life forces applied to sofas and chairs, including the seat cushion, to ensure long-lasting durability.

General Furniture Seat Cushion Construction

Furniture seat cushions are made from multiple types of material and shapes that provide comfort when sitting or lying down. The cushion filling usually consists of polyester, foam, feathers or a combination of these.

The quality of the construction and materials used in the seat cushion will determine its comfort level and how long before the cushions start to sag, rip or stain.

Foam is the most common filling material for sofa and chair seat cushions.  A foam cushion’s expected lifespan is primarily dependent on the density and thickness of the foam used.

Foam Density


Most foam suppliers typically stock 4-5 commonly used densities for residential furniture seat cushions ranging from 1.5 to 2.5. The number designates how much weight (in pounds) polyurethane foam can handle per cubic foot. This density rating tells you the strength of the foam. The higher the number, the longer the foam will last.

Foam Firmness


Although most people think that density and firmness are synonymous, they are actually very different. Each foam density is available in a wide variety of different firmnesses ranging from very soft to very firm.

When discussing firmness, it is essential to know that choosing the right foam comes down to personal taste and is not an indicator of cushion quality. In foam, firmness is measured using ILD (Indentation Load Deflection). 

It is calculated by measuring how many pounds of pressure it takes to indent a four-inch-thick piece of foam by 25%. The amount of pressure required is then converted into weight. The most important thing to know about ILD is that the higher the number is, the firmer or harder it will feel.

High-Resiliency Foam


Another critical factor is whether the foam is high-resiliency, a higher quality foam used in cushions. It provides high responsiveness for extra bounce and quick return action. That means that it will return to its original shape quickly after compression.  Moreover, it delivers a very comfortable seat for your
tushie and offers the highest longevity.

BEWARE – a seat cushion’s overall thickness may or may not be an indication of a cushion’s durability. Value-priced sofas will sometimes have cushions bulked up with several inches of polyester fibre around the foam core.

Ideally, you want a cushion that has a balance of comfort and support suited for both its use and your preference. Adding fiberfill wrap is an excellent way to increase softness and comfort without sacrificing supportive firmness.

The frequency of use (and how it is being used) plus the size of the people using the sofa or chair will also affect how long a seat cushion will last.  Keep this in mind when choosing your sofa or chair and find out what you can about the seat cushion construction.

La-Z-Boy Paxton sofa in living room with holiday decorations

La-Z-Boy Stationary and duo® Furniture Seat Cushion

If your idea of beauty goes beyond good looks alone, then La-Z-Boy’s Premier stationary sofas, loveseats, sectionals and chairs should be a consideration for your home’s best seat in the house. Premier construction includes quality-crafted frames padded to enhance the style’s design lines to prove that beauty is more than skin deep.

Features of the Premier construction include:

• Quality-crafted frame consisting of kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade laminates
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Fully padded outside back, outside arms and front post
• 
La-Z-Boy non-skid logo decking-sag sinuous wire seat and back springs to keep seat cushions in place
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Accent pillows lined with accordion fabric for added loft
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Self-healing zippers fixed effortlessly by zipping and unzipping past the point where it has popped open with usage
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Limited Lifetime Warranty on parts, mechanism and frame

And last but not least

• Patented ComfortCore® zoned technology seat cushions

Standard ComfortCore® Seat Cushions


For added comfort and optimal firmness, Premier furniture comes standard with patented ComfortCore® cushions. They support your
derriere’s every curve with the perfect balance of firmness and luxurious softness.

The 7-layer zoned cushion technology offers added support for the spine, hips and behind the knees.  This proprietary design features four different foam densities distributed to provide the best comfort and support level for various areas of the seat.

ZONE 1
The pressure relief core at the front is a softer cushion (3” thick, 27lb ILD, 1.8 density high-resiliency foam) to ease pressure behind the knees. 

ZONE 2
The rear core or posterior region has the heaviest and firmest foam (3” thick, 36lb ILD, 2.5 density high-resiliency foam), which supports the bulk of your body weight and provides firmer support at the back for softness without sagging. 

ZONE 3
A top and bottom layer (or casing) of 1” thick, 24lb ILD, 1.8 density high comfort polyfoam is added to the inner core for lasting comfort and durability. 

ZONE 4
For an exceptionally soft and supple initial sit for your rear end, there is a top and bottom layer of 1” thick, 12lb ILD, 1.5 density conventional foam.

The cushion assembly is finished with a lofty ¾ oz batting wrap to protect the foam from direct contact with your chosen upholstery cover.

THE ZONES OF THE COMFORCORE® SEAT CUSHION

La-Z-Boy Premier Cushion Construction inside look

Optional Upgrade to ComfortCore® GEL cushions


You can raise your comfort level with the option to upgrade to ComfortCore® GEL cushions on any Premier sofa, loveseat or chair styles. Often described as a firmer seat, its interior construction remains the same as the standard cushion, and there are two different outside layers.

In addition to the standard ComfortCore® zone 1 and zone 2, you’ll enjoy:

ZONE 3
Casing made of 1.5” thick, 3.7 density airform responsive foam that conforms to your every curve allowing muscles to relax and rejuvenate. It features:

• superior durability
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stays cool and comfortable
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soothing pressure relief
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contoured support

ZONE 4
The Gel-infused 1″, 2.4 density memory foam distributes pressure and lessens the initial “firmness” of the Airform and provides a soft but supportive foundation. 

ComfortCore® GEL cushions cost an additional $150 for a single chair or single sectional module up to $400 for a 3-seater sofa.

ComfortCore® and ComfortCore® GEL Furniture Styles


Whether your style is contemporary, sophisticated or all about home entertainment, the furniture you choose defines your space. That’s why La-Z-Boy offers sofas and chairs with premier construction in so many shapes, styles and sizes. 

The premier stationary furniture line dominates La-Z-Boy Ottawa and Kingston’s five best selling sofas list, including styles from our Urban Attitudes Collection.  You’ll also find a few select leather stationary sofas and chairs with premier construction, including the Archer, featured in a Greely in-home design project.

Your southern cheeks will also cozy up to ComfortCore® cushions in our duo® line of reclining furniture. Although duo® sofas and recliners may secretly resemble their stationary counterparts, at the touch of a button, you have the power to adjust the back and leg rest.

La-Z-Boy Barrett reclining sofa with puppy in living room with Christmas theme

La-Z-Boy Reclining Furniture Cushion

Raise the bar on your keister’s comfort by lounging with your feet elevated! La-Z-Boy’s extensive line of recliners and motion sofas feature contoured-cut polyurethane high-resiliency foam seats.  These cushions provide you with superior support by reducing pressure points in all upright and reclined positions.

At La-Z-Boy, seat cushion foam is cut on a machine with a fine wire that is guided by lasers (pictured below).  It is worthwhile noting that while most manufacturers fill their furniture arms with blown-in fibre, La-Z-Boy uses contour cut foam padding.  The same machine cuts the exact shape of a particular arm style from a large polyurethane foam block. 

The benefits of contour-cut foam include:

• It doesn’t compress or shifts away from pressure
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Cut to the exact shape of the frame, so it keeps its shape and stays in place
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Looks better, a more sharp and fuller appearance
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Provides a greater level of comfort
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Extends the lifespan of the sofa or chair
• Tailoring is consistent in a particular style (so if you wanted to get two matching chairs, they would look similar)

Standard motion sofa and recliner cushion seat construction consist of original chaise seating, pillow tops, box borders and bullnose featuring 27 lb ILD, 1.8 density polyurethane foam standard seat cores and spring ups.  

Specialty Reclining Furniture Cushions


We’re all about giving you choices so that your new furniture doesn’t just suit your home; it fits your body and way of living. 

As in the premier line, our reclining furniture has a wide variety of sofa and chair styles. Consequently, some reclining furniture styles have specialty cushion seat construction, which is detailed below.

Ultra Plush Seat Cushion – a softer seat is achieved by adding an extra layer of 12 lb polyurethane foam on top of the foam core

This plush seat belongs to our Joshua recliner style, one of our top 5 selling recliners.

La-Z-Boy ultra plush seat cushion diagram
La-Z-Boy original bucket seat cushion diagram

Original Bucket Seat Cushion – thin wedge-shaped polyurethane foam side fillers create a soft bucket shape 

You’ll find the original bucket seat cushion on our new 2021 Turner recliner style, making its debut in stores soon!

Sculpted Bucket Seat Cushion – top and bottom polyurethane foam fillers create a deep, sculpted sea (the top fillers do not extend to the front of the seat)

The James recliner style comprises the original bucket seat cushion.

La-Z-Boy sculpted bucket seat cushion diagram
La-Z-Boy reclining sofa sculpted bucket seat cushion diagram

Reclining Sofa Sculpted Bucket Seat Cushion – features a 36 lb ILD/2.5 density top foam wedge fillers for increased support

The sculpted bucket seat cushion for reclining sofas is found in the James sofa style, one of our top selling loveseats.

Hybrid Bucket Seat Cushion – includes 27 lb ILD top polyurethane foam fillers that extend to the front of the seat and 36 lb ILD bottom foam fillers 

You’ll find this hybrid buck seat in the Greyson recliner.

La-Z-Boy hybrid bucket seat cushion diagram
La-Z-Boy reclining sofa hybrid bucket seat cushion diagram

Reclining Sofa Hybrid Bucket Seat Cushionsupportive 36 lb ILD/2.5 density foam wedge fillers sit on top of a contoured-cut polyurethane foam core

The Greyson reclining sofas have the hybrid bucket seat cushion.

Faux Box Border Seat Cushionfeatures a complete square, 27 lb/1.8 density polyurethane foam core giving the cushion a look resembling stationary seat seating

The Aspen style carries this faux box border seat cushion.

Summit Seat Cushion – five-seat springs and a 36 lb/2.5 density foam core give this cushion ultimate support

You’ll be setting your behind on a summit seat cushion in the Redwood recliner style.

La-Z-Boy summit seat cushion diagram
La-Z-Boy lift chair seat cushion diagram

Standard Lift Seat Cushion36 lb ILD/2.5 density foam core allows for a lower profile chair seat; soft batting topper gives extra comfort; spring support and a deck pad reinforce the seat

One of our top selling lift chairs, the Margaret Power Lift Recliner, features the standard lift seat cushion.

➊ Nonwoven Spring Cover
➋ Insulator/Stabilizer Spring Support System
➌ Deck Pad
➍ Polyurethane Foam Core 27lb ILD/1.8 Density
➎ Polyurethane Foam Core 36lb ILD/2.5 Density

➏ Polyurethane Foam Topper 12 lb ILD/1.1 Density
➐ Polyurethane Foam Fillers 36 lb ILD/2.5 Density
➑ Seat Side Polyurethane Foam Fillers 27 lb ILD/1.8 Density
➒ Seat Side Polyurethane Foam Fillers 36 lb ILD/2.5 Density

Optional Upgrade to airform™


Available as an upgrade on select recliners and reclining sofa styles, airform™ provides responsive cushioning and contoured support so you can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. Its two-inch layer of premium quality memory foam is added on top of the standard foam base to create the perfect balance of personalized comfort and targeted support. 

You’ll find the airform™ cushion in the seat, chaise and leg rest, and the initial impact will feel a little bit firmer than the standard seat cushion.

Airform™ responsive cushioning benefits include: 

CONTOURED SUPPORT
Made up of billions of microscopic air capsules, airform™ cushions respond to your shape, cradling your body while providing both firm support and pressure relief. This combination also reduces motion transfer, so when others join you on your favourite sofa, you can relax undisturbed

REDUCES PRESSURE
Airform™ cushions reduce pressure to sensitive areas like your hips and back for more comfort as you sit. 

STAYS COOL
Designed to release body heat, airform™ isn’t temperature sensitive, so you stay cool and comfortable while you relax. 

SUPERIOR DURABILITY
Engineered to resist sagging and backed by a 3-year warranty, Airform™ stays firm but remains soft.

La-Z-Boy Airform seat cushion benefits table

Similar to the price of upgraded seating on our stationary furniture, airform™ seat cushions will cost an additional $150 for a recliner or single sectional module up to $400 for a 3-seater reclining sofa.

La-Z-Boy Colby sofa with close-up seat cushion in living room setting

Cushion Care and Maintenance

Over time, your furniture will have to endure some wear and tear.  Given that furniture can be a costly investment, you’ll want to do what you can to increase its lifespan which includes caring for the seat cushions.

Cushions may stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore their appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess upholstery into the sides of the seat or back. 

Humans are creatures of habit, so we tend to sit in the same spots time and time again. To make sure it isn’t apparent which side of the sofa is your favourite spot, regularly flip, rotate, fluff and regulate removable cushions to ensure even wear and increase longevity.

Because dust and dirt cause fabric to wear faster, we recommend the use of an upholstery attachment to vacuum your seat cushions.

Check out the Furniture Care Tips article to help you keep your furniture in tip-top shape!

Choice of Seat Cushion Upholstery


Your
fabric or leather upholstery choice is a pivotal decision when selecting a recliner or sofa for your home. Besides, it affects your furniture seat cushion’s comfort, durability and the level of maintenance required.

La-Z-Boy has hundreds of fabric and leather cover options to custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours and fits your style. 

With its distinctive grain and texture, leather is both durable and requires low maintenance. If properly cared for, leather will maintain its beauty and usefulness for many years. Leather has incredible tear strength, and it can last four times longer than fabric. Natural oils prevent cracking, flaking, peeling and tearing even along the seam line.

But if your fanny prefers fabric upholstery, there are some specifically designed to withstand wear and tear, so your cushion’s outer shell has a superior level of protection. These performance fabrics, such as La-Z-Boy’s iClean, are also simple to clean due to stain-resistant technology that repels spills and provides peace of mind.

La-Z-Boy Performance Fabrics must receive excellent ratings for physical durability testing. These fabrics outperform other fabrics receiving outstanding results for pilling, abrasion and fraying.

La-Z-Boy fall fabric and leather swatches for seat cushions

Warranties and Additional Furniture Protection Plan

Once you have made your furniture purchase, you’ll want to protect your investment and make it last.  Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents are bound to happen and furniture, nor their seat cushions, last forever.

Most manufacturers offer one year of coverage, and below you will find the La-Z-Boy warranty for each cushion type.

DESCRIPTIONPARTS COVERAGELABOUR COVERAGE
airform™Three YearsOne Year (no coverage on loose seat styles)
ComfortCore™Three YearsOne Year (no coverage on loose seat styles)
ComfortCore™ GEL (this does not include the material, just the foam)Five YearsNo Coverage
Standard Polyurethane Foam CushioningOne YearOne Year
Standard Poly Foam Cushioning (loose seats)One YearNo Coverage

Sometimes called an extended furniture warranty, at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston, we offer a five-year furniture protection plan.

This plan covers accidental rips, punctures, and tears; household food and beverage stains; and seam separation (almost no other retailer offers seam separation after one year). Note that foam resiliency is not included under this extended protection package.

The cushion seat foam is easy to replace on our stationary furniture line as they come with a removable cushion stuffed and zipped.  But, any repairs or replacements needed for our recliner seat cushions need an upholsterer to install, whose fees are substantial if your seat cushion is no longer covered under warranty.

We also maintain our own in-house service department, which allows us to deliver quick, friendly, and customer-focused service. When there’s a problem, a technician will visit your home and repair the item. 

Many of our furniture warranty plans cover various service calls. Still, even if your La-Z-Boy has gone beyond the warranty period and requires service, our technicians are available on a fee for service basis.  And with one of the strongest brands in the market, the service department is your one-stop-shop for any La-Z-Boy parts you may require.

Before contacting the service department, locate your La-Z-Boy product ID tag on your piece of furniture so that you can reference the Ack#.  This will facilitate retrieving the correct product information to match the tight cushion and determine whether a cushion replacement or repair is covered under warranty.

La-Z-Boy Tripoli reclining leather sofa in living room with christmas theme, wrapping paper

Next Steps

Well, that’s a wrap! Now that you know what comprises furniture seat cushion construction, you can find the perfect balance of comfort, support and firmness for your perfect seat!

The key to finding furniture that you’ll love and spend a lifetime enjoying is making sure it’s the right fit.  

Your seat cushion should support your hips and thighs, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet touching the floor. Of course, the best way to find the perfect fit is to visit one of our Ottawa and Kingston La-Z-Boy locations and test one in person!

As experts in furniture fitting and design, our design consultants are happy to help you navigate our wide selection of styles and options to tailor a seat in which your buns will enjoy style and comfort for many years to come

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