What’s the right amount of cushions for your sofa?

Grey sofa and a 3-1 cushion arrangement with cushions in teal and mustard

Cushions are the perfect accents to update a tired and dated look. Arranging them on your sofa may seem like an easy task; but once you start working on your display, it can get a bit tricky to create a natural look. Below, we’ve provided a guideline to help you find the perfect balance and create an artful arrangement depending on the size and type of sofa.

How many cushions to display on a 2 seater sofa?

For a pared back and minimal look, it is recommended to display 2-4 cushions on a two seater sofa.

Grey sofa with navy cushion and a patterned cushion

Displaying a pair of cushions on a 2 seater couch is all about bringing a minimal amount of additional comfort to your sofa, and often a preferred look by those who fancy a pared back look to their décor. Place the cushions in a way that they rest on each side of the sofa, or slightly towards the centre. This look gives you the option of using identical cushions for a simple yet elegant finish.

Lounge room with a grey sofa and mustard, navy and print cushion

Choosing to display an odd number of cushions work effortlessly in a modern or eclectic interior. In some instance, you may decide on displaying 3 cushions, which still works perfectly on a 2 seater sofa. Here, you may vary cushion shapes, sizes, colours and textures depending on the look you are going for. Team up a larger block cushion with slightly smaller ones in eye-catching patterns for visual interest.

Grey sofa and a 3-1 cushion arrangement with cushions in teal and mustard

Four cushions selection work equally well on a 2 seater couch without seeming too chaotic. On one end, create a strong base with a larger cushion in solid colour. Then introduce a slightly smaller one, and move down with a rectangular cushion in front — and a single cushion on the other end of the couch.

Grey sofa with a 2-2 cushion arrangement in navy and print

Alternatively, you may want to bring a symmetrical look to your arrangement. In this case, use 4 cushions — placing two on each side of sofa. Start off with large block cushions as the base, the slightly smaller ones in front. Make sure the smaller cushions are striking in some way, to avoid the arrangement from looking flat.

How many cushions to display on a 3 seater sofa?

Choosing the number of cushions to display on a 3 seater couch depends on whether you want your look more relaxed or formal. However, the recommended number is 3-6 cushions.

Neutral sofa with cushions in soft blues and pinks

Three cushions on a 3 seater sofa lend a more relaxed and pared down look. Similarly, you may arrange the cushions as you would on a 2 seater couch, with 2 cushions resting on one side and a single cushion on the other side of the couch. This soothing arrangement; which may consist of similar or varied shapes and textures; makes for a relaxed and fun look.

Beige sofa with two large solid blue cushions and two smaller print cushion in pastel colours

Four cushions also rest beautifully on a 3 seater sofa. The same principle applies here; larger cushions as the base, and smaller ones in front. Pairing two cushions on each side gives it a symmetrical appeal that often works well with sofas that are firm with clean lines to maintain a formal or traditional vibe.

Neutral sofa with soft blue and pink cushions

Five is the magic number for a 3 seater sofa and this classic arrangement is a popular one in most homes. The resulting look is cohesive without causing unneeded clutter. Layer up cushions that are slightly different in textures, patterns and colours; and work with this arrangement: a pair of cushion on each side of the sofa, and a single cushion in the centre.

Neutral sofa with blue and grey pastel cushions

Six cushions on a 3 seater couch works well if you are looking for a “more is more” approach; and this arrangement evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. You may choose you use different fabrics but in a colourway similar hues and patterns. Display 3 cushions on one end, 2 on the other end and a single cushion in the centre which is different from the others, either in shape or size.

How many cushions to display on a corner sofa?

Deciding on the number of cushions to display on your corner sofa can be quite tricky; but when done right, your selection adds extra depth and dimension to the overall style.

Sofa setting with velvet cushions

Four cushions work similarly well on a corner sofa and saves it from looking over-stuffed. Choose block cushions to sit in the back and add a slightly smaller cushion in front of the larger one placed in the centre.

Lounge room scene with beautiful mustard and blue cushions

You may pick 6 cushions to display on your corner sofa; with each corner housing a pair. This look keeps it symmetry but far from boring. Use cushions with different colours and patterns to bring life to this arrangement.

Corner sofa with mustard, soft blue velvet textured cushions

When using 7 cushions on a corner sofa; opt for different colours and patterns for an eye-catching display. The arrangement includes; 2 cushions on each end of the sofa and 3 in the centre. For visual interest, include a cushion that is totally different from the rest; either in colour, texture or shape.

Corner sofa with mustard and light blue cushions

In some instance, you may opt to use more cushions for your corner sofa; and 9 cushions will give you the balance you need. Display 3 cushions at each end of the couch and in the centre. When placed effortlessly, you have yourself a look that’s laid-back and uncontrived.