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Cushions on beds – we’re in favour!

Many of us are keen to have scatter cushions in every possible hue and fabric adorning our beds, as we aim for hotel style luxury in our boudoirs. Kirstie Allsopp is a big fan of cushions and she wants you to keep them plumped at all times. Her fans will slavishly obey her directions, but are we going over the top?


BBC Radio Gloucestershire recently ran a feature on why we have cushions on beds these days. Isn’t it enough to have a couple of pillows, they asked? Don’t we just throw them on the floor when we get into bed? Here’s our tongue in cheek reply.


Reasons we love cushions:

  • If your bed is your nest, you can snuggle in cosily with cushions tucked around you in every direction
  • For reclining and reading or watching TV, to keep you propped at the right angle, so that you don’t miss a moment of your favourite show
  • For feeding your baby without your arms aching – V-shaped cushions are particularly practical
  • It’s the latest style – we want a fashionable bedroom, right?
  • To coordinate with the curtains and bring the décor together
  • A bolster or row of cushions is handy to mark your territory on your side of the bed – no trespassing!
  • They make a useful (though rather large) bookmark
  • To annoy men, who just don’t understand the need for them. A straw poll suggests that women are much bigger fans of cushions and decorating generally
  • They’re helpful for propping up our knees/hips/elbows after overdoing it at the gym
  • Where else would we balance our nacho chips while watching the match?
  • To add texture, focus and a pop of colour to a neutral colour scheme
  • They’re useful ammunition for lovers’ tiffs
  • They don’t cost much and they cheer us up – it’s so much quicker to add a few cushions that completely redecorate the room
  • They add texture with their buttons, sequins, pleating and beading
  • Just the thing for hugging during a scary or sad film
  • You can strike just the right seductive pose when lying among cushions while wearing your best come-to-bed expression


So that’s it – the case for cushions. After all, cushions don’t need much attention – a quick shake to restore their shape and they’re like new.

So what’s your reaction when you see a bed strewn with colourful, plump cushions? Do you throw them on the floor before jumping straight between the sheets? Or re-arrange them lovingly around

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