Looking to buy a sofa or chair? Foam versus Fibre (Reviewed)

It’s been a long day. You’ve chilled a bottle of wine, ordered a pizza from Titanic or Dino’s and it’s time to hit the sofa for an evening of Netflix. Bliss! But you are sinking! Yep, those cushions are truly flat and your sofa swallows you up every time you sit down or try to stand up. Disaster and discomfort but you’ve decided enough is enough and it’s time to buy a new sofa.

In some ways that was the easy part of the decision. Your sofa and/or chairs take up such a large part of any room and are the most frequently used. So it’s no surprise that most people take a lot of time choosing a style, colour, and fabrics too. It’s a big investment.

One of the first discussions we find ourselves having with customers is foam versus fibre. So let’s dive in and help you decide which is best for you.

Buying a Sofa or Chair? Foam versus Fibre (Reviewed)
Foam Sofa and Chairs – Advantages

Ask any foam sofa owner the main advantage of having a foam sofa and they’ll respond with one word – support. Foam seats are much firmer in comparison to fibre and can provide more body support while sitting.

While there are different grades of foam available, foam will also retain its shape much better than fibre. It doesn’t change its shape after people have sat on the cushions (even during a Netflix marathon).

If you are someone who cares about how a sofa looks, day after day, then not having to worry about sagging and plumping cushions is one big advantage!

Foam sofas are also more durable and viewed as being more resistant in comparison to fibre. As the foam doesn’t trap dust or other particles, a foam sofa can be easier to clean without needing specialist care. If you have a busy household with pets or kids, this alone could be a driving factor in helping you choose between them.

Foam Sofa and Chairs – Disadvantages

The main disadvantage when it comes to buying a sofa or chair filled with foam over fibre is cost. You should expect to pay a small amount more for a foam-filled cushion.

This can be around a £200+ difference in price.

Fibre Sofa/Chairs – Advantages

If you love a comforting ‘sink in’ feeling from a sofa, then fibre is your friend. Fibre fillings tend to be made from polyester and it results in a soft, fluffy feel to your sofa.

Think soft and squishy, at a lower price than it’s foam filled counterpart.

Fibre Sofa/Chairs – Disadvantages

While fibre does provide that ‘fluffy’ feel, as the fibres are thin and not packed closely together, the cushions may wear quicker.
You will need to regularly plump cushions and pads to ensure the air is restored between the fibres. Most people would suggest at least weekly, though the more often and the firmer you are doing this, then the better.

Regular cleaning and vacuuming is required too, resulting in much more upkeep in comparison to foam.

However, over time, even with regular plumping, it’s likely that a fibre filled sofa will not last as long as a foam filled sofa. The nature of fibre, does naturally speed up the rate of wearing.

Foam versus Fibre Sofas and Chairs: What will you choose?

Buying a new sofa and chair can be a large investment that you expect to also last for years. Comfort is a priority but durability is important too.

While foam tends to be the most popular choice, just like choosing a mattress, comfort is a personal choice and what works for one person may not entirely work for another.

So over to you. What do you prefer? Foam or Fibre?

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