Published on March 19th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Head cushions for the sofa

An old cushion headrest and makes two under the hands of Gianluca and Rossella.

They share, “We were trying to fix an old bamboo sofa, so, after new covers for the sofa cushions, we were thinking about adding little cushions. We had this cylindrical foam rubber cushion from Ikea.

I think it’s an old model, because I can’t find it in catalog now. My first idea was to cut it like a salami to have a lot of little round cushions, but my wife idea was better. We cut in half the cushion by its length with a knife, added a cover made with the same fabric of the sofa, fixed them to the head of the bamboo structure and we obtained two comfortable head cushions.

Nothing really difficult to do, but at least we are able to use the cylindrical cushion that we couldn’t really use before because it was too big.

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12 Responses to Head cushions for the sofa

  1. buywowgold says:

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  2. Gianluca says:

    ha ha ha

    thanks for the comments on our cushions and about the pattern of the covers… he he he

    it is really a punch in the eyes with little flowers, but it makes us happy to have colors around… you should see the windows curtains we have done for this room…he he he

    for the one who asks about the material… I think it’s something like rubber foam


  3. anthony says:

    sorry.. it is so ugly!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Interesting! What kinds of material about this cushion?


  5. Anonymous says:

    that is some fugly couch pattern… but kudos on the creativity. I’m a tall dude so I can appreciate head cushions…

  6. waywardmedic says:

    I like this hack. I would have never thought of cutting the cushion lengthwise to create two. I will save this hack for a project at a later date.

    I agree with the poster above. I think being creative is the key here.

  7. Marleen says:

    I, for one, would love to use it for quilt fabric. And the couch looks a lot more comfortable now, that’s the main thing!

    Well done.

  8. Anonymous says:

    what a cute idea! HELLO PEOPLE this is a site for Ikea hacks, not to try to broadcast what you feel is in good taste — who cares if you liked the couch/cushion fabric or not? The point is, they had an old couch, an old bare tubular cushion, and made it much more comfortable for a minimum amount of money — creatively. That is the point, after all. I also say well done, and thanks for sharing!

  9. prue says:

    I wonder….. have you ever considered how frustrating it must be to go through the hassle of writing one’s hack down, probably quite proud of it, and then having it slaughtered like that?

    apart from the fact that there’s no accounting for taste….

    as for the pattern: i have just come back to germany from spain and i KNOW that a lot of things i just LOVE there because they fit the place would look totally out of place here – we are just so different and so is our way of life.

    be a bit more tolerant, maybe, and if you can’t see anything to praise, not even the idea, then maybe sometimes silence is golden…

    all the best to the italians, i am sure the pattern works in its context, or you wouldn’t have chosen it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    ummm….. uhhh….well…let’s see…i’m at a loss for words. sorry.

  11. Uh…. Those were the NEW covers? that pattern it very… yeah I have to agree with comment 1. Ugly. :)

    I guess I am a plain person, and am not really a fan of any patterns.

    But good use of the cushions.

  12. Anonymous says:

    LOL man, I have never seen a pattern for a couch that was even close to the ugliness of this one… :-D
    I’d have bought a new couch instead… ;-) Sorry, no personal offense, just had to say it…

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