What do your sofa cushions say about you?

Soft furnishings like cushions can cost mega money but it’s easy to use vintage and second-hand finds to add a quirky twist to your sofa or a boring corner of your home on even the most thrifty budget.

Tribal, bold prints such as the below are pretty on trend at the moment but take a look at the price tags.


Eva Sonikie


1st Heals, £75
2nd Eva Sonakie, £75
3rd Liberty of London, £103
4th Day Birger Et Mikklesen, £79

If these beauties are beyond your budget too, take inspiration from this lovely vintage 70’s style cushion which came from The Pop Boutique in Covent Garden for £7 in July. It sits in a boring corner of our dining room on an antique school fold-up chair we found at the Glastonbury Reclamation Yard last year.

Vintage cushion

Vintage cushion

Top tips on jazzing your sofa up on a thrifty budget

1. Make your own cushion with fabric you’ve found at charity shops, fairs or from a sale in quality interior design shops. There are loads of tutorials on YouTube showing you in easy to follow steps how to do this
2. If buying second-hand, I would always give the fabric a thorough wash (or dry clean) and replace the inside cushion. Old pillows smell, fact. If it’s marked, damaged and/or faded – don’t bother. Old grim cushions won’t do your sofa any favours
3. Never match your cushion to your sofa. Throws and cushions do need to work together but nothing shouts boring more than a collection of the same colour. This doesn’t necessarily mean a riot of colour but choose similar or complimentary hues
4. Mix n’ match different shapes, sizes and material types
5. Don’t use too many – I reckon 4 for a 2 seater and 6 or 7 for a 4 seater max
6. Break up busy patterns with a block print
7. It always works pulling a colour through from a focal point in your room such as a rug or even a painting