“ Brand: Dunelm Mill / Type: Cushion „
Dunelm seems to have taken the homeware market by storm over the past few months. Its successful Christmas period is no doubt down to quite a refreshing look on decorating the home, and although I'm not usually fussed about things like this, I've taken a much more active involvement in it, from buying a big piece of wall art to popping little things like some of these cushions in the trolley. The cushions come in a wide range of colours, none of which are too extravagant, the colours blending nicely due to the pleated style of the sides of the cushion itself. Ours is like a very dark purple, near black I'd say, and it's as smooth as you like. We bought four of them, one for each end of our dark blue sofas, and they blend very well with the colour of the sofa and with our blue and white cushions that we use as well. Perhaps the most striking thing is the shiny and smooth look and feel. You can tell almost at once that it isn't silk, but it certainly does have that sheen to it, and the texture is pretty good considering it's polyester. Not my preferred fabric of choice, but one that certainly works for this cushion, that's for sure. The innards, the actual cushion part itself, is nice and plump but not overly so, I don't like cushions that are designed to be too fat. I'd much rather have one that is slim but maintains its shape. This certainly does that. Some cushions distort quite quickly, but we've had this for a few months now and it's certainly well 'worn' by our two boys and our slouching, and it's easier to plump up than some other cushions that were more expensive when we first got them. The cushion cover is usually what sells a cushion, and we long ago learnt that this shouldn't be the only test you do before buying, but it is certainly still an important one. This cushion is well designed, with quality pleats providing some decent contoured contrast to the shiny surface. The way this reacts with the light almost provides the appearance of different shades of colour, darker and lighter areas mingling quite well if I'm honest. I absent mindedly try and smooth these out from time to time, especially if I'm watching something on TV and I'm engrossed in it. This generally tends to distract my hands sufficiently, and is a welcome break from internet browsing which I often do while watching TV. We've yet to need to clean it properly, although it does say you only need to give it a wipe. These sorts of cushion aren't supposed to be machine washed, and although we've had cushions and covers that we've washed without any problems before, I'm still reluctant to try it with this one as I get the feeling the washing instructions need to be followed in this case. However, it hasn't stained yet despite having a few drinks spilt on it, as well as one or other of our boys falling asleep on it, sweat and dribble miraculously not creating any salt stains or anything like that. For around the £5 mark, these cushions are certainly worth the value. They have retained their shape, haven't stained and are easy to clean. Many cushions costing a lot more have deteriorated at quicker rates, which shows that just because something costs more it doesn't make it any more durable. Cushion prices can vary quite a lot, I'd suggest this is cheap and cheerful and although it's not the best one in the world, it does the job and maintains its level of quality. Recommended.
When we bought our 3 piece after moving into our own home it actually came with matching cushions which we were pleased with as it meant we didn't have to buy any saving us a little bit of money. But that was almost 4 years ago now and those cushions are looking a little flat and jaded so I had a look around for some new ones. Just before Christmas we had a Dunelm Mill open up not too far away from where we live and I spotted these cushions in there whilst Christmas shopping with my mum. The Faux Silk cushions measure 43 x 43cm's and cost £5.99 each. They are available in several colours including aubergine, black, duck egg blue, lime green, cream, navy, silver, white, terracotta and wine. , I personally have the aubergine as it was the right shade of purple to co-ordinate with my lounge. The cushion pads inside the covers are made from 100% polyester and feel nice and plump. The covers are also made from 100 polyester and are easily removed by a zip across the top or bottom depending on which way you have them. Personally I always have the zip at the bottom so its less viable. The cushions have a nice pleated pattern running across them which just takes the plainness off and gives a little bit of detail. The faux silk description is pretty accurate and in my opinion they look more expensive than £5.99. The washing instructions are given as dry clean only however with 2 cats and a baby in the house dry cleaning every time isn't practical so I took a chance and put them in my washing machine on a delicate wash with no spin, they came out clean and as good as new. We've used our cushions every day for the past 3 months and they still remain plump, the filling hasn't flattened at all. The only thing I have found is they do tend to pluck if anything catches on them like a zip on your clothing or a cats claw! This aside though I've been really pleased with my Faux Silk Cushions, in my opinion they were a reasonable price and have certainly brightened my suite up. They are soft yet plump to lean against or lay your head on. If you are looking for a similar product to give your lounge or even bedroom a fresh look I would certainly recommend taking a look at these, they look more expensive than they were.