Product Type: Dunelm in Homeware
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Cushy cushion, bargain price
Dunelm Mill Faux Silk Cushion
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Dunelm Mill Faux Silk Cushion
Advantages: Comfy, sleek and shiny, cheap, holds its form
Disadvantages: Nothing really
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.
Summary: Good quality affordable cushion from Dunelm
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