How do you make a new uncomfortable club chair comfortable?

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I recently purchased online, never again, a new club chair. After reading many reviews swearing to it's comfort, I took a chance. I should have known better. Chair cushion was hard as a rock. So I went online, did days of research, and restuffed it myself. It's more comfortable now, cushion keeps it's shape when you exit, but is still not the "sink-in" comfort of yesteryear! Seems the only way you can achieve that feel is to purchase one with cushions stuffed with duck feathers or down, which is quite expensive; although regardless of the cost, icon next time, I will seriously consider doing just that!


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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 03, 2021


    When considering foam for furniture, two important considerations are :

    -foam thickness

    -foam density


    To be comfortable and to support the weight of a person sitting down without sagging or flattening, the foam must be adequately thick and have the correct density. The portion of the chair frame that the cushion is resting on also needs to be sufficiently reinforced in order to support both the cushion and the person sitting on it.


    https://furnitureblog.simplicitysofas.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-a-sofa-cushions-foam-density-and-firmness/


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnPIIFNXye4&ab_channel=TheWorkroomChannel

  • The more you sit in it, the softer it will get. I remember those soft chairs that you refer to - they were the best!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 03, 2021

    Understand your situation. We have used a separate seat cushion on our rock hard custom Natuzzi. A matching or complimentary cover is helpful. Actually the seat does soften some in the many years latter.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 03, 2021

    Take the cushion in and have them replace the foam with something you like better.

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 03, 2021

    I agree the more you sit in it, the more you will break it in. I know you said you already restuffed it with some success, but down would be the best to fill it, but its just so expensive. Could you purchase an affordable amount of down to help just a bit and mix it with whatever else you stuffed it with? A little bit of compromise?

  • Em Em on Oct 03, 2021

    Since you restuffed the chair yourself already what about using feather pillow stuffing to get the feel you want. I don't know how many you need but has to be less expensive than taking it to a shop to do.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 03, 2021

    I disagree with Maura that the cushion will automatically be 'broken in' or will soften over time. If the firmness of the particular foam that was used by the manufacturer is too firm then it will not. Some manufactures use very stiff/firm foam with the claims that due to its stiffness, it will be long lasting or very durable.


    Often in trying to save money, though a cheaper grade of stiff feeling foam that is more suitable for other uses (rather than sitting on) is used. Unfortunately however, often the foam used provides neither comfort or support to humans sitting in the chair.


    How much did you pay for the chair?

  • I feel this pain. We bought a couch online and it definitely won’t ever soften up. Never again! Since you’re already dissecting it, maybe try a reupholstering company, see if they can help you rework it or find similar products to swap in that are softer. Or, sell it and get what you really want. Good luck!

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 03, 2021

    Hi Violet: Since you won't be using a lot of stuffing, how about considering buying a down alternative pillow and using that stuffing? It's not as cruel to the ducks or birds that are plucked while still alive for their chest feathers:( Target sells them starting at around $20. Or even one of those memory foam pillows and use that as a filler.


    Good luck

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 03, 2021

    Hi! A trick I have used is wrapping the foam with a fluffy coat of quilt batting. You usually only need the baby quilt size for cushions. You may need a thinner piece of foam to wrap it this way, but, it gives you a much softer seat. Hope that helps!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 04, 2021

    Could you purchase a second cushion and place in the chair? This is the very reason I wouldn't purchase a mattress online. Sure you can return it but what a hassle.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 04, 2021

    Shop for a cushion you like as far as softness, try them out, many stores carry cushions. I don't think I would go through the bother of taking out the stuffing and re-stuffing with Plan B.

    Cynthia has a good idea, it may work for you.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 07, 2021

    Yeah once you've had a down sofa or chair, nothing will compare. But also, replacing with a seat that has springs and foam will make it more comfy.


  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 08, 2021

    Yes down feathers are much more comfortable but also much more expensive to buy. You probably did all you could do by restuffing the cushions. I think things are just not made like they used to be!