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Blooming scatter cushions

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NanKate Mon 14-Mar-16 23:21:05

We are house sitting for relatives and on going into our designated bedroom we find scatter cushions on the bed hmm. This really irritates me. What are we supposed to do with them? I have got them stacked up on the sofa.

Can someone please explain the point of these great cushions which seem to have infiltrated lots of hotels too. I hate them.

Synonymous Mon 14-Mar-16 23:51:32

Use them or move them I suppose. They are just decorative really although if you have a TV in your room or want to lounge and read etc you can use them. smile
I have seen some really beautiful cushions in gorgeous colours and fabrics with imaginative trims which really add to the ambiance of the room. It all makes work for the working man or woman to do and you don't have to deal with them permanently so do enjoy your stay. cupcake

thatbags Tue 15-Mar-16 06:43:10

Chuck 'em on the floor in a corner.

Stuff them in (or on top of) a wardrobe/cupboard.

Ask hotel staff to take them away.


thatbags Tue 15-Mar-16 06:43:46

Oh, wait! House-sitting, not hotel-sitting. Delete no.3

kittylester Tue 15-Mar-16 06:51:42

Synonymous's first paragraph!! We have them in all the bedrooms and make the rooms feel more inviting in my opinion.

Do people still call them scatter cushions?

M0nica Tue 15-Mar-16 07:25:34

I like cushions in arm chairs, I can use them to make myself really comfortable. Cushions in bedrooms? Hate them, hate them, hate them.

NanaandGrampy Tue 15-Mar-16 08:23:52

I have a bed full of cushions and I love them.

They aren't just decorative though, I use them for being propped up when I have a cold and cough. Rest my knee on them when its being tricky, prop my arm up on them if i want to lie on my side and read. Throw them at the dog when he's snoring.

But if you dont like them, pop them to one side and just put them back on your last day there.

ffinnochio Tue 15-Mar-16 08:29:19

Hating cushions? Gosh!

janeainsworth Tue 15-Mar-16 08:33:34

ffin grin with you there.

ninathenana Tue 15-Mar-16 08:57:25

I don't have them on the beds, too much faf but do have several in the lounge.
I often use the ones in hotels on top of the pillow when sleeping as hotel pillows are always too soft for me. H's gets chucked in the corner

Lona Tue 15-Mar-16 09:00:29

My dgd makes a nest on my bed with the cushions, and plays on my tablet while I get ready.

Luckygirl Tue 15-Mar-16 09:04:23

I often look at the bed cushions n B&Bs and hotels and wonder what the heck they are there for. If you use them to sleep on, that is dubiously hygienic as they do not have the sort of pillow case you can take of and wash. Who knows who has dribbled on it before you!

Luckygirl Tue 15-Mar-16 09:04:39


Charleygirl Tue 15-Mar-16 09:17:08

I have enough to wash without adding cushion covers in a bedroom. I have 3 bedrooms- 3 lots- I do not think so.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 15-Mar-16 09:17:41

People use the beds in hotels for lounging/tv watching. That's what the cushions are for. Even when perfectly good chairs are provided. hmm And I suppose they give the room a bit of ambience.

Lona Tue 15-Mar-16 09:23:09

Such a lot of intolerance for cushions wink smile

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 15-Mar-16 09:28:42

They're like that decorative bit of matching cloth that goes across the bed two thirds of the way down. Again, it's all about ambience, Darling.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 15-Mar-16 09:31:00

And let's face it, most hotel rooms in this country need something. They could take a lesson or two from the 'continent'. hmm

NanKate Tue 15-Mar-16 10:10:07

Well I see you are mostly in favour of what I call scatter cushions, is there a more modern name for them Kitty ?

I suppose when I started this thread I should have said we have lots of cushions in our living room, mostly to stop DH having a bad back. It's the large size cushions on beds I dislike. They are not generally soft enough to cuddle up to and are often of shiny material, like taffeta, and I am worried I will mess them up.

However when all is said and done I can't be doing with them. Now soft rug/blankets are my thing to cuddle up on the sofa. smile

michellehargreaves Tue 15-Mar-16 10:25:59

I use large, decorative cushions behind the pillows. They add to the decor, are useful for propping me up when I am doing the crossword and I chuck them on the floor when ready to sleep. I couldn't have lots of smaller cushions though, just 2 per bed.

Lupatria Tue 15-Mar-16 10:34:07

i've got cushions on my bed and they go on the floor every night - i like the look of a bed with cushions.

in addition to the cushions i've got my christmas present from my grandaughters from a couple of years ago and daren't put it away as they live with me - it's a pink and orange owl. i collect owls so they thought they'd add to my collection.

however i must admit that it looks good on the bed with the cushions.

Indinana Tue 15-Mar-16 10:37:32

I have never really 'got' the cluster of cushions on a bed, nor the strip of matching fabric at the bottom. In a hotel, yes, I can see it adds ambience, but at home why? You make the bed, arrange all the cushions and bits of fabric artfully and then go downstairs and inhabit the daytime rooms until it's bedtime again, when you take these decorations off and throw them on the floor while you sleep. What on earth is all that about? confused

If I want to sit up and read I prop myself up with an extra pillow. As someone upthread said, at least they have easily washable pillowcases, unlike cushions.

Teacher11 Tue 15-Mar-16 10:37:49

Has anyone noticed how EXPENSIVE nice cushions are? Laura Ashley will rush you fifty or sixty pounds for a decent cushion which is a significant proportion of what you'd pay for the actual sofa.

My pet hate is people calling cushions 'pillows'. A bit like calling the upstairs bathroom basin a 'sink'. Are the makeover programmes to blame?

Bez1989 Tue 15-Mar-16 10:48:51

I love my lounge cushions on sofa and my Ercol armchair. The chair came with two cushións on either side in matching fabriic for arm rests. Ive ditched those in favour of two decorative ones both for comfort and for looks. The conservatory sofa has two cushions at one end for our Westie girl to use for her comfort !! I use two other cushions on my bed for medical reasons.
But I confess cushions are my weekness.
When we went into a store that has fine
cushion display my hubby would say
"The manager has told me all cushions
on display have been sold" smile

Indinana Tue 15-Mar-16 10:50:19

I think these terms are American imports Teacher. I do agree with you though, I hate the usage. I have nothing against the words being used that way in the US, but why, if we already have perfectly usable words, do we have to substitute terminology from across the pond? No doubt we'll soon be 'hanging a left' instead of turning left hmm