Choosing the Correct Cushion

When it comes to buying a cushion for your wheelchair, car or home; comfort should be your first concern with price a close second. More than ten name brand manufacturers and a large number of local custom shops combine to offer thousands of styles and sizes of comfy cushions for bed allowing the buyer nearly unlimited flexibility with pricing and fit.

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The first aspects of buying a cushion the consumer should investigate are the necessary dimensions. There are three initial dimensions that will help narrow down ones choice; the width, depth and height/thickness.

These dimensions are typically measured in inches; for example a standard size wheelchair cushion is 18 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 2 inches high – 18" W x 16" D x 2" H. While cushions can be made any size by custom shops, they typically range from 16" to 24" wide, 16" to 22" deep and 1" to 6" high.

The surface in which the cushion will rest should be measured to help determine the width and depth of the cushion that should be ordered. If the cushion is to be used on multiple surfaces; for example in a car and on a wheelchair, the smaller surface of the two should be measured. To determine the height, or thickness, the consumer must consider several factors.

If the cushion is to be used on a wheelchair and the individual typically uses their feet to propel themselves, they will want a lower profile cushion so they may still reach the ground with their feet.