How to Measure Replacement Cushions

Simple Measuring Techniques for Replacing Patio Furniture Cushions

Replacing patio cushions is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to update the look of your patio furniture. Whether you have existing patio furniture cushions or if you are purchasing patio cushions for your new patio furniture, use this guide to ensure your patio furniture cushions will have an accurate fit. It’s also a good idea to make sure the patio cushions that you are looking at have weather-resistant fabric and are intended for outdoor use.

Measuring for Replacement Cushions
If you have outdoor chair cushions that fit properly but are worn out, you can measure for replacement patio cushions by following these easy steps. Before you begin taking measurements, make sure you lay the existing patio cushion flat on a hard surface such as the floor.

  • Measure the length of the patio cushion from the front of the outdoor chair cushion to the back.
  • Measure the width of the patio cushion from one side to the other. When measuring the width of a standard patio cushion, be sure to measure in 3 different places and take the smallest measurement (since your existing patio furniture cushions may be more worn in some areas).
  • Measure the thickness of the seat. Remember that the outdoor chair cushion is worn so it might be flatter now. In general, wood furniture patio cushions are 2-3″ thick and aluminum furniture cushions are 3-5″ thick.

Measuring for Deep Seating Replacement Cushions
Our deep seating replacement patio cushions come in a set with a back seat cushion and a seat cushion. Before you begin taking measurements, make sure you lay the existing deep seating cushion flat on a hard surface such as the floor.

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  • Measure the length of the back of the seat cushion from the top of the cushion to the bottom of the cushion.
  • Measure the width of the back of the patio cushion from one edge to the other. Remember not to measure from seam to seam, but from edge to edge.
  • Measure the length of the seat of the outdoor chair cushion from one end to the other.
  • Measure the width of the seat of the outdoor chair cushion from edge to edge.

Measuring for High Back Seat Replacement Patio Chair Cushions
When replacing high back seat outdoor chair cushions, it’s important to take accurate measurements. Before you begin taking measurements, make sure you lay the existing high back seat cushion flat on a hard surface such as the floor.

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  • Measure the length of the back of the seat cushion from the top of the cushion to the bottom of the cushion. Measure the length of the back of the cushion from the top of the cushion to the first fold. Do not measure the entire back of the cushion, just to the first fold.
  • Measure the length of the bottom half of the back of the cushion from the top fold to the bottom fold (where the seat portion of the cushion begins).
  • Measure the length of the seat of the cushion from the fold to the end of the cushion.
  • Measure for the width of the cushion from one edge of the seat of the cushion to the other. Be sure to account for any possible flattening that may have occurred over the years.

Outdoor Sun Lounger Replacement Cushions

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  • Measure the length of the leg rest from the fold to the edge of the cushion.
  • Measure for the length of the back of the cushion by measuring the top of the cushion to the first fold.
  • Measure for the width of the sun lounger cushion by measuring from edge to edge on the end of the leg rest portion of the cushion.
  • Get the width of the seat by measuring edge to edge.

Outdoor Steamer Replacement Cushions & Chaise Lounge Replacement Cushions
Chaise lounge patio cushions are available for chaise lounges that have a “back” section, “seat” section and a “leg section” or for chaise lounges that have a back and a seat. If you have existing chaise lounge outdoor chair cushions, measuring for replacement cushions is easy. Note: When taking measurements, make sure you are measuring from edge to edge, not seam to seam. And remember to lay the existing steamer/lounger cushion flat on a hard surface such as the floor.

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  • Measure for the length of the back of the cushion by taking a measurement at the top of the cushion down to the fold of the cushion.
  • Measure for the length of the seat of the cushion.
  • Measure for the length of the leg rest at the top of the leg rest to the bottom of the cushion.
  • To get the width of the cushion, measure from the edge of one side of the leg rest section of the cushion to the edge of the other side. It is important to measure for the width at the leg rest section because it is most likely the portion of the cushion that has been flattened the least.

Chaise Lounge Replacement Patio Cushions

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  • To get the length of the seat, measure from the fold of the seat to the end of the cushion. Make sure the measure end to end, not seam to seam.
  • Measure the back length of the cushion from the top of the cushion to the fold.
  • Measure for the width of the cushion by measuring end to end next to the fold on the seat of the cushion.

Outdoor Settee Replacement Cushions / Swing Box Replacement Cushions
If you’re getting ready to purchase replacement cushions for the settee or swing box, you’re going to want to take 3 measurements of your existing cushions. Lay your current settee cushion/swing box cushion on a flat surface to take your measurements.

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  • Looking down on the cushion so your body is parallel to the length of the cushion (the shortest distance is the length), find the center of the cushion and measure the length of the cushion from end to end.
  • Measure the width of the back of the cushion from end to end.
  • Then measure the width of the front of the cushion from end to end.

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15 Responses to How to Measure Replacement Cushions

  1. Carol Walker says:

    I am looking for quite a few replacement cushions for a large set of green wrought iron patio furniture. I intend to sandblast the furniture, then repaint it to its’ former glory. The only thing left is the cushions. It is becoming a nightmare to finish this project considering how much the cushions will cost. There is a full couch, a love seat, a rocking loveseat, two chairs and a rocking chair. In total 13 seats and backs. I have been paying storage for these pieces for almost three years believing in the value of wrought iron, but now I am that sure I should continue.
    Please help me.

    • Cyndee D'Agostini says:

      Hi Carol,
      I would think the cost of refinishing the furniture you have would be less expensive than purchasing new wrought iron patio furniture so I think you’re on the right path. Did you see our assortment of patio cushions? I think they’re reasonably priced. Depending on what color theme you are going to use, you can always mix and match colors and patterns. If you sign up to receive our emails, you can get 15% off your purchase and you’ll receive special discounts & offers in your inbox – that would certainly bring the cost down. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  2. ann ashton says:

    My chair cushions measure 48″ by 21″ by 4″ can I get them special ordered. I love your new ‘PURPLE”. Please say “yes”

    • Cyndee D'Agostini says:

      Hi Ann,
      Unfortunately we can not special order cushions. The closest we have in the hinged seat is 45″X21-1/2″X4″ and in the bench it is 48″X18″X3″. If you can find either a neutral color cushion or if you want to mix up your colors with a bright green, bright orange, etc, you could always add one of the purple throw pillows to your outdoor furniture collection. http://www.improvementscatalog.com/outdoor-cushions-deep-purple/280431

  3. allan brown says:

    I have an old wicker couch that needs seat and back cushions. the seat measures about 60″ wide and 23″ deep. i am not seeing any cushions on your website having these dimensions. Can you make cushions this sizze for me?

    • Cyndee D'Agostini says:

      Hi Allan,
      Unfortunately at this time, we can not do custom cushion sizes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  4. jocelyn straus says:

    Help—I have a loveseat and 2 chair set and a matching table and 6 chair set. I tried to measure, but do not have any cushions to fall back on. Loveseat 51″ x 26 1/2″ seat 51″ x 16″ back, chairs 25″x 16 1/2″ back 25 1/2″ x 26″ seat, and 6 chairs are 21″ x 15″ back, 21″ x 20″ seat. I’m not really going for color I just need the right fit. Please advice.
    Thanks,
    Jocelyn Straus

  5. Nick Stool says:

    This is some really great information! The video will definitely help a lot of people out who don’t want to read all the information.

  6. Marilyn/Fred Putz says:

    We ordered round patio cushions in “Sky Blue” and they are not a good color for us. We would like to replace with “Nautical Blue”, but can’t find them on your web site. Thank you.

  7. Sara Frazer says:

    How do I tell how long/tall the back of the cushions are for the chaise cushions, Item # CC, DD, EE, FF?

    Thanks

  8. susan de fer says:

    I don’t see my original question , I have an old wicker chair, the opening is 18 in which goes quickly to 20 inch, your box cushion which is what I need is has an opening of 19in, it dosent have to be a perfect fit, I just need to know if your 19 in box cushion is soft enough to squeeze into the 18 in opening—–I don’t want to order it and have to send it back, the fact that it isn’t 20 inch wide further in is not an issue since when sat on it will spread out a bit & wont show anyway, the main question is will your 19 in box cushion go into an 18 inch opening ??? I have just gotten the rounds and love them, I am thinking if the box will fit the cushion I can get the 20 or 25 in pillow for the back ??? & than a small toss pillow to complete the look–

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