Down & Feathers
Pillow Ticking Covers
Whenever a cushion is stuffed with feathers or down, a ticking cover is required to keep the feathers/down from coming through the cover. You can chose from a number of different pillow ticking styles, depending upon the application and your budget. Here are some various style shown.
1. Knife Edge Ticking Cover
The simplest style of ticking cover is the knife edge style. This is basically just two pieces of ticking sewn togther, with the feathers/down inside. This it typically used for throw pillows, although it could also be used for larger pillows, such as backrest pillows on sofas and chairs.
2. Box Cushion Ticking Cover
The next ticking style is the Boxed Ticking cover. A very simple style to make, All the feathers and down are in one large compartment. This style is very easy to fluff up. However, one larger cushions specially, when sat upon, some of the filling can squeeze out from under the person to the other end of the cushion.
With time, if used in a backrest cushion, it begins to look a little "poochy"; It doesn't hold it's shape very well. In comparison, look at the picture (#3. below) of the sofa with Baffled Box Ticking backrest cushions.
3. Baffled Box Cushion Ticking Cover
The baffles are added to better control the movement of the filling, keeping it in place under the user.
When the above Baffled Box Cushion is used as a backrest cushion of a sofa or chair, it is used vertically. In this placement the cushions keep a better vertical shape. The baffles help prevent all the cushion filling from falling to the bottom of the cushion.
Here is a sofa that used the Baffled Down Ticking Covers for the backrest cushions.
Building a Firmer Down Seat Cushion
One inherent feature is down/feather cushions is the soft and luxurious feel. However, one drawback is that for all that softness, the cushions have very little "body"; the user can easily feel "unsupported". One solution, is to add more down/feather filling to the cushion to make the cushion firm.. But, in the process, the cushion bulges in the middle and, looses the fluffiness that down is known for. To keep the natural softness of the down, while adding some body to the cushion, is to add an inner core or foam or springs.
4. Box Ticking Cover with Insert
This has a foam insert, with a single pocket for the foam on both the top and the bottom of the cushion. Since is has a foam core, this type of cushion gives more support than the basic down cushions. however, the down can still move from side to side when you sit on the cushion.
5. Baffled Ticking Cover with Foam Insert
I had a client who wanted his sofa reupholstered. The sofa had down/feather cushions,which he liked, but the cushions didn't give him enough support. So we designed and created a pillow ticking cover with a foam inner core.
We decided upon this design because the client wanted to keep his down cushions, but wanted it to be a little more substantial. Just having the down by itself just didn't have enough support. I had suggested packing the down a little tighter and we tried a sample of that, but that wasn't satisfactory. So we decided on this design.
Note: this method costs substantially more that the basic foam cushion. So, if you are concerned about price, go with the full foam cushion.
Here is the finished the sofa.
6. Baffled Down Ticking With Spring Insert
Not Pictured, but this is made very similar to the same design with the foam core. The main difference is that the springs have to have additional padded insulation to keep the springs from wearing holes in the ticking.