Seating & Positioning 2012 Handbook

Consumer Checklist: Seat Cushion Wear

Cushion Cover

  • Look for rips or tears in the fabric.
  • Look for signs of severe wear, including pilling of fabric or change in fabric color in certain areas of the cover.

Foam Cushion

  • Is one part of side of the cushion lower than the other?
  • Look for crumbling or crusty foam.
  • Does the foam spring back to its original height when compressed, then released?
  • Check for mold, especially if the cushion is exposed to moisture.

Fluid/Gel Cushion

  • Does the fluid/gel pack feel flattened?
  • Is the fluid or gel able to move freely within its pack?
  • Are the seams and cover of the pack still intact? Look for cracks and punctures.

Honeycomb Cushion

  • Do the cushion cells return to their original shape when they’re compressed, then released?
  • Are any cells flattened?

Air Cushion

  • Are seams and air chambers intact? Look for leaks or punctures in air chambers.
  • Look for “stress lines” across the air chambers, where the material of the chamber is being stretched too far. Check for lighter-colored areas of the cells, which could indicate stress lines.
  • Check for cracks or other signs of degrading.

This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Mobility Management.

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