Ultimate guide to wheelchair cushions

Ultimate guide to wheelchair cushions

Posted by Healthquest on 22nd Jul 2022

If you're using a wheelchair, ordinary cushions may not be enough to give you posture support and pressure relief. Fortunately, Health Quest has special cushions for people with mobility issues who are often concerned about pressure sores and other risks that come with them.

To make sure that you enjoy all the benefits and comfort of wheelchair cushions, you need to find the right one, which is based on a myriad of factors such as your size and height, the type of wheelchair you're using, and your body parts that need pressure relief. In short, everything should boil down to your comfort.

What should you look for in a wheelchair cushion?

First things first: Don't just buy the cheapest cushions you find on the market because we're talking not just about your comfort but your quality of life as well. Because you spend a great deal of time sitting, you need a surface that's supple and supportive enough at the same time.

When shopping for a wheelchair cushion, you should consider these most important things.

Provide good pressure distribution

Gel seat for wheelchair users is notable for its excellent pressure distribution, although you may have to knead its surface prior to use to keep the gel in place. Another benefit is that it can keep you cool, especially during hot weather.

While not every wheelchair user needs a pressure relief cushion (especially those not at risk of developing a pressure sore), the improved comfort and posture it brings are enough reasons to invest in this cushion.


Choose wheelchair cushions with a durable cover and wear-resistant material that doesn't "bottom out" quickly (aka, lose its shape). At Health Quest, you can find quality cushions and accessories that can last many years.

Cushion with excellent fabric

The truth is that the "right" fabric depends on your needs. For instance, if you're suffering from incontinence, you need water-resistant material to protect your skin from moisture, which can lead to pressure sores.

But in general, the fabric should not be too thick that it leads to folds that may cause marking on your skin; it should reduce friction to help prevent painful pressure sores; and the cover can be removed and washed as needed.

Good airflow

You want a cool seat with good airflow as your body's temperature and moisture may lead to skin breakdown.

Right size and height

The thicker and heavier a cushion is, the more comfort it provides, although you have to consider the added weight which could affect your self-propulsion. On the other hand, a tall cushion could make it easier to reach counter surfaces, but it could also mean your wheelchair may not fit under a desk or table.

When it comes to a cushion's weight and height, consider what makes the most sense for your specific needs.

Other features you need to consider:

Maintenance. Some cushions require more maintenance than others. For instance, air cushion needs to be checked for leaks regularly.

Positioning support. If you need more pressure support than a standard wheelchair cushion can provide, there are several options that can promote good posture, such as wedges, contoured seats, sacral cutout cushions, etc.

Do you need extra position aids?

Aside from a wheelchair cushion, you may also need positioning aids for additional comfort and support. For instance, lap cushion for the upper body and trunk, lateral hip guide, foot and leg support and recliner overlay for full body support.

Final word

If you're ready to find your high-quality wheelchair cushions, sleep aids and other accessories, visit Health Quest now or call/text us at 916-238-1700. Our online store carries products that have been proven safe and effective in improving the quality of life of people with mobility issues.