Women with OCD – Obsessive Cushion Disorder


The number of women I know who have OCD, Obsessive Cushion Disorder, is alarmingly high and the condition is spreading like a virus.

My flatmate and my mum are two such sufferers who openly state that there are simply not enough cushions in the world. In my parents’ living room there are two sofas (a 3-seater and 2-seater) that are more than perfectly comfortable by themselves but my mum feels the need to add a total of 13 extra cushions?!

These extra cushions serve no purpose, being just sofa decorations and provide no extra comfort at all. In fact, they actually cause discomfort as the cushions get wedged into the gaps of the proper sofa cushions and push them out. You end up moving the cushions to the other end of the sofa or chuck them on the floor.

A sufferer of Obsessive Cushion Disorder

If unchecked, OCD sufferers would keep adding cushions until you could no longer see the sofa and it would just be a big pile of cushions.

This debilitating affliction is not limited to the abuse of perfectly good sofas, but will also encourage the sufferer to obsess about her bed. These women will believe that the bed and pillows are in constant danger from attack and so need to be protected by an ever-present army of cushions.

Boyfriends, partners and visiting guests are forced to go through the ridiculous ritual of removing all these completely superfluous cushions onto the floor and then in the morning having to replace them in the exact place they were found. The order and placement of the cushions is equally important to the OCD sufferer, perhaps more so, than the number of cushions.

The video clip below from the BBC comedy Coupling (starring Jack Davenport, also of FlashForward, This Life and Pirates of the Caribbean fame) helps explain the pointlessness of cushions.

Sadly there is no known cure for Obsessive Cushion Disorder.

Jake McMillan



6 responses to “Women with OCD – Obsessive Cushion Disorder

  • Can a woman think about nothing? « 21st Century Boy

    […] capability of the female brain is cluttered with thoughts of some mad insecurity, shoes, feelings, cushions (women have OCD – obsessive cushion disorder), decorating, dieting, worrying/moaning about friends/colleagues, accessories and the 300 million […]

  • tempgal

    Have to say…that is the prettiest collection of decorative pillows that I’ve seen in a long time!

  • Cushions disorder | Kcloanstore

    […] Women with OCD – Obsessive Cushion Disorder | 21st Century BoyThe number of women I know who have OCD, Obsessive Cushion Disorder, is alarmingly high and the condition is spreading like a virus. … My flatmate and my mum are two such sufferers who openly state that there are simply not enough cushions in the world. In my parents’ living room there are two sofas (a 3-seater and… […]

  • Sometimes, a sofa just isn't enough... | Sofasintheuk.com

    […] “These extra cushions serve no purpose, being just sofa decorations and provide no extra comfort at all. In fact, they actually cause discomfort as the cushions get wedged into the gaps of the proper sofa cushions and push them out. You end up moving the cushions to the other end of the sofa or chuck them on the floor.” [Read the full article here] […]

  • Using cushions to decorate a room | Antarc Furniture Blog

    […] Cushions are one of the most common accessories in décor. Apart from their aesthetic value, they are also comfortable and offer a soft landing on your couch or bed. The cushion cover brings out the beauty of this accessory in colour and pattern. The good thing about using cushions as décor pieces is that they can be used in virtually all rooms. When using cushions to decorate, colour is a very important consideration to make. You should choose cushions with colours that will help enhance the room’s colour scheme. One way is to use solid colour cushions.  Choose a colour that complements either the sofa, duvet or wall paint. If the solid colour does not appeal to you, go for cushions with the colour blocking effect. Take a cushion with a punch of bright contrasting colours and use it to spice up the room. The pattern of the cushions is also important. Patterns will help you incorporate the colour in the room. There are many options to choose from. You can opt to go for floral patterns or polka dots or animal print. There’s no limit or rule book about what patterns to select don’t be afraid to mix patterns. The only rule is to make your choices match the other fabrics in the room. Work with 2 or 3 colours so the room doesn’t get a crowded effect. Before you use cushions to decorate a room, think about their texture. Try and use fabrics that fall into the same family. If you have silk pillows, select something close to that, anything like a shaggy fur cushion will be overkill. The aim is to look for cushions with texture that will bring aesthetic value to a room while making it have a fun feeling. Use a variety of textures but don’t go overboard with your selections. The shape of your cushions is also crucial. Most pillows are squares and rectangles but you should think outside your box when making your selection. Circle cushions can be great to use in a room. While a heart shaped pillows works well for your bed. Think creatively and go for an effect that makes the room most comfortable for you. The only rule is to not overdo the number of shapes in the room. Keep it simple but creative. When using cushions, we tend to go overboard at times. You really love how they look and feel so you pile up as many as you can on a sofa or the bed. Quantity is important to remember.  For solid pillows, go with an even number – 2 or 4 and for patterned pillows, choose an odd number – 1 or 3.These seem to be the numbers that will always work no matter the size of the room or the pillows. Cushions are one of the best décor pieces. They never go out of style and can be used to cuddle up on the sofa or bed as you relax. They can be used in any house regardless of whether you are a man or a woman. Have fun with them and create a decorative effect that suits you. Drop by Antarc Furniture and get some cushions for your home and see it transform in seconds. Photo credit  – https://jakemcmillan.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/women-with-ocd-obsessive-cushion-disorder/ […]

  • Natalie

    Love cushions??? Unique and modern quality designer cushions http://www.charlieandblaze.com

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