5 Steps to a Sturdy Foam Cushion

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When it comes to foam cushions, there’s no better feeling than knowing you made it yourself. As simple as a foam cushion can be, you can make one in about an hour or two depending on how fast you work. Here are the five steps you’ll need to follow:

Choose your foam material.

In order to make sure that your foam cushion is sturdy, you need to choose the right material. There are many types of foam on the market, each with their own pros and cons. Here is a list of what to look for when purchasing your foam:

  • Durability: You want your cushion to last as long as possible so make sure it can withstand wear and tear. Some materials break down faster than others, so choose accordingly. For example, memory foam takes quite a bit longer than high-density polyurethane (HDPE).
  • Comfort: Your goal should always be comfort in whatever product you’re making or using—a sturdy cushion will only be useful if it’s comfortable! Make sure that whatever material you choose feels good against the skin before purchasing because nothing ruins a nice nap like feeling like someone has been rubbing sandpaper against them all afternoon.* Easy cutting: When working with large pieces of any type of foam, it can be difficult if not impossible to cut these quickly by hand due to how dense they are compared with other materials such as fabric which tends not only easier but safer when trying this task out since there aren’t any sharp edges around that could cut anything else nearby too easily (ie., paper). If this sounds familiar then look into buying something called “snips”–these are actually just like scissors except without any blades inside them at all–instead there will just be two handles connected together by wires instead which allows us access into making clean cuts without worrying about hitting anything else behind our target area.”

Cut it to size.

If you’re using a foam cushion as a seat, place it on a cutting mat and measure its length and width with a ruler. Cut off any excess foam that extends beyond the edges of your cushion. If you’re using the foam to make an ottoman or coffee table top, measure around the perimeter of your container and cut pieces accordingly.

The fabric should be long enough to wrap around each side of your cushion twice, so take this into account when measuring out how much fabric you need (considering stitching). To determine what size to make or buy as well as how many pieces are needed for each side, divide the circumference of your container by 2; then multiply this number by 2 inches—this will give you an approximation of how many inches long each piece needs to be folded over once in order for it to fit snugly around all sides when wrapped twice around the seating surface (or container).

Sew the zippers into place.

Zippers are easy to sew, and they can be a great way to add a design element to your cushion. You can find zippers at any fabric store, but if you’re looking for something more specific you might need to do some online shopping. There are many different types of zippers available, and each one has benefits depending on what kind of finished product you’re trying to achieve:

  • Straight (or normal) zippers have a single opening that runs along their length with no overhang at either end; these are often used on clothing items because they have an open-ended design that allows them to be removed easily but doesn’t allow too much movement through the opening while being worn—which is important when considering whether or not this type would work well with your project!
  • Locking zippers have a small lock mechanism built into them so that once it reaches its maximum length it won’t slide back down again until unlocked by pressing against the lock button which releases tension from inside so that both sides move simultaneously rather than independently like regular ones would.”

Cut the fabric to size.

Cut the fabric to size. To measure, place your foam cushion on top of the fabric, and trace around its perimeter. Make sure that you cut your fabric so that it is not too small or too big. It should be just large enough to wrap around the foam cushion’s edge with a little extra hanging over all four sides—about three inches per side will do (this will make sewing easier). If you are using a patterned fabric, make sure that any decorative details fall in line with where they would normally be positioned on a finished pillow cover—otherwise they may get lost during sewing!

Now comes the fun part: gathering! Gather along each side by pulling up loops of thread at regular intervals through which we’ll later pass our elastic bands (you can use straight pins if needed).

Sew and stuff up your new cushion.

Sew and stuff up your new cushion.

  • Turn your cushion inside out (the side you’ll be sewing on should be facing you).
  • Sew the top and bottom pieces together, making sure to leave a gap for turning them right-side out again later on in this process! This part is important, so don’t skip it!
  • Stuff the cushion with foam until full—if you’re using more than one layer of foam, repeat this step with each layer until all are stuffed into place within your cover and zipper closure area has been sewn shut at the bottom end of your cover (as shown below).
  • Use a needle and thread to sew both remaining sides of your new bag shut (as shown in our example picture above). This will help keep everything nice and tight as well as protect against spills or leaks coming from inside once it’s used often enough over time—it’s important not just because they look nice but also because they serve an actual function by keeping things dryer inside when spilled upon often enough after long periods of use.”

Take a well deserved break!

You’ve spent a lot of time and energy on this project, but it’s worth it! Take some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You deserve a break!

  • Take a nap on your new cushion.
  • Relax in your chair with a good book or movie for an hour or two.
  • Do something fun outside like going for a jog in the park or playing basketball with friends at the gym.

This is a great do-it-yourself project!

This is a great do-it-yourself project! You can customize your foam cushion any way you want—they’re extremely versatile, so if you don’t like how yours turned out, it’s easy to change. The whole process takes about an hour, and all you need are some supplies from the hardware store (which will set you back $10 or less). In addition to being affordable and quick, this method makes it easy for anyone to make a foam cushion last!


Making your own foam cushion is a great do-it-yourself project. It’s easy, inexpensive and you can customize it to fit the exact dimensions of whatever chair or couch you’re looking to soften up. So if you have some time on your hands this weekend and want to give this DIY project a shot, check out our five steps above!

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