I adore my love seat, but it was starting to show its age. The cushions were worn and lumpy, and I knew it was time for a change. When I went shopping for new foam cushioning, I had no idea what I was looking for or how much different types would cost! After some research, though, I found out there are many options when it comes to buying foam products and each type is suited for certain uses. In this post we’ll cover everything you need to know before purchasing any kind of foam padding:
A word about cushions
When it comes to cushions, you should look for the following:
- Firmness. You want your cushions to be firm enough so that they don’t feel like a marshmallow or sink into the couch. But if they are too firm, then you’ll have a hard time sinking in and relaxing. Some people find that a little extra cushion makes them more comfortable than others do—it really depends on your preference!
- Durability. The material should be durable enough to last through years of use without breaking down or discoloring. This means finding out what kinds of chemicals could damage the material (such as bleach), then avoiding them in your cleaning regimen as much as possible so that you won’t have to throw away new furniture every few months due to staining issues with old furniture pieces.
- Easy cleanability/durability against elements
For sofas and couches, choose foam with a firmness of about 4–6.
For sofas and couches, choose foam with a firmness of about 4–6. This will provide plenty of support for your body weight without feeling too hard or too soft.
For dining room chairs, choose something between 1–3 on the firmness scale. Dining room chairs are usually not used as long as other pieces of furniture in your home—so you don’t need to worry about them being too supportive!
For lawn chairs, I recommend selecting something between 2–4 on the firmness scale because you want it to be comfortable but not overly supportive. You’ll probably just be sitting in these for short periods at a time (like when eating outside), so there’s no need for extra padding!
Lastly, if you’re looking for outdoor seating options (for example: benches or sectionals), I suggest going with items that fall somewhere between 2–6 on the firmness scale since they’ll get lots of wear out there
For dining room chairs, choose foam with a firmness of about 2–3.
For dining room chairs, choose foam with a firmness of about 2–3. This will give you enough cushion to be comfortable, but not so much that it’s too soft. If you’re looking for a chair that can be used by several people over the course of an evening, 3 will provide enough support for most people.
If your dining room chairs are going to be used primarily by one person at a time, however (or if the user is particularly large), then go for something between 2 and 4 instead—the more pressure applied to the seat of the chair, the firmer its foam should be. It’s also important to remember that softer seating can lead to soreness in some users’ backs or hips after sitting in them for extended periods of time; if this sounds familiar or like it might become a problem later on down the road (e.g., as your legs grow longer), consider upgrading sooner rather than later!
For lawn chairs, choose foam with a firmness of 1–2.
A foam product that’s too soft won’t support you and will wear out quickly. On the other hand, a foam product that is too firm can cause aches and pains by encouraging you to sit in an unnatural way.
It’s important to choose a foam product with the correct “feel-softness” for your needs. For example, if your lawn chair needs extra cushioning because it has no back support, then you may want to select a softer foam product (between 1–2 on our scale). However, if you have plenty of back support but need extra cushioning because of your weight or due to arthritis pain or other similar conditions, then selecting a firmer foam product (5–6 on our scale) would be more appropriate.
For outdoor use, you have three choices: Dryfast Foam, Rebond cushioning or Urethane Foam.
If you want to put a cushion on your outdoor furniture, there are three choices: dryfast foam, rebond cushioning or urethane foam.
Dryfast foam is the best choice for outdoor use because it is UV (ultraviolet) resistant and will not disintegrate when exposed to sunlight and moisture. Urethane foam does not hold up well outdoors because it is susceptible to deterioration from ultraviolet light and moisture absorption.
Choose the right density for your sofa.
One of the first things to consider when choosing foam for your sofa is the density. Density is measured in pounds per cubic foot, so higher numbers mean firmer foam and lower numbers mean softer foam. For example, a 2 PCF would be softer than a 3 PCF. The density should match the firmness of your sofa. If you have a couch that’s already pretty plush, you’ll want suitably soft cushioning; if it’s not very cushy at all (and maybe even a bit stiff), then something more dense will keep it from feeling like sitting on concrete.
If you’re looking for comfort, consider super soft foam.
If you’re looking for comfort, consider super soft foam. It’s not only comfortable and soft, but it’s also pliable and holds its shape well. However, this type of foam doesn’t hold up very well in a busy household and is best suited for use in small spaces (like a reading chair or at-home office).
I recommend buying a cushion wrap along with your foam padding.
Cushion wraps are one of my favorite things to buy when I’m replacing the foam in my seat. Cushion wraps come in many different materials, but I prefer leather because it is easy to clean, replace and repair. These cushions are also adjustable and can be changed easily if you want to change the look of your chair.
If you’re buying a new foam cushion, I recommend buying a cushion wrap along with your foam padding. The cushions are usually made out of a material called “suede cloth” which is very durable but not waterproof or stain resistant so they will eventually wear out over time. The best way to prevent this from happening is by using a cover that protects both sides of the fabric (like suede cloth) from getting dirty or stained easily; this way you can use them longer without having any problems!
There are many options when it comes to cushions and each type is suited for certain uses.
- The first step in picking the right foam is to determine what type you are looking for. There are many options when it comes to cushions and each type is suited for certain uses.
- Foam density is measured by pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Lower density foam is softer, higher density will be firmer. If you want your furniture seat to be soft and squishy, then lower PCF foam would work best. If you want something more firm, then go with higher PCF foam.
- When choosing a sofa cushion or chair cushion, you’ll want to think about how much use your furniture gets on a daily basis and if it should be used for sitting or lounging. For example: if your sofa has arms but doesn’t get much use as an ottoman or extra seating during parties (i.e., no kids jumping around) then choosing something with a lower PCF might suffice; otherwise opt for something higher in order to ensure longevity at all times throughout its lifetime—even during those long movie nights! In fact, this same rule applies even when purchasing outdoor furniture like lawn chairs because they can also take quite a beating depending on what weather conditions Mother Nature throws at us every year!
Now that you know the difference between each type of foam, it’s time to get shopping! Remember that the quality of your cushions will depend on the materials used in their construction. If you’re looking for something that will last a long time and provide comfort for your guests, I recommend buying a cushion wrap along with your foam padding.