Thursday, 2 November 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Upholstery Foam


Upholstery foam can usually be purchased from upholstery stores either cut-to-size or as standard stock upholstery sheets.   There are over 50 grades of upholstery foam and you need to buy the right one for your purpose.   At Padgham Upholstery, our foam cushions vary in size and density, and which type you select will depend on what you need it for.  We can cut specifically to the size required.
So, what is upholstery foam and what can you use it for? 

What is Upholstery Foam and How can it be Used?
Upholstery foam is the core of every cushion project and is usually used in the upholstery of armchairs and couches, as well as cushions.  There are a few different types of foam available, some of which we detail here:

Compressed Polyester/ Dacron
Compressed polyester isn’t actual foam, but is densified polyester batting that can be used as an alternative to foam. This polyester alternative, doesn’t yellow but it does compress over time, meaning it can flatten and lose its padding more quickly than your standard polyester foam.
Compressed polyester is suitable for occasional seating, light use upholstery or even as crib bumpers or in playpens.

Anti-Microbial Polyurethane Foam
A more traditional form of upholstery foam, anti-microbial polyurethane foam has a medium firmness that works well when used in seating and mattresses. The foam will soak up water if the seating or foam gets wet, however, the foam’s anti-microbial treatment will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew after the foam has dried.
This type of foam is often used for boat seats as well as patio cushions and occasional indoor seating.

High-Density Polyurethane Foam
Similar to the anti-microbial polyurethane foam listed above, high-density polyurethane foam is a popular, established form of upholstery foam. However, this foam has a higher density and is available in both medium and firm densities that can last as long as 12 years.
Thanks to its extra firmness and durability, this high-density foam is suitable for use in upholstery seating and high-use interior applications.

Open Cell Foam
Open cell foam has open pores that make it possible for water and air to easily flow through the material. This particular type of foam is also made with an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of both mold and mildew.
This type of foam is comfortable and cool when used in cushions and mattresses and it requires very little maintenance, as it can withstand the elements and be used in both indoor and outdoor settings.  
For all of your upholstery foam needs in Melbourne, talk to the team at Padgham Upholstery today! We can help talk you through the types of foam we have available, ensuring you find the right one for your needs.




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