Type of Upholstery Foam Used In Couch Cushions

If the foam in your sofa cushions is not up to the mark, it can to lose its rebound-ability in a very short period of time. Consider replacing the foam as quick as possible to retain the aesthetic appeal.

Basics First
Foam is measured by two basic standards: compression and density. Density is the amount of material in a single cubic foot of foam. On the contrary, compression means the amount of force required to compress the same cubic foot by 25 percent. These two figures describe the softness or hardness of a foam.

Looking inside the cushions
Polyurethane foam is the most common product used in couch cushions. It is available in multitudes of grades which indicate the durability, firmness & price range. It can be found in most upholstery stores in Sydney. Make sure that you are purchasing the foam from a reputed foam distributor or upholsterer. People often make the mistake of assuming that foam is not an eco-friendly product. But the truth is, today’s manufacturing process has helped a lot in achieving eco-friendly foam, which is a booming product in the field of upholstery.

Foam tidbits
Foam is also rated by the expected years of use. A 5-year foam means it should not begin to deteriorate for at least five years of daily usage. Similarly 10 and 15 year foam last at least for the respective number of years. There are some foams which are rated as High Resilience. These types of foam are of high-quality with a density of at least 3 pounds per cubic foot.
On the contrary, specialised options like latex foam, is made from rubber. This type of foam is not a polyurethane product and can have a density of 3 to 15 pounds per cubic foot.

Memory foam is another kind of poly foam which is manufactured to produce a super high density cushion foam.

Faking it


Cushions with a foam core wrapped with poly-fill can deliver the best aesthetic appeal. They are able to give a look of down-filled seat cushions with definite rebounding properties. The inner core of the foam stands responsible for determining the softness or firmness of the couch. On the contrary, down or fill wrap foam provides softness with a slight rumpled look. Cushion with foam core provides the rebounding effect which is absent in fiber filled ones.

Today, foam filled cushions are increasingly growing in popularity among people of Australia mainly due to their cost effectiveness, lightweight, and durability.


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