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From: Shellymoon
Date: 05-17-2004, 09:33 PM (1 of 4)
The foam on my couch cushions is kaput. Has anyone ever tried to replace just the foam inside the cushions? If so, I could use a few pointers. Like, what kind of foam is best? Is it sold by grade or content? How do you measure? Does it need to be wrapped in batting before you refill the cusions?

I recently recovered a footstool and chose a stiff foam that feels like a mixture of fiberglass and polyfil. Would this work for couch cushions?

I know, it's one question that turned into 20 questions!
Shelly Moon
User: Shellymoon
Member since: 05-27-2001
Total posts: 240
From: stitchmd
Date: 05-17-2004, 09:40 PM (2 of 4)
I recently helped a friend refurbish kaput sofa cushions. She bought a dense foam several inches thick, and layers of softer foam one or two inches thick to make a sandwich. This was all covered with batting to make a soft surface with rounded edges, on all 6 sides. Then we used plastic dry cleaning bags to cover it all and help it slide into the cushion covers. You have to rip and wrestle the plastic out, but it's easier than pushing everything in without it.

Each layer was semi glued together with adhesive spray, something you definitely want to do outdoors.

The results were beautiful, took an old, pathetic piece and made it new and comfortable.

Your foam should be the same dimensions as the cover, the batting will make it even larger, this gives the best really full results.

It's all a good workout and a very satisfying project.
User: stitchmd
Member since: 02-25-2003
Total posts: 226
From: Raine
Date: 05-17-2004, 10:13 PM (3 of 4)
The thick foam can be cut with an electric knife or a serrated bread knife. Good luck!!
User: Raine
Member since: 04-19-2000
Total posts: 259
From: sandrajean
Date: 05-22-2004, 10:13 PM (4 of 4)
Hi Shelley, If you want a good grade of foam and one that will last, go to your local upholsterer and by it from him. He will even cut it for you.

The foam that is sold in JoAnn Fabrics and other craft stores is of a lesser grade and will not hold up for a long time.

Yes, you will want to wrap your foam cushions with upholstery grade dacron. It will give a nice plush feel to your cushions.
User: sandrajean
Member since: 05-22-2004
Total posts: 6
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