Over time, foam
deteriorates; so when recovering your furniture it is a good idea to
replace your old foam. Sitting low or bottoming out in furniture is
often falsely blamed on the springs underneath, however, 90 percent
of the time it is because of worn out foam. The condition of your cushions
dictates how comfortable your furniture will be. After all, this is
where a certain portion of your body, which shall not be named here,
spends all of its contact time. In addition, new foam fills out the
cushion cover better than used flattened foam making a tighter, more
visually pleasing fit.
Whereas most manufacturers of new furniture offer only one type of cushion
foam in their products (usually inexpensive or average quality), we
offer a wide selection of foam for your furniture. You can choose from
ultra soft to ultra firm and heights ranging from 2 to 7 inches. Besides
the height or "thickness" of the foam, two major factors involved
in choosing foam that will produce the look and feel you desire are
firmness and density.
This is a measurement
of Indentation Load Deflection or I.L.D. This measurement represents
how much weight it takes to compress foam a certain amount. The firmness
of a piece of foam normally ranges between 10 to 100. The higher the
number the firmer the foam.
Density is the weight
of a cubic foot of foam. Density is probably the most useful measurement
of foam quality. High-density foam is more comfortable, won't bottom
out as quickly and holds its shape longer than lighter foam. The heavier
The thicker the foam is, the firmer a particular type of foam will feel.
For example, where 2" foam at 65 ILD will feel perfectly comfortable,
5" foam at the same ILD will feel like you are sitting on a board.
We like to follow a general rule of thumb in deciding what firmness
of foam to use in a given situation.
2" foam-------65 ILD
3" foam-------40 ILD
4" foam ------34 ILD
5" foam-------30-34 ILD
6" foam-------26-30 ILD
7" foam-------20-26 ILD
2" foam-------25-30 ILD
3" foam-------20-25 ILD
4" foam-------20 ILD
These figures are only approximations. Medical conditions and accessibility
issues, as well as personal taste can also influence your choices.
In addition to the many types of firmness and densities, there are other
specialty foams such as for hospitals/ healthcare, marine applications
and aviation. We also offer foams that meet certain flammability codes.
Confused? And you thought foam was foam. Right? Understandably, this
is a lot to absorb, but don't let it weigh too heavy on your mind. Our
knowledgeable staff can help point you in the right direction so you
can make a selection that is right for you.