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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > Good Source For Cushion Foam and Any Tips? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Good Source For Cushion Foam and Any Tips?
Need to make new cushions for Island Style sofa & chair
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Date: 12/4/11 9:27 PM

I found a rattan sofa, love seat and chair with ottoman on Craigslist. The rattan is in so, so condition, good enough that it will look OK once it's sanded and re-lacquered and a few bindings redone. But I'm reeling from the cost of foam.

Questions:

I measured the seat cushions and they are 24" square and 5" deep. Do I buy foam the same size or do they need to be larger.

How do I specify the back cushions (they are softer).

Cheapest place to get buy foam (I'm in Hawaii)?

Any tips (or should I just forget it as the cost for foam and fabric seems to be high - six cushions for couch, four for the love seat, two for the chair and one for ottoman - 13 cushions).

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Date: 12/5/11 2:27 PM

I've bought foam at Joann, but waited until one of their 50% off sales. Which usually happens about every 2 months it seems. Are the back cushions thinner? That would make them seem softer, otherwise I'd just use the same as the seats. Or perhaps an upholsterer would sell some?

We had a small couch reupholstered, and they wrapped the foam with polyester batting. They said it gives a nice cushy feel, and keeps the cover from sliding around. It does both very well so far. Our couch has 1 long cushion, and the original cushion cover would twist around the cushion in the center. So far that hasn't happened since it's been recovered.

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Date: 12/6/11 3:20 AM

That's interesting about covering the foam.

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Date: 12/6/11 3:14 PM

I covered cushions for our carved teak sectional about 18 years ago. The recommendation for high density foam has turned out to be an excellent investment. The local upholsterer also said that besides wrapping the foam with the polyester batting that I should cover the wrapped foam with a cotton cover that was well fit before I made the cover with the upholstery fabric. Again, it has turned out to be an excellent investment. The box edge of the cushions still have their original shape.

It's worth the effort and the investment if the rattan is a good quality and you plan on keeping it. We're not even old enough to have this conversation, but our younger son has already made a claim for the teak sofa 'later'. Should you preplan with a little extra fabric, you'll have something that will last and look nice in your home for a very long time.

Our bottom cushions are perfect rectangles. No front curves. When I made them, I put zippers on both sides of the cushions. This made it easier to insert the foam precisely. Even better, it means that I can flip and rotate the cushions with no restrictions since I did not put in the single traditional back zipper.

Why not check online and call some of the customer service departments about their high density foam? I purchased mine from the same upholstery shop where I got the great advice. At the time it was less expensive than buying from JoAnn's and it was a better product. The upholsterer was a skilled artist that was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and resources.

Best wishes.

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Date: 12/22/11 8:44 AM

I bought foam from Joann's once and am never going to again. They used an electric knife and the measurements I gave them were horribly crooked. Next time I wanted foam I took a chance and bought it from BuyFoam.com It was a bit pricey but arrived fast and was cut perfect, so perfect that you couldn't tell any edge was cut at all. To me it was worth it to have it perfect for what I was using it for. They also offer different firmnesses of foam depending on your needs.

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Date: 12/23/11 4:18 AM

Thanks for all the info. Glad to hear that buyfoam is reputable.

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