do I measure my cushions?
Please see the following link for how to measure your sofa or
marine foam cushions: Measure your Cushion
adding Dacron fiberfill wrap, should I compensate by going smaller
in the foam dimensions?
No, do NOT compensate for the fiberfill wrap by using smaller
foam inserts. Dacron fiberfill is a filler that
helps a cushion achieve a fuller and more rounded look. But fiberfill
is soft and compresses very easily, so if you compensate for fiberfill,
you'll end up with RV cushions or a boat mattress
replacement that has a baggy appearance.
is Density? What is Compression / Firmness? Is there a difference?
there is a big difference between density & firmness of particular
foam and mattress foam. First I will discuss
density, then compression (ILD)...
Technically, it is taking one solid chunk of particular piece
of foam sized 12" x 12" x 12", and weighing it
by pounds. The denser the cube is, the more likely that particular
foam has more quality, thus is more resilient and durable. (This
is true only if the foam is not filled or "load" with
additives that just add weight to the foam. Rest assured, this
is NOT done to our foams or foam inserts.)
(Indentation Load Deflection): Technically, taking a 24"
x 24" x 4" (or no smaller) chunk of foam, and compressing
it with a 50 square inch circular foot down 1 inch (25% compression
test), measuring in pounds the force needed to compress the foam.
The higher the number, the firmer the foam, & the lower the
number, the softer the foam.
What if you don't have the shape I am looking for?
We can custom make just about any shape imaginable. If you have a shape not found in our selection, CONTACT US for details and pricing on cutting your unique shape.
What should I consider when purchasing the foam?
When purchasing foam, there are 3 major details to consider,
SUPPORT: The foam should be able to support the weight put on it. With that said, the thickness of the foam itself will also effect its ability to support weight, along with the weight of the person being supported. Foam thinner than 3 inches will be a bit softer than stated and foam thicker than 6 inches will be a bit firmer than stated. Same goes for the weight of a person. Heavier people (270lbs or more) will need a firmer foam, and visa versa for lighter people (75lbs or less), go with softer foam.
COMFORT: The softer and cushiony the foam is, the better the foam feels and is more comfortable. However, going too soft will not be supportive and may lead to soreness, usually of the back and lower back region. Ideally you need a cushion that has a balance of comfort and support suited for your application. Adding Dacron / fiberfill wrap is an excellent way to add a bit of comfort while still having a good supportive foam.
DURABILITY: This is the foams ability to retain its resilience / firmness throughout the life of the foam. Higher density foams have a much higher resistance to collapsing or bottoming out then lower density, cheaper foams. Applications in which the cushion is used for heavy and / or everyday use should lean toward a higher density. Applications with lighter and / or occasional use should lean toward a lower density.
What foam types do you carry, and do you have the technical details on them too?
The link to general information, along with technical data can be found under the
Foam Types page.