Replacing the foam in your sofa’s cushions is a great way to extend its life. It’s fast, affordable and fairly easy to do! Here’s our guide to cushion foam and how to replace yours. Read on to find out more.Don’t forget, we’re here to help with all your foam needs. We carry a large stock of different foams and are happy to advise you. For more information, get in touch today!
Sofa cushion foam is typically made from polyurethane, and replaced more traditional materials such as feathers and wool. Whilst these were luxurious, they were also a hassle because cushions would get flattened or out of shape quickly and would require continuous plumping.
Polyurethane is a tough plastic that was first synthesised in 1937 by the chemist Otto Bayer. In 1941 he discovered that a foamed product could also be formed from it. Polyurethane foam made its debut in furniture production in the 1950s and was much less prone to being flattened, as well as being cheaper to produce. It went on to widely replace feathers and other cushion fillers.
Polyurethane foam is not without its issues though. It is a by-product of petroleum and crude oil, meaning it can be flammable and, when ignited, will burn very quickly with intense heat. As such, another excellent choice for sofa cushion foam is polypropylene, which is safer and more resilient.
What to do:
Be sure to give your new cushion foam time to wear in. It should settle after a couple of weeks. If, after this, you need additional firmness, then you can add additional layers of quilt wadding as required.
If all of this sounds a little complicated, then just get in touch with us and we can help! We have a huge range of foams that we can supply, made to measure for you and shipped straight to your front door! Why not get in touch with us today and let us do all the hard work for you? We look forward to hearing from you!
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