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Upholstery Foam

We offer a wide variety of upholstery foam products to meet almost any home, commercial, or marine application. If you need help understanding the characteristics of upholstery foam, please see the section below on this page.

We have categorized our upholstery foam into the following types of applications, click one of the links below or scroll down to the correct section:
• Furniture (Interior) Upholstery Foam Applications
• Outdoor or Marine Upholstery Foam Applications
• Fire Retardant
• Visco Memory Foam
• Special Purpose Foam (Rebond, Channel Foam, Quick Quilt, Etc.)

Need a polyfoam cutter, click here.

Please see note below concerning shipping weight on all of our upholstery foam (polyfoam) products. Note that Polyfoam is another word used to describe upholstery foam that you may see when reading about upholstery foam products.

We also Custom Cut Polyfoam. Please e-mail us or Contact Us with your measurements and foam type for custom cut pricing.

If you need new upholstery foam for cushions, we will cut to your measurements and if you like, add a Dacron wrap and ship to you. We also offer foam by the sheet, if you prefer. See our specs and prices below. Contact Us for polyfoam custom cuts, available in larger and smaller custom cuts.

Once you have found the proper foam for your application, please click on the link for pricing and shippping information.

Understanding Upholstery Foam

A proper understanding of the characteristics of upholstery foam will help you select the right foam and contribute to your project's success. There are two primary characteristics:

  1. Density or weight
  2. Firmness

Density or weight indicates the amount of product the foam contains. Density is a measure of the quality of the foam. The higher the density rating, the better to foam will hold up with repeated use. Higher density means longer life and selecting high density foam can add years to the life of the upholstered item. The density rating is the weight of one cubic foot of foam; it does not pertain to firmness. Foam that is low in weight, even though it is firm, will not provide the support or lasting quality as softer, high density foam. Density can be expressed as a single digit with a decimal, like 2.5, or as a two digit number, such as #25. In general, use a density rating of at least 1.5 for seat cushions, and from 1.2 to 1.5 for furniture arms and backs.

The application of the upholstery foam determines the firmness needed. The measure of firmness is determined by how much weight it will take to compress a piece of foam 25%. A piece of foam with a firmness rating of 30 means that it will take a 30 pound weight to compress the foam 25%. A higher number indicates a firmer foam. As a general rule for seats, the thicker the foam, the less firmness we want. Conversely, when using thinner foam for seats select a foam with more firmness. Here are some general guidelines developed by the Polyurethane Foam Association concerning foam firmness:

  • 6-12---------------Bed pillows, thick back pillows
  • 10-18--------------back pillows, upholstery padding, wraps
  • 18-24--------------thin back pillows, tufting matrix, very thick seat cushions,wraps
  • 24-30--------------average seat cushions, upholstery padding, tight seats, certain mattress types, quilting
  • 30-36--------------firmer seat cushions, mattresses
  • 36-45--------------thin seat cushioning and firm mattresses
  • 45 and up----------shock absorbing foams, packaging foams, carpet pads, and other uses requiring ultra-firm foams.

Upholstery foam characteristics are expressed together as Density/Firmness. 15/30 foam has 1.5 pounds of foam per cubic foot, and it will take 30 pounds of weight to compress the foam 25%.

Understanding these characteristics will help you select the right foam for your application. Check out the different applications and their features on our main upholstery foam page. For additional information concerning selection of upholstery foam for your specific application, "Ask the Craftsman" at Gary’s Upholstery.


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