Choosing Foam For Your Custom Cut Cushion
There are many different foam types, densities, and firmnesses to choose from for foam cushions. The first thing to consider is the application. What is the foam being used for? If it is for furniture that is not used often, lower grade foam such as industrial grade High Density foam would be a cost-effective option. If the foam inserts are for a sofa in the family room that gets a lot of usage, then High Resilience foam is the best choice.
Weight is also important to consider. The heavier the individual, the firmer the foam should be. The industry standard is a medium-firm firmness. People weighing 200 pounds or more should choose a firmer option so the foam can support the weight and not bottom out.
High Density Foam: Industrial grade foam that is ideal for furniture that is used periodically. We recommend this foam for back cushions. Most of the weight is allocated to the seat cushion, not the back cushion. As such, the back cushion will last longer than the seat cushion and will not provide a noticeable difference in comfort than higher quality foam.
Lux Foam: An upgrade from High Density foam. Available in a firmness of medium-firm only, it is better for those who prefer a firmer cushion.
High Resilience Foam: An excellent quality foam that is very comfortable and durable. Can be used both indoor and outdoor.
Memory Foam: A viable option when used as a top layer and glued to a firmer base foam. Solid memory foam cushions are not recommended because they lack support and will bottom out when sat on.
Dry Fast Foam: Its porous open-cell construction makes it for an excellent outdoor cushion solution. Water flows through this foam and it dries quickly.
We recommend adding Dacron to your replacement foam order. Dacron will add softness and puffiness to your seat or cushion when you insert them into your cover. It will also provide a rounded edge to the corners of your seat cushion. You will also need spray adhesive to glue the Dacron to the foam.
If you would like to learn more, feel free to read our article that answers this question in more detail: What is the Best Foam to Use for Sofa Cushions?