What foam should I choose for my patio cushions?
The foam you choose for your patio cushions should depend on how well protected they are from the elements. If your patio is covered by a solid roof that prevents rain and sunlight rays from entering, then our recommendation is High Resilience foam in a firm. This foam type is very comfortable and durable, making it long-lasting and resistant to outside elements.
While usually not necessary, Dry Fast foam is also an option if your patio furniture is not covered or if you have a pergola that allows rain and sunlight rays to get through. Dry Fast foam is a very porous open-cell foam that allows water to pass through and dry quickly. That means after a wet spell, you will be sitting on a dry cushion rather than a wet one. It also will not mold, mildew, or rot.
Most patio furniture manufacturers use cheap materials inside of their cushions that will succumb to the elements. You will often find that they use polyester fiber for the back cushions and cheap Polyurethane foam or industrial-grade High-Density foam for the seat cushions. The polyester fiber will compress and clump after a short period of time. The foam will degrade quickly as well. These are not designed to be used outdoor and therefore will not last long. The foam type used needs to be able to withstand outdoor elements such as rain, sun, and snow.
High Resilience foam will last much longer and be much more comfortable than what the average patio furniture comes with. Its resilient and durable open-cell construction will ensure your cushions stay plush and comfortable year-round. For an extra plush and soft look and feel, Dacron can be glued to the foam with spray adhesive.