Foam is a core ingredient in every cushion-making project however, it is also important to choose the right type of foam for your cushioning. When you talk about cushioning, comfort is the first thing that pops in your mind.
With the progress in the marine industry, there are a lot more things that are integrated with comfort such as foams for cushioning. There are a couple of foams that have been engineered to float, prevent mold and mildew, drain water, and withstand daily wear.
When it comes to choosing the right foam, you must have a look at the attributes that makes it more compatible and sustainable with certain changes in the climate and the surrounding.
Let’s discuss some basic properties of the different type of cushions which makes them unique from others.
Compressed Polyester is not truly a foam but it actually is a densified polyester that is an effective alternative foam. It will not turn yellow or disintegrate like traditional foam however it will compress with the passage of time.
Fairfield Poly-Fil Nu-Foam is a great example of compressed polyester which is washable, can easily air-dry after getting wet, mildew resistant and non- allergenic. It is an excellent alternative. Also, this is an inexpensive option and is best for occasional seating like patio cushions, playpens, and light use upholstery.
Similar to Compressed Polyester, Polyester Fiberfill is also not an actual foam but has blown polyester fibers. It is an affordable option and is used as a common stuffing for pillows and deep seating back cushions.
Polyester Fiberfill is also used as a stuffing in cushions to make them hold their shape and provides support so you can lean back firmly. It is resistant to mildew, non-allergenic and machine washable (it’s important to be careful with the fibers as they can bunch up while the rough laundry process). Also, you can use your hands to smooth it out.
When it comes to choosing the right mattress and seating, Medium Density Polyurethane Antimicrobial is the traditional foam approach. Polyurethane is used to soak up all the water when it gets wet however antimicrobial (also known as biocide) is some sort of a treatment that helps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew on the foam.
Antimicrobial is also used to wrap around the foam to act as a waterproofing layer, similar to the Cushion Wrap Silk Film that is added before inserting the cushion cover. Medium Density foams are great for occasional indoor, seating patio cushions and boat seats.
High-Density Polyurethane Foam works the same as the Medium Density Polyurethane Antimicrobial foam however, it offers higher density that makes it suitable for routine use, sustainable and more resilient which is good for high-traffic use.
High-Density Polyurethane Foams are also available in medium, firm and extra-firm firmness levels that typically lasts up to 12 years. They are best for sofa cushions, upholstery seating and berth cushions in dry boats.
As you can see there are a number of options available and it’s still your call to choose the best-suited one according to your usability. For more details visit: https://www.divinedesignupholstery.com/