Upholstery Foam to Make Furniture More Comfortable

The person re-upholstering this chair decided to leave the cushions as they were. During the re-upholstery process, you can add batting and cushioning to make furniture more comfortable and attractive.

Re-covering an existing cushion is very simple, but more extensive restoration projects are also within the reach of the do-yourself-er.

Sometimes an existing cushion may still provide a good foundation, but its padding may be worn or thin. To make an existing cushion more comfortable, cover it with upholstery batting or with Nu-Foam.

Upholstery batting has traditionally been wrapped tightly around the existing cushion and fastened. However, it tends to slip and should be glued in place with upholstery adhesive to provide a more secure hold.

Fairfield Polyester Nu-Foam is sold by the yard and in cushion sizes.

Nu-Foam is a dense polyester batting which safely provides the benefits of foam. It is easy to use and tends not to slip easily, but I recommend attaching it to your existing cushion or base with a light spray of upholstery adhesive.

Cushion Dacron Wrap

Once the batting or Nu-Foam has been secured in place and the adhesive allowed to dry, you may want to cover the cushion with Cushion Dacron Wrap for extra security.

Now you are ready to re-cover the cushion. The steps used for this vary depending on the type of cushion you are re-covering. A re-moveable sofa or arm chair cushion will need a new slipcover made to proper size which requires sewing.  However, a seat cushion on a frame chair for the dining room, for example, does not.