Upholstery Foam Product Spotlight Video
If you want to use foam outdoors, you can’t go wrong with Eva-Dri or EZ-Dri outdoor foam. They’re both medium density, but they are designed to let water flow through them rather than absorbing it like a sponge. The open cell construction also lets humidity and moisture evaporate quickly. EZ-Dri foam also has a built in fungicidal additive that inhibits fungus and mildew. This will help prevent stains and odor.
For a firmer foam that’s very durable, try rebond foam. It’s a dense, open cell foam that provides solid support and holds its shape well. It’s commonly used for commercial upholstery, motorcycle and snowmobile seats, bar stools, massage tables, and exercise mats.
Sew foam has a cloth backing which makes it easy to work with for upholstery projects. This foam is commonly used to make custom automobile, motorcycle, and boat seats, as well as for headliner backings and car door panels. It can be sewn to the back of fabric or vinyl to create specialty padded designs like pleated upholstery.
Working with Upholstery Foam
Foam will be shipped to you rolled up tightly. After you unroll the foam, please allow up to 24 hours for the foam to expand to its correct dimensions.
Once the foam is exposed to air, it will start to yellow, so don’t be concerned when this happens.
Foam can easily be cut with a serrated knife, or even an electric knife. For a professional foam cutter, there’s the Acu 350 Foam Cutter, which has two blades to produce a fine, reliable cut.
See our video on how to cut foam.
Foam Spray Adhesive
For more complex shapes and layering, you can use spray adhesive to bond the foam together. You can also spray adhesive to attach padding or upholstery batting to the foam to make cushions and headboards softer and more rounded.
Tutorials Using Foam
See the following tutorials that use foam for more tips on cutting foam and using for upholstery.
- How To Make Box Cushions with a Zipper
- How To Reupholster Dining Chairs
- How to Make an Upholstered Spool Ottoman
- How to Make a Simple Dog Bed (or Outdoor Cushion)
- How to Reupholster an Ottoman