How to make your own cushions

Written by The Foam Factory

Have you ever wondered how a cushion is made and what gives it its cushy shape? In its most basic form, a cushion is a series of layers, with each serving a specific purpose. Here is a quick run down on the construction of a cushion and how to protect it from moisture.

Step one – Get the correct foam for the application. For pillows and seat cushions use something like a polyester fiberfill which will be light, fluffy and does not necessarily need a strict shape. For a rounder type of cushion, use something like polyurethane foam and wrap it in batting. Closed cell foam, on the other hand, is generally not used with any batting.

Step two – Any cushion or seat backs that require a rounded appearance can be done so by wrapping it in batting. The batting is usually wrapped around the harder types of foam. It is glued to the foam to prevent it moving or coming off inside. There are several ways to apply batting, but the most popular are to cover three sides or encase it entirely.

Step three – Protect the cushions from moisture by using a silk film. This layer can be applied to any all types of foam, from encased fiberfill to seat foam. Getting the silk film layer to stay involves using a vacuum to shrink the foam and then let it expand to fill the film layer. This layer is completely noiseless and is soft.


At The Foam Factory, you can find just about every type of cushion you could ever need including the next replacement for your foam seat.