Can you replace the foam in couch cushions?

by | Jan 6, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

It depends on whether or not the cushions are removable.

Non-removable cushions are most often found in:

  • Low and mid-priced reclining furniture.
  • Leather seating. One sided cushions can save several hundred dollars when expensive leather is used.
  • Some lower cost stationary couches have non-removable cushions.
    • Replacing the foam in non-removable cushions is major surgery.
      • It is expensive.
      • The fabric needs to be removed and then reattached. That is not always possible without completely replacing the fabric.

      Removable cushions do have replaceable cushion cores.

      • Cushion covers generally have zippers shown in so that they can be removed and the cores replaced.
        • When replacing cushion cores, a higher density foam is recommended.
          • Mass produced seating most often has cushions with 1.8 density foam cores.
          • 2.5 density foam should last at least twice as long as the 1.8 density it replaces.
          • Higher density foams are also available. Densities of 3.0 and higher are usually used only for commercial or institutional furniture.
          • Density is not the same as firmness. Very high density foams can be very soft, very firm or anywhere in between.
        • Cushion cores can be replaced in removable cushions by any local professional upholsterer or reupholsterer.

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Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank

Furniture Insider

Jeff Frank is a 45 year veteran of the furniture industry. He’s worked directly with buyers, retailers, and manufacturers at every level of the industry. In every position throughout his career, his focus has always been customer service.

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