Choose the Best Filling for your Couch

September 23, 2015 by · Comments Off on Choose the Best Filling for your Couch 

Choosing a new cushion filling for your couch doesn’t have to involve as much research as you probably think it would. It’s actually fairly simple. Couch fillings usually consist of foam, feathers, polyester, or all of them together. This is a long term investment and should be bought for longevity and quality. The best types of filling stay soft and comfortable for years. Here are some brief descriptions of each type of materials that you can fill your cushion with.

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If you want to stress softness when it comes to new cushions, you would most likely be happy with a feather-filled one. A cheaper option, many of the feathers come from ducks or chickens as companies can mass produce these. The downside to feathers are that they have a problem drying properly if wet. If you are considering a feather-filled cushion, a water-resistant cover would be a good buy.

Down is the luxurious upgrade from regular feathers as they are more expensive but are also extremely comfortable. Down is basically the fur from a geese’s underbelly. When it comes to down, especially a cushion that is one-hundred percent down, it can build up in lumps and give off an uneven level. If you want a more stiff and supportive feel to your cushions try looking into foam that is covered with an outer layer of feather and down.

Polyester also remains a popular and cheap option for buyers. Polyester has smoothness to it and also proves very durable. This is a good alternative for people that have feather allergies. It’s long-lasting and built for toughness. The downside to this type of filling is that it can flatten out really easily.

Foam, one of the most common choices for a couch filling, has extreme versatility. Available in different densities that decide how soft or firm your cushion will feel, it’s ideal for people suffering from joint pains or muscles pains. A high density will equal to more support and stiffness while a lower density has a soft to medium feel to it. There is also the HR, or high-resilient density which not only provides a strong support level but it’s made tough to last the wear and tear of daily use.

Various manufacturers produce custom foam cushions that are a combination of these fillings. Each filling has its’ own characteristics and by combining different ones together, you can create your ideal comfort level. Speak with a foam expert today to see the possibilities.
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Reupholstering a Sofa with Polyurethane Foam

December 30, 2014 by · Comments Off on Reupholstering a Sofa with Polyurethane Foam 

Written by: The Foam Factory

Polyurethane foam is one of the most versatile substances used in modern manufacturing, and it’s an excellent material for a hobbyist to use in sofa foam replacement for the home. Reupholstering projects are simple, and they cost significantly less than buying a new couch. All you need is some custom cut foam shapes and new fabrics for the couch. You would also benefit from some sewing skill, but iron-on zippers are available for covers. The project takes a solid weekend’s worth of work, but the end result is something completely different for your space. After you’ve tried one, you’ll probably want to do the whole house.

Clean the Couch

Before you deal with couch foam, give everything a very thorough cleaning. Especially if the couch is a garage sale or roadside couch. You don’t want to attract creepy crawlies in your space, so don’t be afraid to get into the nooks and crevices. Strip the fabric from the couch, you can use a seam ripper, and take measurements for how much you’ll need.

Why Polyurethane Foam is the Way to Go

Sofa cushions made of polyurethane foam have small pockets of air that compress as force is applied. In other words, air is released from the cushion as you sit down. This causes the foam to tense up and provide the support you need to sit down and relax. Foam can be altered as well, creating hard Styrofoam we know from packaging or flexible foam we find in memory foam mattress toppers. This is the same kind of technology we find at work on memory foam mattresses, but it’s a fraction of the cost. You can also purchase foam at different densities, giving you that softness you crave.

Polyurethane also tends to be highly resilient under stress, which is excellent for something that people will sit on for a prolonged amount of time.

Final Thoughts

Choose fabrics that match the décor of your home. Leather is difficult to reupholster, but not impossible. It may be worth it for sentimental pieces, but it might be just as well to let them go for the costs. Over all, reupholstering projects are excellent for a discount living room that has your own style. You can even bring foam sheets outdoors to patio sets, where foam cushions make excellent replacements for patio chairs and lounges.

Designing an Affordable and Stylish College Dorm

September 10, 2014 by · Comments Off on Designing an Affordable and Stylish College Dorm 

Written by: BeddingStyle

How would you build the perfect dorm room? Shelving is a good idea to start with, because there is never enough space, but you’d need to consider designer bedding and furniture too. College is as much a lesson in schooling as it is in budgeting. If you’re leaving for college soon, it’s a good idea to consider what your dorm room will look like.

Bedding

You don’t need to go designer for college dorm bedding, but it’s nice if you can afford to. Mainly, you want to be conscious of thread count. The more threads there are in a particular set, the softer that set is usually. There are also softer fabrics, so you may be able to reduce thread count if you upgrade the fabric. It’s probably best to have at least one full set of everything, and then maybe a few odds and ends to fill in gaps on laundry days. Two fitted sheets with one comforter is usually enough. If you plan to go to college in an area with four seasons, be sure to invest in some warm pajamas.

Furniture

Your local thrift store usually has a lot of great furniture you can use to stock your dorm. You probably want to avoid things like mattresses, even though all padding is cleaned thoroughly before it hits the sales floor, but you can find bed stands and coffee tables too. College furniture doesn’t have to match, but choose a style you like and work on getting pieces that fit the look you want. Modern pieces, for instance, are very angular and square.

DIY and Refurbishing

Aside from thrift stores, you can shop garage sales on weekends to find pieces you can refurbish. Refinishing a piece of furniture usually requires little more than sandpaper, and either paint or stain. Sand the wood down until it is smooth, then apply the new coat of paint to the wood.

There are pieces online that you can build yourself too. Items from blogs like Lowes or Home Depot come with schematics, so you go to the store and ask the associate to cut pieces of wood to size for you.

Money Saving Tips

If your old teen bedding still fits your bed, consider bringing it with you. The retro appeal might score you some social points, and you can use the money you saved on something else for your dorm (like a cool lava lamp).

Practical Gifts for New Parents

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on Practical Gifts for New Parents 

Parents of a new born have a difficult job ahead of themselves. The day-to-day care for a baby can quickly become overwhelming, and there are a lot of things parents find themselves needing that no one tells them about. If you know someone becoming a new parent, consider helping them out with one of the following practical gifts for new parents.

Basics

Diapers, clothes and bottles are necessities. The trouble is that parents quickly run out of diapers, bottles need cleaning and kids outgrow clothes very quickly in their early years. Grab some extra onesies and stock up on diapers. You can gift someone a year’s worth of diapers from a site like Amazon, where you can set your stock to automatically ship to the new parents monthly. It’s also good to have changing table supplies, like a pad for the infant to lay on while changing occurs. A comforter set is another good idea for those evenings when baby falls asleep with mom or dad on the couch.

Crib

A new crib is a good idea for parents, and you can find very affordable models online. Aside from cribs, you can also look into gifting a stroller, or a travel set. A light weight stroller is helpful for those days when a heavyweight stroller seems like too much. It’s easy to push, and light on the back. A travel set is handy for those days when a child falls asleep in the middle of the day. Parents can quickly unclip the child’s car seat and mount it to a stroller so the day keeps on going.

Bedding

Twin comforter sets are the perfect size for a growing child’s bed. Even though they may not be of use now, parents will be thrilled to have those sets when the time comes. Some people like to knit their own scarves or caps for babies too, which is a good gift from the heart. Just be sure that you use material that won’t irritate the baby’s skin.

Bags

Everyone advocates a diaper bag for new parents, but the thing no one tells them is to get one that can double for a purse. The extra cash it costs to get a purse/diaper bag will make itself up in convenience time. Parents can put everything into their respective pockets, and still have enough space for baby’s things. Who knows, they find themselves more organized with a small baby than most people are without one.
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Practice Hobbies At Home With Foam

October 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on Practice Hobbies At Home With Foam 

For people trying to advance or improve in their hobbies, the biggest roadblock is often carving out the time to practice. This is particularly an issue with sporting hobbies that demand a substantial amount of dedicated space to play. With sports like baseball, golf, and hockey, the garage or driveway isn’t going to provide a space where you can safely or smartly practice.

3LB memory foam, four inches thick, is adequate padding for absorbing the force of line drives and pitching machine tosses when installed in a secure batting area. Mounted against a wall with a protective fabric covering, memory foam absorbs impact instantly without the “bounce back” of non-visco-elastic materials, safely deadening energy. Whether placed at the front or back of a cage or netted area, the foam can handle hits and pitches valiantly. This foam system works great for hockey as well, giving you the ability to trace out a goal outline on the covering of a foam pad, with excess foam around the goal protecting against any misses.

For golfers, driving ranges are great for practicing your long game, but require the time and effort to get to one, and in some cases, a membership fee as well. To practice your swing in your own home or yard, 1-1/2-inch thick neoprene can absorb the force of a drive when loosely hung, with enough fabric-like flexibility to allow it to billow and flap when not mounted against a surface. With foam padding, you can get in your practice, whenever you like without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online source for closed-cell foam, from cross-linked polyethylene and neoprene sheet foam, to insulating expanded polystyrene.

Warm Chilly Rooms with Draft Blockers

September 10, 2013 by · Comments Off on Warm Chilly Rooms with Draft Blockers 

One of the most agitating issues homeowners and renters face in their homes is a drafty doorway. Big picture, they don’t carry the level of seriousness as plumbing or structural issues, but drafts make buildings uncomfortable and inefficient; two things no building should be. Sometimes, a draft can cut through a room far from the source it originates from, making it an even harder issue to solve. When you’re able to locate a draft as originating from a door, the easiest solution is a draft blocker; a simple weighted or slide-on system that blocks the movement of unwanted air.

Draft blockers are made in two typical styles. The more secure of the two is made from two cylinder-shaped pads filled with stuffing materials such as polyester, cotton, or foam, attached by fabric that spans the width of the door’s underside thickness. This slides along the bottom of the door, putting foam cylinders on either side, blocking drafts while moving with the door when it opens and closes. They’re light enough to glide along the floor without bunching, and are silent as well. These stoppers are perfect for interiors or doors with an additional storm door, but for exterior doors or ones with substantial thresholds, framing and thresholds preventing this style of draft stopper from being implemented effectively.

For exterior doors, the simpler draft blocker style is effective, which is just a simple one-sided tube that rests against the door’s base. Packed with dense materials like expanded polystyrene foam beads or popcorn kernels, these stoppers block air by forming a barricade around the gaps that are present in the door jamb. Eliminating drafts not only improves personal comfort, your heating and cooling systems aren’t forced to work as hard to keep temperatures at acceptable levels. In short, blocking drafts saves money, so the next time you feel a gust while on the couch or at the table, don’t put on a coat, get a draft blocker.

Support Your Neck Smartly with Foam Neck Pillows

August 29, 2013 by · Comments Off on Support Your Neck Smartly with Foam Neck Pillows 

Whether you’re trying to snag a little shut-eye during a red-eye, or dragging yourself into bed at the end of a hard day’s work, neck support in your sleeping pillow is important to getting the kind of rest you need.

When most people think about pillows, they usually don’t think of it as much more than a cushion for the head. What many people seem to overlook is how important neck support is in a pillow. A properly supported neck means better spinal alignment, comfort, and sleep.

Not all pillows are equal though, and even a pillow one person thinks is great can be a disaster for another. Your sleep position style is what you need to consider when shopping for a new pillow. A foam pillow manufactured with extra loft (height) is often the right choice for individuals who sleep on their sides, as shoulders position the body at a higher elevation, meaning the head and neck need more substantial support to maintain alignment with the spine. For individuals who sleep better on their backs, pillows with less loft are a smarter choice, as the body maintains a lower profile in that position and the pillow contours to the head and neck without forcing the head upward at an uncomfortable angle.

Travel presents its own batch of issues, the greatest of which are the tight spaces and difficulty we always have finding a comfy position. When sitting upright on trains and planes, keeping the head from rolling forward and to the sides is key. This makes a shredded memory foam pillow one of the best options for travel. Cut into the traditional travel U-shape, it supports the head on all sides, keeping the neck straight while being compressible and easy to fit into a suitcase and luggage. Supporting the neck is incredibly important for getting comfortable, restful sleep, and going with the right pillow can make all the difference in the world.

 

Fit Your Kayak with Personalized Seats and Padding

August 8, 2013 by · Comments Off on Fit Your Kayak with Personalized Seats and Padding 

Kayaking has become one of the most popular outdoor activities, blending exercise with a new perspective on the world – looking out from the water, rather than out to it. For the most experienced kayakers, their vessels function like extensions of their bodies. The better they fit, the more control and maneuverability a kayaker has, and it makes for a more comfortable experience as well. Most kayaks are formed from generic molds however, meaning few people fit into them perfectly right off the rack.

For snug personalization and comfort that helps kayakers paddle for longer, firm foam is a material people have turned to to fit hulls to their bodies, giving them a better handle on the kayak than allowed by the stock shell alone. The most important parts of a custom kayak is the seat, which dictates how high or low you sit in the shell, as well as the angle you paddle. The seat also impacts stability and comfort. In the wrong position, a ride can not only be uncomfortable, it can be unsteady as your weight slides around. Custom seats are often carved from blocks of cross-linked polyethylene, an extra-firm closed-cell foam. This foam block is easily cut, trimmed, and even sanded to meet the contours and support needs of your body. The greatest benefit of creating your own seat is that you can test its feel and comfort as you build it. All sides of a foam block can be shaped, so you can even carve and sculpt the bottom to fit the hull as well as it fits your body.

Foot, hip, and knee padding is an important consideration as well. A loosely-fitting kayak is more difficult to steer and control than one you can maneuver with leg and body weight movement. Thinly cut sheets of the same closed-cell polyethylene XLPE used in seats add a cushion that makes a kayak more comfortable and snug. Improving comfort and maneuverability adds up to an improvement in safety as well, so outfitting a kayak with foam gives people the best kayaking experience possible.

 

Foam Has Made Living Easier

July 23, 2013 by · Comments Off on Foam Has Made Living Easier 

Making foam by using rubber goes as far back as 500 B.C. Then the synthetic foam was developed in the early 1900s and today this material is widely used in every aspect of people’s daily lives. Some of these fields are construction, transportation, sound reduction, manufacturing, upholstering and mattress making. The weightlessness and easy to install qualities made foam a popular material in these industries.

Canada Foam By Mail has been in foam product business since 1980s. The company evolved with the scientific developments of the quality of foam. Today, Canada Foam By Mail markets high quality products from mattresses to soundproofing material. The company has a wide range of mattresses such as memory foam mattresses, camping pads and various kinds of mattress accessories. If a customer is looking for a mattress in Canada, the company offers quality products for every budget. Company also provides information on how to buy a best mattress on its website. When buying a mattress, customers have to have a good knowledge on the materials used in the mattress. Sometimes, mattresses are filled with old or used foam but if a customer is buying a mattress form Canada Foam By Mail, they don’t have to worry about the quality.

Another important product that the company is carrying is noise reduction materials. Silence is an important factor for quality living because noise can create many health problems. Hearing loss and sleep depravation are the most common health issues humans experience if exposed to constant noise. Hearing loss can lead to more serious problems like accidents. As a remedy for too much noise, acoustic foam panels were developed and today, many people use them. Whether it is a music studio or a residence, these panels can absorb noise and also suppress the background noises. In music studios, acoustic foam panels are used to make improvement in sound quality and in residences, these panels are used to block outside noise.

Most customers would like to have these products in different colors. The only foam product that comes in different colors is high density foam sheets. These sheets come in two different kinds called closed and open cell foam. They light-weight open cell foam is used in many products like packing materials. The closed cell high density foam is used in sturdy products like furniture upholstery, mattress accessories and foam mattresses. Also, this kind of foam is used in home insulation because of its air-tight quality. The closed cell high density foam has a fire retardant ability too.

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Finally Enjoy Camping with Insulating Foam Pads

July 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on Finally Enjoy Camping with Insulating Foam Pads 

Getting away from the daily 9-to-5 isn’t just fun, it’s important to recharge your batteries and keep yourself from getting run down. One of the most popular vacations from the everyday is to pack the bags, load the RV, and go camping.

For most people, camping is a love-or-hate activity. One of the reasons people seem to align themselves with the hate-side of the line isn’t a dislike for nature or the outdoors, however. If somebody is unable to get a good night’s sleep during a camping vacation, their mood is often ruined, and so is the entire experience. On top of it, once you return to the real world, you have to catch up on the sleep you lost, which further hampers your day-to-day life. After all, the whole point of a vacation is to refresh yourself and recharge your batteries. Why even go if you feel worse upon your return than you did when you left?

Figuring out ways to get restful sleep when camping can turn into a trial-and-error scenario for people, which also turns people off to camping if their first attempt is a failure and they are up all night. Without realizing how different camping is from sleeping at home, a camping novice might only bring along a sleeping bag, assuming its comfort at home will translate. But after all-day hiking and adventuring, you need a polyurethane foam mattress to cushion and insulate yourself from the cold, hard ground that you can’t replicate on a living room floor, where most sleeping bags get their test runs. Some people are happy with thin camping mats, while others require a thick mattress to help them get to sleep. As long as what you pick makes you comfortable without being impossible to hike in to your site, a sleep surface that gets you to sleep is one of the most important camping accessories you can bring. Closed-cell pads are non-absorbent, which is a smart feature since it can offer comfort without needing to be kept dry and handled carefully. When it’s time to unwind on a camping vacation, go wild during the day and wind down at night with a foam camping pad.

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