Batting in Cushions: How to Install Polyester Batting

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Adding a layer of polyester batting to a foam cushion creates a soft, plump cushion. It also helps to round the edges for a great looking pillow. Batting also helps fill in any gaps between the foam and cushion cover. Watch our short and handy video to see how easy it is to add batting to a foam cushion for a cushy and super comfortable seating cushion.

Once you cut your foam to size, use the foam as a template for cutting the batting. Cut the batting with a 1-inch overlap on all sides. The overlap will help round the edges of the cushion for a nice, smooth appearance once the cushion cover is on. Make sure you only wrap the batting around the top, bottom, and one side of the foam. Keep the other side clear for the zipper. You don’t want the batting getting caught in the zipper teeth when opening and closing the cushion cover.

To glue the polyester batting to the foam, you need a good spray adhesive. At Sailrite, we sell two spray adhesives that are perfect for this type of application. In our video we use 3M™ Super 77™ Spray Adhesive. This aerosol adhesive bonds materials quickly with a very strong hold. It’s great for a variety of applications and bonding uses. Another option is Foam Lock Spray Adhesive. This product offers quick tack, is repositionable if needed, and is designed specifically for bonding foam, fabric and batting.

Make sure you've allowed your spray adhesive to fully cure so the batting is glued permanently to the foam. Then insert the cushion assembly into the cushion cover — and that’s it! That’s all there is to creating a soft, comfortable cushion seat with a nice-looking rounded edge with the use of batting. Watch our video below to see a demo of this process.

And, as always, let us know if you have any questions about the video or products we sell here at Sailrite. We have an excellent selection of high-quality foam, batting and other foam supplies. Our “Foam Series” of blogs will help you find the right foam for your particular DIY and environment. Whether you need foam for your boat, RV, couch or patio, we have the materials for all your DIYs.