Foam Series: Which Foam Should I Use? (Flowchart)

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Are you unsure which specific type of foam you need for your DIY? Different types of foam have different properties and characteristics — antimicrobial, open cell, long-lasting, flotation — and with all the different varieties available, knowing which one you need for your upholstery project can be overwhelming. Luckily, Sailrite® is here to help! We’ve done all the work for you in this helpful flowchart. Just start at the top and work your way down to find out which type of foam is the best choice for you!

Once you’ve followed along in the flowchart to determine which type of foam you need for your upholstery DIY, you can explore Sailrite’s vast foam inventory and pick the size, density and firmness you need. And if you still need more information about foam, be sure to check out the other blogs in our Foam Series. We’ve got blogs on selecting the right marine exterior foam (#300054XHT), marine interior foam (#300055XHT), home upholstery foam (#300057XHT) and more.

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Which Foam Should I Use? Flowchart

If you’d like to see and feel the foam in person before committing to the quantity you need, we offer a Foam Sample Box (#121658). It’s a great way to experience for yourself all the different types of foam available at Sailrite. Also included in the sample box is a detailed insert explaining the various types of foam, their qualities and recommended uses. Once you’ve selected your foam, the Sailrite® Blade Foam Saw (#121244) is a fantastic choice in foam cutter. It glides smoothly and easily through foam thanks to the dual blade system — one stationary blade grabs the foam while the moving blade saws, creating less bounce and giving you more control for precise, sharp cuts.

We hope this flowchart has helped you pick the ideal foam for your upholstery project. As always, feel free to email, call or online chat with us if you have any questions. We're happy to assist you with all your foam needs!