How to attach foam and wadding

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How to attach foam and wadding

Attaching Foam and Wadding

Foam and wadding can easily be attached to itself or each other. 

Polyurethane foam provides shape and comfort to your furniture. It comes in various densities, firmness and thickness.  

Polyester wadding is placed on top of foam for softness and to plump out the corners. The most common grade for basic upholstery projects is 100gsm thick.

Contact spray adhesive: This ss the most common method of attaching foam and wadding, to itself or to eachother.You can glue it to each other, or onto wood, plastic, metal, cardboard and other materials. 

Spray contact adhesive is sprayed onto each surface first. Wait for 15-30 seconds before placing surfaces together. Hold in place until they fully bond. 

Stapling: If the foam or wadding is being attached to a wooden frame stapling it down with a staple gun is a quick and easy method. 

When wrapping polyester wadding around a piece of foam, a paper stapler can be used to secure the wadding edges together.

Wadding can be sewn together. Use a  needle and strong upholstery thread to hand stitch wadding edges  together, using a slip stitch or running stitch. Of it can be layered with fabric and sewn with a sewing machine.

Handy Hint "Calico strips"

Calico can also be glued onto foam with contact adhesive. It is used to provide extra strength to glued joints (see above), or used as stapling "pulls". Pulls are glued onto the edges of the foam, and are stapled onto the frame.  

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