Buying Guide: Foam

Buying Guide: Foam

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
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JOANN carries two types of foam, and even though they can both used for reupholstering, there are a few key differences between the two.  High-Density Foam is a type of polyurethane foam that is composed of large amounts of bubbles that are packed tightly together. NuFoam  is a safe alternative to conventional foam that is made from densified polyester batting. Let’s review some key features of both types of foam.

Key features: 
High-Density Foam
High-density foam from
  • This foam that can hold its shape with great efficiency.
  • It's great for chair cushions, sofas, boat seats, bar stools, RV seats, upholstery and more.
  • Comes in ½, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 inch depths to really help with any project.
  • High-Density Foam is sold in specific chair cushion sizes like 1”x15”x17”.
  • By-the-yard sheets that are 24” wide x 2.5 yards can be cut and sold as shorter lengths, but we DO NOT cut width
  • With the wear and tear of everyday living this foam helps furniture keep its shape longer.
NuFoam Nu-Foam from
  • This foam is mildew resistant and won’t yellow or disintegrate over time.
  • It may retain water if it gets too saturated. Place on its side to help drain the water or add grommets to allow for drainage.
  • NuFoam is perfect for patio furniture, camping, futons, crib bumpers, playpens mats, RV accessories and more.
  • It is made of compressed layers of 100% polyester and comes in ½, 1, and 2 inch depths. 
  • Sold in specific sizes, including crib bumpers, and various-sized chair cushions in 1, 2, 3 & 4” thickness.
  • Comes in by-the-yard 27” wide x 5 yard sheets, and can be cut and sold in shorter lengths, but we DO NOT cut width.
Foam Tips & Tricks:
  •   The denser the foam, the longer is will retain its shape.
  •   When using foam to reupholster boats, campers or any other outdoor usesz, NuFoam is recommended, since it won’t mildew. 
  •   NuFoam will compress overtime so recommending a 1” thicker than intended will help with keeping its shape longer. (This will be a snug fit)
  •   Both High-Density and NuFoam are non-allergenic and should be cut using an electric knife.
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores has the right foam for your next project