The do-it-yourself craze has taken over nearly every aspect of home life. When looking for a few fun DIY projects, the use of foam is a no brainer. Foam can be used in a variety of applications and projects to great success. If you are looking for residential DIY projects, we have you covered!
Benefits of DIY
There are many benefits of taking a DIY approach for your home. Let's take a look at the main benefits of a DIY project.
1. It saves money. When you make something yourself, it usually comes out a lot cheaper than buying it new. This is because buying new usually costs you the cost of materials, the labor made to create the product, and then an additional fee to turn a profit for the retailer. If you make it yourself, you are only paying the cost of materials, so you save a considerable amount of money in most cases.
2. It gives you more control over the outcome. When you create an item yourself, such as a seat cushion, you get more control over important matters such as how soft or supportive the cushion is because you choose the foam type, density, and whether or not to add a fiberfill wrap for additional softness. Creating an item yourself gives you ultimate control over pretty much every aspect of its creation and the end result.
3. It teaches new skills. If you are the type who likes learning new things and working with your hands, a DIY approach lets you do all the things you enjoy while giving you a completed item necessary for your home. Best of all, doing a foam project is easy to learn while giving reliable results.
4. It makes repairs instead of replacement a more likely solution. When something in your home breaks, your first instinct might be to just buy a new item to replace it, but it is better for your wallet to simply repair it. If you aren't used to taking a hands-on approach to repairs, the first step is to take a DIY approach in the first place. It will make you more comfortable making repairs later on so you can easily repair instead of replace!
There are lots of materials for taking a DIY approach. Foam offers a few important characteristics you need to know when choosing materials for your next project. These are the top reasons to use foam for your do it yourself task.
1. Durable and long lasting. The very nature of foam is made to be long lasting and durable in most types.
2. Soft and cushioning for comfort. While foam is an extra durable material, it also walks the careful balance of being exceptionally soft and comfortable while retaining its toughness. Foam can even contour to the body for added cushioning and comfort with options available such as memory foam. The softness will depend on the type of foam and quality selected, such as our Lux foams which offer an extra luxurious softness, but overall foam is well known for its cushioning appeal.
3. Versatility in firmness to meet support preferences. Foam is a well-balanced material capable of meeting a lot of different needs based on the density selected. For example, if you prefer more support than cushioning softness, a higher ILD number will yield more support. ILD stands for indentation load deflection, this is a common measurement for polyurethane foams.
4. Different types for different projects. The needs of an indoor seat cushion versus an outdoor patio seat are drastically different and foam is able to rise to the occasion for both options with great success. For instance, an outdoor seat will require a closed cell foam to avoid the issues moisture brings such as mold, mildew, and bacteria. This foam doesnt retain water and offers a quicker drying foam over open-celled options typically used indoors.
5. It can be custom cut. Foam can be custom cut to match the exact needs of your project for better results. You can either cut it yourself or order it precut to your exact dimensions with our custom cutting services.
6. It's affordable! One of the best reasons to use foam is that it's cost effective. There is a foam solution for just about every budget to meet your needs.
Types of DIY Projects
When working with the versatile wonders of foam, there are a lot of DIY projects you can complete for your home. While foam can be used for virtually anything depending on the type of foam itself, there are certain common projects worth considering. Let's take a look at the most popular projects to undertake with the use of foam.
Indoor Seats and cushions
From couches and recliners to foam supports for your dining room chairs, the most common use of foam in the home is seating. Best of all, making your own seat cushions allows you to repair older couches and chairs at a fraction of the cost of buying a new couch or chair while still customizing the softness/support aspect to your exact needs.
Whether for the patio or your boat, foam seats are commonly used in areas other than strictly indoors. For this type of seating, you will want a foam that is especially resistant to mold, bacteria, and mildew to accommodate the exposure to moisture.
Foam can be used for bean bag seats for additional seating that is fun and easy to make. Best of all, this type of seat can be as soft or firm as you prefer depending on how much you fill it. This is also an option that is easy to repair later on because you can simply add more foam to give it the compressed cushioning effect that makes this seating option so popular.
You can also use foam on repair projects for a DIY approach to help save money. For example, foam can be used to fill in holes in seats using foam and glue instead of replacing the entire cushion.