Written by: The Foam Factory
Moving into a college dorm is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life. For most of us, it will be the first time we’re out on our own. That also means it will usually be the first time most of us deal with bills, budgets and allowances. If you’re worried about how a new move will hit your wallet, read up for tips on how to furnish your apartment with custom replacement cushions.
Buy Old Chairs
Bed bugs are a legitimate problem, so avoid buying used beds at your local garage sale, but you can do a lot with dining room chairs and a bit of elbow grease. You can use couch foam, which is usually either memory foam or polyurethane foam, to custom tailor cushions that fit your new chairs. In fact, you might be able to rip the old cushions out entirely and stitch yourself a new cushion with a pattern that matches the curtains, rug or bed spread in your dorm.
Take That Hand Me Down
Sagging couch cushions are the number one reason why your family might want to toss out that old sofa, but that trash is your treasure. In fact, most couch cushions have a zipper built in precisely to encourage re-upholstering the couch later in its life span. Taking that hand me down will save you hundreds on a thrift store couch you probably won’t use in the next few years anyway. Plus, you can order custom-cut shapes from most foam manufacturers so there is no cutting involved.
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You can do a lot with just foam and a sewing needle. With minimal tools, you can fix everything around your house from a sagging couch to dining room chairs and patio furniture. If you try to order a custom cushion online, you’ll pay a fortune for brand name goods that may not come in a color or pattern you truly love. With these tips, you’ll find more than a few pieces of furniture you can give a facelift to.
Revamp Patio Chairs
A patio cushion has some special properties that enable it to withstand exposure to the elements. This type of foam usually has wide open cells, which allow water to pass through it easily without leaving residue. Normal foam becomes almost like a sponge, which can create a mold or bacteria problem if left unchecked.
Brand name cushions use this outdoor foam as well, so the only thing you need to choose is the fabric you want to use. The simple stitch is made by placing two equally-sized pieces of fabric over one another and performing a simple stitch to hold them together. If you have a sewing machine, you can get a much stronger bond between the two sheets.
Dining Room Improvements
A foam replacement for your dining room chair cushions is another great way to add back support and comfort while you eat. Choose basic colors that match the layout of your kitchen, avoiding bright whites or solid blacks as they track dirt and grime easily.
If the cushions are made of leather, they may not be so simple to take apart. In these situations, it’s helpful to use the stitch from above to try and create cushions you can place over the dining room chairs. That extra bit of padding will add the comfort, and you can work with the colors to get something that matches your chairs.
Not every couch cushion can stay plus and firm forever. Eventually they sag, but they can get new life with a foam insert. The main challenge with a replacement is measuring the proper size. For this, you just need to measure every side. It helps if you draw yourself a diagram, including a three dimensional view of the width/height of the cushion.
Leather couch cushions are actually quite easy to replace so long as your upholstery has a zipper built into it. Unzip, measure the old foam and order the new sheet online. In some cases, you can even have the sheet custom cut to fit the width or shape you need.
The Foam Factory has a large selection of indoor and outdoor foam products for use in the home, or as commercial packaging.
If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your beloved property, there are numerous factors that should be considered in order to maximize the value of the home. Here are some tips that will help you complete your sale in a quick and efficient way.
Maintain a “Show-Ready” Appearance
A prospective buyer shouldn’t come through the door to see half-washed dishes sitting in the sink or dust littering the bathroom. It should always be ready for visitors at all time. Be sure that you take the necessary time to walk through the house and check for areas that need a little scrubbing. Your eyes might already be accustomed to your home’s interior so it helps to have a family member or friend double-check for you.
Your Kitchen Is a Priority
An updated and remodeled kitchen can provide a significant boost to the asking offer. While it may seem like a costly investment at first, buyers tend to favor the kitchen area. Use this to your advantage. If you’re not looking to invest as much into your kitchen, consider repainting it and replacing the cabinet hardware as those are most inexpensive purchases that you can make that still provide value.
Your Front Porch Counts Too
Showcasing a dirty home will almost always dissuade a potential buyer. Don’t forget about the exterior of your home as well. Before a buyer walks into your property, they’re going to scan the outer walls and front porch. A majority of first impressions will be made here. Once they enter the home, they could be left with a sour taste in their mouth and ultimately be distracted the entire tour.