Right Angle Triangle (Side View)
Colour of Other Foam Grades
The Right Foam for the Right Job
|Category||Foam Grade||Life Expectancy *||Density
(lbs / ft)
|Foam Firmness||Price Per
|1030||6 mths||1 yr||1.0||Medium||$1.45||
Packing foam, cheaper pillows, outside backs & arms, used for toppers in conventional spring mattress.
|1112||Backs||2 yr||1.1||Super Soft||$1.59||
Thicker furniture backs greater than 4" thick or softer pillows. The firmness should be higher when thickness is lower. For 2" & 3" backs use 1118 or even better 1517.
|1324||Backs||3 yr||1.3||Medium Soft||$1.69||
Good furniture backs & arms. Basic occasional bedding i.e. Camp mattresses. For firmer or thinner commercial backs, used for backs with buttons for stuffing.
|Basic Seat &
|1517||2 yr||3 yr||1.5||Soft||$1.98||
For better quality backs use 1517. Use 1.5 lb. for basic seating in office furniture, dinette seats or furniture that is sold at flea markets or discount stores. Has a low cost but also has a lower performance level. Can be used for Sofa Bed mattresses or better Camp mattresses for longevity and heavier use.
|Good Value Used
|1828||4 yr||6 yr||1.8||Medium||$2.39||
This line is mostly used by furniture manufacturers that supply furniture to good stores. Good value for a conventional foam. Used for seating and bedding applications for full foam mattresses. Stores and online mattress in a box marketers call it the best. We make better mattresses because we use better foam.
|1445C||2 yr||3 yr||1.4||Firm||$2.55||
Used in packaging applications and curling bumpers.
|1570||3 yr||4 yr||1.8||XX-Firm||$2.29||
For 2" gym mats & really firm applications where thickness is limited. Better quality gym mats, exercise equipment, firm edges for extra firm mattresses. Remember the denisty determines durability and not the firmness.
|X550||8 yr||10 yr||2.2||Super Firm||$3.39|
|QD20||6 yr||8 yr||1.8||Med Soft||$4.89||
Qik-Dri Outdoor Foam ideal for outdoor cushions that are exposed to the elements. However, if you are using outdoor fabric you may also want to consider Koosh which is also mould & mildew resistant.
|ECOCELL - Good 2.0 lb High Density Soy-Based Foam|
|Soy-Based BioFoam||EC26||5 yr||8 yr||2.0||Medium||$2.69||
Most furniture manufacturers use the 1.5 lb to 1.8 lb density range for furniture seating. At 2.0 lbs per cubic foot Ecocell exceeds what is conventionally used. This line is good value for good furniture and bedding applications. For those that think beyond comfort and design. White in colour. See Other BioFoams.
|NEOCELL HD - Better Soy-Based High Density Foam|
|NC30||10 yr||12 yr||2.2||Medium||$3.25||
NeoCell is the best High Density foam made in Canada. This means it will outperform conventional grades in both height loss and firmness retention. Our BioFoam grades contribute to environmental awareness and preservation by reducing energy consumption and global warming. Independent lab testing confirms NeoCell's superior performance over conventional polyurethane grades.
|PRESERVE - Premium High Density HR Foam|
|PR18||6 yr||8 yr||2.0||Soft||$4.09||
Softer grades for premium backs or softer seat applications. This is also a high resiliency (HR) line, like Koosh Natural, but not as natural. HR foam is heavier and does not soften with use like conventional polyurethane grades. It is also more open cell that allows for better air flow and cooler sleep surfaces.
|PR23||12 yr||15 yr||2.6||Medium Soft||$4.98|
|KOOSH NATURAL (KN) - The Best and Most Natural High Resiliency Foam|
|The Best Grades for
or High-End Residential
|KN11||15 yr||20 yr||3.0||Super Soft||$5.39||
Memory foam like properties. It is luxuriously soft, natural, open cell (breathes better) and not temperature sensitive like memory foam.
|KN31||12 yr||15 yr||2.6||Medium Firm||$5.29||
Koosh Natural's unique cell structure and natural soy content sets new standards. It has a softer surface, greater comfort and support, and better fatigue resistance than conventional polyurethane foam.
|VISCOELASTIC - Space Age Technology For Great Pressure Relief|
also know as
|MF2512||12 yr||15 yr||2.5||Super Soft Memory Foam Toppers||$5.29||
Memory foam relieves pressure points and improves comfort. However, it is too soft to be used all by itself. Usually, it is the comfort layer on top of another foam grade that provides the support. Koosh is the most natural but our ViscoSoy (VS) and Koosh ViscoGel (VG) are also made with some soy bean oil content.
|VG4010||15 yr||20 yr||4.0||$7.89|
|* Items in green are either all natural or made with varying degrees of renewable resources.|
* Life Expectancy
ISO-Pounding and the Roller Shear flex fatigue tests are performed to determine foam durability, or how well foam retains its firmness and height properties after repeated compression. They are also used to grade the various foams for sale. They help predict the performance of the foam in actual cushioning and bedding applications. In the case of ISO-Pounding the sample is repeatedly pounded.
In the Roller Shear test an average weight of 170 lbs. is repeatedly rolled over a foam sample from two directions, typically for about 25,000 cycles, in the same spot for thousands of cycles. The compression or height loss is measured at various intervals to help determine the life expectancy of each foam grade.
The Right Firmness Based on Ergocheck Pressure Testing Technology.
|COMPRESSION||SOFT||MEDIUM SOFT||MEDIUM||MEDIUM FIRM||FIRM||EXTRA FIRM||XX-FIRM|
|YOUR WEIGHT||Used for Toppers||< 140 lbs.||140 to 180||180 to 220||220 to 260||260 to 299||300+ lbs.|
|FIRMNESS (ILD)||10 to 18||19 to 23||24 to 30||31 to 37||38 to 44||45 to 54||55 ILD +|
(Listed from most to least expensive)
- The last 2 numbers represent the firmness of the foam. The higher the number the firmer the foam will feel.
- The foam will feel softer when you sit on it as opposed to when you lay on it in a mattress application. This is due to more weight being concentrated in a smaller area. Choose Firmness based on use.
- Know that 80% of seat cushions made are between Medium (26 ILD) and Firm (45 ILD) based on a 4" thick cushion.
- A thinner foam, in the same firmness (ILD), will feel softer than a thicker piece. Base your foam firmness on your desired thickness.
- The soft grades are used for backs or seat and mattress toppers when you layer 2 or more different firmness.