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For outdoor seat/chair cushions we recommend our outdoor (reticulated) dry-fast foam. This type of foam has an open cell structure, which allows water to pass through the seat cushion rather than sit inside it, reducing the creation of mold and mildew. At FoamOrder we have three firmness options for outdoor foam: soft, medium, and firm. If your outdoor chair cushions will be in an area not directly exposed to the elements (a covered porch or cabana), then traditional polyurethane foam or organic latex foam can be used.
FoamOrder recommends dacron batting for outdoor seat or chair cushions, as well as other outdoor uses. The dacron batting doesn’t interfere with the drainage of outdoor cushions, and gives your seat cushions a fuller look and a bit of extra comfort. It also makes it easier to get your foam into and out of the covers, which is helpful if you’re going to wash your outdoor cushion covers (which we recommend, but follow manufacturer instructions).
When ordering outdoor seat or chair cushions we recommend you keep the thickness of your cushions the same as the original cushion so that you can use the slipcovers from the original seat cushion. With new seat cushions, choose a thickness that will work within the design of the outdoor furniture, normally between 4–6 inches. More than that is usually unnecessary, and thinner than 4" may lead to heavier users “bottoming out” and hitting the support materials below the cushions of the chair or sofa. The top of a seat cushion should generally be between 18" and 20" from the floor. Any taller than this and shorter people won’t be able to rest their feet comfortably on the floor.