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Cabin cushion material

What material do you think I should use for my cabin cushions? I'm thinking, they generally won't get wet (maybe). Cost is a consideration.
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foam rubber is a good choice. look for a foam rubber distributor in your area to get a good price.
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foam densities

There are a lot of foam rubber densities out there. You can try sitting on them to see. We got some at Welcome to Keyston Bros for our bed until we decide what we want then we will get a mattress made.
As it turns out my side is super firm and for my wife’s side we cut two inches off the top (keyston bros shaved it off) then we added two inches of memory foam to her side. She likes it. That may well be how we have the mattress made but still not sure.
There are standard foam densities for cushions so you could start there.
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Am planning to replace my cabin cussions. Have been looking at the garden furniture section in local DIY and there are some ideal sized cushions in good colours for my main cabin. From what I can see this will work out a cheep as buying new foam. Won,t suit the v berth but I dont use it much and these cusions are in better nick anyway.
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Many it not most production boats, even high end, came with 1.8 density foam.
This goes flat when sat upon after about 2 or 3 years of normal use. Looks fine and the upholstery cover may well look like new... but the comfort goes away pretty quickly.
We re-foamed our factory upholstery with 2.6 density, in about 1995, and it still sits without "bottoming out" (pun alert...) and we sleep about 20+ nights on it a year without hip bones contacting the bunk tops.
So do check out the higher density. As to the numbers, our upholstery guy said those were pounds per cubic foot, IIRC.

BTW, the higher density costs a little more but not too much.

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