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Understanding Foam in Upholstery

When selecting upholstery for a specific environment, understanding the different types of foam is essential for comfort, durability, and safety. Combustion Modified Polyurethane Foam (CMPF) is a standout material, designed to meet stringent fire safety standards while providing superior comfort. It is used in all Sāthē's upholstered seating.

Combustion Modified Polyurethane Foam (CMPF)

CMPF is specially treated to enhance fire resistance, making it a crucial component in upholstery for both residential and commercial environments. It meets the UK and EU’s fire safety regulations, ensuring that furniture not only looks and feels great but also contributes to a safer living or working space.

Types of Upholstery Foams

Chip Foam
  • Characteristics: Reconstituted from waste foam, chip foam is dense and hard.
  • Usage: Often used in areas requiring extra support and durability.

    Blue Foam

    • Characteristics: Hard firmness with medium density.
    • Usage: Suitable for seating that requires a firm foundation without sacrificing comfort.

    White Foam

    • Characteristics: Hard firmness with high density.
    • Usage: Ideal for areas that need maximum support and durability, such as seat bases.

    Pink Foam

    • Characteristics: Medium firmness with high density.
    • Usage: Balances comfort and support, making it versatile for various furniture types.

    Gold Foam

    • Characteristics: Soft firmness with high density.
    • Usage: Perfect for cushions and backrests where a softer feel is desired.

    Polyester Fibre Batting (e.g. Dacron)

    • Characteristics: A polyester wadding that adds a layer of softness and reduces friction between the fabric and foam, extending the life of the upholstery.
    • Usage: Used as a top layer over foam to enhance comfort and protect the upholstery fabric.

    Benefits of CMPF and High-Quality Foams

    • Safety: CMPF significantly enhances fire resistance, providing peace of mind in both homes and workplaces.

    • Comfort: Various foam densities and firmness levels allow for tailored comfort in different furniture pieces.

    • Versatility: Different types of foam can be used in combination to create custom seating solutions that meet specific needs for comfort, support and aesthetics.

    • Durability: High-density foams offer lasting support, ensuring furniture maintains its shape and comfort over time.


    Choosing the right foam for upholstery is crucial for creating comfortable, durable, and safe seating solutions. CMPF stands out for its fire-resistant properties, making it a top choice for high-end and commercial environments. By understanding the characteristics and benefits of different foams, you can make informed decisions that enhance the overall quality of your furniture.