Here at Livingstone Textiles we sell bean bag filling, which are the little polystyrene beads that make bean bags….. bean bags.
To source more of these Tom and Meg went to visit the factory in Birmingham last week to collect some more stock and see where they come from and how they package them up, which is you’ve ever dealt with these tricky little beads you will know is a nightmare. When they were there, they found the most enormous bean bag ever along with huge polystyrene blocks, here are some picture of Meg stood next to these giant things to give you an idea of the scale.
We’ve all done a fair bit of sofa surfing over the Christmas period and you may not have been entirely happy with the comfort afforded you. Some of you may have even bought a new settee in time for Christmas but may discover that the bounce in your cushions isn’t really all that great.
Foam has a shelf life and although it will last many years, eventually it will start to deteriorate and crumble and you will need to think about replacement cushions.
Many manufacturers of synthetic sofa cushions now also use only a thick wadding in the covers. A sofa with foam inserts will not be bought at a discount sofa sale because they cost a lot more to produce. Your wadding cushions will seem fine for a few weeks but very quickly you will notice that they sag and squash into nothing because the polyester will not bounce back to its original shape. To rectify this we offer a bespoke service that will make your old or new settee bounce back in to life. We cut foam exactly to the size and shape of the cushion cover and then wrap it in thick wadding. In this way you get all of the bounce and shape retention from the foam with the addition of softness and comfort from the wadding. To finish up we wrap the whole squashy sandwich in stockinette for easing your cushions back into the covers – without a hot sweaty battle.
Is your foam still ok but your covers are looking a little tired? Pop in and talk to us about renewing your existing sofa, especially if it is an inherited or memorable piece. We offer a full and bespoke upholstery and re-cover service from our workshops in The Long Room at Livingstone Textiles,Bridport Dorset.
If you would like information on sofa cushions please contact us and we will be happy to give advise or a quote.
We know we’ve said this before, but don’t forget that if you’re passing the foot of our stairs that we have a huge basket full of foam offcuts that you can make use of.
Ideal for packing out a gap where a draught is bothering you, propping up a sagging cushion, for crafting projects, or just to use as a sponge to wash the car, there are different shapes out there every day. We just ask that you make a small donation to our charity box for the benefit of Harbour House in West Bay, so we can continue to support the residents’ activities.
Of course we also supply and cut foam to your specific requirements – bring us a template or your measurements, and we’ll do the rest, usually within the hour.
We cut sooooo many pieces of foam for our customers at Livingstone Textiles and we have a re-use or re-cycle policy where we every member of the team makes maximum effort to minimise waste. Part of our efforts to do this include recycling all of our packaging, both plastic wrappings and cardboard and also our foam.
When the foam is delivered to the shop it arrives in enormous sheets measuring over 2 metres square! This is manhandled up the 3 flights of stairs to our roof where it is carefully unrolled and laid out for use. We then cut your requirements from the sheets in a way that creates as little waste as possible. Obviously, you all want different sizes and shapes, from window seats to sofa cushions and dining chairs to campervan beds so we always generate odd pieces that we cannot make use of. These offcuts are saved up and the really small and hopeless pieces are returned to the foam company where they are chopped up into little pieces and used to make the coloured chip foam that we also supply, but we also have other pieces left over that can be quite a useful size and because reuse is even better than recycling, we pop all of these into a basket that we put outside our shop door every day that we are open. Folks can then come and choose what they need and make use of it when packing parcels for safe transit, stopping draughts and wedging into gaps in sofas or caravan beds for better comfort. We only request a donation that we collect for Harbour House in West Bay, for the benefit of the residents. Follow the link for more information on our foam and services we can offer you.
We supply foam to renew all kinds of seats, cushions ,beds and campervans. The foam we supply can be made super comfy by adding a layer of thick quilters wadding. This softens the edges and corners of the foam and gives a more rounded appearance to the cushion when the covers are back on. We often do this in house for our customers and we then cover the wadding with a layer of thin stockinette to help ease the cushions back into their covers . Foam has a tendency to grip the underside of many fabric covers and it can be a bit of a battle getting them back on to the foam, sometimes it takes three of us to do it in the shop and it can be quite entertaining to watch as well!
Here we will set out step by step a guide to covering your own foam cushions. All of the materials used in the photographs can be bought from our shop and we can also send them by mail order. Contact us to place your order over the phone.
Firstly, lay your foam out on the stockinette and cut out pieces for the top, bottom and side
Next you need to put the foam on some newspaper and spray with contact adhesive. Remeber to do this in a well ventilated area. Once you have sprayed on the glue, carefully line up your wadding pieces and lay gently in place, you only get one shot at this so take your time as it sheds if you try to pull it off and start again. Press down firmly. We do the top and bottom first then cut a long strip, spray glue it then roll the edges along it in one piece.
Once all the wadding is in place, cut a generous piece of stockinette. It stretches to unbelievable sizes! Open one end of the stockinette and slide the cushion inside then neatly roll the edges into little seams that sit along the edges of the cushion and pin in place with long quilters pins. This way you don’t end up with big lumps on the sides. Carefully whip stitch along the seam, catching the rolled seam to the cushion using a long darner needle and a good quality thread. Repeat the whole process the other end.
Your foam is now ready to be put back inside the cover and sat on. If you have any further questions on how to do this, you can contact the team at Livingstones Bridport on 01308456844
You’ve pulled the caravan out of storage, given it a good clean and filled it to the gunnels ready for a good long rest. You arrive on holiday, unpack and set up then unwind with a few drinks before tucking into bed. It’s only when you lay down that you remember how uncomfortable the bed is and that you promised yourself you’d get it sorted out before you went away again. Well don’t panic, if you’ve chosen West Dorset or Somerset as your holiday destination then we can help you get a better nights sleep because we stock a great selection of NHS approved foam and we can cut it to size for you.
We are proud to have supplied many boat owners, caravanners and campers with new foam as well as holiday home owners with saggy sofas. We stock three different quality grades and thicknesses from a quarter inch to five inches thick and you can try them all out in our shop.
We can also order specialist covered wedges of foam that you might need after an operation, for lumber support or even to combat acid reflux and snoring, just contact us for more details and prices. Don’t delay any longer, you’ve waited all year for your holiday in our beautiful county, we don’t want you to let a bad back ruin it when we can get it sorted.
NB: If you are travelling any distance and will need foam cut while you wait from our BRIDPORT store, please check in advance that we have what you need in stock and we will check there will be someone available to cut for you. Fridays and Saturdays are our busiest days and at these times you may be asked to return later to collect your foam. Please note that ALL foam from our YEOVIL shop must be requested in advance.