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« on: September 13, 2016 02:06:25 AM »

Years ago, for my mother's birthday, my father decided he wanted to give her a typical German Strandkorb.



This is me, left side, and a dear friend, in said Strandkorb. It might look familiar from old pictures and all that, but in Germany, they are still very popular, not just on beaches. Technically, they are quite expensive as well. It is not unusual to pay over 1000 for them. You find cheaper ones, just like ours, in a DIY, or flat pack. Let me tell you, the assembly wasn't easy Tongue. The cushions all came pre-upholstered (sp?) so that was easy. Plus, what makes it really handy, every cushion has its own zipper, so if you need to do some washing, that should be possible.

We have never tried this, as we are very clean people *ahum* and we take all the cushions outside the Strandkorb before winter and store them inside. We really love it, and despite its cheap look and flaws, it works. The Strandkorb is now well over 4 years old and we are currently encountering a problem for which I need some advice. The biggest cushion, that we sit on, it getting thin. It's up to the point where you cannot sit on the same spot for too long, before sort of sinking in the foam and ending up on the wooden bench underneath.

Everything else is still in great shape, it's just that one bum cushion Wink. Now, I'd love to refill the cushion, maybe with some beter quality foam (or something else, let me know!) to make it work again. As I've said, there is a zipper at the back (no picture there, sorry), but I've never taken the foam out. So I take it I must opt for soft foam still, to get it back into the fabric?
This is new ground for me, and I wanted your advice first before heading out to whatever DIY store with the cushion under me arm.
What do you guys think would be the best material to use? Is it even doable at all?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016 07:31:35 AM »

Even the harder foam is fairly easy to get into the cover...I have a chair that is used a lot...I use the extra high density foam like they have at Joann's...wait for a 50% off coupon and when it is not on sale...some are presized and others, you have to cut down...use a bread knife (jagged edges) or an electric carving knife to get the shape and size you need...you can literally fold the cushion to insert it into the cover easily...I also use regular batting to wrap around the hard foam cushion to make it softer and more durable...I would still take the cushion with you...they have so many kinds and sizes that it can get confusing...if you have a furniture repair shop in your area, some of them will sell you the best quality foam, but even at Joann's, with a coupon, it will be about $50.

You could also just try wrapping batting around the old cushion if it is not too bad...or buying half for the bad side...

Good luck and have fun...that is a really cool looking place to hide from the sun with a few drinks!
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017 05:37:07 AM »

I am unsure as the whether or not you actually HAVE a Joann's in your area! But firmer innards should be available all over the place. it is worth trying for sure. I cannot think of any other stuffing that would be appropriate.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017 11:46:46 AM »

Wow, I have been away for way too long. No, in Belgium there are no Joann's, sadly. To be honest, craft stores are hard to find anyway. Still, as you guys said, it should be easy. I'll just give it a go, and walk to some store with said pillow Tongue. Summer is coming, so your timing is excellent, blupaisan! Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017 01:16:06 PM »

Where are you in Belgium, Lilibet? If you are anywhere near the NL border, I have seen this kind of thick foam on sale over here at my town's weekly market. It's on large rolls and you can just buy the amount you need. It's also definitely on sale online and specialist furniture upholstery places will have it, as well as larger fabric / interior fabric stores. If you speak Dutch, the name of the stuff you're looking for is koudschuim for the quality stuff and PE for the lower quality stuff. It's the same stuff that's inside your mattress.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017 02:01:57 AM »

Immaculata, thanks for that information! I speak Dutch indeed, and I live over an hour away from the border. Not that far, but still. I'm going to look into that material and maybe the DIY stores in Belgium can help me out. I'm thinking about just taking the cushion to the store with me Tongue.
Have done a quick search on 'koudschuim' and cannot find it easily in Belgium. Looks expensive too, no?
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