Fillers for pouf: types and subtleties of choice
A pouf (or ottoman) is usually called frameless seating furniture that does not have a back and armrests. It appeared in the middle of the 19th century in France and is still popular today. After all, poufs, due to their softness, are very comfortable for relaxing, they do not have sharp corners, they are suitable for any interiors and are distinguished by their versatility. The appearance of modern ottomans is very diverse and can add a bright accent to the interior of any room. But an equally important point is the high-quality and safe contents of such furniture.
The filling for the pouf is required must meet the following requirements:
- be safe for human health;
- keep its shape well and quickly restore volume;
- be durable;
- have water-repellent properties;
- do not attract pest rodents;
- be used at different ambient temperatures.
The most popular way to fill a pouf is to place balls of chemical material inside. expanded polystyrene... Its small granules make ottomans soft, elastic and have a rather long service life, it is environmentally friendly and safe, does not get wet and does not absorb liquid, it is operated at temperatures from -200 to +80 degrees Celsius.
But there are other options for pouf fillers - both natural and artificial.
These include feathers and down of birds, as well as wool from the down of sheep and rams. These fillings give the pouf perfect softness, but a large amount of such material will be required. Horsehair rarely used, since it is rigid in structure. Sawdust and shavings of pine or cedar have a pleasant aroma and repel pests. Buckwheat husk has recently become a very popular filler. It has anti-stress and massage effect.
All natural fillers do not contain harmful chemicals, but you should be aware that dust mites that enter them can cause serious allergic reactions. In addition, the natural filler has a short term of use, absorbs moisture and is difficult to maintain.
In addition to the above-mentioned polystyrene foam, they use polypropylene... It is more durable, but it is not used often, as it can release harmful substances in case of fire.
Polyurethane foam - a material that retains its shape for a long time, but when using it, the covers must be very dense.
Holofiber lightweight, soft, does not cause allergies, does not absorb odors and moisture, breathable. Ottomans with synthetic filling can be used both at home and outdoors, as they do not absorb moisture.
Materials at hand
If you want to fill your favorite pouf with something else, then dry grass and plant seeds, legumes and cereals can be used as an option. A lot of old paper is also easy to make filler for ottomans.
You can use cotton wool, but periodically you need to shake and dry the pouf so that it does not turn into hard lumps. Foam rubber as a filler will not last long. Remnants of yarn and fabrics will give the pouf a medium firmness.
In order to choose a high-quality, safe and durable pouf filling, you should carefully read the recommendations of specialists.
- The filler for poufs must have a certificate stating that the material was developed specifically for frameless furniture, and not for construction work.
- The diameter of the granules of high-quality expanded polystyrene filler should be from 1 to 2 mm. The larger the balls, the lower their beneficial properties.
- The density must be at least 13 g / l. Frameless furniture with denser granules will last longer.
- Low-quality filler, due to the low density and large diameter of the balls, can make squeaky sounds when used. Check it out before buying.
- If a certified pouf filler has a synthetic smell, then this means that it was produced very recently, so you need to wait a few days for the smell to disappear.
In the next video, you will learn some of the features of using filler for frameless furniture - foam balls.