| Posted 11/27/08 at 10:11 AM||Reply with quote #1 |
|I own a gym and do constant repairs. The foam on my benches is very firm. I know it is difficult to guess but I was wanting to order your 3 inch very firm foam even though my foam doesn't appear to be quite 3 inches. Do you think the 3 inch very firm foam would work? If it is too soft the patrons will feel the wood underneath as they lift weights. Thanks! I will be re-covering the benches with your Naugahyde so I can size the Naugahyde to the new foam.|
| Posted 12/18/08 at 07:17 PM||Reply with quote #2 |
I just happened to see your message and thought I would reply. Having a gym myself, I can tell you that my personal preference for padding is not any type of foam rubber or furniture padding. What I use is polyethylene foam. Polyethylene foam is a closed cell material and won't soak up water. As such it is sometimes used as a 2 ft. wide mat for floating on in a swimming pool. If you've ever seen the noodle float toys for swimming pools in Walmart, those are made from polyethylene foam. In fact, I have used those noodles to replace padding on things like leg extension/leg curl machines.
Polyethylene foam is very dense and not easily crushed. A one inch thick piece of foam is all you would need on something like a bench press. And I guarantee you won't feel the board underneath, even when pressing several hundred pounds.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you where to get this type of foam in a mat form. Last time I needed some for reupholstering a weight bench I bought a swimming pool floating mat and cut it down.
| Posted 01/19/09 at 10:47 PM||Reply with quote #3 |
|Chris is correct. Regular foam is not appropriate for weight benches. A good closed cell works well as does "rebond". A good upholstery shop can order exactly what you need.|