Nov 122014

If you’ve ever placed an order for a mattress or new couch cushions online, as soon as you hit confirm, your mind probably jumped to wondering “how are they going to get this to me?”

After all, few things we can order are bigger than bedding or furniture. And when traditional materials have been delivered in the past, it has been through heavy-duty pallet delivery, or factory-direct delivery that unloads the items for you.

But with foam, there is much more wiggle room for shipping, which means better prices on shipping costs, and more versatility in where you can have foam delivered and used in your home.

Open-cell foam gets its name because its structure is made up of millions of ruptured “bubbles” called cells. These are all interconnected one way or another, so if you were shrunk down to a speck, you could make your way through the center of an open-cell foam cushion, one end to another, using the connected cells like a maze in childhood puzzle books.Because of this interconnected structure, airflow exists in these materials. Combining airflow with the flexibility, strength, and durability of the foam material itself means you have the recipe for a smart and efficient packing and shipping method for open-cell foam: vacuum packing.

By sucking air out of a foam order, you can reduce the size of the original product many times over. This means smaller packaging that is more manageable. As long as the material is unpackaged within a reasonable timeframe, the foam will spring back to life like it was before packaging, and you would never know it was delivered in a package a fraction of its size!

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, a manufacturer and retailer of an assortment of foam materials and products, closed-cell and open-cell foam alike, ranging from firm to soft foam.

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