Jul 21, 2006

We first stumbled across Howard Street's foam superstore online, and slowly have discovered what a great resource it is. And we have to say we agree with their assertion that "Most people don't realize how much foam is a part of their everyday lives." More than just a soft, hypo-allergenic substance upon which to rest your weary head, foam is good for insulation, sound-proofing, mattress topping, costume-making...yup, we all need foam.

In our case, we were looking to re-make some tired old foam cushions for a rocking chair we bought on eBay. We discovered that we could do the whole thing online (including cost estimation) by inputting measurements and grade preferences into's website. We then discovered that Foam Order would also create custom slip covers, using our fabric or their own limited selection. Only then did we realize that we could actually drop off the fabric in person, as FoamOrder is a local business with a showroom on Howard Street (check out the video tour).

We have to say, these folks are foam experts. Foam-obsessed even. They sell all make and manner of the stuff, from memory foam products to Tempur-Pedic mattresses, from natural latex crib mattresses to costume-making and DIY upholstery supplies.

And they've expanded to include down products, industrial foam products (like acoustic foam), and all kinds of furniture upon which to place your cushy purchases: platform beds, captain's beds, upholstery, kids' and teens' furniture, lighting.

One product we particularly like for small spaces is the tri-fold futon, a version of which, the Bingo Pouf, sells at DWR for a much higher price.

The website bursts at the seams with well-organized information about foam, so you too can become a foam expert before making an online purchase or stepping foot in one of the showrooms (Foam Order has another location in San Rafael.)

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