How can I reuse or recycle old sofa foam/foam cushions?

Sofa foamWe’ve got a reasonably large pile of old upholstery/sofa foam – some flat and square, other bits random shaped.

We dismantled a very old (but beloved) sofa at the weekend – some of our collection came from that, with other cushions/padding from other people getting rid of sofas/cushions, or ones that have been used as padding during house moves at one time or another.

We’ve used some of the foam cushions to make a little sheltered bed in our greenhouse for the local stray cat but don’t know what to do with the rest of it.

Any suggestions?

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13 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle old sofa foam/foam cushions?”


  1. Bobbie says:

    Is it possible to use it for insulation somewhere, say in the attic?

  2. Katz says:

    If shreded – it could be used for stuffing toys and cushions. You can offer it to a toy store, or a furniture restoration shop – they will use it for seat cushions etc.

  3. Nicole says:

    We used old foam one year to make an awesome Halloween costume. We sculpted it into the shape of a Ninja Turtle, used a hot glue gun to put it together, and spray painted it green. It looked really good!

  4. benidict says:

    make it new like other sofa

  5. Anonymous says:

    how can you a old bags

  6. John says:

    If the sofa is older than 1988, it most probably would have been constructed with Polyurethane Foam (PUF) which would make it a fire hazard.

    Furniture sold after 1988 should contain flame retardant chemicals that make the foam safer to reuse.

  7. Kelly says:

    We took apart our beloved sofa this summer as well. I think I’ve used almost ever part of the foam and fluffy stuff. I used the fluff as stuffing for toys and pillows. The foam I used to make cushions for a built-in sofa that my husband and I made. I basically took the foam and cut it to the sizes I needed, wrapped them in old plastic bags (for waterproofing, we have children) and made removable covers. They turned out really nice!

  8. Dan says:

    I used my parents old bit of sofa foam as a liner for my recurve bow case. Cut to shape it allows all my bow bits to rest neatly inside without falling about and getting damaged

  9. Vicky Carlson says:

    make a dog or cat bed from a large sofa cushion by hollowing out the middle a little and make a cover to go over out of sheepskin

  10. Anonymous says:

    Not sure if you still have the foam but have you tried going to freecycle.org.uk. Basically people put things on there they want or (like in your case) things they don’t want. Then if someone wants it they will contact you and they will come pick it up

  11. Bad Monkey says:

    Use it to make a kneeling pad for when you are gardening, put it into sturdy plastic bag and seal the end up with tape.

  12. recycler says:

    Can you chop it up finely and mix it in with you garden soil – clay, clay and more clay (along with leaves and dryer lint – I got this idea from another chain like this)?

    • Anonymous says:

      I putting a highly chemicalised made made thing such as this on your garden would pollute it and mean no-one could grow edible food in there for years to come, plus large hazard to any small children



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