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Good morning. I hope you are well, during the corona virus era. I am re-covering an osteopathic treatment table, that has a 28 1/2 x 74 wood base with a 30x 74 firm latex foam on top. I want to place wool batting between the upholstery fabric (medical grade faux leather), and the foam. I am stapling the fabric to the underside of the wood table. Obviously I do not need to cover the bottom of the foam, that is laying on the wood. Two questions. How much wool do I need (compared to your measurement chart)? Is a different technique required to secure the wool in place? Thanks
First, I would suggest that your foam dimension be .5″ larger than the wood base dimension in each direction, so ideally, your foam would be 29.5 (30 is probably fine) x 75.
(1) Instead of wrapping the wool all the way around (as you would a cushion), you’re just wrapping it around the top face + the thickness of the foam, so [30 + (thickness x 2)] x [74 + (thickness x 2)]. then I would add 2″ to each dimension (width & length) for wrapping under and stapling to the bottom.
(2) See this post for advice on securing the wool in place.
Hi Carla, if I’m book wrapping two latex cushion cores (3” base and 2” topper) for a layered sofa seat with 1 inch 750gsm wool, would you expect this to add any inches to the seat height. With 4 layers of wool in total, I’m hoping for a little extra height!
Four layers of wool will feel lofty at first. Eventually, with use, it will compress and become more felt-like.