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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 04-07-2010 09:10 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2010 09:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench design cushions boat seating

I am designing a question-mark-shaped bench for a friend’s shop. I am a graphic designer by trade, the anal swiss-trained type, and I have researched the ergonomics of a good design.

The cushion thickness/depth for the seating/backrest has a big impact on the space required to meet ergonomic standards (the area involved is limited). I would hate to spec a thickness that does not provide the cushion maker, whoever that may be, the proper requirements for their trade. The client doesn’t have anyone lined up yet and I don’t know of any in my area.

I am thinking of speccing 3-inch thick cushions. Anyone have any experience?

Much obliged.

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 09:23 PM

You might want to consider a multi-layer approach. At its simplest, it means to put a light density foam on the top layer, a medium density foam in the middle, and a dense foam at the bottom.

That way, it will ease the pressure impact on the sides of where the person sits.

I’d also recommend that the layers be joined by contact cement for about an inch around the periphery. This is to keep the layers from shifting under use and preserve the appearance of the sides of the cushion.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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