Using an upholstery adhesive, you will glue the foam to your wooden seat for easier upholstery. Trust me, you’re gonna want to go outside for this. This stuff sprayed out like Spiderman’s webbing shooting from his wrists. ( I wish my “spidey” sense had forewarned me). It was white, sticky, and came out in a vertical line as opposed to the usual conical sprays. Do this on cement or anything you don’t want to preserve, like grass. It can get messy quick, if you’re not careful.
Follow the instructions EXACTLY as printed. I sprayed both foam and wood and waited about 30 seconds (under the hot Georgia sun) for it to dry to a “tack.” To me that meant no longer translucent. Then I placed the foam onto the seat. Note: this WILL be permanent so proceed carefully. If you feel like you might have to reposition your foam for whatever reason, DO NOT spray both sides. When they say “it is a permanent bond” they MEAN IT! Once I set it down it would not budge.
Once you have your foam glued (should take less than 30 seconds–really) you lay your seat (foam side down) on cotton batting.
Staple the center edge on the first side. Pull the batting tightly; and wrinkles or folds in the batting will create an uneven base for your fabric. Work your way around and staple the center edge of the remaining 3 sides. If it’s not as snug as you need it to be you can always remove that one staple and re-tighten. The cotton batting will smooth out the transition from the foam’s edge to the wooden seat. In my case, the batting also provided padding for the uneven cutting of the foam. I had to cut extra snippets and place them in the gaps to make up for my mistake. Live and learn.
Work your way around the seat and staple the batting to the seat. I used my permanent marker and circled the nail holes underneath the seat to remind me of the space I needed to have clear.
I played around with different folds until I settled for this one. I found this the least bulky under the fabric. Trim off excess batting once you’ve stapled it all the way around, and staple your corners.