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Outdoor Cushions - Quick Drying Reticulated Foam

The Ultimate Outdoor Cushion Foam

Our Quick Dry Reticulated Foam combines fire safety, comfort and practicality to create the ultimate foam for outdoor cushions. This is an astoundingly porous fire retardant reticulated foam that allows for rapid water drainage and optimal air circulation. Treated with an antimicrobial agent and proven to retain its shape longer than any other alternative.

This is a superior fire retardant outdoor cushion foam featuring Quick Dry technology. Available exclusively in the UK from GB Foam. If you would like to speak to our experts about purchasing our Quick Dry Reticulated Foam for outdoor cushions, please contact us.

Reticulated Foam Thickness and Comfort

Outdoor Garden Furniture Foam
Our Quick Dry reticulated foam is available in three levels of firmness. A variety of combinations can be used to find the exact comfort to suit any requirements for your custom outdoor cushions. Our soft reticulated foam works best for back cushions exceeding 10cm in thickness. Meanwhile, the medium is best for outdoor seat cushions between 10cm to 15cm thick. Lastly, our firm quick-drying foam excels in thicknesses anywhere between 5cm and 15cm. See the table below for recommended uses and thicknesses according to each firmness rating.

Firmness Recommended Use Recommended Thickness
Soft Sofa & Day Bed Back Cushions 10cm & above
Medium Seat Cushions & Sun Loungers 10-15cm
Firm Seat Pads & Deck Chairs 5-15cm

Order Outdoor Cushions Step 1

Select Foam Shape

1. Select Outdoor Cushion Foam Shape Below

Choose which shape most closely matches the type of seat cushion or back cushion you are looking to replace. Can’t find the exact shape you’re looking for? Why not view our full range of foam shapes?

Buy Reticulated Foam Sheets – GB 40100

Reticulated Foam Upholstery Sheet

This foam is most popular for boat deck cushions, sunbathing cushions and outdoor seating.

Foam Sheet Size

Foam Thickness


Outdoor Seat Cushions

Antimicrobial & Quick Drying Outdoor Cushion Foam

QuickDry reticulated foam has been treated with a specialised antimicrobial agent and has advanced quick-drying properties thanks to its Hydro-Blast Reticulation. It stays odourless and helps prevent the spread of mould and fungus in humid conditions, which can lead to eventual rotting in regular foam.

Comparison Drying Rates

The graph shows a comparison between normal foam and Quick Dry reticulated foam.

• Both foams with a size of 35x35x5cm were soaked by pouring 500ml of water directly from above.

• At a room temperature of 28ºC, both foams were left to dry on a mesh tray for 5 hours.

• They were then measured by weight to evaluate the remaining water content.

Outdoor Cushion Foam

1. 500ml of water poured onto both foams.
2. After 60 seconds normal foam retained 80% water.
3. After 60 seconds Quick Dry foam retained only 40% water.
4. Highlights the difference between normal foam and QuickDry.
5. After 3 hours Quick Dry is practically dry. Normal foam still retains 71% water.

Quickdry Reticulated Foam

Quick Dry is made using a sophisticated process called Hydro-Blast Reticulation. This process gives it a unique 3D open cell structure, that allows water to drain rapidly and fresh air to circulate freely. When compared to regular foam, it dries 100% faster after 60 seconds and after 3 hours, it’s practically dry.

Reticulated Foam Fire Testing

We’ve created a video demonstrating the vast difference between burning a sample block of UK standard reticulated foam vs a sample piece of our exclusive Quick Dry reticulated foam. We think you’ll agree that the difference is very noticeable.

The standard reticulated foam is on the right, on the left is our exclusive Quick Dry foam. This test was performed multiple times by our team using two different ignition sources; a common household safety gas lighter and a kitchen blowtorch. On both occasions, the Quick Dry foam self-extinguished whereas the UK standard reticulated foam continued to burn.

If you have any questions about the fire safety standards of our foam or would like to know more about suitable applications, please feel free to contact us.

PDF download Quick Dry Fire Certificates

Quick dry Outdoor Cushion Specifications

Quick Dry is fire retardant to meet international standards and is available in Firm to Soft to suit all applications and preferences.

Firm Quick Dry Reticulated Foam
Nominal Hardness 180 – 220 Newtons ASTM D3574
Density > 32 kg/m³ ASTM D3574
PPI Count 20 – 30 cell / 25mm ASTM D3574
Ball Rebound > 30% ASTM D3574
25% ILD 18 – 22 kgf ASTM D3574
65% ILD 30 – 50 kgf ASTM D3574
Support Factor 1.8 – 3.2 ASTM D3574
Tensile Strength > 0.6 kg/cm² ASTM D3574
Elongation > 100% ASTM D3574
Tear Strength > 0.3 kg/cm ASTM D3574
FR Class PASS Schedule 2 Part II


Medium Quickdry Reticulated Foam
Nominal Hardness 140 – 180 Newtons ASTM D3574
Density > 30 kg/m³ ASTM D3574
PPI Count 20 – 30 cell / 25mm ASTM D3574
Ball Rebound > 30% ASTM D3574
25% ILD 14 – 18 kgf ASTM D3574
65% ILD 14 – 45 kgf ASTM D3574
Support Factor 1.8 – 3.2 ASTM D3574
Tensile Strength > 0.6 kg/cm² ASTM D3574
Elongation > 100% ASTM D3574
Tear Strength > 0.3 kg/cm ASTM D3574
FR Class PASS Schedule 2 Part II


Soft Quickdry Reticulated Foam
Nominal Hardness 110 – 140 Newtons ASTM D3574
Density > 28 kg/m³ ASTM D3574
PPI Count 20 – 30 cell / 25mm ASTM D3574
Ball Rebound > 30% ASTM D3574
25% ILD 10 – 14 kgf ASTM D3574
65% ILD 20 – 40 kgf ASTM D3574
Support Factor 1.8 – 3.2 ASTM D3574
Tensile Strength > 0.6 kg/cm² ASTM D3574
Elongation > 100% ASTM D3574
Tear Strength > 0.3 kg/cm ASTM D3574
FR Class PASS Schedule 2 Part II

Real World Applications

Garden Seat Cushion Foam

Outdoor Garden Furniture

Hotel Outdoor Furniture

Why Choose GB Foam For Your Foam Cut To Size?

Our factory is equipped with the latest CNC cutting technology and throughout the years we have employed the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry. Many members of the team have worked for the company for several decades and their attention to detail and quality control is something that only comes with years of knowledge and experience.

We have many customers who started with us in 1976 and are still working with us today, which we like to think reflects on our vision to be the most dynamic foam converter in our industry. For us no job is too big or too small. We offer the same level of service and delivery whether you are a retail customer ordering one piece of foam from home, or a large manufacturer ordering daily.

40 Years In BUsiness

GB Foam have been offering foam cut to size from our factory since 1976.

Hand Made In The UK

We employ the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry.

ISO 9001 Quality

Our team work to the ISO 9001 quality standards to guarantee only the best

Super Fast Delivery

All orders placed before 11:00am will be despatched for next working day delivery

5 Year Guarantee

Our foam comes with a 5 year guarantee against faults in manufacture.

Flame Retardant

Our entire range of foam exceed UK safety and flammability standards.

Garden Seat Cushions

Reticulated Foam for Outdoor Cushions

What does summer mean to you? Barbecues, parties, family time, endless evenings on comfy outdoor cushions? If you’re the type of person to enjoy spending time outside when the sun shows up, you’ll want to be doing so comfortably.

Whether you’ve already got your outdoor furniture or plan on making your own pallet seating, here at GB Foam Direct, we can provide you with the best outdoor cushion foam to help make your summers perfectly relaxing.

The Best Foam for Outdoor Cushions

With a reputation for gloomy skies, warm and sunny weather is always welcome here in the UK. However, there’s no denying our weather can be unpredictable. One day you could be enjoying glorious, scorching sunshine and the next, heavy rainfall. It can be irritating but most of us are used to it by now.

The key to beating unpredictable British weather is to be prepared for practically any event. You don’t want your outdoor garden party, for example, to be ruined due to a brief spell of unexpected (and very much uninvited) rain.

Normal foam outdoor cushions would quickly become soaked if caught in the rain. This could render them useless for when your guests arrive. But there is another way. Your guests don’t have to sit in discomfort. Make the switch to reticulated foam outdoor cushions and you’ll never have to worry about soggy outdoor cushion foam again. Here’s why!

Water Resistant Outdoor Cushions

Reticulated foam was originally developed for marine applications and first made its debut as a filling for luxury yacht and boat cushions. It was designed to remain resilient against harsh exposure to wet conditions.

Due to its advanced open cell structure, water passes much more freely through reticulated foam, meaning it absorbs significantly less water and dries much faster. That’s exactly what makes it perfect for manufacturing outdoor cushions and furniture. From rainfall to accidental liquid spillages, reticulated foam helps to prevent your outdoor cushions from becoming soaked and eventually degrading.

We offer reticulated foam with a feel ranging from soft to firm. This makes it perfect for many different applications including everything from outdoor garden seat cushions to sun lounger cushions and of course, as it was first intended, boat cushions.

Reticulated foam is a lightweight and porous material designed to offer your outdoor cushions a much greater lifespan when compared to regular foam. If you’re considering upgrading your outdoor cushions to reticulated foam, be sure to choose GB Foam Direct. If you have any questions about our foam for outdoor cushions don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experts are always happy to help.

Outdoor Pallet Cushions Furniture Foam

Foam Cushions for Pallet Furniture

If you consider yourself to be a relatively thrifty person, or simply love the appeal of upcycled furniture, then you’ll love pallet seating! Perhaps you’ve already made yours and are now wondering where to buy foam cushions for pallet furniture. Or maybe you’re just exploring the idea of introducing a new, relatively inexpensive and eco-friendly piece of furniture to your garden.

Whether you’re simply in need of some custom foam pallet cushions or are planning to start from scratch, we’re here to guide you through the process.

How to Make Pallet Seating – Finding Materials

For those wanting to make their own pallet furniture, here’s a guide on how to get started and instructions on how to assemble your pallet seating. This isn’t the only guide out there though. This one will give you advice on how to make a simple L shape pallet sofa. Similar principles apply to various other shapes but if you do need a different design, you may find it beneficial to cross-reference other guides focused on the shape you desire.

In order to make wooden pallet seating, you’ll, of course, need some wooden pallets. These aren’t generally the sort of things you buy, instead, why not try looking around for some free ones? That’s cost effective and eco-friendly!

A good place to start would be searching for landscaping companies or retailers that deal in heavy goods. Companies that sell stoves, ovens and other heavy appliances will likely receive wooden pallets on a regular basis.

These pallets can often be a nuisance for companies to dispose of. As such, they may be willing to give them away. A good number to start with is approximately ten pallets. However, this all depends on how big the area you’re working with is. In this example though, we’ll be working with ten.

How to Make Pallet Seating & Ordering Pallet Cushions

Once you’ve got your wooden pallets, there are a couple more things you’ll need. That being some screws, a power drill and suitable protective equipment.

Take three pallets and place them into an “L” shape on the ground. This will form the base of your outdoor pallet seating. Once done, take three more pallets and place them evenly on top of the ones you’ve previously laid. This will help to give your upcycled furniture greater height. Now you need to secure the top and bottom pallets together using screws. Alternatively, you could use a strong adhesive but screws will be more effective.

Once the pallets are secured, you can choose to join the three individual stacks together, or alternatively, keep them separated. Either way is fine. Take three more pallets, and remove the top half from each. These will be used to form the back of your upcycled furniture. Once again simply secure the wood to the backside of each pallet using either screws or glue.

For the remainder of the wood, you can choose to either fashion an additional table for some extra upcycled furniture, or dispose of it as you wish. As for your pallet seating, the frame is complete! All you need now is some pallet cushions.

Pallet Cushions For Your Upcycled Furniture

Here at GB Foam Direct, we make it easy for you to buy outdoor cushion foam online. All it takes is five simple steps to get the foam cushions you need. We stock a wide variety of foams suitable for many different applications. When it comes to outdoor pallet cushions we recommend our quick-drying reticulated foam but you’re free to choose an alternative if you wish.

We’re also the fastest online supplier of custom cut foam in the UK. That’s because we offer a next working day delivery service for any orders placed before 11:00 am Monday – Thursday. If the next working day doesn’t suit you, you can always choose an alternative day that does. Whatever suits you best.

Follow our five simple steps to order foam cushions for your pallet furniture today! And if you have any questions about our services be sure to get in touch. Call our experts on 01494 441177 emails sales or send us a message via our contact page.

Sun Lounger Cushions

Sun Lounger Cushions

If you’re looking to spend some time in the sun this Summer, you’ll want to be comfy whilst doing so. Sun loungers offer are a great way to stretch out and relax in the sun but to be truly comfy, you’re going to need some high-quality sun lounger cushions.

Sunny days await but are you prepared yet? Without the perfect sun lounger cushions, you’re not yet ready for the perfect summer.

Sun Lounger Cushions For Ultimate Comfort

If you’re hoping to truly relax this summer, then you’ll certainly need a comfy spot to dream away the days. A sun lounger is perfect for relaxing in the sun, topping up your tan or finishing that book you’ve been meaning to read. But you can only do all these things if you’re sitting comfortably.

Some sun lounger cushions are made of poor-quality materials. This results in a less comfortable and less relaxing experience. Maybe your sun lounger pad has seen better days or perhaps it wasn’t very good to begin with. Whatever the reason, you should upgrade your sun lounger pad with the help of GB Foam.

We stock a range of high-quality foam grades suitable for making quality outdoor cushions. Our Quick Dry Reticulated Foam is a great choice for sun lounger cushions!

Perhaps your sun lounger sits by a poolside? Our quick drying foam will be especially useful if you happen to fancy a quick swim between sunbathing. And of course, we can’t disregard the unpredictable British weather. You’ll be thankful that your cushions are made of reticulated foam if they get wet due to sudden rainfall. Wet foam is not only unpleasant to sit on it also degrades much faster and is prone to growing nasty things such as mould, fungus and mildew. Our Quick Dry Reticulated Foam doesn’t only dry rapidly, it’s also antimicrobial.

Custom Sun Lounger Cushions

If you’re looking to upgrade your sun lounger, GB Foam Direct is here to help! We offer a foam cut to size service that makes it easy for you to get the custom sun lounger cushions you need. Of course, if you need any assistance with ordering, our team are always happy to offer advice and guide you when you need it. If you’re looking to order sun lounger cushion foam for commercial purposes, please contact us to discuss your options.

Buy Outdoor Furniture Cushions at GB Foam Direct

We’ve been in the foam business for more than 45 years, We pride ourselves on our high-quality products and extensive industry knowledge. As both the manufacturer and retailer of superior foam products, when you buy from us, you’ll benefit from great prices and have a direct line of communication with our foam experts.

We stock a variety of comfy foam grades perfect for making sun lounger cushions and so much more. Plus we’re considered the UK’s fastest online supplier of custom foam products. That’s because we offer a next working day delivery service. Place your order before 11:00 am between Monday and Thursday and we’ll have your foam ready for delivery on the next working day.

Outdoor Cushions FAQs

To help you find the best products for your outdoor cushions, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer that you’re looking for and would like to learn more about our reticulated foam (or anything else) please feel free to contact us.

Can Outdoor Cushions Stay Out in the Rain?

There are a few things you’ll need to consider when deciding whether your outdoor cushions are suitable to stay out in the rain. If your garden cushions are made using reticulated foam and allow for proper drainage, they should be fine if left in the rain. You can also consider using a water-resistant cushion cover for enhanced protection.

What is Reticulated Foam?

Reticulated foam is a unique, open cell and extremely porous type of foam. Its mesh-like structure and opened face cells allow fluids to pass through the foam. Because it has a low water retention level when compared to regular upholstery foams, reticulated foam dries significantly faster.

Do You Make Custom Outdoor Cushion Foam?

Yes! Whether you need bespoke size patio cushions, foam for sun loungers or cushion for another piece of outdoor furniture, we can provide foam in the size and shape you need. Whilst we are the UK’s sole supplier of FR Quick Dry Reticulated Foam, we also stock a variety of other foam grades if you wish to use something different.

What does PPI foam mean?

When discussing reticulated foam PPI refers to pores per inch. This measurement helps to indicate the number of pores a reticulated foam has. For example, A 10 PPI reticulated foam has fewer pores than a 20 PPI reticulated foam and 30 PPI reticulated foam.

Do You Offer Outdoor Cushions for Commercial Furniture?

Yes, we can offer outdoor cushion foam for commercial applications. Whether it be for garden furniture, poolside furniture, boat seating or something else, we can help. If you’d like to learn more about what we can offer you, please feel free to contact our team.

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