Effects of Fabric Cover Elastic Property on Cushion Stiffness in Upholstered Furniture Seating
CommitteeMartin, William V.
This study investigated effects of fabric and foam elastic properties on the behavior of load-deformation properties of upholstered furniture cushions. A 3×3×3×2 experiment design experiment was designed to study effects of fabric cover type (less stiff, stiff, and stiffer), foam thicknesses (5 inch, 5.5 inch, and 6 inch), human weight level (105 lb., 140 lb., and 190 lb.), and seat foundation type (panel and spring) on cushion stiffness. Experimental results indicated that the increase of cushion stiffness was significant as fabric cover stiffness, foam thickness, and human weight level increased. There was no significant difference between two types of seat foundation on cushion stiffness.