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Old 08-30-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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Changing foam density

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We were wondering if anyone changed the foam density from 4" to 6" on their bench at the 2 person dinette/single bed in the 17B? Also, how comfortable is the 4" foam once made into a bed? Would you recommend to have extra bedding or mattress of any kind on top of it for more comfort? Any names or recommendations of companies out there who custom make higher density foam? ETI does not offer that option for the single bed.

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Old 08-30-2017, 04:50 PM   #2
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I'm aware of several owners who had Escape make the cushion 2" thicker in the front of the 19' in order to raise the seat level to front window height, others had the floor raised 2". So it was done in the past, not sure if it is still an option.
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Also, how comfortable is the 4" foam once made into a bed? Would you recommend to have extra bedding or mattress of any kind on top of it for more comfort?
Not very...unless the sleepers are children as they can sleep on anything. I have 2 x 3" memory foam on top the stock foam and find it comfortable.
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It is not so much the foam depth as the join line of the cushions that makes it uncomfortable. Most folks put a 2" topper on just to make it one piece and smooth out the holes/dips between the cushions.
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You're talking thickness as opposed to density. They do however make different densities of foam if it's the firmness you want to change.
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It is not so much the foam depth as the join line of the cushions that makes it uncomfortable. Most folks put a 2" topper on just to make it one piece and smooth out the holes/dips between the cushions.

I'm a bit over 6 foot 1 inch so maybe that's why but do not have an issue with the cushion edges. I occasionally sleep there so I do not need to crawl over my wife. I put a piece of 2 inch memory foam on and had to remove it because my wrist and hands kept having a pins and needles sensation. Which is odd because we have the exact same type of memory foam on the mattress and it does not bother me at all.
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HI There,

We were wondering if anyone changed the foam density from 4" to 6" on their bench at the 2 person dinette/single bed in the 17B? Also, how comfortable is the 4" foam once made into a bed? Would you recommend to have extra bedding or mattress of any kind on top of it for more comfort? Any names or recommendations of companies out there who custom make higher density foam? ETI does not offer that option for the single bed.

Thank you,

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The problem is a density that is heavy enough to be comfortable to sit on is too dense for sleeping when the entire body is supported, rather than just the "butt".

If they used a lower density that was comfortable for sleeping, your butt would sink too deep when sitting. That is why many add toppers for sleeping.
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The problem is a density that is heavy enough to be comfortable to sit on is too dense for sleeping when the entire body is supported, rather than just the "butt".

If they used a lower density that was comfortable for sleeping, your butt would sink too deep when sitting. That is why many add toppers for sleeping.
My butt sinks through the 4" stock dinette cushion, tried a heavy density, it was like wood, just plain uncomfortable. Been considering using 2" medium density with 2" heavy density under it.
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I end up sleeping on the dinette while my wife enjoys the bed. We are using a ViscoSoft 3.5lb density 3 inch gel memory topper....it is heavy but am getting a great sleep and roll it up in the morning and put it in the truck. We did change our table to a pedestal, so it is easier to change into a bed on a daily basis.
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I used a Costco gel foam topper for sleeping it was very comfortable
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