Monday, September 21, 2020

Spray foam furniture is the new trend!

It looks bubbly, rugged, fluffy, and quite interesting but what is it?

Well, it's spray foam furniture, and you might have seen it go viral on social media platforms such as TikTok & Instagram. Artists and DIYers have been spraying foam on various household items, such as benches, couches, mirrors, shelves, and tables for quite some time. Interior designers have begun showing foam furniture in their work as demand for the stunning look rises.

The foam mirror, also known as the "popcorn mirror," has become one of the most popular foam items.

But the textured look of foam furniture has attracted differing opinions, ranging from disgust and curiosity to awe and admiration.

Some DIYers say they first learned of the trend from Westman's "popcorn" furniture series, prompting them to create their own. "I get a lot of questions about people copying me. But I don't have a problem with that since it's impossible for me to produce foam items for all those people anyway. And I think people do their own design with me as inspiration, which is cool!"

Interior designer Amanda Beaubien, 25, who recently started her own special design business in the Los Angeles area, had just moved into a new home when she discovered spray foam furniture.

"I was looking for a very large mirror that had a funky and different look. The one I really wanted was over budget," she recalled. "I saw something on Instagram in March or February of an influencer who had created a mirror and then she had made a few of other furniture pieces, and so it sparked something in me, and I was like, I can make my own for under $200 in my budget."

"It looks complex, but then when you do it, you're like, 'Oh wow.' It was an easy few steps that didn't take much time. It's affordable, and the result is so incredible. It's so fun.

"Everybody that comes into my house is just in awe, and they have a million questions, so I get it. I had a million questions, and I had to wing it because I didn't know anybody, so I was like, 'Alright, we're just going to try this and see how it goes' and it just turned out over what I thought it was going to be. It was amazing."

Beaubien spent approximately $75 for a secondary mirror she bought online and about $7-8 for four or five spray foam cans. She had had experience working with foam before and said it took about 45 minutes to spray her mirror's edge over 70 inches tall. She has since made a smaller foam mirror for a client and customized it with pink spray paint.

"I made one for a client who adored it so much that I would love to keep making more pieces," Beaubien said. "This is a cool, easy, special item that you could have in your home ... something foam is a custom piece, and it's specialized for your residence."

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