I’m making a camping seat from a 5 gallon bucket. For those unfamiliar, you basically make a round vinyl-covered cushion and glue it onto the lid of a 5 gallon bucket to create a portable, padded seat.
The problem I’m having is that the ‘cushion foam’ I got is so cheap it totally collapses when I sit on it. To the point where I feel like the vinyl is going to pop from all the trapped air trying to escape. (And for some context, I’m only about 120 lbs, I feel like there’s a good chance it would if someone larger sits down) I think the only reason it hasn’t popped just from me sitting on it so far is that the air can somewhat escape out the bottom of the cushion (the way you make the cushion is you wrap the foam in the vinyl and then staple it down to a cardboard disk on the bottom of the foam) but once it’s glued down to the bucket lid I don’t think the air will be able to escape like that.
So I’m looking for solutions. I don’t know how readily I could get my hands on different foam, this was the only thing I could find available locally. I thought about maybe setting some eyelets in the vinyl to create ‘vents’ but that kinda defeats the purpose of making the seat out of vinyl since it’d no longer be waterproof.
If anyone has any thoughts I’d be grateful : )