First, the 7' x 2' Zeppelin comes in 3 plain cardboard boxes: Box 1 has the liner, the microsuede cover, and 1 25 pound container of foam. Boxes 2 and 3 each have 2 containers of foam. We were able to get all 3 boxes in the back of our mid-size sedan easily. Now, about the foam. Liberator has created a very cool system to enable the Zeppelin to ship easily. The foam is vacuum packed into 25 pound cubes in plastic bags. Each cube is compressed by the vacuum packing into roughly 22" squares. Any healthy person can easily carry the cubes. Further, by packing it this way, the Zeppelin can be readily shipped.
Once we got the materials home, it was time to take it downstairs to the basement rec room. Because the materials are packaged discretely, we were able to tell our daughter what it was and have her help carry everything downstairs. The first step was to get out the directions, which are 1 small page and very clear. We spread out the liner. The liner is the same shape/size as the microsuede cover, and has a zipper that goes about 3/4 of the way around it. The directions advise putting this exactly where you want the Zeppelin to go, as you don't want to be moving it around much after those cubes are inside it. We therefore placed it on the floor where we wanted it, and then unzipped the top of the liner and folded it back. We were then ready to start the foaming process. We put the 5 cubes of compressed foam inside the liner arranged in a uniform pattern.
Each cube is taped up with six (6) tabbed pieces of tape that are removed sequentially. There are 2 pieces on 3 of the sides. They are designed so you are basically freeing one side at a time. This is easy and fun. Once we had removed the six tape strips, we had the first cube of compressed foam sitting there. As mentioned above, the plastic bags are vacuum packed, so nothing "explodes" to create a mess. Instead, once the tape was removed, we still needed to remove the bags.
We noted that there are actually 2 plastic bags, which is smart for safety and backup. We then removed the 2 bags. Nothing happened, we thought that the foam would quickly expand, but that is not the case. Instead, it is a very slow, gradual process, which is a good thing. We therefore went on and did the other 5 cubes. As we went through the process, we noted that the cubes that we had already opened were slowly expanding, and were breaking off kind of like watching an iceberg edge fall off into the ocean. However, the directions emphasize, and we confirmed it, that the expansion of the foam is a very slow process. The directions state to wait for 24 hours before trying to "fluff" the Zeppelin, and to be patient as it can take a full week for the expansion to complete. We therefore still had 5 hard cubes sitting in the liner when we were finished with all 5 cubes, we then zipped up the liner and went on to the next step.
Liberator emphasizes that you should line up the zipper for the liner and the cover, which makes sense so that if you ever need to get to the inside liner (very unlikely) you can get to its zipper. We therefore aligned the cover with the liner and unzipped the cover. The directions do not tell you exactly how to put the cover over the liner, so here is the system we came up with that worked great. We put the unzipped top of the cover over the filled liner, and aligned it with the liner zipper. Once that was accomplished, I lifted the back edge of the liner and cover, and had my wife and daughter gently pull the bottom side of the cover under the liner going around the edge. This worked great. We then went around the cover adjusting it so that the zippers for both the cover and the liner were lined up. Once that was done, we zipped up the cover. Liberator tells you to cut off the plastic zipper handle from the liner once you are finished to keep someone from easily unzipping it and making a huge mess. Speaking of messes, we agree with Liberator's suggestion to keep the cover in the plastic bag sealed up until you are finished with the foam into the liner process, as static electricity from the cubes being removed from the bag sends little bits of foam around the room. We therefore swept up the floor to get rid of those foam bits before getting the cover out, and this worked great.
After finishing zipping up the cover, we all relaxed and enjoyed looking at our new piece of fun furniture in the teenagers rec room. Very cool looking. The foam was still slowly expanding, very slowly, large cubes were still readily apparent. My teenager daughter could not wait any longer however, so we told her to gently climb on. She was in heaven, grinning from ear to ear. The foam had expanded enough that she could find a comfortable place to lie even with the hard cubes still being present. We all decided that since we have pets it made sense to put a sheet/blanket/or something over the Zeppelin to keep pet hair off of it.
About 15-20 minutes later, our daughter decided to go upstairs for something. Without discussing it, my wife and I both counted to 10, grinned at each other, and after waiting to make sure our daughter had gotten all the way upstairs, we climbed on and had a great make out session. We were both able to comfortably stretch out. We are both plus size and there was no discomfort. Since the Zeppelin is 7 feet round, we have over a foot around us like lying on a bed. My wife's comment- this feels gooooood! MMMMMMmmmmmmmmm. We are just going to have to be careful about putting our Liberator throe or a blanket/sheet over the Zeppelin when we want to play, or our secret use will be exposed.
As a final note, we asked Liberator to not put a "Liberator" tag on the Zeppelin so that no curious teen would go home and decide to look it up. They readily did so for us. We found out that Liberator's parent company (and now EF's parent company) makes a full line of non-sex foam furniture called Jaxx, that is also sold online through link. Liberator can therefore make all of their furniture for discretion if necessary. All of our materials therefore said Jaxx so our secret is safe.