Near infrared chemical imaging was used for the quantitative determination of the application weight of hot-melt adhesive layers laminated to polyether-based polyurethane (PUR) foam as well as for monitoring of its spatial distribution across the surface of the foam. Adhesive layers were applied as melt-spun fibrous webs of a thermoplastic polyester with application weights between about 20 g m–2 and 130 g m–2. In spite of the coarsely porous surface structure of the foam, RMSEP was found to be 3.8 g m–2 only. Chemical images of the adhesive layers revealed that a minimum of two adhesive webs corresponding to an application weight of about 40 g m–2 are required for the formation of a continuous layer without holes. Average application weights derived from the chemical images have shown an excellent correlation with gravimetric reference values.