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How to make your own NO SEW bench seat cushion.
You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make a beautiful cushion for a bench seat!
Custom foam bench cushions and covers are not cheap — this tutorial shows you how to make one in less than an hour for way less.
Whether for your mud room, the dining table or a window seat, it’s really not hard to make your own. And you can customize in any color or fabric you want!
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a cushion for a bench, but it came right back to me.
I found a couple upholstery fabrics I absolutely LOVED at Joann Fabrics:
The one on top was pricey but they were both half off and I had another 15 percent off of that. So not too bad! (And I didn’t need much for my projects.)
I’m working with the lower fabric for this DIY cushion (the stripes look black in the photo above, but they are a lighter blue/gray).
For this project you’ll need a bottom piece of some kind to staple the fabric into.
I found the plywood I needed in my trusty scrap pile and cut it to the dimension of our mud bench top:
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Notice the slightly rounded corners — I like to do that so the fabric isn’t stretched across anything pointy. Over time it wears at the fabric.
It’s cheaper (especially in the fall during back to school sales) and does the job just as well. (Plus you’ll have much more to work with!)
First up, cut your foam to the exact size of your wood base.
Tip: Using an electric carving knife or bread knife makes easy work of cutting your foam!
If you use layers of the thinner egg crate foam, regular scissors will cut it just fine as well.
I like to use a spray adhesive on both the wood and the foam to stick it in place just a bit before wrapping. Lay both items on a drop cloth or the grass outside before spraying.
After securing the foam to the board, you’ll want to wrap it with a light fabric like muslin to hold everything together well. If you want it extra cushy, you can use batting as well.
Make sure the width and length of your bench seat fabric is at least six inches more than the wood base. Even more if you’re making your cushion extra thick.
You want to make sure you’ll have plenty of fabric to work with as your wrap the wood base and foam!
If the staples don’t go in all the way, just pound them in with a hammer:
Take your time when using a striped fabric — you’ll really notice if it doesn’t line up well!
Helpful tip! Do not to pull the fabric too tight around the sides of the cushion.
If you do it will pucker up along the sides and you’ll see where you added each staple.
I usually leave the corners for the last step, and fold them as cleanly as possible to give a box corner look on the short ends of the cushion:
It’s just like making a bed — pull the excess fabric to the side, then pull that flap/folded edge down and secure to the wood underneath with the stapler.
The corners are the hardest part of the whole project!
The underside doesn’t look great — but who cares?:
Not me! 😉
I’m so pleased with it — the striped fabric is PERFECT in here with the new wall color (see all my plans for this room here!):
I almost went with something more modern for the fabric, but I’m glad I found this instead.
It’s more “me” for sure:
I can’t WAIT to replace those shoe baskets with something sturdier.
Once I finish up the wall next to this bench that will be my next project:
You can use ALL kinds of materials for your bench cushion cover:
- Curtains and drapes work great!
- Drop clothes are a nice, neutral color and durable enough to hold up to all kinds of wear and tear.
- Table clothes are easy to clean and you can make easy throw pillows out of placemats!
- Shower curtains are crazy inexpensive and the perfect size.
Have you ever tried this DIY cushion project? On the easy to hard scale it falls more towards the easy — it’s a great one to tackle if you are new to the do-it-yourself game!
Here’s how this part of the mud room turned out with the DIY shiplap wall in the color Whitestone, the pretty lumbar pillow I made with the other fabric pictured above and the DIY sliding shoe storage cubbies: