Sometimes I pay my hairdresser in DIY projects. Ok so just this once. It all started when she saw my Closet turned Mudroom project on Instagram. PS you should totally follow me on Instagram (I'm super fun). She commented that she needed a bench cushion and asked if I would make one for her. Well, it just so happened that I also needed a cut and color at the time. Destiny.
She already had cute fabric (which was actually curtains) and pillows picked out, which made my life super easy.
Didn't it turn out just super cute? Here's how I did it...
First, I took measurements so I could get the boards cut for me at the Lowe's. I seriously love that Lowe's is so great about cutting stuff for me. I take advantage often!
I made sure to think about the batting and foam that would be on either side of the cushions and had each board cut 1/2 inch shorter so they would both fit nicely. It was a guess, but it turned out to be perfect! As you can see, I had the boards cut to the width of the bench.
That way they fit together nicely on the length and look a little cushy in the width.
I used sound board because it's super light weight. I also recommend particle board (like I used here) or peg board. While sound board is light, it doesn't hold the staples super well.
Lay your board on your high-density foam and cut around it. You don't have to cut it super straight, your batting will smooth out the jagged edges. This stuff is difficult to cut.
Then lay your foam and board on top of the batting and staple the batting to the back of the board. Make sure your batting is nice and smooth.
Here's what it looked like before I added the fabric.
She found some really carling window panels at Homegoods. This is such a great idea for a couple reasons. 1. Great quality fabric for a good price. 2. The hemmed edges gave the bottom of the bench a nice finished look.
Now you might notice that I lined up the pattern of the fabric so that the pattern would look continuous. If you are making multiple cushions you will certainly want to do this!
Once you've got the fabric lined up, just go ahead and staple to the back of the board.
And there you have it. The perfect finishing touch for my darling friend's cute bedroom.
I hope you try this project. It's the easiest way I can think of to create a professional looking, tailored bench cover.
How much did this project cost? After using coupons at the craft store (ya gotta do it) the whole project cost about $100.