As I mentioned during the $100 Room Challenge Reveal, I am sharing my DIY bench cushion tutorial with you today. Please keep in mind that I am SO not a crafty sewer. Truth: I don’t know how to sew, nor do I own a sewing machine. My aunt was gracious enough to sew a seam to avoid a sideways pattern, but, if you are like me, and lack the ability to sew, you certainly can still complete this project.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- A thin piece of wood (mine was 5 mm thick) *A note to possibly save you some money: I went to Home Depot and they have scrap wood you can purchase for a reduced price. I got mine for under $4.00 (a 70% savings). So, check the scrap wood before buying a whole sheet. Home Depot will also cut the wood for you; just be sure you have your dimensions.
- Foam padding *This stuff is expensive! I could not believe the price. Check for coupons before purchasing. Joann’s happened to have 50% off foam, but even with that coupon, I paid about $27 for it!!! I chose to go with a 2″ foam, but 3″ is also available… it just costs more. Again, know the dimensions of your cushion so you don’t overpay for more than you need.
- Batting– *When figuring out how much batting you need, remember to figure out the length of your bench + the measurement of your foam x2 + your wood x2 + 1″ extra for stapling x2. My cushion was 55 3/8″ x 17 1/4″. The batting was already wide enough, but I needed 55 3/8 for the length + 4″ for the foam (2″ on each side) + 2″ for the wood (1″ on both sides- more than I really needed, but I’d rather go over a little) + 2″ for wrapping around and stapling (1″ for each side) = 63 3/8″ needed in total.
- Fabric *Note- I chose to go with an outdoor fabric. I feel like it’s a little more durable, and easier to spot treat since I can’t exactly throw my cushion in the laundry whenever it gets dirty. The dimensions are figured the same way as your batting. If your bench is not as long as mine, the fabric was already 55″ in one direction, so keep that in mind… ask the associate cutting the fabric what’s best. They are SO helpful!
- Staple Gun with Staples about the size of your wood. You certainly don’t want the prongs to poke through the foam or fabric… I used 6 mm staples, the shortest I could find.
First thing’s first. If you are amazing, and know how to sew, get that done first. As I mentioned, my aunt helped me sew a seam so my pattern would go in the direction I thought looked better. If you do not a sew, that’s okay, just make sure your fabric is the right size. Once you have all your supplies, the process is actually very quick and easy- I’d say we spent a total of 30 minutes making the whole thing.
Start by cutting your foam down to size. While the length of my foam was cut in the store (55 3/8″) the width was wider than what I needed. While I have heard that an electric knife is great for cutting foam (that’s what they used in the store), I don’t have one, so I used a razor, and it did just fine. Make sure to measure and draw a line to guide your razor.
Put your foam on top of the board and wrap the batting around it. Pull it securely and staple it to the bottom of your board.
Now wrap your fabric around and pull tightly. Staple that into the bottom of the board.
***Make sure you have your pattern aligned before stapling!
Ta Dah!!! DIY bench cushion! In order to prevent the cushion from moving all over the bench, I laid down some grippy stuff I had downstairs. Obviously “grippy stuff” is a technical term, but I’m not sure of what it’s really called… anyone know?
And there you have it! DIY bench cushion.
Next Wednesday I’m introducing a whole new space that I’ll be making over for $100… only this time, I’m adding a little twist. Can’t wait to tell you all about it!
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