For those who read my last post, you’ll know I built a built-in window seat with drawers and cabinets for my daughter’s room. To make this a more comfortable place to sit and read, I decided to make a DIY window seat cushion to put on top.
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This was a very quick and easy project, and fairly inexpensive (the foam was the most costly portion of the cushion). Here’s how I made it:
*If you built the window seat using the instructions from this website, you can use the remaining plywood left over from building the drawers
Tools and Supplies:
|Circular Saw||Electric Knife||Staple Gun|
|2″ Upholstery Foam||1/4″ Staples||Fabric|
|Of your choosing|
My daughter has decided she no longer wants a pink bedroom, she has moved on to blue. So, I decided on a gray chevron striped fabric and blue pillows (that way if she has a color change in the future, gray will match pretty much anything! 🙂 ). I purchased my fabric at Walmart ($1.99/yard!), which is WAY cheaper than fabric or craft stores. I purchased my foam at Beverly’s craft store, but it was pretty pricey there, you can find it cheaper on Amazon.
DIY Window Seat Cushion Instructions:
First, I cut my plywood to size. Using the template from my window seat top (I used 8.5″x11″ pieces of paper taped together to create a template for the top), I traced the shape onto my 1/4″ plywood, and then cut about a 1/2″ inside that line using my circular saw. You want the plywood bottom of the cushion to be smaller so the foam overhangs the edges of the plywood so all edges are soft. Here is the template being used to cut the window seat top:
Once I had the plywood cut to size, I used the paper template again to trace the shape and size onto my 2″ thick foam. I then used an electric knife to cut along the lines ( an electric knife works amazingly well at cutting thick foam in nice, straight lines!).
Gather your foam, plywood, and fabric and place in a large work space.
Now, lay your fabric out on your work space, making sure the patterned side of the fabric is face down.
Lay your cut foam on top of the fabric, towards the center.
Next, center your plywood on top of the foam.
Beginning pulling the fabric taught over the foam and plywood and stapling with the staple gun and 1/4″ staples. You may need to slit the fabric at the corners to be able to pull it taut around those sections.
Continue around bench seat cushion until all fabric is smooth across the front and all fabric has been stapled down to the plywood backing.
Now, place your cushion on top of your bench seat and add some pillows for decor!