I’m so excited to share with you my latest project- No Sew Bench Cushions for my Banquette seating. This project has been a long time coming and I know it was well worth it.
In March of 2012, my husband built me this wonderful banquette seating. You can see a detailed tutorial at the link below.
Yesterday, I completed the cushions to go with it. We originally decided that we would have them made for us and got a price of $275.00 which isn’t horrible, but there never seemed to be extra money. Nor could I decide on a fabric I wanted because I knew if I had them made they would not be changed for a long while. That’s why I like a DIY project so much better, I can change colors much more frequently. I saw this post from Thrifty Decor Chick where she used wood and eggshell foam to make a bench cushion. I didn’t do it the way she did but It got my juices flowing.
Here is what I did. I gathered my supplies. You will need:
~Foam which if VERY EXPENSIVE! But I found some foam on Ebay for 45.00.
~Fabric, I found 2 Table cloths at TJ Maxx for 12.99 each
~Sheet of 1/4″ thick luan
~Electric Bread knife
Cut your luan and foam to the size you need it to be. If you need to cut your foam I found that placing the cut piece of luan onto the foam and tracing it worked really well. Then use your electric knife to cut it. It cuts like butter!
Now for the fun part- the construction.
Place your fabric right side down. Lay your foam on top of the fabric with @ 4 inches on each side.
Lay your luan piece on top of the foam.
Fold your fabric up and staple it every couple inches.
Staple the other side. Pull the fabric taut, but not too tight. If you pull too tight you will see lumps in your foam. You can easily pull the staples out and re staple.
I unfortunately can’t describe how I did the corners. I just did it. I messed with it until I got the least amount of lumps. Here is a close up.
Here is the finished product. I think it looks great! The price was @$80.00. If the fabric gets stained or I paint my kitchen I can’change it for the cost of the fabric.
Have you ever had to wait on a big project like this? Was it worth it?