I did not know one thing about upholstery when we began this project. But, I knew that I wanted a cushion on top of the bench that would prevent Madalyn from hitting her head, and would provide comfortable seating for adults, and Madalyn (once she’s a bit older).
Here’s a picture of the benches, with the completed cushion:
And, how did we create the cushion? Here’s how:
1. To start, I had to pick a color for the room. We currently have a little girl, so my first instinct was to go with pink (you can never have enough pink!). As I thought about it more, I realized that because this room was such a main room in the house, I would rather have a more neutral color. Also, we may not be done having kids, so if we had a boy, I don’t think he’d be too fond of pink cushions. I decided that a turquoise-blue would be a perfect fit.
2. After we determined the color, I needed to find a fabric. I chose an Indoor/Outdoor fabric from www.fabric.com. The exact pattern I purchased, is not currently on the site, but the brand I purchased was Richloom and I bought four yards to cover three bench cushions. The fact that the fabric is suitable for outdoors, meant that it would hold up in a room meant for play and that was very important to me. Since having the fabric, I can testify to the fact that it is durable and easy to clean.
3. I ironed the fabric before cutting it down to the sizes that we needed.
4. We cut the fabric down to size, leaving about 5 inches on each of the sides in order to cover all of the material and create neat-looking ends.
5. The interior of the cushion is made up of three parts: 3/4″ MDF board, 2″ foam, and batting.
6. To adhere the fabric, we used a standard staple gun. We folded and pulled the fabric up and around the MDF board as tight as we could and then stapled it down, putting staples about every 3-4 inches. We used the fabric pattern to help us keep the fabric straight.
7. One of the trickier parts of the project for us, was stapling the corners in a neat fashion. After some trial and error, here is what we found to work the best:
To see how the benches were made for this cushion, go here.
Here’s an update on our progress:
- Determine location of playroom. (Done!)
- Choose storage for toys. (Done!)
- Develop a plan for seating — for both adults & kiddos. (Done!)
- Decide on a decorating theme and color. (Started!)
- Change the light fixture in the room to something more inviting.
Part Four will bring you photos of the completed room!
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