How to Build a Cushioned Bench

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How to Build a Cushioned Bench

You can easily upholster a hardtop bench or stool. Benches that are used for putting on shoes can be made much more comfortable by adding fabric and padding to the hard wood seat. Update the look of a room by adding new fabric to pieces of furniture including benches. Using simple tools, you can add to the value and comfort of a bench that is used for seating by adding a padded cushion to a hardwood top.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Fabric tacks or staples
  • Fibre padding (cotton or synthetic)
  • Wood bench

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    Measure and cut a piece of upholstery fabric so that there is enough to hang over the top of the bench surface and have at least 2 inches of overhang past the bottom of the seat plate. The fabric will be attached to the underside of the bench seat, so be sure to have enough fabric overhang to accommodate the padding that will be pushing up the fabric from the top of the bench seat.

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    Staple an edge of the fabric to the underside of one long side of the bench top. Keep the fabric straight as you staple this fabric to the seat. It will keep the fabric straight on the seat top when stuffed. Fold the corner under the short side length of fabric, and staple to the underside of the seat. You know have an "L" stapled on the seat. Turn the corner, fold the fabric under, and staple it to the remaining long side of the bench seat.

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    Stuff the space with fibre filling in between the seat top and the fabric covering. Fill the space with enough filling to create the firmness of cushion you wish to have for the seat. The stuffing will become harder to insert as it fills. Once it will take no more filling, finish by sealing the cushion on all ends.

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    Staple the remaining fabric to the underside of the bench seat to seal the fabric filling inside the cushion. Fold the remaining corner under. Staple shut the fabric opening that was filled by filling to create the cushioned padding for the bench seat.

  5. 5

    Cut the remaining fabric outside of the staples. Finishing the job is important to keep the piece looking professionally done. Trim the fabric close to the staples, and it will hide the way the padded cushion was created.

Tips and warnings

  • Use tasselled strips around the edge of the bench seat to help disguise the stapling under the seat. This also gives the cushioned bench seat more character and an updated look.
  • Because upholstery staples and nails are extremely small, the chance for injury to fingers is common. Wear the proper eye protection, and properly use all tools to prevent injury during the upholstery process of padding a hardtop bench seat.

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