How to upholster a banquette

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How to upholster a banquette
Upholstering a banquette seat is simple with a few basic tools and supplies. (heavy duty stapler image by Christopher Dodge from

Banquette seating is a popular option for providing a lot of seating in a simple design. Banquettes are often used in indoor sitting areas and outdoors on patios or decks. Adding an upholstered seat to your banquette can make it a more comfortable place to spend time.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • Saw
  • Fabric
  • Foam, at least 4 inches thick
  • Quilt batting
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Wood glue

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    Making a Base

  1. 1

    Measure the surface of the banquette to be upholstered.

  2. 2

    Subtract 1/4 inch from each measurement to allow space around the cushion for the fabric and batting to wrap around the edges while still sitting properly on the banquette.

  3. 3

    Cut the plywood to size. Make several cushions for larger banquettes by measuring the seat in sections and cutting a piece of plywood to fit each section.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of foam the same size as the plywood.


  1. 1

    Cut a piece of fabric that is 10 inches wider and 10 inches longer than the plywood and foam. Cut a piece of quilt batting to same size as fabric.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric face down on a work surface. Place the batting on top of the fabric, then centre the foam on the batting and place the plywood on top.

  3. 3

    Starting at the centre, wrap the fabric and batting around to the back side of the plywood. Secure in place with several staples.

  4. 4

    Pull the fabric directly across from the stapled area until it is tight and staple into place.

  5. 5

    Staple the centre of the ends in the same fashion. Continue working outward from these points in small sections, always working one side then working the area on the opposite side, until the fabric and batting are stapled into place all the way around. Trim excess fabric with scissors.

    Mounting Cushions

  1. 1

    Spread a layer of wood glue or construction adhesive across the surface of the banquette where the cushion will be mounted.

  2. 2

    Line up the cushion so that it is straight and press it into place.

  3. 3

    Hold the cushions tight to the banquette for several minutes, until the glue begins to set. Allow glue to dry thoroughly before using banquette.

Tips and warnings

  • Screw the upholstered seats into place from the back side instead of gluing to create removable cushions.

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