When we first moved into our apartment we got some black shelving units from IKEA’s “as-is” section for $20 each. We weren’t sure where exactly they were going to go, but by chance 2 of them fit perfectly side by side in the office. Yay! I envisioned them being sort of window seat style – minus the window. Here is the before and after:
I had seen a lot of bench cushion DIY’s on Pinterest so my first mission was to do that. They all seemed pretty straight forward: buy foam, batting, and fabric and glue it all together. The only problem was that when I went to go buy the supplies I discover that foam is really expensive. It would’ve cost me over $60 for the foam and batting and then I would still need fabric on top of that. Way too much for my budget!
So I moved on to Plan B: buy some cushions for less then $60. Which also turned out to be way trickier then I anticipated. There were a lot of options out there, but it was finding the right combination of sizing, price, and pattern that was hard. I eventually found some that fit all three categories – these striped cushions from Target. But sadly they don’t ship to Canada and they aren’t available here either! So sad.
So after all this searching around I had to rethink things. First off, this “bench” isn’t really going to be sat on a lot. It was more that I wanted to cover the top of it and make that corner look cozier. Once I came to that conclusion I realized that all I really needed was some fabric and something to easily cover with it – like foam core! It was the perfect solution for me because I could cut to the exact size I needed and choose whatever pattern I wanted. And the foam core and fabric only cost me $10! So here’s what I did….
You will need:
– foam core (I used three 20×30 sheets)
– hot glue or smoother strong adhesive
My bench was about 90″x16″ so I had to cut down the foam core to size.
Then I cut my fabric adding 2″ about on all sides so I would have enough fabric to fold over. The first one I did I left too much fabric and it actually made it a bit bulky, so less it better in this case. You can always trim the excess afterwards too. If you want the edges to look finished then just fold the fabric twice before you glue it so the cut edge isn’t showing. Since it’s underneath I wasn’t worried about it.
I really hate ironing so I almost skipped doing it, but then I thought better of it and ironed out my fabric. I highly recommend it otherwise you’ll have permanent creases in your covers.
Get that hot glue gun going (I would guess that gorilla glue or even double sided tape would work too) and glue the fabric right the the board. When you get to a corner fold it down into a triangle and then fold that down again and glue to the board.
If you want to make sure they stay in place on your bench you could always stick some velcro to the bottom corners and the bench surface.
I added some cushions and am pretty happy with facelift that this area got! I might change up what’s on the wall there too, but that’s for another day : )