Ever since we showed our soon-to-be baby-girl's nursery, a frequent question has been about the bench seat. It was an easy and inexpensive DIY project, and the bench seat definitely adds to the charm of built-in bookcase. I really wanted the seat to be functional and not just a pretty spot to look at. We only have 2 months until she is here and I envision my 5-year old sitting on this bench seat while we're in here together and also her when she gets older.
HOW TO BUILD A NO-SEW BENCH SEAT
Plywood (cut to size at hardware store)
Foam poly mat cushion
Wood glue (optional)
1. Measure the size of bench seat you need by length and width. I got my lumber at Lowe's and had them cut it to size at the store. It was tricky getting it home since I have a smallish car, but we made it work. If you need to, you could have them cut it in half and then glue it back together when you get it home.
2. Measure and cut your poly foam. I purchased one roll of 2" x 27" x 76 inches, but in retrospect, I wish I had gone with the 3-inch foam cushion because it provides more height/cushion and looks more luxe than the 2-inch. 3-inch is what we have on the mudroom bench seat.
3. Cut the poly foam with a serrated knife to fit on top of your wood board.
4. You can use wood glue to affix the poly foam to the wood and wait for it to dry. I skipped this step this time.
5. Cover the foam and board with your batting and trim to fit. Use a staple gun to staple the batting to the underneath side of the wood. Be careful to smooth the batting before stapling so that when you cover it with fabric, it lays smooth and flat without any wrinkles.
6. Depending on your fabric, you might need to iron it to get out any wrinkles or creases before attaching it to your board. I didn't need to do that here.
7. Lay the wood, batting side down on top of your upside-down fabric. Pull the fabric taut and staple it to the wood. You may need to lift the board and smooth before continuing.
8. When you get to the corners, it's helpful to trim the excess fabric and I just folded them like I would wrap a gift.
I still might switch out the 2-inch foam for 3-inch. I think that will also help make that left corner more at a straight angle, which is picky, I know, but it's kinda bugging me.
All in all, this is a super easy DIY project and much less expensive than purchasing a custom bench seat. The hardest part was choosing a fabric! I ended up going with a creamy fabric (from High Fashion home, a local fabric store) with some texture so that the pillows, rug and window shades could be the focal points and the bench seat would be a neutral backdrop.
We cannot wait to meet this baby girl and bring her home to her sweet nursery!
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