I recently made this bench pad for the cubbies in my mud room. Check out the post on my mudroom makeover for the back story. This bench pad is extremely easy to build, it looks professional, and it’s cheap to make…could it get any better? Here’s how you do it:
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/4″ thick wood: Go to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and find a cheap piece of wood. I used 1/4″ thick wood, but you can go a little thicker if you want to. No one is going to see this wood so it doesn’t have to be pretty. It’s just used for stability to make your bench pad stronger and to help it to keep it’s form. Have an associate in the wood cutting area cut it down to the size you measured your bench to be. Keep the spare wood for other projects. (I used my spare wood to make the doors that you see on my cubbies in the photo!)
- 3″ thick foam: You can buy this from a fabric store like Hobby Lobby. Make sure the dimensions of the foam will cover your entire bench pad in one solid piece. My fabric store was sold out of 3″ thick foam, so I just bought two 1.5″ thick pieces and glued them together.
- Fabric of your choice (I bought my fabric at Hobby Lobby) I recommend getting a fabric on the thicker side. Make sure it’s not too thin.
- Staple gun
- Multipurpose Spray Adhesive for use on foam (I use brand 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive)
I didn’t take pictures throughout the process of making my bench because I made it before I started blogging, so I’ve illustrated most of the steps below instead. Here’s how you do it:
1. Measure the bench length and width before buying any materials
2. Buy all materials listed above
3. Roll out your foam on the ground. Lay the piece of wood that has already been cut to fit your bench on top of your foam. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the foam to be the same size as the wood. Use the piece of wood as your guide. It’s okay if the edges of the foam get a little choppy while cutting. No one will see that.
4. Use your multipurpose spray adhesive to spray one side of the foam and one side of the wood and glue them together. (If you had to buy two 1.5″ thick rolls of foam, like I did, then glue the foam pieces together as well.)
5. Now that your foam and wood are glued together, lay your fabric face-down and set the wood and foam piece foam-side-down on top of the fabric. Cut the fabric down to fit so that you will have enough room to wrap the fabric over the top of the wood, with enough room to staple the fabric to the wood. You’d rather cut it a little too big at this point and then you can cut any excess off later. For now, just cut the fabric size down to a manageable size for stapling.
6. Pull the fabric over the foam and wood and begin stapling it to the top side of the wood. If your fabric has a pattern like stripes or polka dots, be very mindful of keeping the pattern straight as you staple. Go slow and check it as you staple to ensure you pull it straight and keep it in line. If it gets slightly out of line, just pull out the last few staples out and re-do it. Once you staple one side, pull the opposite side tight so the fabric is wrapped tightly and will not sag over time as you sit on it.
7. After you finish stapling, cut off any excess fabric.
8. Flip it over and admire your work. Place it on your bench.
Now all you have to do is admire how your gorgeous bench pad has transformed your space! If you try this leave a comment below and tell me how it turns out. I’d love to hear! And I would love to see pics too! ♥