How to make a cushion from scratch (easy way)
You may need to create or reupholster a seat cushion if your chair doesn’t have one. Here’s how to make a cushion from scratch the easy way.
Supplies to make a cushion
To make a cushion from scratch, you’ll need:
- Plywood (I used ¼ thick underlayment)
- Polyester batting
- Paper and permanent marker for template
- Spray adhesive
- Electric knife
Steps to make a cushion from scratch
Step 1: Create a template
Firstly, use a large piece of paper to trace the base of the chair. Then, cut out your template.
Step 2: Make the base
Secondly, trace your template shape on a sheet of plywood. This will be the base of your cushion.
I used a quarter thick underlayment as a base for my seat cushion because I had it on hand.
Then, use a jigsaw to cut out your cushion base from the sheet of plywood. By the way, a jigsaw is super easy and not scary if you are unfamiliar with power tools.
Step 3: Cut the foam
I used 3 inch thick foam because I wanted a thicker, more cushy seat.
Step 4: Wrap in batting
I found it helpful to keep the batting doubled up for even more padding. Additionally, that helped cover the color of the foam underneath.
A jigsaw is a beginner friendly tool. It’s super easy to use and not scary if you are unfamiliar with power tools.
Step 5: Staple the fabric
Using a stapler, staple the top fabric of your choice onto the cushion base.
Meanwhile, expect to make a lot of adjustments. So, keep some pliers on standby for when you need to remove a staple.
Step 6: Finish the cushion
Lastly, tap the staples into place with a hammer. Cut away all of the excess fabric at the end.
Additionally, if you really want your cushion to look professional, you could add a black piece of paper a black sheet of fabric hot glue underneath for a more finished look.
In conclusion, that’s how to make a cushion from scratch (easy way). Now you know how to add a cushion to a vintage chair, stool, or bench. Happy thrifting!
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