Cushions are a great addition to bay windows. But, they can be expensive, especially if you need them custom made. Save money, and get the look you want by making them yourself. Here’s what you’ll need for this quick, beginner’s level project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Tape Measure
- Circular Saw
- Staple Gun
- Electric Kitchen Knife
- ½” Plywood
- 3” Foam
- Contact Cement
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear. Throughout the video, we’ll alert you regarding when you should and should not use the safety gear.
Cut plywood. If you’re building your seat cushion at the same time as your window seat, as we are, you can use the top pieces from the seat as a template for your cushion. To do this, place the window seat pieces on top of your plywood and trace around them with a pencil. Measure a quarter inch in and mark this as your cut line. If your window seat is already installed, simply measure the top of the seat and subtract a quarter inch on all sides. The cushion should fit into the space but not be too snug. Once you’re ready, cut the plywood with a circular saw.
Cut padding and fabric. Lay your foam on a piece of scrap plywood, and place your cushion base on top. Line up with the pieces so the edges are parallel, and make your cuts with an electric kitchen knife. Wrap your fabric around the foam and the back of the plywood, cutting it with about four inches to spare on all sides.
Assemble cushion. Spray contact cement on both the foam and the plywood. Let sit per manufacturer’s instructions. Then, press the foam and plywood together. Wrap the fabric neatly around both the foam and plywood and secure with a staple gun. Repeat this process for all of your cushions.
Your project is complete. Step back and admire your new seat cushion.