The following three sections describe how to measure, create, and improve your patio bench cushions. Read on to learn more.
Section 1: Measuring a Bench Cushion
A measuring tape or yardstick will help greatly in the following steps.
Begin by taking measurements of the length and width of your current bench.
Many manufacturers build cushions in increments of 1/2 inch, so you need to round up or down to the next half-inch if you land anywhere in between. If you have an old cushion that is to be replaced, feel free to measure the cushion instead of the bench.
Next, determine how thick you want your new patio bench cushion to be, either by measuring the old one or eyeballing the desired thickness on the bench surface, measuring in 1-inch increments.
Section 2: Making Your Own DIY Bench Cushions
Bench cushions are made using pieces of foam placed within a weather-resistant fabric exterior.
To start, you will need to obtain a piece of foam with the desired consistency and thickness.
Next, it needs to be cut into a rectangular shape that matches the profile for the bench seat (you can use the measurements you found in Section 1). Be sure to allow for a bit of extra space for the thickness of the fabric, especially at the seams.
To create raised edges, you need to use a material called cording, which is a small tube in which the fabric gets wrapped around.
Wrap the chosen fabric for the bench around a length of cord and glue it down.
After lying all of the pieces out, you can begin sewing them together. Sew inside-out, leaving a hole at the end for the foam.
Sew up the end and you will have a completed bench cushion.
Section 3: Preventing Cushion Slippage
To prevent your bench cushions from slipping around, especially on wooden benches, you can use non-slip material adhered to the bottom of the cushion or simply set on the surface of the bench.
This material, which is used in cabinets and drawers, is designed to grip surfaces and prevent slipping.
Cushions can permanently adhere to the bottom of the cushion when creating one from scratch. Many store-bought cushions have a version of this material on them.
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