We’re a couple of weeks into social distancing and finally finding some time to DIY our way through this pandemonium. Truly, making things and staying somewhat busy is what’s going to keep us sane.

For this project, we made a custom bench cushion in under an hour using very few materials and tools. So if you’re looking for a fun, simple DIY project around the house while we’re all stuck inside, definitely consider tackling this one.

The Backstory:

I’ve had a West Elm bench that I got on super sale years ago when I first moved to the city. It has followed me through two apartments and two houses. Currently, it sits in what I’ve lovingly referred to as the awkward space in the master (BIG update coming to that on Friday!). It’s been crying out for a proper bench cushion.

Pre-quarantine, I did a quick inventory on my supplies and realized that we had most of what we needed for this project already.

We just needed some batting (which you can order online).

We’re hoping to do more easy DIYs like this, complete with short video tutorials.

So if you have five minutes (literally), check out the video below to see how we made it!

Bench Cushion Tutorial Video

WARNING: Since the project was so straightforward, we *might* have a little too much with the sound/video editing. You decide. 😉 #dundundunduuuuuhhhhhhnnnnnn

🛒 Tools and Materials:

(Affiliate links)

Wood sheet (we used scrap wood, but plywood will work)
Dense foam: https://amzn.to/2R2J8dn
Batting: https://amzn.to/2wKKtic
Upholstery fabric: https://amzn.to/3dMkFTh
Staple gun w/ staples: https://amzn.to/3bGOGlv
Spray adhesive: https://amzn.to/2URc8pG
Hammer: https://amzn.to/39C8sNL
Fabric scissors: https://amzn.to/2w4LYHq
Circular Saw – https://amzn.to/30WcX2X    
Measuring Tape – https://amzn.to/2tMh9pT  

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If You Prefer Written Instructions, Check Out the Instructable!

Follow along step-by-step with pictures and written instructions via our Instructable!

Click here to view it on the Instructables site: Make a Bench Cushion in Under an Hour


  1. Good evening JZ & Danial,

    I like the bench project a lot!!

    Now that you have an air compressor…….get rid of the hand stapler and purchase a Bosch air stapler for about &50.00…….save those fingers & wrists from joint pains later……just a tip 😊

    That room is looking awesome!!!

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Hello Michael! Glad you like the bench project. 😉

      An air stapler is high on the list, especially after this project!! We’ll be sure to check out the Bosche. Thanks for the tip.


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