Homemade Reading Bench Tutorial

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this week’s iHomeschool Network Back-ToSchool Blog Hop!

Today I’m going to share the details on how I made our really easy homemade reading nook! Okay, not the bench part, but the cushion at least!

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Remember that left over peg board from my desk stabilizing efforts? Well, I convinced my husband to cut this bad boy into the exact size to fit the top of my Ikea Besta Shelf Unit.

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Next I went to JoAnn’s Craft Store and purchased some 3” foam, cute fabric, and some fabric glue called Fabric Fusion.

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I laid out the fabric pretty side down, then added the foam and finally the peg board.

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Next I folded up the fabric along the short edges, and ran a strip of the fabric glue along the edge. Then we stapled the corners  along the short side down using a staple gun.

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Next I folded up and secured the corners so that the edges are smooth on the side that will be showing.

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Here is a close up of the corner. I’m sure there are better ways to fold these, but I’m not exactly a seamstress, so this is what I came up with!

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We repeated these steps all the way around the board, gluing then stapling the edges all the while pulling the fabric taught.

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Next we flipped it over to see our completed cushion!

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Next we put the cushion in its new home on our reading bench and added some accent pillows to create an inviting little reading nook for everyone!

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And here it is along the wall with all of the other shelving units.

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This week is School Room Week with the iHomeschool Network Back-ToSchool Blog Hop! Make sure to stop by and see what other homeschoolers are doing with their rooms!

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37 Comments

  • Caroline Bélanger August 16, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Love it!!!!!! Such a great idea!

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  • Melly Queen August 17, 2012 at 1:14 am

    This looks great!!!

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  • Leah Mick August 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love it! Thanks for sharing! Can I ask about how much the foam cost you?

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  • Jasmine August 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This is fabulous!

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  • Heidi (Dearlylovedmist) August 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    SUPER cute! I just made a bench area in my entryway (this post: http://www.dearlylovedmist.com/2012/08/entryway-closet-before-and-after.html) and I’d love to make a cushion for it. This looks great. Thanks for the idea!

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    • Erica August 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

      That’s awesome! The cushion would be great, and it looks so much better than a plain old closet! Great idea :o)

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  • Amanda August 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    that is GREAT! i love that craft fusion stuff!

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  • Melissa Little September 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I am a public school teacher and just want to give you a suggestion for cleaning any table surface. Mr. Clean magic erasers will clean anything off of a table or wall. They are great and save lots of scrubbing.

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  • Suzanne D. December 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    How big was the fabric you used? I love this and hope to do this soon!

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  • Jen March 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Love it – Thank you!! I’ve been stressing b/c I need to “sew” a cushion for my breakfast nook bench and can’t sew – This will be perfect. Great idea!!

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  • Shannon July 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hello! This is absolutely adorable! Do you think it would work just as well with just the 8 cube shelves? One on either side of the reading bench? Are they sturdy enough? We are a little short on space and I’ve never used IKEA products before but I assume they are super sturdy for the price! Thanks in advance! Shannon

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