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 taut.

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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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51 Comments

  1. 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.

    Melissa Little
  2. 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

    Shannon

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