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!



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.



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



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



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.



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



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!



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



Next we flipped it over to see our completed cushion!



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!



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



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!



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

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

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

    This looks great!!!

  • 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?

  • Jasmine August 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This is fabulous!

  • 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!

    • 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)

  • Amanda August 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    that is GREAT! i love that craft fusion stuff!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • 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

    • Phyllis December 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

      I purchased from Ikea two night stands ( $(50 each) and put a piece of plywood between them. Cover the plywood with foam and fabric and now have a seat with drawers!

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