Window Seat Cushion Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  We spent ours celebrating our friend’s wedding weekend.  We had a great time {and spent yesterday recovering from all the fun} and I’ll post some inspiration later in the week based on their wedding colors-it was gorgeous.  Today, I have a simple tutorial to share.  Last week I shared our built-in window seat tutorial and I promised a how-to on the cushion also.  This cushion is a little different that just a typical cushion because we wanted to add some stability to the seat.  Since the MDF we used was only 1/4″, we decided to make our cushion seat out of plywood to make the seat more sturdy.  This project was free for us because we had all the materials on hand, but here is what you will need:

  • plywood
  • foam
  • batting
  • material
  • circular saw
  • hot glue
  • staple gun

Mike had taken an old physical therapy table from his clinic awhile back in case projects like this came up, so we started by disassembling the table to get our materials.  To cut our plywood to size, we snapped a chalk line so Mike would know where to cut.

Mike used his orbital saw to cut our rectangle out.

When we had our shape cut out, it was time to attach the foam.  We started by cutting the foam with a utility knife.

Then I hot glued it to the plywood.

I wrapped the whole thing in batting for some extra cushioning.

Then I took the drop cloth I had initially used as a curtain panel in our bedroom and used it as the fabric to cover the cushion.  I  just used my staple gun to attach it the plywood.

And it’s as simple as that.  The cushion is nice and heavy with the plywood which helps keep it in place.



My kitchen towel pillow matches the cushion with the drop cloth scrap used in the middle.  You can open the lid to the window seat and the cushion part just opens with it.  It’s a nice neutral cushion so it doesn’t compete with all of the other patterns going on around it.  The best part? It was free.  My favorite kind of project:)  Have any of you ever made a cushion like this?




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  1. The cushion looks great, I need to make one for our window bench, never thought of gluing the cushion down, something to think about. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow! That looks awesome! I’d love you to link up to the link up party I have going on here:

  3. pinning this project :) I need to make a cushion for a dresser we’re using as bench sitting in the upstairs landing. this is perfect timing!

  4. Turned out great, Jessie! I’ve got a similar project I need to get done soon!

    Thanks for the how-to and or linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

  5. Bethany says:

    My husband just made a window seat/banquette with storage for our dining room a few weeks ago, and I’m planning to make a cushion, too. All of the diy seat cushion tutorials I’ve seen either require some sewing skills (which I lack!) or use plywood as a base, like yours. Our seat uses a piano hinge, too, though, and I’ve been concerned that there’d be some issues with plywood sitting atop the hinge. How has that worked for you? Is the cushion uneven? Or has it damaged the hinge at all?

    • We haven’t ever had issues with the plywood and hinge. It is a little heavy, but no issues with the hinge!


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