Okay, so now to the project. Our master bedroom has a big window seat, which Chuckles just loves (as I'm sure all cats would!). It has just been wood, painted beige like everything else:
Since kitty likes sitting on it so much, we did put his homemade pillow on it:
But then I wanted a cushion for the window seat, mostly to offer a design element to break up all the beige. So that's what I did:
I found a lot of blogs that talked about how easy it was, and I'll admit it really was easy. It takes plywood, foam, fabric, and a staple gun. Here is a close-up, and believe it or not there are two cushions side by side, but it does look like one!
I only took one "in-progress" photo because there are a ton of tutorials about making window seat cushions. Here are two I used:
Here are our two panels so you can see the plywood and the foam:
And of course here is what is really important: Chuckles likes it. He was on it within five minutes and he has slept there many nights now! And funny enough, he lays where his pillow WASN'T so he must have been ready for a different point of view?
Those two tutorials and the others out there were very good and effective. Here are a few extra things I learned:
- This is a pretty forgiving project, meaning that since the bottom and ends are hidden, it's hard to screw up so that it looks bad.
- My fabric is a little "loose" on the top, but I didn't want to pull it too tight and alter the form of the foam....so next time I'm not sure I would pull it any tighter?
- The ends weren't super easy, but they got easier as I went along and since you can't see them, it didn't matter much anyway.
- It REALLY helps to have two people. I held the fabric while Andy stapled.
- The thickness of the plywood wasn't super important as long as it's thick enough to house the staples and not poke through the foam in your butt when you sit down!
- Foam is expensive, just like everyone says. But I bought it on sale, and when you consider what I made, it wasn't too expensive (a big roll of the 3" foam was 35.99, but it was 30% off and I have enough left over to use for another project).
- I used home decor fabric, which is the more expensive stuff on the big rolls at the craft stores. However, we bought some on clearance, so I bough a yard and a half for $15.