Comfortable Seats for As Little As $2 a Square Foot

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A finished seat cushion

The foam and fabric cushion is comfortable to sit on. The cushion is also sturdy, attractive, and a good value. The foam and fabric cushions are easy to make.

If you’ve made your own seat cushions from previous blog posts, then this one will be a natural extension of that knowledge. If you haven’t made any seat cushions before, then we suggest going back through part 2 (or just reading the whole thing again!) and making sure that you’re comfortable with the technique before moving on to this post!

First, gather your tools and materials.

To start, you’ll want to gather your tools and materials. You might already have some of these things lying around the house. If not, there are plenty of resources online that can help you find them at low prices or for free. Materials like fabric and foam may be purchased from thrift stores or second-hand shops for cheap (or even free!), but if this isn’t an option, most craft stores sell their products in bulk and offer sales periodically throughout the year—and often run them on clearance after Christmas! Tools such as staple guns, glue guns, scissors and rulers can all be purchased from a hardware store or online at Amazon or Walmart if they’re unavailable locally.

You’ll also need to decide what kind of chair seat will work best for your needs: foam or upholstered? Foam is usually cheaper but requires more work than upholstery because it usually needs cutting down into shape with a hot knife before covering with fabric; however upholstery can sometimes be found pre-made in an existing chair frame which saves time and effort on your part since no modifications are needed aside from removing any existing seats first (and if you choose this method remember that older chairs may require some TLC before re-covering).

Then, pick your fabric.

Next up, you’ll need to pick your fabric. You can use any type of fabric you like—all you have to do is make sure that it’s durable and easy to clean. If you want to save some money, consider buying a remnant (a small piece of material left over from the production process) or perusing the clearance section at your local craft store. You might also consider repurposing an old dress, curtain or shirt into chair seats by cutting out squares of fabric from them. Finally, if you’re feeling ambitious and have some sewing skills, create a patterned fabric using multiple colors for contrast or just one solid color for uniformity.

As long as there are no zippers involved in your design process (as they’re expensive), there will be no limit on how creative you can get with this step!

Choose your foam thickness based on how soft you want the seat to be.

Choosing the right thickness of foam for your chair seat is important, as it will determine how comfortable the chair seat is. Thicker foam is more comfortable, but it is also more expensive and difficult to cut, sew, and glue.

Thicker foams are generally better suited for softer seating surfaces like couch cushions or car seats. If you want a really soft feeling on your butt while sitting down (and who doesn’t?) then thicker foam would be a good option for you!

However if your goal is to make something with a firmer feel such as an ottoman then thinner foams may be better suited for this type of project because they can provide greater support without sacrificing comfort in any way whatsoever!

Crayons are great for marking patterns as you cut.

Crayons are great for marking patterns as you cut. They’re cheap and easy to find, and they come in all colors. You can use crayons to mark a cutting pattern on each piece of fabric, and then erase them when you are done cutting. You can also use crayon to mark the foam before you cut it, which will help keep everything the right size (and save time).

If you have an extra color of crayon that isn’t needed for the project, give it away! See if anyone else needs one!

Cut out your pieces using a utility knife.

Now you are ready to start cutting out your pieces. The first thing you need is a utility knife and some scissors. The blade on your utility knife should be no wider than 1/8 inch (0.32 cm). You will also need a ruler and a pencil or pen for marking where to cut. For best results, choose one side of the foam board as the “good” side and make sure that all cuts go in that direction so that you don’t have any rough edges showing on your finished piece. If possible, try to make all your cuts straight lines; this makes it easier when fitting them together later on in construction!

Assemble Your Pieces

Once you’ve cut all pieces out of their foam boards, lay them down flat on top of each other so they form one large sheet with many smaller squares inside it—this is called “cutting into strips.” Now take this sheet over to another table where there’s plenty more room around it than there was at first—this second table should ideally be bigger than both tables put together! Once again using those same rules from earlier (same blade width/type) begin cutting strips off from each corner through every other square until there’s only half as many left…

Wrap the foam in batting and drape the fabric over it.

Wrap the foam in batting and drape the fabric over it.

  • To make sure that your chair seat doesn’t end up lumpy and uneven, you’ll want to wrap the foam in batting before covering it with fabric. This is a step that many DIY-ers skip because they think they can just use hot glue or upholstery tacks to hold their fabric in place without adding any kind of padding underneath. However, if you don’t cover your foam with batting first, it’s easy for the fabric to slip around on top of it during use (especially if you get sweaty or have small children). This will cause creases and wrinkles that may not be visible when sitting down but will definitely show themselves as soon as someone sits down on them again!
  • Use an ironing board or other flat surface covered with thick material like towels and sheets so that any rips don’t ruin anything else! Also make sure that no one else is around (especially children) while doing this step because hot glue burns are very painful! Once everything has cooled down from being heated by an ironing board enough times per hour over several days’ worth of work hours spent making these chairs…

Mark your corners and make snips in the top layer of fabric.

Step four: Make snips in the top layer of fabric. Use a utility knife to cut off any excess fabric that extends past your marks, then use scissors or a razor blade to trim away any threads sticking out from underneath.

Step five: Mark your corners with a crayon and make snips in the bottom layer of fabric. This is where the hot glue comes into play! Apply a small dab of hot glue on one corner at a time, then set it aside for about 5 minutes while it cools before continuing onto the next corner. This will help keep everything nice and secure while you take care of all four corners at once (and avoid getting burned). Once all four corners have been covered by glue, press down firmly on each one until you hear/feel/see it stick securely onto its respective surface area – now you’re ready to sit back and enjoy your new seat!

You can use hot glue or upholstery tacks to hold the fabric in place.

Once you’ve cut the fabric, it’s time to attach it to your seat. There are many ways to do this, but here are a few recommendations for how to secure fabric around a foam seat:

  • Hot glue
  • Upholstery tacks (also called brads)
  • Staples or staple gun
  • Hammer and nail or screwdriver
  • Drill and cordless screwdriver with drill bit set(s) (for driving screws through plastic or fiberboard)

Cut off any excess fabric with a scissors or razor blade.

Cut off any excess fabric with a scissors or razor blade.

  • Use a straight edge (like a yardstick or piece of lumber) to make sure you’re cutting along the same line on both sides of the seat.
  • Don’t worry about cutting off too much or too little fabric; if you accidentally cut off more than necessary, just sew it back onto again. You can also use whatever part of the material that remains—the extra pieces will be great for making coasters, placemats, or napkin holders!

You can save money by making your own chair seats rather than buying them new!

You can save money by making your own chair seats rather than buying them new!

Making your own seat cushions from foam and fabric is an easy way to add some personal style to a room. With the help of a utility knife or scissors, you can cut the foam and fabric into whatever shape you want.


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