Rather than go through the time-consuming process of refinishing your worn piano bench seat, make a piano bench cushion instead. This project is quick and easy, and the materials are inexpensive. Here is what you need to do.
Step 1 - Measure
Before you go to the store and get your materials, measure the length and width of the seat. You will then need to add 4 extra inches to each side to get the right size for the fabric of the piano bench cushion.
Step 2 - Choose a Fabric
There are many types of fabrics to choose from. Loose weave fabrics tear more easily so stick to a tightly woven fabric, such as polyester or wool. When you decide what type, pick a color that will complement the decor in your home. Use the measurements from the previous to figure out how much fabric to buy. Consider purchasing more fabric then you need for the cushion. It's a good idea to have surplus fabric on hand in case an accident happens and you need to re-cover your piano bench cushion.
Step 3 - Prepare
Measure and cut both the fabric and the foam rubber. Set them aside. Carefully place the piano bench on its side and open it. Use a screwdriver to remove the hinges from the top piece only. Put the screws in a safe spot until you are ready to re-attach the seat.
Step 4 - Place Foam Rubber
Start out by placing the seat face up on a flat surface. Apply a generous amount of glue to the seat. Then position the foam rubber on top and let the glue dry.
Step 5 - Spread Fabric
Once the glue is dry, spread out the fabric. Make sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and lay the seat face down in the center. Remember, there needs to be an extra 4 inches of fabric around each side. On the long sides, fold the fabric under 1 inch. Then, fold it over the edge of the seat. Make sure the folds are all even.
Step 6 - Staple Fabric
Now begin to staple the fabric to the bottom of the seat, moving from one end to the other. If you have a helper, have them hold the fabric while you staple it. A staple every 2 to 2½ inches should be enough to hold the fabric in place and keep it taut. To make putting the seat back on the piano bench easier, mark where the screw holes are if they get covered.
Step 7 - Fold Fabric
Now, on one of the short sides, fold down the corners and turn under the fabric about an inch. Bring it up over the edge of the seat and begin to staple the fabric pulling the fabric tightly as you go. Do the same for the final side.
Step 8 - Attach to the Seat
You are ready to re-attach the seat to the piano. Line the screw holes up with the hinges and put the screws back in using a screwdriver. Carefully set the bench upright again and test out your new piano bench cushion.
If everything went well, it should be comfortable and look great in your home.