Making your own piano bench cushion allows for more choices in fabrics and in colors. And buying ready-made piano bench cushions can be costly and limiting, especially if you want your cushion to be unique. If you do-it-yourself; having that pink with polka dots bench cushion won't be impossible. Neither will the leather one that may have previously been out of budget. This simple to make, sturdy, and non-slip piano cushion can be made by even those who don't sew.
Materials to Choose From
Foam Rubber—For a standard piano bench, pre-cut foam rubber measuring 29x14x 2 inches ranges from $6 to $60. The mid-priced and higher end foam rubbers include Memory Foam and Natural Sense foam, which is made from rubber trees. Foam rubber are available from very soft to very firm.
Masonite—Masonite is inexpensive, light weight, and comes in varying sizes. Hardware stores usually have the facilities to cut it to size for customers. A board around 29x14 inches should only cost a few dollars.
Non-Slip Fabric—A piece of non-slip fabric such as Toughtek's Slip-Not Non Slip Fabric is ideal to use on the base of the cushion. This replaces the need for tie tags and will ensure that the cushion stays in place. All you need is a piece the size of the Masonite. Allow for an extra 1/4" for the seam. For an additional $10.00, using non-slip fabric is worth the investment.
A spray adhesive designed for use on foam rubber is recommended. Pro-Tack Foam Adhesive bonds foam rubber to wood, fabric, leather and other non-porous materials. Pro-Tack dries in less than a minute, is waterproof, and dries clear. A 355 gm tin is under $10.
Fabric for Cushion Cover
Choose a fabric that is strong and long wearing; leather or suede can also be used. Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the Masonite with an additional 1/4 inch for the seam. Cut a strip of fabric for the sides of the cushion, allowing 1/4 inch for the seam.
Assembling the Cushion
Spray one side of the foam rubber with adhesive glue. Press the foam firmly down onto the rough side of the Masonite. Glue the non-slip fabric onto the underside of the Masonite. Fold the excess fabric over and then glue the seam to the edges of the Masonite and onto the foam. Spray the top side of the foam rubber with the adhesive and glue your chosen fabric to the top and smooth down.
Fold and glue the seam down to the sides of the foam. Iron down the seams of the side strip. Glue the seams. Finally, spray the edges of the cushion with adhesive and apply the side strip to the cushion, making sure when the ends meet, that they are centered.
- Work quickly with the adhesive because it dries within seconds.
- Add drop pearl, crystal or beaded trimming to the bottom edge of the cushion.
- Bobble fringing and tassel trimming also look good on the bottom edge.
- Cord trim can be glued along the top seam of the cushion to hide the seam.
- Hide the side strip join with a single tassel, sequins, or beads.