Hi friends, happy Monday! Have you ever come across one of those sad-looking-sagging-broken-down cane seats? I’ve found damaged cane or wicker seems to be a common theme. They start out looking great, but they don’t hold up extremely well. With regular use, cane seats wear and tear, sag, lose strength and break. The good news – if the frame is in good condition (like it was on this bench) it can be re-caned OR an easier and more cost-effective solution is to replace it with a DIY cushion seat! Today, I’m sharing How To Upholster A Cane Bench Seat!
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- Cane Seat Bench (Salvaged)
- 1/2″ Plywood
- 1″ Upholstery Foam
- Quilting Batting
- Upholstery Fabric
- Measuring Tape
- Needle Nose Pliers / Wire Cutters
- 1″ Screws
- Pneumatic Staple Gun (similar)
- DeWalt Skill Saw
- DeWalt Drill
HOW TO FIX A CANE BENCH::
We started by removing all the damaged cane using scissors, pliers and wire cutters. The most time-consuming part is removing the spline which is the narrow strip of rattan that holds the caning in the groves and gives it a nice finish/border.
Once the top of the bench seat was all cleaned up, we cut a piece of 1/2″ plywood to size with a skill saw. This size will vary depending on your seat but in our case, it was 14″x 20″.
Sanding the plywood is optional but not a bad idea to avoid splinters and sharp edges while working with it. I also sanded the corners down slightly so they weren’t so sharp.
Now for the fun part! To assemble the seat, I laid down the 1″ foam, put the plywood on top and traced the shape of the plywood with a Sharpie. Then following the Sharpie lines, I cut the foam to size with scissors.
I glued the foam to the plywood with spray adhesive but it didn’t really stick that well (maybe the type of spray glue I used??) so I would say this step is optional.
Once the foam was in place, I cut a double layer of batting allowing a 3″ allowance for stapling on the back of the plywood. I wrapped the batting around the foam and plywood tautly and use my staple gun to secure.
The final layer is the upholstery fabric. If you’re working with a pattern, now is the time to center it or lay it out the way you like.
I cut my fabric allowing a 3″ seam allowance to wrap around the plywood, foam, and batting and secured it to the back with my staple gun.
Once my seat cushion was assembled, I cut off all the excess batting and fabric from the back.
To secure the upholstered seat to the frame, I drilled holes with sinking drill bit and then adhere the bench seat to the frame with 1″ screws.
Here’s what it looks like now!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR IF YOU’VE EVER TRIED AN UPHOLSTERING PROJECT BEFORE? IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks and have an inspiring creative week my friends!
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