Sometimes, playing the piano can be really tiring and stressful. Sitting on an old, rough wooden surface for hours on end can be really painful for your butt. Combine that with the strain on your back and fingers, plus the massive headache of trying to master a new piece and suddenly, playing the piano becomes not such a relaxing pastime.
There’s no way of reducing the mental strain and the discomfort on your fingers and back, but there is a way to take some of the pressure off your butt. Here is how to make a padded piano bench cover:
- Acquire the necessary tools and materials. You will need a staple gun, fabric, quilt batting, scissors and some tape for this project. For the fabric, you need lots of it, enough for the surface area of the bench and a little extra. Same goes for the batting. The amount of batting and padding depends on how much cushion you want. There really is no specific piece of fabric you should use for the covering. If you want to use sewn-together old clothes, linens and sheets that you do not use anymore or old pillow casings, it is all really up to you.
- Making your padded piano bench cover. First, start with your fabric. Make sure it is clean. Place it on the floor, right side down. Now lay the batting over it, making sure to cover the entire surface area completely. Finally, you can secure your finished padded bench cover permanently or temporarily. If you decide you want to be able to remove it from the bench, staple the fabric over the batting and padding. If you want it to be permanently affixed to the bench, fold the fabric over the bottom of the seat and staple it there. Make sure you tuck in all the corners and pull on the fabric to make it as taut as possible.
- Quick fixes. Of course, if you have old pillows and linens that you can use, you have your padded piano bench cover right there. Worn out pillows are thin enough to sit on but might not be able to provide enough comfort. Old sheets can be folded so that they can rest neatly between you and the bench. Just try not to wiggle your rump too much. Using old clothes might be too much of a stretch.
- For other seats. This technique can actually work for other kinds of seats as well. Rocking chairs, stools and so much more can be made more comfortable just by adopting this technique and properly adapting it to the situation. And if you think that it is too much work, this will only take you an hour, maybe two at most. What’s that compared to long-lasting comfort?
Making a padded piano bench cover is simple and easy. If you are afraid
you need to be an expert at carpentry or working with a needle and
thread, you have nothing to worry about. You can avoid them both
completely and still come up with a bench cover.