Published on June 17th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Entryway Seat RAST Hack

Materials: RAST nightstand

We had used this RAST “night stand” as a shoe shelf in the old place and I thought it would be perfect. One coat of “antique chestnut” stain immediately helped the piece looked more finished and tied into the laminate flooring. The stain I bought was a two-in-one varnish so I didn’t need another coat to get the glossy look. Great time saver.

The fun part came when cutting the foam. The people at the store had a really hard time with this and did an awful job so I was a little worried when I got it home. But I took my time, used a sharp serrated bread knife and was pretty happy with the results. Go slow and cut straight down, gently sawing back and forth like you are cutting angels-food cake -no matter what you do it will be messy.

Wrap the foam in fabric overlapping about two inches on the bottom of what will be the seat cushion, and cut. Pin up both sides tight to the foam. Remember to do this inside-out so that you have a nice seam. Remove the foam and sew up the sides. I used a back-stitch but I’m sure anything done with a machine would be faster an easier. Cut away excess fabric off the seams and you should now have a an envelope for your foam cushion.

Turn the pillow cover right-side-in, making sure to poke out the corners, and stuff the foam inside. I added a button for extra snugness, but I probably wasn’t necessary. It fit perfectly on the the bench and I think it looks great in the entryway.

See more of the entryway bench.

~ Eve-Marie Rodrigues, Canada

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Entryway Seat RAST Hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    I bought the materials to copy this as well. Question: Any suggestions on how I can secure the seat cushion on? I was thinking instead of sewing a cover, I was going to break out the staple gun and kill two birds with one stone..errr staple.

  2. Nutpen says:

    Hi, I am planning to replicate this. But I am wondering, if it feels woobly, when you sit on it?

  3. Silke says:

    this is so pretty that we’re planning to copy your hack. any chance you remember where you got the fabric from?

  4. interior design sites says:

    So cute and functional…love your choice of fabric:)

  5. My dad used to use an electric bread knife to cut foam…worked a treat!

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