For the bench seating, I stopped at a nearby commercial foam shop and they were happy to cut 4″ foam to custom measurements.
I was able to select the density of the foam, too, to make sure it was comfortable, yet held up to a lot of use. The foam place also had a limited selection of woven upholstery, one of which worked perfectly for our decor, complementing the felt on the pool table.
Lengths of inexpensive color-matching zippers were also available there. Foam, fabric, zipper–all in one shop.
Since I’ve been sewing for many years, I already had some upholstery cord to create the piping. So using the stash I had I made a box-style cushion cover with a hidden zipper.
It probably took two days to get everything cut, assembled, sewn and fitted.
Each completed bench storage unit cost approximately a total of $85.
With these benches, we increased our seating in the pool table room from two to eight.
We’ve had up to three grown men sitting on these benches at times, without any sagging, creaking or space problems. The KALLAX units are very sturdy and built to hold all that weight!
These bench record storage units were the best solution, at a great price.
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