How to Make Salon Cushions

Item # X-HT-200630

When below decks, the salon (or saloon) is the hub of your boat’s cabin. It’s where you can sit and eat, work, and sometimes even where you sleep. So it’s important that the settee cushions are comfortable and that they suit your style. For our third project in our Boat Cabin Makeover Series, we’re going to show you how you can re-cover or re-create cushions for your boat’s salon settees.

DIY Salon Cushions in our Islander 37 Project Boat

The existing foam on our Islander 37 was in pretty good condition, so we decided to re-use it with some fresh batting and new covers. If your foam needs replacing, we have full instructions for patterning new cushions in our How to Make Your Own Cockpit Cushions video (200618XHT).

For our settee cushions we used the same Sunbrella® Upholstery fabric that we used for the v-berth cushions, to give our cabin continuity. In the video, we will show you how to line up stripes or a pattern so they flow from the seat backs to the seat bottoms of your settee.

Video Chapters:

  • Preparing Foam - 0:25 min.
  • Patterning Top Plate & Boxing - 2:51 min.
  • Patterning Bottom Plate - 16:38 min.
  • Creating Zipper Plaque Boxing - 17:07 min.
  • Sewing Boxing Together - 22:07 min.
  • Sewing Boxing to Top Plate - 23:31 min.
  • Attaching Bottom Plate - 28:41 min.
  • Inserting Foam - 30:49 min.
  • Materials List - 35:02 min.

Materials List:

  • Marine Upholstery Fabric
  • Cushion Underlining (optional-we used Beige #103934)
  • Batting #100158
  • 3M™ Super 77 Spray Adhesive #636
  • V-69 Polyester Thread
  • Seamstick 1/4” Basting Tape #104167
  • #5 Vislon® Continuous Zipper #28218
  • #5 Vislon® Zipper Slider #103178
  • Cushion Wrap Silk Film #103933 (Optional)

Tool List:

  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife #103800
  • Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Shop-Vac

It’s amazing how new cushions can really brighten up a space! Have you ever considered making new cushions for your salon settees? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!