Last summer we used our tent trailer a lot. It was wonderful to get out a camping so much, and since it was our first summer with the trailer it was also nice to figure out little tweaks, or hacks, we wanted to make. Immediately, I knew exactly the first thing I wanted to do. The cushions for our dinette would NOT stay in place! I was constantly having to pick them off the floor (and sometimes us up off the floor too).
This is a pretty important space, not only do we eat, prep food, and play games here, but it also converts into a sleeping area.
Plus there is storage under the benches.
Any way of securing the cushions had to allow for all these uses. The fix was still fairly simple. Just some velcro, a little wrestling with foam cushions, and done!
- Decor or Heavy Duty Velcro
- Upholstery Thread
- Straight Pins
- Needle (or Sewing Machine)
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Place cushions and mark with a marker or straight pin the velcro location. Because there is an cabinet under the cushion, I chose to add velcro only at the back so that the front of the cabinet could still be opened without having to pry the cushion off.
- Pin velcro to cushion cover
- Carefully remove the cushion from the cover. This was unbelivablely difficult!
- Using heavy duty thread, sew on velcro either by hand or with a machine. This velcro will have some force placed on it when you pull the velcro apart, so make sure the velcro is secure.
- Stuff cushion back into cover (much easier than taking it out!)
- Take cushions back out to trailer (unless you keep your sewing machine in there!). Line up and mark velcro location onto wood bench.
- Staple velcro to the bench.
Done! No more slipping and sliding, and it’s still easy to get to the cabinets beneath.