I wanted to take on this project simply as practice. I didn't have any room for it in my home, but I really wanted to make it anyway! Besides, I had a friend who not only had a birthday coming up, but a housewarming party as well. What better present than a handmade bench could I give?! I had MDF leftovers on hand, as well as a Hobby Lobby giftcard to buy the foam and fabric, so the only purchase necessary was a couple of 2x4's.
I pieced together the foam top by cutting two 4" blocks from Hobby Lobby to size (you can save 40% with a coupon if you time it right, and get the two 4x22x22" blocks for $16). Though it worked fine, after sitting on it you can definitely see the creases from the cuts in the foam. So if you can afford it, try to get one full strip.
The sewing was really simple, I outlined the process step-by-step in my blog post. Then all you need to do is staple it down, and you have a bench that's the perfect size for a 6' long dining table!