It’s a common problem, you’re listening to your favorite song and suddenly the headphone cushions start moving around. You take off the headphones and find that they’ve been pushed together by your ear which has caused them to lose their padding. This is not only annoying but it can lead to discomfort while wearing them after just a few minutes. If this sounds like an issue you’re having then read on for some quick solutions!
This post will show you how to fix headphone cushions so they don’t move around when being used again. We’ll cover both replacing the old cushion with a new one as well as adding something in between two existing ones so they stay put better. The first thing we’ll do is talk about what materials are needed.
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Materials Needed to Fix Headphone Cushions
If your headphones are still under warranty you can replace them with a new set but that will obviously cost money. It’s also possible they won’t have any more in stock so there’s no way to purchase them anymore. That being the case, the following items are necessary for this tutorial: c orrect sized adhesive backed hook and loop fastener material (Velcro brand preferred) scissors x-acto knife tweezers electrical tape
The first two are used for adding another piece of material between the existing cushions so they’ll stay put better against your ear. The third is important because you want to make sure you’re cutting the pieces to fit between where your cushions are. The x-acto knife is used for cutting out certain parts of these materials so they can be put together better. This will make more sense later on. The last item is only necessary if you don’t want to replace your old cushion with a new one (see below).
How to Fix Headphones Cushion
There are two steps needed, fixing the existing cushion(s) and putting something in between them so they stay put better. Repairing Your Existing Cushion First take off any headphones that might still be stuck on your ear. Try to move the cushion around while you do this if possible.
Next take a look at what has happened to your cushion(s). You’ll notice that it’s been pushed together and is no longer in a circular shape. This is exactly what happened, your ear was pushing on them from the inside and caused them to be pushed down towards the headphones’ plastic surface.
This next part will show you how to add more material between existing cushions so they don’t get pressed together during use again. The only thing that needs changed here is picking a slightly different material for the middle of the two cushions so it can have teeth or other elements sewn onto it which will help grab onto them better when put back together.
Start with cutting out two pieces of hook and loop fastener material that are just big enough to cover the circular area where the cushions go when they’re in use. This is important because if they’re too big then you won’t be able to get your headphones back together again. Try to line them up so they go right along the seam in-between both cushion halves . Once you have them cut sew on whatever elements will help keep them from getting pressed together again. A good way to do this is put a strip of Velcro with adhesive backing on each piece before sewing them down, then trim off any excess around their edges after you’ve sewn them into place .
Next sew the two halves of your cushion back together along their original seams. Make sure you do this before putting anything in between them because if you do it after then you won’t be able to get the extra piece of material inside without cutting one or both cushions completely apart. This step is also important because if they’re sewn together correctly then the added piece will only go between those two pieces and not any others that aren’t sewn into place as well. If your headphones have a thin metal strip running along where the ear goes then make sure you don’t sew through those as well, they’ll hold better with just a few stitches attaching each end. Once everything’s been sewn back together take it out and line up all the elements you’ve added to keep it from getting pressed together again. If they’re lined up correctly then the teeth of the materials you’ve used should be facing each other and grabbing onto each other when put back together properly .
Once everything’s aligned correctly, put the ear part on first by putting its holes around your ears just like normal, but don’t put any cushions on top of them yet. Next line up the headband part with all of its components (center piece, two bands) over both of your ears (two pieces). Make sure that before doing this though that there’s no gap between where the cushion material ends on your headphones and where it starts along the plastic surface holding them in place
If everything is aligned right then put your cushions on as normal and enjoy using them as you normally would. If something isn’t lining up correctly then move the piece of material that’s not lined up with the existing cushion back into its proper position and still put your ear pieces on like usual.
Putting Something in Between Headphone Cushions for Better Grip
This is a fairly easy step to complete but like most other steps it must be done carefully if you don’t want any permanent damage to happen to your headphones’ cushioning, or any added headache from where things were sewn together incorrectly. Your cushion(s) should already be off the headphone set. Once this is done take a look at how they’re holding onto each other by pushing on
the cushion material near where they’re sewn together. If you can wiggle it around at all then your stitches are holding onto the material too tightly and it’s time to make some changes before putting them back on.
If this is the case then cut off any excess thread holding everything together . This will give you better access to what needs sewn back together later but depending on how long it was could leave little bits of string that get caught in clothing or other items while traveling with your headphones. These are annoying because if left alone they can get tangled into something important while moving so keep an eye out for these when packing up your headphone set after using them.
Once everything is apart go through and cut away any stitching which wasn’t sewn to the same piece of material it should be sewn to. Any extra stitching will make them less flexible in the future because you’ll have leftover pieces of thread holding everything together instead of letting it bend like it’s supposed to .
After this is done go through and sew yourself a little door at each end (where the ends would be if they were still attached) that can stay shut when everything is put back together correctly. This step isn’t necessary but I prefer having them closed so nothing accidentally gets stuck between things when moving my headphones around, which could lead to permanent damage or deep frustration if important parts get caught up inside where there’s no way to easily extract them again without damaging something .
Putting Everything Back Together Again Properly
After all of this, put everything back together again just like it was before you took it apart. Sew the ends closed where you had them open before removing your cushion(s), make sure they’re not still loose after putting it back on, and if they are sew around the edge to tighten them up .
Once finished you should have no problems with either cushion slipping off or having something caught between things because nothing will be able to move any more than it’s supposed to unless your stitches were sewn improperly before hand. Then all that would need done is fixing stitching lines that aren’t holding anything correctly instead of throwing away cushions you already paid for.
Everything that has been removed from your headphone set can be found in a different piece of clothing or at least in one place. Just be careful when putting things together because there are multiple small pieces that could get lost if not properly taken care of the first couple times they’re put back together. Overall though this is a quick fix which will leave you with headphones that work just like they did before but better because cushion material isn’t slipping off or getting stuck inside anymore, and no more wiggling around when trying to move your head forward.
Good Luck! Hope this helped flaten out any problems you’ve run into with headphone cushions always moving around!