Happy Monday, friends! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been here – last weekend was the annual Momentum Conference for young adults at my church and I had the honor of helping to make it happen. So much fun! This week, I’m back with one of my favorite projects yet. I’ve been searching for months for a plan or idea for an upholstered bench to put at the end of my bed. I found a really cute plan from Rogue Engineer for a small upholstered bench and decided to modify it to fit what I need – a little thinner and a lot longer.
I’ve never worked with upholstery before this bench, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! Below you will find all the materials, tools, and steps necessary to make one for yourself.
Tools You’ll Need:
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Eye Protection
- Measuring Tape
- (3) 2 x 2 x 96″
- 15 3/4 x 48″ Plywood Sheet
- Wood Glue
- Paint or Stain of Choice
- 1 Yard Fabric of Choice
- 2″ Foam
- Spray Adhesive
*Beginning Note – all joints in this project are secured with wood glue before using screws.
Step 1 – Make Cuts
For this project, I measured and cut at the beginning. Here is a list of the necessary cuts from the 2 x 2″ boards:
- (1) 45″
- (2) 48″
- (3) 12″
- (2) 10″ (45 degrees on one end)
- (2) 9.75″ (45 degrees on one end)
- (2) 21″ (45 degrees on both ends)
Step 2 – Assemble Frame
To assemble the frame, you’ll start by drilling pocket holes into both ends of all three 12″ pieces. Then, you’ll attach these – one in the middle and on each end – using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Step 3 – Assemble X Legs
The legs are comprised of all the angle-cut pieces. To begin, drill a pocket hole into the flat end of each 9.75 and 10″ piece. Attach these to the 21″ piece at the corresponding distance with 2″ pocket screws. I figured this out by measuring 9.75″ and 10″ from the end and drawing a straight line across to where the “V” will find its point. Repeat this for the longer pieces and again with the remaining leg and you’ll have yourself two X legs. You’ll notice that one side is narrower – this will add some stability as the bottom of the legs will be slightly wider than the bench seat.
Step 4 – Assemble Base
I attached the legs to each end with a little wood glue and then 2″ wood screws directly through the face into the frame. To attach the center support brace, I drilled pocket holes into each end and secured it with 1 1/4″ pocket screws. Before upholstering and attaching the seat, I stained the body of the bench with Minwax Wood Stain in “Natural” and applied two coats of polyurethane – this is not yet pictured.
Step 5 – Upholster the Seat
Using 2″ standard density foam and some Tacky Spray, I covered the whole sheet of wood in foam. I bought mine in smaller sheets to save money and used my razor blade to cut it to size.
Once the foam is secure, wrap the whole thing in batting and staple all the way around using a staple gun. Make sure that this is really snug so that there are no bumps or creases once the fabric is attached. You’ll follow the same process with your fabric.
I found this pretty blue and cream patterned fabric at Joann’s – I had been eyeing it for a while and this was the perfect project for it! After stapling it on, I attached the base to the top using 2″ wood screws through the frame into the plywood.
Out of the builds I’ve done so far, I really am calling this one of my favorites. Pretty soon, I’ll have replaced all my bedroom furniture with DIY projects! Thank you for stopping by, friends. It was a pleasure to build this and I hope you find yourself doing the same. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or head over to the “Contact” page. If you like what you’re reading, scroll up to subscribe to my blog! That way you’ll always be one of the first to see what I do each week.
See you next week!