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DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table

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Grab my build plans for this beautiful DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench for your entry, the end of your bed, or even a living room.

Want to know how to build a beautiful DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table? You’ve come to the right place. This pretty bench looks like something you’d find at your favorite home stores, but will save you hundreds of dollars.

AND at 49″ x 19″, it’s perfectly scaled for your king or queen bed. I built this bench for the end of my bed, but after having this in my Living Room, I have to say, it’d really work as a coffee table too. In fact, I may have to build 2 smaller versions for my currently boring entry.

This build was completely inspired by those chunky legs. Those beautiful table legs were given to me by Osborne Wood Products. Gorgeous, right? They were actually designed with Ana White for this great coffee table build from Shanty 2 Chic.

If it wasn’t for my daredevil boys, I would have built that coffee table. But coffee tables have been banned from our living room until the boys grow out of the jumping off of everything stage. So 20 years or so, right? πŸ˜‰

A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
Legs and aprons ready to start

You might be wondering why Osborne Wood gave me these legs. Well, it was part of the fantastic prize package I got when my DIY Backyard Bench won 1st Runner Up during Season 3 of the IG Builders Challenge.

This challenge is held on Instagram twice a year (Spring & Fall) and is an awesome way to challenge yourself while meeting other builders. Go check it out! Whether you’re a new woodworking hobbyist or an experienced craftsmen, you’ll love being a part of this contest.

Now, let’s get started with this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench. This post covers all of the build and finishing for this bench. I’ll cover the upholstery in the next post. And, for all of my woodworking friends, don’t worry. This upholstery requires no sewing and even uses tools. You got this!

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Materials for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench

Bench Frame

  • 4 – Knotty Pine Shanty 2 Chic Coffee Table Legs
  • 2 – 10″ long 1″x4″ Select Pine boards
  • 2 – 10″ long 1″x3″ Select Pine boards
  • 2 – 40″ long 1″x4″ Select Pine boards
  • 2 – 40″ long 1″x3″ Select Pine boards
  • 2 – 10″ long 1″x2″ boards (ledge for T&G)
  • 2 – 40″ long 1″x2″ boards (ledge for T&G)
  • 2 – 49″ long 1″x4″ 45-degree Miter Cut Cedar boards
  • 2 – 19″ long 1″x4″ 45-degree Miter Cut Cedar boards
  • 9 – 16 1/8″ or 16 1/4″ long 1″x6″ Tongue and Groove Pine (double-check your required measurement before cutting)
  • Zinsser 123 Primer, or your favorite
  • White paint, I used Behr’s Polished Pearl mixed into a chalk paint with my recipe
  • Minwax Clear Matte Polycrylic
  • Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane (for cedar only, will yellow over paint)
  • Foam Brushes
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue

Bench Seat

  • 1 – 47 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ Plywood or MDF
  • Fabric, I used this one
  • 3″ Foam Padding – check prices before buying, JoAnn’s sells this for twice as much
  • Spray adhesive
  • High-Loft or Extra-Loft Polyester Batting
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
Frame assembled for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench. Ready to add the Tongue and Groove shelf.

Tools Needed for this Build

Bench Frame

  • Kreg Jig & Kreg 1 1/4″ Coarse Thread Screws
  • Drill
  • Brad Nailer
  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw (to notch out the T&G end pieces)

Bench Seat

  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • Hammer
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
Pocket holes on the aprons.
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
When the Kreg clamp can’t reach around the chunky legs, you improvise.
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
Screws in, ready to drill the bottom apron in place.

Printable Build Plans for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench are available for purchase on Gumroad. If you find any of these steps confusing, the printable will help explain things better, with plan images of each step and measurements πŸ™‚

How to Build A Farmhouse Bench Frame

  1. Make your cuts using the measurements above. Remember, don’t cut the Tongue & Groove until the bench frame is fully assembled so that you can double-check measurements before cutting.
  2. Use your Kreg Jig, set to 3/4″ thick wood, to put 2 pocket holes on each end of the 1″x4″ and 1″x3″ Select Pine boards (8 boards, 32 pocket holes total)
  3. Sand those Select Pine  boards and legs with 120-grit sandpaper. Sand all 4 sides of board and smooth down the long edges to give it a softer look. Keep the edges that connect to the legs square.
  4. Use the Kreg Drill Bit, Screws, and glue to assemble the bench. Make sure to always wipe away glue with a damp cloth as you go.
  5. The 1″x4″ boards are used for the top apron. Start by assembling the short sides of the bench. The apron should be level with the top of the legs. I used a scrap piece of 1/8″ thick paneling to get the 1/8″ set back on the apron.
  6. Use the 1″x3″ boards for the bottom apron, using the 1/8″ setback again. The bottom of these boards sits 1 3/8″ from the bottom of the legs.
  7. Assemble the short sides completely before moving on to the long sides. Once they are done, assemble the longer sides following the same steps.
    A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
    Short sides assembled

    A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
    Ledge for the T&G shelf on this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench
  8. Add the ledge for the Tongue & Groove to the inside of the 1″x3″ apron. The T&G is 3/4″ thick, so the ledge should be glued and nailed 3/4″ down from the top.
  9. Cut 9 T&G boards at about 16 1/8″ long. Get the exact measurements from your bench. This will vary based on whether or not you got that 1/8″ setback in step 5 perfect.
  10. Cut the tongue off (leaving the groove) of 1 of those 9 to have it fit against one side. Once the tongue is off, measure and cut your notch outs for the legs. Use your jigsaw to cut.
  11. Slide the next pieces in place till you need to get your notch out measurements for the last full piece. Mark and cut these.
  12. The final end will need about a 1″ wide piece cut. Once everything is cut and dry fit, to verify, glue the T&G to the 1″x2″ ledge.
  13. Now you should have a completed frame. Wipe away any excess glue again. Then let everything set and dry.
  14. Apply wood filler as needed.
  15. Once the wood filler has dried, sand any spots that may need another pass, wipe off the dust and dirt to prepare the surface for priming.
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
T&G shelf in place.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table

Steps to Apply the Finish

  1. Apply 1 coat of primer to the entire assembled frame, with a foam brush. Note: Because I am using a different urethane on the cedar, I decided it was easier to completely paint and poly the bench before attaching the cedar. I prefer to avoid all of that taping off and touching up.
  2. After drying, give any knots in the wood a second coat of primer. This will just prevent bleed through and reduce the number of paint coats you’ll need in those spots.
  3. After drying, apply 2 to 3 coats of chalk paint, allowing each coat to dry between layers.
  4. Once you have achieved a solid, finished look with the chalk paint, apply 1 to 2 layers of the Polycrylic.
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
After priming, painting, and poly.

Build the Cedar Frame for the Top of the Bench.

  1. After the bench has been painted and poly’d, you can add your cedar accent pieces. Sand the rough bottom down with 60-grit, or similar, sandpaper. Then sand all 4 sides with 120-grit sandpaper. I knocked down the sharp edges again. Only do this on the outside edge. Keep the mitered edge squared.
  2. To keep the Spar Urethane off the painted bench, I applied 2 coats of the Spar Urethane to the 4 cedar pieces before assembly. I avoided the mitered edges so that they can fit together snugly. Follow the directions on the can for the best results. Note: This Spar Urethane will yellow on paint, so only use on natural or stained wood. After a major mishap, I always test the finish on scrap wood. This urethane brings out the grain in the cedar on this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench and gives it a rich color that the water-based poly’s I tried couldn’t compare too. So, I had to go with it here.
  3. Once the urethane has dried, you can use your Kreg to attach these pieces together before gluing to the bench. I went with just gluing and nailing the pieces down individually.
  4. Each side should hang off the bench 1/2″. Use a ruler or tape measure to check that the pieces are centered and square. Clamping a couple in place while you glue and nail the other two can help you hold square.
  5. I then used Minwax Wood Putty in Golden Oak to fill the thin gap between the pieces in the corner.
A DIY Upholstered bench with a shelf. How to build an upholstered bench for the end of your bed, entry, dining room, or living room.
You can see how this bench could make a great long coffee table too.

That’s how to build a DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table! The hardest part is over, we are ready to upholster. I’ll cover that in depth in the next post with a How-To video to show you how easy it can be.

Farmhouse Style DIY Upholstered Bench Plan with Tongue & Groove shelf. Makes a great end of bed bench, dining table bench, living room coffee table or entry bench.
Check out the DIY for making the upholstered seat for this bench.

Update: You can check out the finished bench and upholstery tutorial now.

Printable Build Plans for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench are available for purchase on Gumroad. If you find any of these steps confusing, the printable will help explain things better, with plan images of each step and measurements πŸ™‚

5 optional tops for this chunky leg bench / coffee table frame. Want to know how to build a Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table? I've got an easy to build and gorgeous tutorial for you. Printable Plans available. #AbbottsAtHome #CoffeeTable #ChevronTable #FarmhouseFurniture #FurniturePlans
The Printable Build Plans come with ideas for 5 optional hard tops that would look beautiful on this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench Frame.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench

Step by Step Video and written steps for How to Make a No Sew Bench Seat for your window seat, table, or bench.
Grab my build plans for this beautiful DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench for your entry, the end of your bed, or even a living room.

Instructions

How to Build A Farmhouse Bench Frame

  1. Make your cuts using the measurements above. Remember, don't cut the Tongue & Groove until the bench frame is fully assembled so that you can double-check measurements before cutting.
  2. Use your Kreg Jig, set to 3/4" thick wood, to put 2 pocket holes on each end of the 1"x4" and 1"x3" Select Pine boards (8 boards, 32 pocket holes total)
  3. Sand those Select Pine  boards and legs with 120-grit sandpaper. Sand all 4 sides of board and smooth down the long edges to give it a softer look. Keep the edges that connect to the legs square.
  4. Use the Kreg Drill Bit, Screws, and glue to assemble the bench. Make sure to always wipe away glue with a damp cloth as you go.
  5. The 1"x4" boards are used for the top apron. Start by assembling the short sides of the bench. The apron should be level with the top of the legs. I used a scrap piece of 1/8" thick paneling to get the 1/8" set back on the apron.
  6. Use the 1"x3" boards for the bottom apron, using the 1/8" setback again. The bottom of these boards sits 1 3/8" from the bottom of the legs.
  7. Assemble the short sides completely before moving on to the long sides. Once they are done, assemble the longer sides following the same steps.
  8. Add the ledge for the Tongue & Groove to the inside of the 1"x3" apron. The T&G is 3/4" thick, so the ledge should be glued and nailed 3/4" down from the top.
  9. Cut 9 T&G boards at about 16 1/8" long. Get the exact measurements from your bench. This will vary based on whether or not you got that 1/8" setback in step 5 perfect.
  10. Cut the tongue off (leaving the groove) of 1 of those 9 to have it fit against one side. Once the tongue is off, measure and cut your notch outs for the legs. Use your jigsaw to cut.
  11. Slide the next pieces in place till you need to get your notch out measurements for the last full piece. Mark and cut these.
  12. The final end will need about a 1" wide piece cut. Once everything is cut and dry fit, to verify, glue the T&G to the 1"x2" ledge.
  13. Now you should have a completed frame. Wipe away any excess glue again. Then let everything set and dry.
  14. Apply wood filler as needed.
  15. Once the wood filler has dried, sand any spots that may need another pass, wipe off the dust and dirt to prepare the surface for priming.

Notes

Want to know how to build a beautiful DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table? You've come to the right place. This pretty bench looks like something you'd find at your favorite home stores, but will save you hundreds of dollars.

AND at 49" x 19", it's perfectly scaled for your king or queen bed. I built this bench for the end of my bed, but after having this in my Living Room, I have to say, it'd really work as a coffee table too. In fact, I may have to build 2 smaller versions for my currently boring entry.

You can buy the Printable Build Plans with measurements and 3D Drawings by clicking the link to the Printable Plans.

Watch this Video for Another Quick Look At this Build


Build plans for this beautiful DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench with a shelf woodworking plans using a Kreg Jig and chunky legs.
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Feeling inspired? Now that you know how to build this DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench, get out there and build your own. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!

2 thoughts on “DIY Modern Farmhouse Bench or Coffee Table”

  1. I am not comfortable in adding programs to my computer. All I hoped for was a file with the plans for the bench. Is that possible without installing template finder and any other program? I have adobe and can read pdf files.

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