DIY Upholstered Bench Plan – Part 2

DIY Upholstered Bench Plan – Part 2

Let’s finish off that Farmhouse bench you just built with this simple and beautiful upholstery DIY.

In my last post, I went through the steps to build and finish my Chunky Leg, Farmhouse Bench. Today, we are topping that bench off with an easy upholstered seat. This DIY Upholstered Bench Plan is a pretty simple build with the right tools and a little experience. And how awesome is that end result?!

You can find those gorgeous chunky legs on Osborne Wood Products site. They’ll wrap them up nice and snug and deliver them straight to your door. You can grab the rest of the materials at your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, and on Amazon. Easy, peasy.

I have to admit, I was a little worried about ordering fabric from Amazon. It’s the kind of thing you’d normally want to see in person, but this fabric is just beautiful and so strong. I am absolutely planning to use it on a couple more projects. But let’s wrap up this one first. 😉

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.
Before adding the seat, the bench is pretty on it’s own. Click to see the DIY for the bench.
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. #bench #diy #farmhouse
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Disclaimer: Make sure to always read the directions for any products or tools you use while building. Always check for square and double-check those measurements too. Read the full disclaimer.


 

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.
Top view of upholstered top.

Materials for this DIY Upholstered Bench Plan

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
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.
I’m kinda loving this bench.

Tools to Make this DIY Upholstered Bench Plan

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 & 5/16″ Staples
  • Hammer
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.
I think this bench might need a matching headboard soon.

Directions to Upholster this Chunky Leg, Farmhouse Bench

  1. See my upholstery video above to see how I did mine.
  2. Cut your 1/2″ MDF or Plywood to 47 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. Brush off all dust and take that board inside.
  3. Place the board on top of the 3″ Foam to mark the board outline on the foam. You should only have to cut 2 sides of the foam, if you set the board in the corner.

    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.
    Mark the outline of the board onto the foam.

  4. Move the board aside to cut your foam with a serrated knife or electric knife. I used a long bread knife to cut mine, but electric knives are the fastest, smoothest way to cut through foam. I really need to order one of those!

    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.
    My quality control guy inspecting my work.

  5. After the foam is cut, set the foam on the board and lay the batting on top of both pieces. Cut about an 1″ longer than the batting needs to reach the bottom of the board on all 4 sides. Batting doesn’t get stretched or stapled to the board. You just want it to lay evenly across the seat without any wrinkles.
  6. Use a drop cloth for the spray adhesive steps. Some adhesives get everywhere. Now use the spray adhesive on the board to attach the foam. Make sure everything lines up on all 4 sides before the adhesive can dry. Leave the extra material on the corners unglued.
  7. Now place the batting back on the foam and board. Spread it flat and even again. Use the spray adhesive just on the sides of the foam to hold the batting in place. Now trim the batting to size. You want the batting to reach the bottom of the board on all 4 sides, without wrapping underneath.  Now trim that extra material off the corners too.
  8. Place the fabric on top of the batting. Line it up so that you will have a couple inches on all 4 sides wrapping under the bench seat. Cut your fabric to size. My fabric was cut to 59″x29″. Check out this post for my favorite fabric finds on Amazon.
  9. Iron or steam your fabric, if needed. Be sure to follow the directions for your type of fabric. Certain types of loose weaves or delicate fabrics probably shouldn’t be used for this upholstery method. Be sure to pick an upholstery fabric.
  10. Place the fabric face down on a flat surface. Flip the seat, with foam and batting attached, over on the fabric. Line everything up so that the seat is centered on the fabric. Use any patterns in the fabric or weave as a guide.
  11. You want to staple each side, leaving 4″ at each corner alone. We’ll do the corners last. When you staple the fabric to the board, pull with the same amount of tug all along the seat to prevent an uneven look. Also, pull straight back to the board, not diagonally. You want the fabric to be tight enough to leave the top smooth and the edges slightly rounded.
  12. Make sure that you use a lot of staples, you don’t really want gaps between them. Gaps will cause extra pull on the stapled parts of the fabric. The fabric might start to rip if part of it is held in place and others aren’t.
  13. For the corners, I stapled the very center to the corner. Then I folded each sides extra fabric under to create a fold line at each side of the corner. (see the video) Finish stapling everything down.
  14. Trim away all excess fabric, you want a smooth bottom before setting the seat on the bench.
  15. Use a hammer to set the staples flush with the board. My low-tech staple gun seems to always leave them just a little bit raised.
  16. Your seat is done!!! Flip it over and center it on the bench. Use 1 1/4″ screws to attach the seat at the 4 corners, through the cedar. Now happy dance!
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. #plans #bench #upholstered
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How about another DIY? Check out how I cut 1 of my Laundry Room cabinets in half to create this Mudroom Bench area for less than $100!

Looking for DIY Mudroom Ideas? You can upcycle your old cabinets into a beautiful and affordable DIY Laundry and Mudroom Combo. This cabinet update was less than $100. And the mudroom bench, coat, and shoe storage makes this space so much more functional!


Feeling inspired? Now that you have my DIY Upholstered Bench Plan, 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!

43 thoughts on “DIY Upholstered Bench Plan – Part 2

  1. You always make it sound so easy!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  2. You really are a Master at doing this Stephanie. I love how you explain everything so nicely and your wood working projects always turn out so beautifully. Pottery Barn beware, there’s some serious competition in town 😉

  3. The upholstered bench looks great! I really like the turned legs and the solid, sturdy character of the whole piece. Very attractive — and, the storage is an extra perk.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  4. Wow this bench turned out awesome! I love everything about it. Very thorough, detailed supplies list and plans. Awesome!!

  5. This turned out amazing. Love the fabric.

  6. Great bench! I’m debating adding padding to our coffee table as my husband wants “comfort” as he puts his feet up. Visiting from Friday Favorites party.

  7. I so want a bench for my front entryway… I just cannot decide what I want it to look like

  8. Stephanie, Love this project! You did a great job with it. We’ll be featuring your post at next week’s Brag About it Link Party. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  9. This bench is fantastic. I love that its all made from scratch and turned out so nicely. Pinning.

  10. Turned out amazing and the fabric is so beautiful! I need an electric knife. It’s important to have the right tools and it’s hard to cut foam 😀 Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  11. Your Bench is gorgeous Stephenie I love it and especially the material you chose for the cushion it is perfect

  12. I am so in love with bench and you have inspired me to fix up my foyer bench. Thanks for linking up with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party….you are my featured post for the week. Keep coming back and inspiring us.

  13. Thanks for the tutorial. Your bench is beautiful and so substantial. Congratulations on having the most viewed post at Bouquet of Talent last week. I can see why.

  14. Love how this turned out. You fabric choice is so so pretty. Wonderful tutorial 🙂

  15. What a beautiful transformation! Love how bright it feels and that bench is fantastic!

  16. I have built-ins in my living room that had outdated red cushions on them. For the longest time I have wanted new cushions, but thought I would have to pay someone to sew something together for me. After ordering all the materials the other week I finally had time to make them. My new cushions look AMAZING!! They were super easy to do especially with your nice instructions and easy to order links! I was nervous about ordering fabric off of Amazon, but I am very impressed with the quality and thickness of the material. Oh the things you can get from Amazon. Thanks for this amazing post!

    • That’s fantastic, Brittany! I’m so happy to hear this post helped someone. Makes my day! Good for you. Now you have a new DIY superpower to show off.

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