This easy build hides that ugly gap behind your washer and dryer, adds style, and gives you a great folding table!
I’m kinda feeling like I build benches a lot around here. My DIY L-Shaped Outdoor Bench and my DIY Farmhouse Upholstered Bench are my 2 most popular posts. And, a bench is a pretty easy build for anyone new to woodworking. For this Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench build, I picked up some pretty $6 table legs from Lowe’s. $6 for turned legs, guys! I can’t pass a deal like that up.
You can use any style of leg you like, just remember to make the height of the bench around 16 to 19″ to make it a comfortable seat height for most people. I added a no-sew upholstered top to this bench. But you can easily use wood instead. In fact, I almost went with 2″ thick stained cedar, but the hubby wanted a soft bench for our entryway. It was easy enough to upholster this seat. And, I loved this leftover fabric from my DIY Upholstered Twin Headboards, anyway. 🙂
Let’s get this Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench build started!
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Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench – Materials Needed
- Saw, I used a Miter Saw for the straightest possible cuts
- Power Drill
- Brad Nailer – 1 of my favorite, most used tools for building and home remodeling
- Kreg Jig, I use the Kreg Jig R3, and screws
- Kreg Right Angle Clamp
- 2 – 11″ long 1″x3″ dimensional lumber, I used Select Pine
- 2 – 30″ long 1″x3″ dimensional lumber, I used Select Pine
- 16″x 35″ – 1/2″ or 3/4″ Board for the top – you can use lumber or plywood (if adding the upholstered top)
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench – Build Steps
Cut your 1″x3″ board to size. Then put 2 pocket holes on the ends of each of the 4 pieces.
Glue, clamp, and screw one of the short sides to a leg. Then do the same for the leg on the other side of the board.
Follow the same steps to connect the other short side to the other 2 legs.
Now that each of the short sides are built. Connect them with the long sides (also called rails).
Now you have a completed frame. You can either add a hard plywood or lumber top. OR go for the upholstered top I built. If you are upholstering, glue and nail your seat board to the frame.
Now that your Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench is built, you’re ready to finish it off. 🙂
Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench – My Finishing Steps
I painted the frame with 2 coats of Behr’s Mammoth Mountain Eggshell latex mixed into a homemade chalk paint. Be sure to sand with a fine grit between coats. Then I protected the finish with 1 coat of a clear protective finish spray. Spray top coats are just easier with curvy legs. 🙂
Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench – Upholstered Seat
- 3″ thick foam – I always find a great price for this on Amazon
- Extra loft batting
- Spray adhesive
- Staples and Staple Gun – I used my trusty arrow staple gun that I’ve had for ages
- Upholstery Fabric – I used this beautiful Magnolia Home Fabric but I have a list of my favorite fabrics if you’re looking for something different
- Ribbon for trim and fabric glue
Cut the 3″ foam to the exact size of your seat base. I use my large bread knife for this. Then use Spray Adhesive to glue the foam to the seat base.
Cut your batting to fit over the foam on the top and sides. You just want it to reach the bottom of the foam, but not go over. Spray adhesive to the foam top. Spread the batting smoothly across the top. Then spray each of the 4 sides and glue them down. You should have 4 corners sticking out now. Trim that extra batting off and any excess at the bottoms.
Cut your fabric to hang about an inch lower than the seat base on all 4 sides. Fold the fabric under and staple it directly to the seat base. You want it to be pulled tightly across the top. So, I always start by doing 3 staples in each short side. 1 in the middle then near each end, pulled tightly. Then I do the same on the long sides.
From there, you can keep pulling the fabric tight and folding under across each of the 4 sides. You just want to cover the seat base edge with fabric, but not let it hand under that board. This is an easy way to upholster a bench top. You can see all of the fabric as you work to make sure it looks great. And, it’s easy to replace later, when you want a new look.
Don’t forget, if you feel like the fabric looks lumpy or messed up, you can always remove the staples in a section to fix it. After I was finished stapling, I used fabric glue to attach a ribbon all around the bench, to hide the staples. To tell you the truth, I’m not loving that dark blue. I really wanted a powder blue velvet ribbon. I think I’ll order one and replace that soon. Who doesn’t need an excuse to use a velvet ribbon, right?
Side note on the upholstery: You could skip the ribbon and staple the fabric to the bottom of the seat base. You’ll have to work from the bottom to get the staples in. AND, I didn’t like the idea of being able to feel staples if I put my fingers under the seat.
That’s it! So glad you stopped by to see How to Build this Easy Modern Farmhouse DIY Entryway Bench. I hope you get a chance to check out more fun DIY Bench Build and Makeover Projects from this month’s Farmhouse Hens Blog Hop!!
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