I’ve been in the market for a long bench for a few different clients, and these benches are extremely HARD to find! These particular clients were looking for a bench to put at the foot of their beds. If you buy them new, they are at least a couple hundred dollars. If you don’t believe me, just go to pottery barn’s website…yes, their benches are about ummmm $600.00!
Well, I decided to take this task into my own hands! I’ve headed to D.I. (a Utah version of Goodwill) several times hunting for a bench with no luck. So, I decided to “make” my own.
During several trips, I noticed how many sofa tables that place has all the time. A sofa table is a long, narrow table meant to go directly behind a sofa. Well, one day, I noticed how similar a sofa table is to a bench. The size is the same, but the sofa table is a few inches taller.
So, I decided to take one home and try to convert it to a bench. I figured it was only $15.00, and well worth the risk.
Here’s a picture of the bad boy:
First, I flipped the table over and took apart the table.
The entire top piece of the table came off (which I’ll be using in a post soon making something else)…
and I removed the legs.
My cute, handsome, wonderful hubby cut the legs for me using a miter saw. The legs should be 16 inches tall.
Then we put the legs back on.
Here he is after I chopped his legs off…man that kind of sounds morbid.
I then went to JoAnn’s fabrics and bought 2 inch foam to fit the top of the bench. I needed about a yard and a half of foam, but I used a 40 percent off coupon (to make it as cheap as possible). I could have bought the foam a little thinner, but I thought the thicker foam would look better, so I vetoed the thinner foam.
I forgot to take a picture of my spray painting the table, but hopefully you can picture it. I use high gloss spray paint (the cheap kind…I think it’s 99 cents a can…I LOVE THIS STUFF).
My bench is 15 inches by 56 inches long. My husband had a random piece of particle board laying around that he cut to fit the top of the bench, and I began the reupholstering process.
Make sure when you upholster something that you pull the fabric tight and staple it using a staple gun. I might use more staples than needed, but I want to make sure that the fabric is nice and tight.
I carefully folded the corners and stapled them too. The corners are the most challenging part. It’s similar to wrapping a box with wrapping paper,
I am in love with the end results. Stay tuned for pictures of the room this bench is intended for!
Now I just need to find a few more!
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