My dad is a woodworker. Though as a child I spent countless hours watching him work with his bandsaw and chisel and vice and safety goggles, I am not. Looking back now I wish I had wanted to pay better attention instead of playing with my Quints or Calico Critters, so today I could be like Ana White or Paige Hemmis, but alas, I did not and I am not. This bench was so simple though, anyone can do it, and have it turn out to be a quality piece. Are you ready to say "Oh that? I made it!"
Start with your supplies:
- Material - I used a heavy duty outdoor fabric (2ft for $15). You could easily buy a less expensive fabric for this project to save $$
- Spraypaint - $6
- Foam - I used 1/2 of a twin bed egg crate (on sale at a bargain outlet) ($4)
- Plank board - Mine was an off-the-shelf piece of wood. I had the Home Depot guy cut off 6 in. in the store so it's 3.5' long. ($5)
- 4 legs - pre-made legs can be found at Lowes/Home Depot! I found them cheaper at Lowes, at about $3.50/leg for $14 total - you can get cheaper legs if you want more clean lined/modern ones (or a shorter bench)
- 4 Leg brackets - you can find these right next to the legs in the wood section. $1.68/each = $6.72
- Tools: scissors (preferably fabric ones, but any will do), screwdriver, staple gun
- Total project cost for me was about $51, but you can easily save $$ on the material and the legs, depending on what you want! And if you already have the paint you need on hand, then you can save the $$ on that too! Unfortunately I was fresh out of brown :P
Step 2: Use screwdriver to add the leg brackets
(follow instructions on package)
Step 3: Cut foam and fabric to appropriate size
Step 4: Staple gun the fabric in place
Step 5: Screw the legs into the leg brackets
Step 6: Put your feet up
Speaking of which, are you watching March Madness like we are? Who are you rooting for?
I actually made this bench so it would be lightweight, and easy to move between the wall (to the right of the above photo which puts it next to the coat closet) and in front of the couch for my husband to put his feet up on or so I can bring hot cocoa in to the living room on a cute little tray. We actually love having the space between the couches empty so the doggies can play on the rug while we relax!