I recently partnered up with my insanely talented friend DIY Danie to partake in a thrift-flip challenge where we each sent a box filled with items that were thrifted from our own homes! Well, one of the items that Danie sent me was a large roll of blue velvet fabric, and I knew that I had to make a bench from it! This project only took me one weekend to create and was so much fun to make come to life!
How To Make A DIY Upholstered Bench
There are so many things I love about this project. First, it only took me ONE WEEKEND to make! Second, it was my first time ever tufting furniture! I used an awesome tutorial from my friend Pneumatic Addict which made no-sew tufting a breeze! Third, it was SO easy to make thanks to my friends at Arrow Fasteners and their line of cordless tools!
Want to see how I made this project come to life? Let’s do it!
What I Used:
Table Saw/Circular Saw
Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun
Pocket Hole Jig
Button Making Kit
(4) 1 x 2 x 6′ Boards
(1) 2 x 2 x 8′ Boards
(1) ½ Sheet ¾” Plywood
3″ Upholstery Foam
1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Stain (I Used This One)
1. First, I cut my pieces into the following lengths on my miter saw:
2 x 2’s
(4) Legs @ 16″
1 x 2’s
(2) Long Sides @ 29″
(2) Short Sides @ 13″
(6) Supports @ 12 ¼”
… I also decided to taper my 2 x 2 legs on my table saw, but this is optional.
2. Next, I drilled pocket holes in the end of each of the 1 x 2 pieces of lumber and I then assembled all of my pieces together using pocket hole screws and wood glue. I made sure to inset the frame pieces about ¾” deep on the legs to add some depth to the frame.
4. Next, I sanded, stained, and sealed the bench base.
5. Next, I cut a plywood baker board with my circular saw to create the bottom of my bench cushion.
6. I then cut and attached my 3″ foam to the backer board using spray adhesive and added a layer of batting, following by my fabric and attached them to the plywood using my Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun and 3/8″ staples. Using a cordless staple gun made making this cushion an absolute breeze. I was able to attach all of the fabric in one charge, and save my hands from a lot of agony!
7. Once the cushion was complete, I added tufted buttons using Pneumatic Addict’s tufting trick and some custom made buttons!
8. Last step was to attach the cushion to the bench with wood screws from the underside!
I am so excited about the way this bench turned out! I would have never used this gorgeous blue velvet fabric on my own, so I am so grateful for Danie for sending it my way!
This was a super fun project that was so easy to tackle thanks to my friends at Arrow Fasteners!
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