IKEA Hack: An Incredibly Easy Upholstered Bench

IKEA Hack: Incredibly Easy Upholstered Bench
Photo: Faith Towers

Upholstery has always been intimidating to me. I love the look of tufted furniture, but I always expect DIY upholstery to be one of those long, frustrating projects that takes weeks to complete. So I was pleasantly surprised when I finished this IKEA bench in under two hours with minimal annoyance! Read on to find out the trick.   


IKEA Hack: Incredibly Easy Upholstered Bench
Photo: Faith Towers

The trick is to use long nails to create the tufted effect.  Continue Reading

Make It: Easy DIY Upholstered Entryway Bench

Photo: Claire Esparros

Whether you have an *actual* entryway or want to create the look of one with the space you have, this DIY bench is the perfect solution!      

Photo: Claire Esparros

From start to finish, this project from Homepolish takes less than 5 hours — AND it's remarkably easy. So, grab some wood, a few hairpin legs (check out our shopping guide for recommendations on where to find them), and some durable fabric, then head over to Homepolish for the tutorial! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Stacked Plywood Bench

If you ever find yourself hanging out in the lumber section of your local hardware store, wondering what you could make with, say, a sheet or two of plywood, I have your answer right here: a stacked plywood bench!      

This project comes from Mandi at Vintage Revivals and involves cutting two sheets of plywood down into a bunch of 2′ x 3″ pieces — and gluing them together. That’s it. So, if you’re up for an afternoon project that makes good use of a table saw, check out the full tutorial right here. Continue Reading

Before and After: Headboard Turned DIY Storage Bench

What do you do when you find a couple of old twin-sized headboards for super cheap? Turn them into a Pottery Barn-inspired storage bench, obviously!      

Gail from My Repurposed Life did just that AND even provided a step-by-step tutorial if you want to try this clever furniture hack yourself. Check it out right here.

Roundup: 12 Stylish Stools and Benches You Can Make Yourself

You know what always comes in handy? A stool. Know what’s even handier than a stool? A bench! Obviously. So, if you’re in the market for one of these handy/handier furniture items, we’ve rounded up 12 awesome, inexpensive options you can make yourself!       

Up first: benches!

1. Colorful Chairs-turned-Bench DIY

2. DIY Wool-Wrapped Wooden Bench

3. DIY Yarn-Wrapped Dowel and Plywood Entryway Bench

4. DIY Rustic Reclaimed Wood Bench

5. DIY Mid-Century Modern Outdoor Slat Bench

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Before and After: A Colorful DIY Bench IKEA Hack

Inspired by an outdoor bench makeover she’d spotted floating around the Internet (you know the one), Alecia decided to recreate the idea with a more finished look for indoor use. The result? One of my favorite IKEA hacks to date!       

It’s such a simple project, really, but so impactful. Alecia from the blog Likes of Us cut several pine boards to size, painted ’em, and then attached them to her IKEA Sigurd Bench with carpenter’s glue. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Wood and Wool Bench — From Scratch!

Benches. They’re just so dang handy, ya know? In mudrooms, dining rooms, entryways, or even outdoors they’re always there for you when you need a little extra seating. In the case of this DIY version, they’re even dressed for the occasion, too!           

Ben from HomeMade Modern (awesome site, by the way — if you’re not reading it on the regular, get on that!) created this stunningly simple DIY bench that beautifully blends contrasting materials… and all for around $85. Continue Reading

Make It: Color Pop Bench DIY

If you could use some extra seating around your house, this DIY is for you. It’s one of the best bench projects I’ve seen. Why? Well, I love the color scheme, but frankly, the use of materials is what sends this one over the edge for me. Can you tell what this bench is made out of?    

If you guessed that this bench was made of chairs, you are right! So clever. Claire from Camille Styles transformed two vintage chairs into the quirky-cool awesomeness you see now. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Colorful and Modern Mudroom — from Scratch!

created at: 04/11/2013

Don’t have a mudroom? No problem! Here’s how to make one out of thin air (and some other materials, of course).     

Give yourself about a day for this fun project from HomeMade Modern, then gather up the following materials:

  • 3/4″ plywood
  • screws
  • yarn
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ wooden dowels
  • drill
  • saw

Take a peek at the full tutorial and soon enough you’ll have yourself a very cool, very modern mudroom/bench/coat rack. BOOM.

Make It: Custom DIY Window Bench — with Storage!

created at: 03/25/2013

If you’re planning your spring and summer projects, definitely add this custom DIY window bench to the list! It’s beautiful, comfortable, and oh so functional.     

This modern window bench is a pretty straight forward project (just follow the ‘measure twice, cut once’ rule) that provides loads of seating and storage! I love the flip-up lid that also functions as a back rest.

created at: 03/25/2013

Check out the full how-to on HGTV!