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How to Build a Bench from Scratch

Today I am going to teach you how to build a bench. This is the bench that is in my guest room reveal post. It was really easy to make and looks great in the room.

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Building a bench is super easy and so much more economical than buying one. The benches I looked at cost anywhere from $150-$200 and I was able to build mine for $70!

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How to Build a Bench

Let’s go through everything you need to build this bench.

Materials

Tools

  • Miter Saw – I recently got this sliding miter saw and I am in LOVE!
  • drill – This is the perfect drill, no need to charge batteries ever!
  • screws
  • kreg jig (This is the one I have and I love it!)
  • staple gun (I bought these 3 in one nail guns and stapler with a compressor and use it alllllll the time!)

Step 1-Building the Base

Determine the dimensions of your bench and when you purchase your plywood have the hardware store cut the plywood to your dimensions.

The legs have a screw sticking out of the top. So drill a little bit into the plywood where you want a leg to give the leg a starting point and screw it in.

This shows the bench leg and the screw in one end that needs to go into the plywood.
Two table legs have been attached to the plywood.

Measure the distance between each leg and cut the 1×4 at those lengths.

Using your Kreg Jig connect the 1×4 to the legs and the plywood. Also, add a few pieces of wood between the two long runs for more support. How many you need depends on how long your bench is.

All four legs are attached and pilot holes have been drilled with the Kreg Jig to attach to the legs.
The entire base is built with extra support to hold the weight of the bench and a person.
The base of the bench built sitting in my garage.

Now it’s time to prime and paint the base the color of your choice.

Step 2-Add the softer touches

For foam, you can purchase upholstery foam from JoAnn, Amazon, or another store but it’s going to be pricey.

I decided to purchase a memory foam mattress topper (not one with gel in it) and I was able to do this bench and recover one in my entryway for half the price of upholstery foam for one bench.

Cut the foam to the correct dimensions and use spray adhesive to stick it to the plywood.

This shows the spray adhesive I used to attach the foam to the plywood, it's made by Elmer's.
The bench with the foam attached and the base has been painted white.

Cut the batting to cover the top and fold under the plywood.

Then cut the fabric to cover the top and fold under the plywood.

Flip the whole thing over and make sure the fabric is straight and smooth on the bottom. Using a staple gun, staple both the fabric and the batting to the underside of the plywood.

The bench is turned over and the fabric and batting is now on it with a staple on the underside of the plywood.
The underside of the bench with the sides all secured with the corners to finish.

At the corners, I treated them like I was wrapping a Christmas present. I got it as smooth as possible and stapled it down in several places.

First I folded over one part of the fabric on the corner and stapled it.
Then I folded over the fabric one more time and secured it like the corners of a Christmas present.

Trim off any excess fabric or batting with scissors.

Flip your bench over and enjoy!

How to Build a Bench from Scratch

Materials

  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • One 1x4x8 piece of wood
  • Plywood
  • 4 bench legs
  • Paint and primer

Tools

  • Staple gun
  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Screws
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Cut the plywood to your desired dimensions for the bench.
  2. Attach the legs to the plywood at the four corners.
  3. Measure the distance between the legs and cut the wood to those dimensions.
  4. Using the Kreg Jig attach the wood to the legs and the plywood.
  5. Cut a few more pieces to go in between the long pieces for more support.
  6. Prime and paint the base.
  7. Cut the foam to the same dimensions of the plywood and using the spray adhesive attach to the plywood.
  8. Cut the batting and fabric to cover the whole top and enough to go under the plywood.
  9. Flip the bench over and staple the fabric and batting to the underside of the plywood.

Here is the final product.

The finished bench with a white painted base and gray fabric top.
The finished bench with a white painted base and a gray fabric top.
The finished bench with the painted base and a gray fabric top.
The finished base next to a blanket ladder.

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I hope you picked up a few things on how to build a bench. It was super easy and totally doable for anyone. The cost savings is the best part!

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