This bench seat is a beautiful blend of style and function. I fell in love with the simplicity of using hairpin legs and wood to create benches years ago. Here, I’ve used a rug as upholstery to make a piece with a serious amount of personality. Another great thing about this project is that it injects style into your space through the use of textiles, without having to add cushions or other décor elements that might clutter your entryway. This versatile project will last for years. You can even re-cover the bench in the longer term.
TIP This bench is perfect for renters who want to create an entryway space without damaging the walls or building anything significant. Of course, it will also go with you when you leave!
STEP 1: Cut the plywood to size or ask the hardware store to cut it for you.
STEP 2: Cut the foam cushion to fit your plywood or ask the foam store to cut it for you. It’s best if the foam is about 2 cm (¾ in) smaller on all sides. This helps the rug fit over the foam and plywood.
STEP 3: Cut the foam batting so that it’s large enough to cover the foam cushion and plywood and be stapled underneath.
STEP 4: Place the rug upside down and arrange the batting, foam cushion and plywood on top. Use a staple gun to staple the rug to the plywood. It’s best to really take your time and plan out the corners, and make sure the rug and top design are going to fit your bench.
STEP 5: Finally, drill pilot holes into the underside of the bench to attach the legs, then screw the legs in place.