Make an Easy DIY Bench to Add Extra Seating

My kids are at the age where they invite friends over all the time and now that it’s summer, our house is feeling a little tight. It felt like a good time to add a bit of extra seating for when our house for 4 needs to accommodate 3-4 extra people. A simple bench seemed like the perfect solution to add more seating. Learn how to make your own DIY bench.

Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!

This DIY bench is my entry for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest hosted by Evey’s CreationsRitzy PartiesBy ScottieGlittered Barn Designs and My DIY Envy. Our fabulous sponsor this month is PureBond Plywood in partnership with The Home Depot and the theme is “One Panel Challenge.”

Purebond Plywood Panels are made without formaldehyde, using soy based technology instead. These environmentally friendly plywood panels are available at most Home Depot stores and are available in many different beautiful wood veneer types.

Be sure to check out Jodi’s amazing project!

Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, PureBond Plywood, in order to complete their themed projects. PureBond Plywood will also provide the prize package for the contest winner. 

Easy DIY Bench

Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!

Supplies

  1. Cut your plywood panel to the desired width and length. I cut mine to 18″, so that my finished DIY bench would measure 18″ x 48″, which is a great size for a bench. Go ahead and cut the fabric to size too. I left about 6″ extra around the wood so that it can wrap around everything. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  2. Cut the foam to size. Since it’s only 2″ thick, it can be cut with scissors. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  3. Place fabric wrong side up, then the batting, then place the foam on the fabric.
  4. Place the wood on the top of this, centered in the middle.
  5. Start stapling the batting around the edge. I like to place a staple on each side in the middle to be sure that my batting is nice and taut.Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  6. Continue stapling around the edges.Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  7. For the corners, I wrap it like a present and staple. Just try to make as little bulk as possible. Luckily batting, compresses nicely. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  8. Repeat these steps for the fabric.Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  9. Cut off all the excess fabric.Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  10. For the corners, I pull it and fold it to the inside, then fold it again. Staple in place. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  11. Place the legs equidistance from the edges, avoiding the fabric. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  12. Install the legs in each corner by drilling pilot holes and then using the drill to drive in each screw. I used washers as spacers because my screws weren’t quite the right size. Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!
  13. If you still have unruly fabric bits, you can trim more off and add more staples to the edges.
  14. Flip your bench over and enjoy!Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!

This simple DIY bench is perfect in the entry, but it’s lightweight enough to move to the dining table for extra seating.

Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!

I love how it looks with my shibori chairs!

Learn how to make an easy DIY bench. Ever wish you had extra seating? This versatile DIY bench is the perfect solution for adding extra seating for guests!

It’s kind of fun to add a bench with the chairs at the table. I might end up keeping it here long term.

If you’re interested in joining The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, send an email to info@eveyscreations.com

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