I built an upholstered X-bench for my Master bedroom! I have been working on getting the room furnished for sometime. You can see all the projects and progress in my master bedroom reveal post. A bench at the foot of the bed has been on the list and is finally done!
I decided to keep with the X- theme like the X-base nightstand and thePottery Barn inspired Clara bedside table. This time I decided to build using only 2 x 4 boards. I had recently inherited a whole bunch of these with the nasty old TV table. I designed the feet and frame all using the 2 x 4 boards, but decided to put an upholstered top. You could very easily just add 2 x 4 boards on top to create an outdoor bench! If you are a beginner woodworker, this is the perfect project for you! Also read about all the Tools you need to get started!
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Materials for the simple X-bench using 2 x 4 boards –
- 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards – Total 2
- 1/2″ plywood underlayment
- 1″ Foam
- Polyfil – if you want to save money on this, I have a secret for you… read about it in the part where I upholster!
- Fabric for upholstery. I used this faux fur from Joann
- Kreg Jig
- 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 2″ Spax screws
- Staple gun
- 3/8″ staples
- Stain or paint of your choice (I used Weathered Gray and Dark Walnut)
How to build an DIY upholstered X-bench –
Cut List –
- 4 – 2” x 4” – Cut at 13 1/2” (Feet and Short Apron)
- 2 – 2” x 4” – Cut at 28” (Long Apron)
- 2 – 2” x 4” – Cut at 14 3/4” short to long end – Angle – 30º (Long of X)
- 4- 2” x 4” – Cut at 7 1/2” long to long end- Angle – 30º (short of X)
- 1/2” plywood/ underlayment cut at 35” x 13 3/4” – for upholstered top.
Making the 2 x 4 Bench –
Step 1 – Make all the cuts and pocket holes. The setting on the Kreg jig is at 1.5” material thickness. Sand down all the boards to make sure they are smooth before proceeding to build.
Step 2 – Assemble the 2 side X’s using wood glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws.
Step 3 – Attach each of the X’s to the feet using wood glue and 2 1/2” Pocket hole screws. The spacing from the end of the feet is 1” and from the sides is 3/4”.
Step 4 – Build the top frame using the short aprons and the long aprons. Use wood glue and 2 1/2” Pocket hole screws.
Step 5 – Attach the two X- legs to the frame.
Step 6- Stain or paint your bench frame. I used weathered gray and dark walnut stains mixed together to create the beautiful effect. I demonstrated this on my Facebook Live video. Here is the video clip for you –
Step 7 – While the paint or stain is drying, prepare the bench top –
How to upholster a bench top –
- Start by cutting out the 1″ foam to the size of your plywood. I used a bunch of left over foam from various projects.
- Glue the foam to the plywood using spray adhesive.
- Cover the foam with ployfil, cover with batting and staple from the back. Here is a secret and a money saving tip – instead of the polyfil, I used the filling from a couple of pillows – they are about $1.50 at Walmart and much cheaper than buying a bag of polyfil!!
- Cover with the upholstery fabric and staple from back. I chose this beautiful Faux Fur I got at Joann’s.
Step 8 – Attach the top using 2” Spax screws. You can also use 2 x 4 boards to form a slatted bench that can be used indoors and outdoors.
The upholstered X-bench is ready!
I am totally in love with that faux fur … it is so amazingly soft! Now I need to go make more things with that faux fur and just wrap myself in it…. 😉
Let’s talk about the finish… I am so crazy about it right now… and it is so easy to achieve!
Don’t forget! You can get the Free Printable Plans for this Upholstered X-bench in your email! Click below.
If you are a beginner woodworker, this is the perfect project for you! Also read about all the Tools you need to get started!
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