Learn how to build a simple DIY upholstered bench using 2x4 boards with detailed plans, tutorial, and video. It makes the perfect end of bed bench!
This DIY bench is a quick project – perfect for the weekend!
I have been slowly building furniture for my bedroom and the last remaining piece of the puzzle was an end of the bed bench. With this simple yet cozy bench, the bedroom is complete!
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The best part is that this bench is built from only two 2 x 4 boards making it really easy on the budget. It comes in under $10 for the lumber! Can’t beat that!
I decided to upholster the top with faux fur. It is simply so soft and luxurious! But you do not have to make an upholstered top. This bench can easily be modified to be an indoor/outdoor bench. See more about that here.
I know the X-leg features can be intimidating with all the angles for beginners but I have you covered with the plans, a video and lots of tips and tricks below. You will also find the following articles useful in building this bench –
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Material Needed for the bench
- Lumber per the plans.
- 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. It is so amazingly soft!!
- 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 the upholstered bench
I have a full video tutorial showing you exactly how to build this bench.
Step by step tutorial
Step 1 – Make the cuts
- Make the cuts per the cut list in the plans. I would recommend dry-fitting the cuts as you go to get the best possible fit.
- Sand them smooth.
Tip – When cutting angles – leave your miter saw set at the angle you need for all the cuts to get reproducible cuts.
STEP 2 – MAKE POCKET HOLES
- Set the Kreg Jig and the drill bit collar at 1½” thickness and make all the pocket holes as shown in the plans. Here is a full tutorial on how to use a Kreg Jig.
Step 3 – Make the X’s for the legs
- Assemble the 2 side X’s using wood glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws.
- Attach each of the X’s to the feet using wood glue and 2 1/2” Pocket hole screws.
IMPORTANT – Make sure you lay out the pieces first before proceeding to join them to make sure all the boards align well.
Step 4 – Build the top frame
Build the frame using 2x4 boards using wood glue and 2 1/2” Pocket hole screws.
Step 5 – Assemble the bench
Attach the two X- legs to the frame.
Important – While assembling the legs, make sure the pocket holes are facing inside. You don’t want the pocket holes to be on the outside of the bench.
Step 6- Finishing
- If you would like to use wood filler to fill up the pocket holes, you can. I chose to leave mine alone and just filled them with stain to camouflage them in. They are hardly visible.
- Stain or paint your bench frame. I used weathered gray and dark walnut stains mixed together to create a beautiful effect.
Below is a video showing you exactly how I achieved the finish.
Step 7 – Upholster the top
I decided to add an upholstered top because I wanted a nice soft seating place in the bedroom. You can totally skip this and opt for a planked top made from 2x4 boards – which I show you in this indoor/outdoor version of this bench.
- Cut out 1″ foam to the size of your plywood. I used a bunch of leftover foam from various projects
- Glue the foam to the plywood using spray adhesive
- Cover the foam with polyfill. Wrap with batting and staple from the back.
Money-saving tip – instead of the polyfill, I used the filling from a couple of pillows – they are about $1.50 at Walmart and much cheaper than buying a bag of polyfill!!
- Cover with the upholstery fabric and staple from the back. I chose this beautiful Faux Fur from Joann’s.
Step 8 – Complete the bench
Once the benchtop is upholstered, attach the top using 2” screws to the frame built in Step 5.
You can get the Printable Plans for this Upholstered X-bench!
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