Build a simple DIY Upholstered X-bench using 2x4s. The simple 2×4 bench plans are easy to follow even for the beginner woodworker. This DIY cross leg upholstered bench makes a great addition DIY entryway bench or an end of bed bench.
This upholstered X-bench has totally added the perfect finishing touch to my bedroom!
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 gorgeous!
Let’s talk about the finish… I am crazy about it right now… and it is so easy to achieve. I have a video tutorial about that for you later in this post.
If you are a beginner woodworker, this 2×4 bench is the perfect project for you! Click here to download the printable pdf plans
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Materials for building a simple 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 DIY upholstered X-bench –
This bench is super easy to make! Just follow the plans! Here are a few quick tips and tricks-
- Once you make all your cuts and pocket holes, be sure to sand the boards down before proceeding to assemble. Here is a full tutorial on how to use a Kreg Jig.
- I get questions about how to make those pocket holes on the angled pieces. You simply lay the bottom flat against the Kreg Jig. Here is a picture of how to do that!
- Make sure you lay out the pieces first before proceeding to join them to make sure all the boards align well.
- 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.
- 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.
How to stain the bench with a custom stain color
How to upholster the bench –
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 2×4 boards – which I show you in this indoor/outdoor version of this bench.
Below are the steps to upholster the top –
- 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. Here is a secret and a 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.
Once the bench top is upholstered, attach the top using 2” Spax screws to the frame we built using the plans.
You can get the Printable Plans for this Upholstered X-bench!
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