Shannon Berrey

How to build a slipcovered bench

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I tried to search for an end of the bed bench for the girls room I installed last week. I had hoped to find an old one that I could give a little love to, but it wasn't happening. I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found because I wanted a soft 'certain' shade of pink. After finding a few new ones, adding the price of new fabric and the whole makeover, it was soo pricey and we were on a tight budget. I decided that making one would be the most affordable option and it would be exactly the size and style we wanted.   


48"x 16"x 20"tall Bench:

2 48” 1x4’s

2 14” 1x4’s

4 legs

4 table leg top plate attachments

48” x 16” plywood

48’ x 16” foam

Batting and lining

4 4” square scrap wood pieces {optional}


Electric stapler

Spray adhesive

Primer & paint


  We had all of the wood {combo of MDF and pine} 1 x 4's left over from other projects. Nail all the sides together.  

Glue and then nail one 3" square of wood in each corner, lining it up level with the top {or really the 'bottom'}. This allowed the leg to be attached. I could have attached the legs to the plywood top, but I wanted more of the decorative part of the leg to show.  



Flip it over and attach the 16" x 48" piece of plywood with a power nailer around the edge.



Spray the top of plywood and the bottom of the foam with spray adhesive and lay it on top of the plywood. 





Stretching it tight, Cover the foam with batting and attach by stapling around the bottom. Then cover the batting with a piece of lining/muslin/sheet {whatever you have}. Attach it the same way. The extra piece of lining isn't necessary it just adds an extra smoothness and makes it a bit easier to remove the slipcover.



Cut the bulky fabric that is left in the corners close to the staples. Then flip it over and admire your work.



 I cut off the top 2 1/4" from each leg. I redrilled a new hole to allow the top plate to attach. {My Lowes only sold 2 sizes of legs and so I needed to improvise a bit}


Prime and paint the legs with several coats of paint. 


Attach a table plate to each corner with the 4 screws it came with. I wanted my legs to be as close to the edge as possible.



Screw the legs on. Bench is done! Now to make it pretty.



Using a pink duck canvas and a 1/2" seam allowance, cut out the pieces. Sew all side pieces together along the short side edges, right sides facing. Attach the side 'piece' to the top {right sides together} and sew. Iron a 2" seam allowance along the bottom edge. Flip it inside out and press seams.  



To add a little embellishment, I added a 1 1/2" pink ribbon to the top. I ironed HeatnBond to the back of the ribbon. I penciled a line 4" from the seam on top. This was my guideline to follow to iron on the ribbon. In each corner, tuck and miter the ribbon and press. End the ribbon in the tuck of 1 corner. 






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