Tutorial ~ Diy Upholstered Bench

by Destri on February 15, 2011

Diy Bench

Oh my goodness, I never thought I would make it here!  It has been a crazy week, but we’ll talk about that later.  First let’s talk benches, have you priced one lately?  I have, and they’re not cheap!  Good thing they are easy to make.  I had one on my list for Eleni’s room, and I wanted it small enough for her to use without having to climb to get to the seat.  It seems the poor thing has to climb to get into every other seat in the house, and her room is one place that should be on her level.  Perfect for putting on shoes and looking cute at the end of her bed, or wherever else she decides. :)

How To Make A Kids Bench


  • 7 inch wide board.  Commonly used for shelving.  Cut it to desired length, you can even have them cut it at the hardware store to make things easy.
  • four 7 to 9 inch bench legs.  You will find them by the table legs.  I spray painted mine white.
  • insert nuts that match the threading on the leg screws, these are in the specialty hardware section.
  • drill with bits that the insert nut packaging calls for.
  • batting or upholstery foam
  • hot glue
  • fabric
  • staple gun


I had a bunch of shelving board laying around my house that I used for this project, so it was already painted white.  You can buy the board that has been primed and call it good.  First thing you want to do is install the insert nuts.  On the packaging they will tell you the size of drill bit you will need to drill the hole.  Measure and mark on all four corners where you will be drilling.  I went in 1 1/2 inches but if I had a chance I would only do about an inch to have the legs closer to the corners.  Drill the holes and then according to the insert nut packaging you will either hammer in the nut, or use a hex screwdriver.

Next prep and cut the batting or foam.  I used batting, folding it a few times to the thickness I wanted.  Then cut to the exact size.  I also cut a piece that was slightly larger to fold over the edge with the fabric, just to soften the edges.

Cover the board with hot glue and put the batting on top.

Now cut the fabric down to size.  I just made sure I had about four inches on all sides.  After you have it cut, fold over each side a half inch and press, then again two more times.

Now lay the fabric face side down, then the larger single piece of batting, and then the board batting side down.  Fold the fabric over at the center and staple.  then repeat in the other side.  You can move to the ends, but I went ahead and secured the longer sides first.

For the corners I just worked with them until I had them looking the way I wanted and stapled.  I did cut out some excess batting and fabric on the corners, just to remove some bulk.

Now just thread the legs into the insert nuts, and you are all finished!  Now I have to tell you a funny story.  Eleni watched me every step of the way while making this and knew it was for her.  When I was finished I took it into the kitchen to get a picture.

This is the first shot I took and the shutter speed was off so while adjusting…

She grabbed it as if to say I’ll take that, thank you, and off to her bedroom she went.  The phone rang and kept me busy for a bit, and then I found her like this…

Too cute, and just her size.  She loves her bench, really, I had no idea she would like it so much!  When my husband came home she pulled him in to see it, and said “Momma may dat for Leni!”.  Made my day.

Child's Bench

I decided she was right, it looks perfect at the foot of her bed.  It looks great against the new color in the room, just wait until you see it!

You can find all the posts for Eleni’s room here, including the room, inspiration piece, new paint and sewing tutorials.  Speaking of paint, I have had a few emails asking for the color, I ended up going with Valley Mist by Behr.  When I get home I will get some more pictures of the color.

Now, the crazy week.

I am going to be on live television…tomorrow, sheesh!  I was contacted by Good Things Utah to do a little segment and it was one of those look behind your shoulder “who, me?” moments.  I am so excited, and so so nervous.  I waited to say anything because I have tried not to think about it too much!  I am just about ready, except I just looked at my hands and realized they are not looking so hot, one more thing. :)  Wish me luck!

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kate February 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I wish we could watch your tv appearance – you don’t need luck because you are one of those wonderful people who the TV will love. You are dynamic, fun, empathetic, and encouraging. I dare anyone NOT to fall in love with all of the above. It is normal to feel nervous, and to have butterflies, all you need to do is get those butterflies flying in formation and that comes from looking back where you were 2 years ago and looking what you have achieved as a mother and a business woman! Bloody well done Destri, said it before but I will say it again girl, hats off to you, hats off!

Now go and knock ‘em dead!


Jen February 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Congrats on the TV appearance…that’s so exciting! I love the bench…I have been wanting something for the back door, a “take off your shoes” sort of bench. You’re right about the pricing for a ready-made bench, but I have a lot of the materials you used already at home. Thanks for the great idea!


Ana February 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Great tutorial, thank you!!


Patricia February 16, 2011 at 5:24 am

I love your bench and you made it sound so easy to do. But my favorite part is your sweet daughter sitting on it.


julia February 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

wow!! love how you did the whole bench yourself!!! i reupholstered the top of a bench once.

and good luck with your tv appearance!! let us know if we can watch it online!!


tina February 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

oh my word!!! Absolute cuteness!!


Suzanne February 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

love the bench and I miss seeing your kids. You will do wonderful tomorrow I hope you can get a clip of it and put it up on here because I would really love to see it. Good Luck Destri, I’ll be thinking of you!


Heidi February 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

Love it! Beautiful fabric. Good Luck, that’s so exciting!


Tiff@MakeLifeCreative February 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

Love the fabric!!! What’s it called? I just have to have some! The bench is perfect at the end of the bed. So cute!


Sarah February 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

I might just have to make this! Instead of buying a twin-sized bedframe for my daughter, we lined up 2 rows of plastic shelving (that is supposed to hold about 70 lbs each) and put a sheet of plywood on top and attached a headboard. It works great to hide all of her toys underneath, but it is a little too high for her to get onto. A bench on the end would be perfect to sit on and to help her with getting into bed on her own!!



Sue February 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

The bench is great and I love the picture with the little cutie in it.


Rachel February 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Aww, it’s so pretty! Love that orange and white! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.


lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

cute! There is nothing more satisfying than when your kiddo absolutely adores something you made her.
I spraypainted a chandelier hot pink for my daughter and she loves it and I love that she loves it… although I love slightly less that daddy gets all the credit because he hung it. “Daddy made it for me!”


Emmmylizzzy February 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I seriously love this. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us!


Michelle February 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

What a great idea and perfect for your sweet girl. She clearly thinks so too! :)


Barby February 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

I love this toddler bench. Putting it on the list for a future weekend project. My son is always looking for things to sit on (his current favorite spot is the bottom step of our staircase).

I have one questions, where did you get your daughter’s bed? It’s so cute, and looks very sturdy and well made.


Barby February 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

wups, nevermind. Just saw the post about it being an Ikea bed.

Love your site. Bookmarking it. :)


Chantal Roos February 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

What was the size of your bench?


Emmmylizzzy March 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I just finished making one of these using your tutorial. Check it out here…
And thanks again!


Sandi June 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Adorable! Can’t wait to try this.


Victoria June 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Oh gosh, this little one reminds me of my little girl when she was around that age. What little characters they are at that age! I love it! Anyways, I googled upholstered bench and found YOU! I love your site and this bench is SO CUTE! Perfect for a little person! Thanks for this!


Kanchan Karai October 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Destri, this tutorial is really nice. It inspired me to renew an old wooden chair in my house which I decided to throw. You daughter appreciated your efforts. I think that is the best award for you. She looks so sweet on that cute bench. Keep posting tutorials like this and inspiring pple like me. Thanks. Best luck!


Beckie October 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love the fabric you chose but I must comment on those cute chubby thighs…so sweet I just want to pinch em. Great tutorial!


Amanda April 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

This fabric would be PERFECT for some accents in my living room! Please share where you found it! Thanks!


Destri April 11, 2012 at 5:17 am

Hi Amanda,
The fabric is Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda, and it is out of production. But I did find a few listing on Etsy, you would have to by a pack or bundle of the entire collection it looks like to get some though :)
I might have some scrap, how much are you looking for?


Marissa July 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hey there I am a bit behind on this but I found this post on Pinterest so I just had to make one for my daughter. I linked up this exact blog post to my blog as well as my own ideas for the bench that I made. This is such a cute idea and my daughter loves it!

Marissa over at

My life as a new wife, mom, and student


Katie September 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love this bench! You did a fabulous job and I love that it is made from a bench! I found this on Pinterest and have featured you on my Pinterest Picks Post. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button from my blog. If for any reason you would like me to remove this feature, please let me know. Thanks for sharing!


Bek September 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

Am just loving the picture of your daughter found after the phone distraction. I love when I find my boys doing gorgeous little things like that, all you can do is smile. In fact I think the picture trumps the tutorial!! So thank you for both :0)


Victoria September 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

I love this so much! I’ve never done anything like this before, so I was wondering what kind of fabric to use?


Destri September 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

Any kind will do, but a heavier fabric like upholstery fabric would work best. The fabric I used was a quilters cotton weight and it has held up fine. Good luck!


AJ October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

wow now that is totally cute! luurrvvv the orange and white , and your daughter is adorable too! Good thing she matches the cute bench ;)


Crystal April 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I pinned this post months ago. I just adore it and want to make little benches for all over the house. When I went to the local Lowes they are selling the legs for $15 and up per leg, making the 4 legs $60+. Is that similar to what you paid? I’m in Vancouver, Canada so if you have US suggestions I’ll make a trip to pick some up the next time I cross the border. :)

Best Wishes,



Katie August 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I just found this post on Pinterest. I LOVE this bench. It seems easy to do. I will have to try and make one for my daughter. Thanks so much for sharing.

Katie @thecasualcraftlete.com


Mj January 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

That’s so adorable! She really loves her bench. You did a great job, quick and easy tutorial. Thanks for sharing.


Megan Peterson 4 The Home Depot May 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

What a great project! I’ve added a link to one of our pinboards. Check them out at Pinterest.com/Homedepot


admin May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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