DIY Boho Bench
One of my favorite thrifted pieces has been this humble little bench. It’s quite old and a little scruffy but its imperfections only add to its charm. This bench has been used all over our house— in the entryway, at the foot of the bed, at a desk. Its uses are endless and thankfully its style is too. Whenever I want to switch up its look, I simply change the fabric of the cushion and it’s a whole new look!
For this project you'll need: a bench with removable cushion, fabric of your choosing, fabric scissors (if cutting is necessary), staple gun with staples, and a screwdriver to remove the bench top. A staple remover is also a useful tool to allow for easy adjustments.
Today I’m actually using a vintage denim mudcloth, another thrifted find. Because I switch up my decor design (and my mind) so often, I actually chose to not cut the fabric but instead to rip out the thread from the existing seams to preserve the fabric in its entirety. I was able to double layer the fabric to avoid cutting. This adds an extra level of complication, but to me, it’s totally worth it.
How to Re-Cover Your Bench Top
Remove the top from the bench by unscrewing its screws. Keep these safe for later.
Lay the cushion upside down on top of the fabric. Turn them both over and take a peek to see if you like the alignment. Adjust as needed.
Cut fabric to size. Leave a few inches to be able to staple to the underside.
Almost like you’re wrapping a present, staple the fabric on all sides to the underside of the bench top. Pull it fairly taught in prevent the fabric from shifting. Make sure not to cover the screw holes. You’ll need those to be clear so that you can re-attach the cushion to the bench when you’re done.
I like to do the corners last. For these, I pull the fabric at a 45 degree angle inward toward it’s opposite corner.
At this point, you can put the cushion on top of the bench to see if any fabric needs to be tightened.
Once you are satisfied with the cushion, re-attach the cushion to the bench with its screws.
Once your bench is all done, have fun moving it around your space until you found its new home!
Have you tried this DIY? Share your experience below!