It’s the ladies turn on this upholstered X bench! Besides my Chicken wire Bulletin Board I have ZERO experience building. Yes, I watch my husband build, however, by no means does that make me anymore experienced than the average Joe, or shall I say Jane. So following some pretty awesome girls, hint hint Shanty2Chic, motto “Build like a Girl” I decided to give it a go. I picked out my design, had this AMAZING aerospace engineer I know draw up the plans and voilà! This upholstered X bench was built entirely by me with NO experience and NO help from my builder of a husband… though he did sit back and laugh at me a few times. Oh and by the way, this thing is built to last, its crazy sturdy and will take a ton of weight and abuse (which it has too in order to last around our house). Well, anyway, here’s a pictorial of my very first SOLO furniture build! Go me!
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- Pocket Hole Jig
- Miter Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Magnetic Tack Hammer
- Utility Razor Knife
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Fine Point Sharpie
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- 1x 1 x 2 x 48″
- 3x 1 x 2 x 96″
- 1x 3/4″ x 17″ x 22″ Plywood (I used scrap)
- 3″ Foam Padding (17″x22″ required)
- Spray Adhesive
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails (18-Gauge)
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- 2x Upholstery Tacks (Pack of 100)
3/4″ plywood for base of seat should be cut to 17″ x 22″. I used scrap plywood I had laying around. This doesn’t have to be any particular kind of plywood.
Upholstered X Bench Plans
Step 7: Adhere Foam to Plywood
With your plywood cut to 17″ x 22″ spray one side with spray adhesive. Then set the board on the foam and cut the foam to size with a utility knife.
Step 8: Wrap with Batting
Lay your batting out and once you’ve determined how much you’ll ned to wrap the seat with, cut it to size. Then, staple the batting to the back of the board, as shown, and trim the excess.
Step 9: Wrap with Fabric
Now, do the same but with your fabric. Be sure to align the pattern (if you have one) as you would like to see it on the top. Also, we found that the corners looked best if we bunched them up as tight as possible and stapled them in place. But you can play around with the corners and see what you like best. To be honest, this was our first upholstered project so we’re no experts at all.
Step 10: Add Upholstery Nails
Now here comes the painstakingly tedious part. This was so frustrating in the beginning, trying to get them in a straight line and equally spaced. Then, when Jamison heard me almost having a breakdown he came up with the idea of marking them out with a ruler and fine tipped sharpie. We spaced them 1/2″ apart and I like how that turned out. Much easier.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!