I’ve been wanting a bed bench.
I don’t know if that is what they are called, but that’s what I call them. They are cute little benches that you put at the foot of your bed. Perfect for sitting on while you put on your shoes in the morning.
I saw lots of nice benches, but they were all either expensive and/or not exactly what I was looking for. Some were too simple, and some were too ornate. Few were the colour I was looking for.
Finally I resolved to make my own. As long as I could find a cheap piece of furniture that had the basic shape of a bench, I could paint it, and upholster it. I knew from re-upholstering my kitchen chairs that it wouldn’t necessarily be too difficult.
Then I started noticing all the tufted benches….and I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with a plain upholstered bench. So, I went shopping for a drill.
Yes, it turns out to tuft, the best way to do it is to drill a hole through the piece that you are upholstering, so you can pull the threaded button tightly from the other side of the furniture, and attach to the back. It sounds confusing, but fortunately is not all that difficult to do. I also found a nifty button maker at Hobby Lobby. For about $3 you can get 5 buttons and the button maker. Then you just cut a small circle of fabric of your choice, layer the fabric and button, and then push down on the button-maker as hard as you can, until it feels like the tip of your finger is going to implode.
Then, voila! A beautiful, custom button.
The cushion was the single most expensive part of this bench. I was able to save some money by buying thinner cushion and double-layering it. I attached it to the bench and attached the layers to each other with spray adhesive. It was worth the expense, because now the bench not only looks nice, but it is also fairly comfortable!