Jody Harris
Jody Harris
  • Tutorial Team
  • Shelton, WA

Bench From a Lonely Headboard

7 Materials
$10
3 Days
Medium

We had a queen size headboard that was given to us by a friend. We liked the strong lines on it and thought it would make a great back for a bench. It turned out to be very comfortable too! Something I was a little worried about at first. We had most of the wood, paint and stain or got them for free so this project didn't cost us much. If you were to go out and buy the wood and headboard, at 2nd hand stores, it would probably be over $60 easy.

bench from a lonely headboard

We got excited and painted the headboard out first before we took a picture of the original color. It was stained a dark color to begin with. After 2 coats of country white paint, we let it dry overnight then sanded it for a distressed look.

bench from a lonely headboard

Next it was time to build the seat of the bench. We measured and cut the 2 x 4’s to the width of the inside dimension of the headboard. For the depth and height we just measured a chair and transferred those measurements to make the bench.

bench from a lonely headboard

We used our Kreg jig to make hidden pocket holes and attach all of the pieces together.

bench from a lonely headboard

This is the stain we used for the base of the bench. It matched the original color of the headboard. We love this color!

bench from a lonely headboard

We had this piece of pine that we formally used as a shelf and decided to use it for the bench. We cut 5 pieces approximately 17 inches long. We then used 2 thinner pieces of pine, also cut 17 inches, to make the bench fit without going wider than the headboard.

bench from a lonely headboard

On the 2 end pieces, we cut out notches so they would fit properly in the seat section.

bench from a lonely headboard

Then they were stained with the same Jacobean stain as the bench base.

bench from a lonely headboard

After a good day of letting the stain dry on the seat pieces, we painted and then distressed them with the same country white as the headboard.

bench from a lonely headboard

We dry fit them to see how they looked!

bench from a lonely headboard

We then attached the two pieces together and secured the seat pieces using exterior wood screws so they fit snuggly against the back.

bench from a lonely headboard

To attach the back to the seat section we used 4 inch bolts. We wanted the 2 sections to come apart for ease of transportation and so it wouldn't be so awkward to move!

bench from a lonely headboard

Here is a close up of how the bolts looked from the back.

bench from a lonely headboard

Here is the entire backside view. We also sealed it with an exterior sealer so it could be put on the front porch or out in the garden.

bench from a lonely headboard

And tada, here is the front! Tell us what you think of the base being a different color. Should we paint it the country white and distress it like the rest of the bench? We still aren’t sure.

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  • Kris Grove
    17 hours ago

    I have my Grandmothers spool bed that is a super twin size. We have no mattress for it so I think I am going to make a bench out of it! Thanks for the idea!

  • Angie
    30 minutes ago

    Great idea! I would stain the back legs the same color as the front legs. Then put a cushion on the seating area. Love contrasting paints on furniture!

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