DIY Woven Leather Bench

5 Materials
4 Hours

Leather adds warmth and style to any room, so why not add a nice woven leather bench to your entryway to spruce up your space? It’s easy to make, comfortable, and (I might be biased) looks great! Who wouldn’t want that?? Alright, let’s start DIYing!

How to Make a DIY Woven Leather Bench

  1. Cut your wood to size (ours is 34″ long and 14.5″ deep), or have your local home improvement store cut the wood for you.
  2. Place your wood on top of your foam and trace the outline of the wood with a Sharpie. Cut two layers of foam for extra cushion (it’s actually really comfy when you use two layers).
  3. Use spray adhesive to attach the foam to the wood and again to attach the foam to the second layer of foam.
  4. Wrap your base fabric around the foam and wood and secure with staples.
  5. Cut your leather into strips. Your strips will be woven and will need to go from the bottom of the bench then around the foam to the other side. Add an additional 2-4″ to what you think you need to avoid cutting them too short to weave and staple. We made ours 1.5" wide.
  6. Use spray adhesive to attach a strip or two of spare leather around the sides of your bench. We added the extra leather strips so that none of the black fabric would show through on the sides or corners.
  7. Staple your leather strips to the bottom of your bench.
  8. Flip your bench over and lay out the long leather strips side by side. Weave the edge strip through the long leather strips on the short side.
  9. Weave the short strips of leather through the long strips, going over and under every other strip.
  10. Once you finish weaving, carefully flip your bench over and staple the strips to the backside.
  11. Cut excess base fabric and excess leather.
  12. Measure the bottom of your bench and cut your extra leather to cover most of the bottom of the bench for a cleaner look. Glue or staple the excess fabric to the bottom of the bench.
  13. Attach your legs. Since you might hide some staples and have to go through the fabric, I would recommend pre-drilling before trying to attach with screws.

You did it! You made an awesome leather bench that is stylish and comfy! Be sure to tag us on Instagram ( @craftedbythehunts) when you share a photo! For full details and extra tips, be sure to check out our full blog post at

Step 2: Cut your foam to the size of your wood.

Step 6: Use spray adhesive to attach extra leather strips to the sides of you bench. Be sure to wrap around the corners.

Step 9: Weave the short leather strips that are along the long side of the bench through the long leather strips.

Step 13: Attach the legs.

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2 questions
  • Linda
    on Jan 3, 2020

    What are all the “holes” in the piece of wood? Put on purpose or just flaws in wood? If on purpose, what is purpose? I think it turned out a very handsome bench. Great job, seriously thinking of trying myself. Would make good bench for foot of bed to sit and put shoes on.

    • Zoe Hunt
      on Jan 3, 2020

      We used spare boards that we already had. They were too narrow, so we had to screw them together using pocket holes to make them one solid surface. The holes are just the pocket holes!

  • HFredda
    on Jan 3, 2020

    Zoe! 👏


    what was the total cost of your project, Zoe?

    • Mamma
      on Jan 12, 2020

      Scroll all the way back to the beginning of this project. Right below the title of almost every Hometalk project the cost is listed,

      5 Materials Cost $75 4 Hours Easy............hope this helps.

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  • Sassycoupleok
    on Jan 6, 2020

    Zoe, THX !! We have a project where this size foam might be a good fit. Had not thought of those two places to look. Was thinking Lowes or Home Depot and not liking the choices there.

  • Mamma
    on Jan 12, 2020

    I made one very similar a while ago. It so happened that an old beat up leather sofa was out for trash. Usually the backs of leather sofas are still pretty good. Hubby took his sharp knife and cut the large piece of the back of the sofa out and we thoroughly cleaned it, that is what we used for our bench. Free is good.......up cycle is good also.

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