DIY Chunky Leg, Farmhouse Bench

21 Materials
10 Hours
Grab my plans for this beautiful bench for your entry, the end of your bed, or even a living room.
Want to know how to build an upholstered bench? You’ve come to the right place. This pretty bench looks like something you’d find at your favorite home stores, but will save you hundreds of dollars. AND at 49″ x 19″, it’s perfectly scaled for your king or queen bed. I built this bench for the end of my bed, but after having this in my Dining Room and Entry, I have to say, it’d really work in any room. In fact, I may have to build 2 smaller versions for my currently boring entry.
This build was completely inspired by those chunky legs. Those beautiful table legs were given to me by Osborne Wood Products. Gorgeous, right? They were actually designed with Ana White for this great coffee table build from Shanty 2 Chic. If it wasn’t for my daredevil boys, I would have built that coffee table. But coffee tables have been banned from our living room until the boys grow out of the jumping off of everything stage. So 20 years or so, right?
Check out this video for a preview of the build.
I used Osborne Wood's Shanty 2 Chic Coffee Table Legs in Knotty Pine.
The frame was constructed with pocket holes made with my Kreg Jig R3 (aff).
The top apron is 1"x4" Select Pine boards. The bottom apron is 1"x3" Select Pine.
I used a 1/8" thick pieces of paneling to create a setback for the apron.
Get the full measurement and build instructions on my blog.
Create the short sides first.
Then add the long pieces to connect the short sides.
Add a 1x2 ledge 3/4" down from the top of the bottom apron.
3/4" thick Pine Tongue & Groove is glued on top of that ledge to create the shelf.
The frame and shelf is then sanded, primed, painted, and poly'd before applying a cedar frame to the top. The cedar frame is just a decorative reveal between the frame and the upholstered seat I'm adding. Upholstery DIY coming in my next post.
This bench could also work as a great long coffee table, entry bench, or dining table bench.
Sneak peek of the fabric I'll be adding. Stay tuned...
Stephanie Abbott
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Denise Denise on Mar 23, 2018

    Beautiful job... what kind of paint did you use and color?

  • Denise Denise on Mar 23, 2018

    Beautiful job... what kind of paint did you use and color?

  • Susan Susan on Mar 25, 2018

    what is the height of the legs?

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  • Lionsheart Lionsheart on Dec 15, 2018

    I have made some tables out of these type of legs that we get from a lot of farm sales. I use an old bifold door and attach the legs and add tile and then I have a great side table

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Dec 16, 2018

    Looking forward to seeing the finished creation ! So far I LOVE it !