How To Build A Headboard Bench In An Afternoon

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I love to make old items in to new things! In my city, they have bulk trash once a month so you can grab any items from the curb that's being thrown out. Well, my neighbor set this headboard out so I thought what a great way to try to make a bench for free! I didn’t want to do something too hard so I think this works and you don’t need many tools at all

This was the trash I’ll make a treasure out of.

I had some 4x4 posts left from another project.

I had a couple of feet that I found on someone’s sofa that they were throwing out. I love the shape so I had to grab them.

Next, I bought a 16’ 2x4” which cost me $10. I built a box to have as the seat. I put one across the back and one across the front (64”) and then two at 16” so they would be the sides.

I screwed the couch feet to the 4x4 post. I used these as my two front legs.

I screwed the whole thing together. To add the legs I added a 4” block of wood in the 2 front corners.

I then painted the box white and gave the whole bench a fresh coat of white paint.

I then picked up 3 fence boards that were $2.50 each and are 5.5” x 6ft. I cut them on each side an inch longer then my box which will be the seat.

Like this.

I then sanded and stained with ebony.

I then used my nailer to attach them together. I did end up adding a few of my cross bars to my box so the seat could take more weight and not sag.

I had these trim pieces lying around and thought I’d add them to the seat and end to have arm rests.

I just screwed them down to the back and seat.

What do you think?

I added a pillow and a throw to complete the look.

It fits on my patio perfectly and it’s a fun and easy Summer project. It ended up costing me less them $20 for this solid wood bench so I have to say I love bulk trash! This is one piece of trash that I turned into a treasure 😊

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  • Pam Pam on Apr 23, 2020

    Will this be subjected to the weather? If so what did you use as a protectant

  • Lynn Lynn on May 04, 2020

    What paint did you use ?

  • Jenn Cunningham Jenn Cunningham on Apr 09, 2024

    How high was the seat off the ground? It looks rather low.

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