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
How To Build A Headboard Bench In An Afternoon
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.
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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Mira on May 30, 2021
I LOVE this bench so much…. Always wanted to build one, and Now I will… thank you for the great instructions …. And wonderful insperation…!