HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A BENCH

One trip to Target yielded a cart full of clearance items. Somewhere between the clearance end cap in kitchenwares and the clearance seasonal section I decided I had to have one greyish curtain panel for less than a black coffee at 7-11. It was practically free. It was lined and everything. And, it was a perfect opportunity to learn how to reupholster a bench.

We have not one, but two matching benches that have the distinction of the early faux leather trend. We bought them at a popular Denver retailer that showcases lions and tigers in his commercials.

That should have been a clue. But, as a self-employed family and healthcare costs, we were skittish on big furniture price tags. We told ourselves the benches were a temporary fix. Well, 12 years later we have two identical faux leather benches.

Over time one of the lucky benches landed at the foot of our bed. And, it became a springboard for our Bernese Mountain dog, Chloe to launch herself into bed after everyone was accounted for in the evening. I decided this was the perfect piece of furniture to reupholster.

The last piece I upholstered with this side table I found at HomeGoods. It looks amazing and added a little bit of whimsy to my house.

How to Reupholster a Bench with a Curtain

Tip: Do as I say not as I did, but I will do as I say on the next bench

  1. Remove the legs on the bench or ottoman. I did not do this step and stapled the fabric along with the wood frame.

I decided the only one to see the bench from that angle was Chloe (our Bernese Mountain Dog).

2. Use a handheld staple gun like this one for around $12 or a power staple gun.

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3. Measure fabric (or curtain panel) and allow enough room on all four sides to fold and tuck.

I started with the length of the bench. Next, staple from the center first and work your way to the corners leaving a few inches until you staple the fabric on the opposite ends.

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Tip: Just when you think you can’t pull the fabric any tighter, give it another pinch. It will prevent or minimize wrinkled fabric.

4. I finished with the corners and wrapped them like a gift box.

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Tip: Keep your staples with your handheld or electric staple gun. I almost lost my mind looking for the staplers. #organzing goals

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A BENCH

Honestly, I don’t know how long my upholstered bench will hold up to a 98-pound dog who loves to vault onto the bed like a young Mary Lou Retton, but I love the fabric over the faux leather.

And, with all the dark tones on this wall, the fabric and the additional pillows softened up the look.

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What do you think for a curtain panel on clearance from Target?

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How to reupholster a bench.

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