DIY Nook Benches

DIY Nook Benches

Use Carpenter Amy Devers’ easy-to-follow instructions to create a cozy nook with repurposed benches.

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Repurpose benches by upholstering them, then attaching seat cushions to the wall for backing.

(2) Wooden benches
(2) 1-inch foam padding — cut to width x length of bench seat
Marker pen
Craft knife
Spray glue
(2) 1-inch batting — cut to width by length of bench seat plus 6 inches on all sides
Staple gun with 3/8-inch staples
(2) Upholstery fabric — enough to wrap around the entire bench seat
Phillips head drill bit
1/8-inch drill bit
(9) Cushion seats with tie strings
(10) Swag hooks that come with regular screw and toggle bolt options


  1. Place one bench seat-side down and remove the legs with a screwdriver. Removing the legs will make it easier to upholster the seat. Put the legs and hardware to one side for reattaching in later steps

Upholstering the Benches:
  1. Place the bench seat-side down on top of 1-inch foam padding and trace around it with a pen. Cut out the foam shape with scissors
  2. Take a craft knife and cut a 45-degree edge all around the foam. It doesn’t need to be exact. This is so the foam will lie flat against the bench in later steps

  1. Turn the bench right side up. Apply spray glue to the seat and press down the foam with the wide edge on top

  1. Lay the bench foam seat-side down on top of a piece of batting. Wrap the batting over the edges of the bench and staple it in place with a staple gun. Starting in the center and working toward the edges, space the staples every inch, pulling the batting taught as you go along. Cut off excess batting at the corners so it isn’t too bulky

  1. Lay the bench with batting and foam facedown on the fabric. Cut the fabric so there is 3-inch excess at each end and enough for it to overlap down the center of the bench as if you’re wrapping a present
  2. Starting in the center, staple fabric to the underside of the bench, pulling it taught as you go along. Mark on the fabric with a pen when you cover the holes for the leg screws so you will be able to reattach the legs in later steps

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  1. Wrap each end by tucking in the sides of the fabric, folding down the bottom and pulling over the top. Staple in place

  1. Reattach the legs back onto the bottom of the bench by screwing the original hardware through the fabric marks from Step 7

Adding the Wall Cushions:
  1. To get the height for the cushion hooks, measure 31 inches up from the floor in several places and make pencil marks on the wall. Use a yardstick to draw a line between the marks, and then use a level to ensure it’s straight
  2. With a yardstick, start at one end of the wall and mark every 16 inches along the pencil line to measure the spacing between the hooks
  3. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through each of the marks along the pencil line. Note that with the exception of the end cushions, all the cushions will be sharing hooks

  1. After the holes are all drilled, screw the hooks into the wall

Tip: If a decorative hook with a regular screw doesn’t stay securely in the wall, refer to the decorative hook packaging for using a toggle bolt option instead.

  1. Hang seat cushions on wall hooks to create the bench back

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