Tufted Dining Bench

Tufted Dining Bench

Tufted Dining Bench

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This project creates a corner-bench for the modern dining room.

Difficulty: Difficult

(4) tufted headboards
(4) 4" × 4" × 16" pieces of plywood
(4) 2" × 4" × 5' Pieces of plywood
(2) 18" × 18" medium-density fiberboards
(2) 6' × 4" × 18" medium-density fiberboards
Dark blue vinyl
2" foam
2" wood screws
¾" countersink bit
Tape measure
Dust mask
Safety glasses
Wood glue
Nail gun
Nail gun brads
Wood putty
Paint roller
Paint trays
Chip brushes


Bench Frame

1. To create your frame, you will attach the 4" × 4" × 16" side boards to the 2" × 4" × 5' to create the base of your bench

2. Use the drill bit to pre-drill two evenly spaced holes, through the first 2" × 4" × 5' wood board at an angle and into the 4" × 4" × 16" side board. Repeat on the other side

3. Follow up by drilling the 2" wood screws through the pre-drilled holes into 2" × 4" × 5' wood piece and into 4" × 4" × 16" side board to attach the wood pieces together

4. Now, reinforce the boards together from the outside. Use the drill bit to pre-drill an angled hole from the outside of the 4" × 4" × 16" side board into the 2" × 4" × 5' wood board, and follow up with 2" wood screws

5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 on the opposite to attach the second 4" × 4" × 16" side board to complete the frame

6.. Repeat steps 2 through 5 to complete a second frame

7. Now, flip the two frames on their sides with the flush edges on the outside. Prepare to attach them together using two 2" × 4" × 10" pieces of wood at the top and bottom of each short end to create a rectangle base. Pre-drill through the 2" × 4" × 10" wood piece into the 4" × 4" × 16" wood piece at an angle, and secure in place using 2" wood screws

8. Place 2" × 4" × 10" pieces of wood every 12" in the bottom ­­of your structure. These are reinforcement beams to create seating support. Secure them in place using two brad nails on each side of the beam

9. Flip the base so that the reinforcement beams are at the top. Apply 18" × 18" MDF panels to each short side of your structure. Place wood glue around the perimeter of the MDF and attach to the wood structure (make sure the panel is flush with the bottom of the base with a slight overlap at the top), securing with 2" wood screws

10. Apply a 6' × 4" × 18" MDF panel to the front of the structure using wood glue around the perimeter and securing in place with the nail gun and brad nails. This will be the front of the bench

11. An additional decorative 6' × 14" MDF panel in the center of the 6' × 4" × 18" MDF panel. Use a tape measure and mark center with a pencil. Apply wood glue and securely place the MDF panel

12. Fill the holes created by the nails with wood putty

13. Sand over the entire bench for a smooth finish to prepare for painting

14. Paint the bench using brushes and paint rollers. Allow to dry completely!

Hang the Headboards

1. Attach headboard to wall using French cleat. Center an 18" French cleat flush with the top of the headboard with the screw holes on top. Secure in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and ¾" screws through each hole

2. Place a second 18" French cleat against the wall with the screw holes on the bottom and at the height you want the top of the headboard to hang. Check with a 12" level that the French cleat is straight. Secure to the wall using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 2" drywall screws through every screw hole

3. Lift the headboard up and slide it down onto the wall so the French cleats meet and lock, holding the headboard in place. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for the remaining three headboards

Create Cushions

1. Lay out a generous amount of vinyl fabric face down and add a generous amount of batting over it

Note: The batting protects the edges of the fabric from the wood

2. Lay out a piece of foam over your batting, the foam should be larger than your wood panel as it will be cut down to size

3. Spray a generous amount of adhesive to the foam, as well as a 6' × 4" × 18" piece of wood. Place the wood on top of the foam, making sure it is evenly placed to the very corner and edge of the foam

4. Trim the excess foam so that it is the same size as the wood panel

5. Pull the batting tightly around the foam and wood board. Secure it in place with a staple gun around the perimeter. Trim the excess batting with scissors

6. Pull the vinyl tightly around the batting and secure with the staple gun

Designer Tip: Trim off as much excess as you can before stapling, and staple in opposite directions. This will also help to secure the fabric to ensure it does not separate from the cushion

7. Wrap the vinyl fabric around the corners like a present

8. Once your cushions are done, place them on top of the wood base, and push the base under the hanging headboards to complete the bench

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