September 21, 2023

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Easy methods to Reupholster a Bench {With a Rug!} | Thrifty Decor Chick

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Easy methods to recuperate a wooden bench with a rug (and no stitching machine)!

I’ve reupholstered a bench utilizing a rug as a substitute of standard ornamental material a couple of occasions over time. This selection will maintain as much as put on and tear and is commonly inexpensive than thick upholstery material. 

I shared the beginning of a mini makeover in our bed room just lately…I am making an attempt to do as many small tasks as I can with out spending any cash. This little bench makeover turned out so effectively!

We have had an extended upholstered bench that I really like for years. I just like the size and the gorgeous stained legs, however the burlap-type material had discolored over time. 

Currently we have had the bench in our basement:

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It got here from HomeGoods yr in the past however there isn’t any model identify on it. Sorry I can not supply it for you!

My plan was to alternate it out for this faux leather bench we have had on the finish of our mattress: 

DIY wood beams in bedroom

I really like that one too, however all of the metallic legs had been a bit busy in right here. I needed to tone that down with one thing easier, plus have room beneath to simply throw our ornamental mattress pillows. 🙂

The burlap on the bench had discolored over time and the material wasn’t essentially the most snug anyway:
burlap fabric bench

I’ve had it in my head to redo this bench for a very long time, so I looked for a thick upholstery material eternally. I by no means discovered something with the look I needed. 

We would have liked the material to carry as much as each use from us, but additionally the animals as effectively. Since I’ve used rugs to cowl bench tops earlier than, I saved these in thoughts as potential material choices. 

A few yr in the past I discovered a skinny $15 rug at Ikea that was excellent!:

tiphede thin ikea rug
It is known as the Tiphede rug and the outline says it is black and beige, however it might go darkish blue as effectively. These skinny rugs are excellent for upholstery tasks like this! I discover they transfer round and/or curl up an excessive amount of when really used as rugs. 

I put the rug away in our storage room and thought of this challenge each time I touched that scratchy burlap material…till I lastly bought to this simple DIY just lately. 🙂

I used this mini pry bar to drag up the upholstery nails that had been holding the present material down: 
mini pry bar

My Dad bought me that little device years in the past and it is one in every of my favorites. I exploit it in all places!

If the bar does not get beneath the nails, use a hammer to faucet it beneath. As soon as I bought a couple of of the ornamental nail heads out, the remainder pulled up pretty simply: 

removing nail head trim

You may also use pliers to take away most of these nails, however it’s worthwhile to watch out that they do not get broken. 

When the previous material was off, I vacuumed the froth rapidly to scrub it up, then began attaching the brand new material on high of the bench. 

For the reason that rug was already hemmed on all sides, I began with one completed edge on high and reattached it with the nail heads: 

striped rug as bench cover

I did not use almost as many as had been there earlier than, I just like the easier look. I saved all the nails in case I want to make use of extra. 

As an alternative of upholstering it precisely prefer it was earlier than (with solely a bit on the highest coated), I spotted I preferred the look of getting the material wrap round the back and front of the bench. 

I turned the bench the wrong way up after which wrapped the rug across the entrance and used my fabric stapler to connect the rug on the underside: 
fabric staple gun
It’s possible you’ll must hammer the staples into the wooden a bit extra to make it tremendous safe. I choose these staples which have a little bit of an angle on the backside in order that they connect to the wooden effectively. 

I would prefer to get an electrical staple gun someday, however this one is reasonable and does the job!

There have been assist boards operating beneath the bench, so I used my material scissors to snip the rug only a bit so I may connect it round these:

upholstering wood bench

Is the underside of the bench fairly? Not precisely: 

wood leg bench with fabric top

Will anybody ever lay down on my ground and see it? NOPE. 😂

I really like having the material wrapped across the lengthy sides of the bench! For the unhemmed aspect, I merely folded the material up after which pounded the nailheads in:

rug bench cover

Reupholstery tip: When working with a striped sample like this, be sure you watch your traces as you pull your material to the other aspect so it does not get wavy. 

Do not pull the material too tight as you connect it across the bench! 

The rug cowl has held up superbly — it is sturdy sufficient for the animals and their nails, and remains to be mushy and comfy for us to sit down on:

fabric wrapped wood bench

SO significantly better than that scratchy material from earlier than!

And I’ve loads of material leftover to make pillows. 🙂 

We just like the softer, easier look so significantly better…and since I purchased the rug so way back, I take into account this to be one other free replace!:

wood bench with metal poster bed
I additionally switched out the colourful blue rug that was on this room with this gorgeous green and gray rug from our basement. And leather-based bench appears GREAT the place this one was. So many nice switches! 🙂 

We completely LOVE it! This room has “calmed” a lot with simply these small modifications…however I’ve a couple of extra in thoughts:

metal four poster bed with bench

I really like shifting issues round in the home to make areas really feel like new! And these easy DIY makeovers have been a simple strategy to replace this room. 

white mud room bench

Have you ever tried out one in every of these bench reupholstery concepts? It is nice newbie redo for those who’re beginning out with do-it-yourself tasks!

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