How you can Reupholster a Bench {With a Rug!} | Thrifty Decor Chick

How you can get better a wooden bench with a rug (and no stitching machine)!

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

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

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

Currently we have had the bench in our basement:

westchester gray paint on walls

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It got here from HomeGoods 12 months in the past however there is not any model identify on it. Sorry I am unable to 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 steel 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 ceaselessly. I by no means discovered something with the look I needed. 

We wanted 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 12 months in the past I discovered a skinny $15 rug at Ikea that was excellent!:

tiphede thin ikea rug
It is referred to as the Tiphede rug and the outline says it is black and beige, however it will probably go darkish blue as effectively. These skinny rugs are excellent for upholstery initiatives 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 considered this venture each time I touched that scratchy burlap material…till I lastly received to this straightforward 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 received me that little instrument years in the past and it is certainly one of my favorites. I exploit it in every single place!

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

removing nail head trim

It’s also possible to use pliers to take away a lot of these nails, however that you must watch out that they do not get broken. 

When the previous material was off, I vacuumed the froth shortly to wash 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 the entire nails in case I would like 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
Chances are you’ll must hammer the staples into the wooden a bit extra to make it tremendous safe. I desire these staples which have a little bit of an angle on the backside so that they connect to the wooden effectively. 

I might prefer to get an electrical staple gun in the future, however this one is reasonable and does the job!

There have been assist boards working beneath the bench, so I used my material scissors to snip the rug only a bit so I might 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 flooring 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, you should definitely watch your traces as you pull your material to the alternative aspect so it would 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 continues 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 think about 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 seems 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 transferring issues round in the home to make areas really feel like new! And these easy DIY makeovers have been a simple technique to replace this room. 

white mud room bench

Have you ever tried out certainly one of these bench reupholstery concepts? It is nice newbie redo in case you’re beginning out with do-it-yourself initiatives!