The way to Reupholster a Bench {With a Rug!} | Thrifty Decor Chick

The way to 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 through the years. This feature 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 not too long ago…I am making an attempt 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 like for years. I just like the size and the gorgeous stained legs, however the burlap-type material had discolored over time. 

These days 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 no model identify on it. Sorry I am unable to supply it for you!

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

DIY wood beams in bedroom

I 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 less complicated, plus have room beneath to simply throw our ornamental mattress pillows. 🙂

The burlap on the bench had discolored through the years 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 in addition the animals as effectively. Since I’ve used rugs to cowl bench tops earlier than, I stored these in thoughts as potential material choices. 

A couple of 12 months in the past I discovered a skinny $15 rug at Ikea that was good!:

tiphede thin ikea rug
It is referred to as the Tiphede rug and the outline says it is black and beige, however it could actually go darkish blue as effectively. These skinny rugs are good 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 simple DIY not too long ago. 🙂

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 considered one of my favorites. I take advantage of it in all places!

If the bar does 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

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

When the outdated material was off, I vacuumed the froth rapidly to wash it up, then began attaching the brand new material on high of the bench. 

Because the 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 less complicated look. I stored the entire nails in case I want to make use of extra. 

As a substitute of upholstering it precisely prefer it was earlier than (with solely a piece on the highest lined), I spotted I favored the look of getting the material wrap round the back and front of the bench. 

I turned the bench the other 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
You might have to hammer the staples into the wooden a bit extra to make it tremendous safe. I want these staples which have a little bit of an angle on the backside so that they connect to the wooden effectively. 

I might wish to get an electrical staple gun sooner or later, however this one is affordable and does the job!

There have been help boards operating 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 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, make sure you watch your strains 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 tender and comfy for us to take a seat on:

fabric wrapped wood bench

SO a lot better than that scratchy material from earlier than!

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

We just like the softer, less complicated look so a lot 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 seems to be 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 like shifting issues round in the home to make areas really feel like new! And these easy DIY makeovers have been a simple solution to replace this room. 

white mud room bench

Have you ever tried out considered one of these bench reupholstery concepts? It is nice newbie redo if you happen to’re beginning out with do-it-yourself initiatives!