A DIY Seating Project You Can Complete This Weekend!
For homeowners who like to entertain, there can often be a problem when it comes to having enough seating for guests. While placing metal folding chairs throughout the home may seem like a great option, it is not always the most decorative or comfortable for guests to sit on. Even though there may not be enough room to place another chair or loveseat, there is more than likely enough space to add some corner seating for guests and even family members to enjoy. Here are some step by step directions on how you can build additional, style seating to your home this weekend!
Materials and Tools for DIY Corner Seat:
– ¾ inch plywood
– 2 inch by 4 inch ledgers
– ¾ inch pre-stained molding
– Pre-stained crown molding
– 3 inch screws
– 1 ½ inch screws
– 3 inch foam padding
– Upholstery fabric
– Cotton muslin fabric
– Quilt batting
– Spray adhesive
– Round-over bit
– Circular saw
– Miter saw
– Framing square
– Stud finder
– Nail gun
Directions for DIY Corner Seat:
1. Choose and Measure Bench Size: The corner that is being used for the seating will often help to determine the size of the bench. Use the framing square to help visualize what the bench will look like and how big it should be. Make sure to measure along both walls to the corner to help accurately determine the size.
2. Measure and Cut the Seat: Using the measurements made from the wall, cut the base of the seat from the ¾-inch plywood. Cut an additional piece of plywood to act as the holder for the upholstery leaving a ¾ inch longer edge off of the front portion of the seat. Using a router with a round-over bit, rout both sides of the front edge of the large piece of plywood. From the 2 inch by 4 inch ledgers, cut pieces long enough to edge the plywood seat, making sure to miter the edges with the miter saw. Finally, cut the pad of 3 inch foam to match the size and shape of the plywood seat.
3. Attach the Seat Cushion:Using the larger piece of plywood, spray the top part of the wood with spray adhesive. Also, spray adhesive onto the back of the foam pad. Allow the adhesive to dry slightly until tacky, then line up the pad with the plywood seat and press down firmly. Once the adhesive has cured, cover the seat with quilt batting and cut to shape, allowing a 3 inch overhang on all sides. Spray the top of the foam piece and all the edges with adhesive and press the quilt batting into place. Once cured, flip the seat over and begin pulling the quilt batting tight and stapling into place. Use a hammer to push the staples down flat.
4. Cover with Muslin Fabric: Measure and cut the muslin fabric to fit the seat with a 6 inch extension on all sides. Place on the center of the seat, flip the seat over and pull tight. Staple the muslin into place and trim off any excess fabric.
5. Install the Bench: Using a stud finder, located the best, most secure area to install the bench and mark the height with a pencil. Use 1 ½ inch screws to attach the ledgers to the wall and then use the 3 inch screws to attach the front ledger to the side rails. Attach the bottom, smaller piece of plywood first, making sure to countersink the screws from the top down.
6. Add Finishing Touches: Measure and cut the pre-stained crown molding to place over the front ledger and attach using nails. Attach the upholstered plywood board to the top, driving the 1 ½ inch screws into the board from the bottom up.
Need some tools for this DIY project? Then head over to Hipp Modern Builder’s Supply, a Mountain View, AR, hardware store. If you are not able to come and see us in person, then visit us online! For more information, please click here.