3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
4 feet of 4" thick high density foam
4 feet of 2" thick high density foam
2 yards 1/2" thick upholstery batting
3 yards 54" wide home dec fabric (for direcitonal or patterned fabric, you may need additional fabric)
Staple gun and 3/8" staples
2 1/2" screws and wood glue for building frame
1/2 sheet of 1/2" thick plywood
Sewing notions and thread
FOR BENCH FRAME
2 - 2x4 @ 48"
3 - 2x4 @ 21"
4 - 2x4 @ 14" (can be made longer or shorter for different height bench seat - standard seat height is 18")
1 - 1/2" thick plywood 48" x 24"
1 - 1/2" thick plywood 48" x 12"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build the frame using 2 1/2" screws countersunk and wood glue.
Add the legs to the insides. Attach legs from both sides to strengthen your corners and square up the bench.
How to build an upholstered banquette seat. Free step by step plans.
Follow directions in diagram for sewing the upholstered bench banquette skirt.
Follow the directions in the diagram for sewing bench cushion top.
For my bench, the top simply floats to enable access to the inside for storage.
Layer on top of the plywood back piece (48" x 12") foam and batting. Cover with fabric and staple on back side. Attach to wall with picture hanging kit if necessary (mine doesn't need it - it stays upright and in place on it's own).
For me, the bench back just rests in place. You can attach it to the wall with a french cleat or heavy duty picture hanging kit if needed.