Do-it-yourself bench

Banquet Is a decorative piece of furniture that can be used to decorate any room. This multifunctional product can serve as both a sitting place and an element of decor, a place for storing things. The furniture showrooms offer a huge assortment of banquets made in various styles and using a variety of materials. You don’t have to go to the store to get this piece of furniture. Many craftsmen are quite capable of making a bench with their own hands – at home. To do this, you only need to be able to work with tools, sew and have a good imagination..

What materials will be needed?

Almost anyone can make a do-it-yourself bench. It is better for a beginner in this business to start working with wood, and not with iron, since with such material it is much easier. Wood materials do not require professional skills or significant experience. For the frame, you will need wood material – for example, chipboard or plywood. If the product will stand on legs, you will have to purchase wooden blocks. Their size depends on the height at which the master plans to place the bench. Ready-made legs can be bought at the store or unscrewed from an old stool.

You need to fix the structure with furniture corners, screws and glue. Foam rubber is used for the filler, and any fabric you like for the upholstery. But you need to understand that the fabric must be wear-resistant and very durable so that it does not wear out over time. If a carriage coupler is planned, then it is better to use not only foam rubber, but also a synthetic winterizer.

Required tools:

  • drill;
  • screwdriver suitable for the selected screws;
  • furniture stapler;
  • sewing machine;
  • screwdriver;
  • sandpaper;
  • furniture varnish.

The main stages of preparation

You can start work only after creating a drawing of the banquet. Many may think that it is not needed, because the product is simple and does not require many structural details. However, the drawing will be needed to determine the parameters of the product and compare them with the dimensions of the room in which it will be located. When choosing the type of product, it is better to stay on a simple version. It is harder and longer to assemble a bench with a back or with a drawer, so for the first time you need to limit yourself to a simple design. Having decided on the model, you need to draw a sketch. It is necessary to mark all the elements and their sizes on it. Wooden parts are cut with a jigsaw, the irregularities are rubbed with sandpaper. Then they can be varnished..

Master Class

To get to the point correctly, a beginner will need step-by-step instructions for making such products:

  • You will need to cut the seat out of plywood or chipboard. For the first time, you can choose a round or square shape. A shape with many angles or curls is too difficult for a beginner..
  • If the future product is to have legs, then four strips must be attached to the bottom so that they protrude a couple of centimeters beyond the edges of the banquet. You need to fix the legs using furniture corners and self-tapping screws, which are screwed in with a screwdriver.
  • If the product rests on the sidewalls, then all parts of the structure are cut out in advance. This is necessary in order to pre-plaster them – only then can they be assembled on pins. Each part must have special holes at the ends..
  • A manual router will help to make the legs unusual..
  • The softness of the seat should be provided by foam rubber. The required shape is cut out of it, and then they are attached to the bottom of the product..
  • It is best to first attach the burlap to the bottom, and then glue the foam pillow.
  • For upholstery, you must first make a pattern. The fabric is thrown over the finished product and secured with staples.

The manufacture of parts and their assembly should be carried out in stages, because collecting everything is a very serious job. To avoid mistakes and not spoil a piece of furniture, you need to adhere to some rules. For example, holes for screws must be made in plywood. A drill is used for this. The lid should be the same size as the perimeter of the case, so as not to interfere with the later sheathing of the product. The assembly of the frame begins with the fact that a square is assembled from blanks on a workbench and connected with self-tapping screws. The pre-cut bottom is fastened with self-tapping screws to the frame, after which the structure is painted from the inside with a stain.

The body should be two centimeters larger than the base for the bench. The workpieces are connected with self-tapping screws and varnished. To mount the cover, the piano hinge is sawn off five centimeters less than one side of the case. This is to prevent the fabric from tearing. The piano loop is fixed on the edge of the workpiece, and then the box is attached to one of the sidewalls. At this stage of work, the bench should be upside down. The sheathing starts with the cover. For this, the desired shape of foam rubber is created and fixed on the outer surface of the lid with the help of clips and glue. If the bench does not have a lid, then the foam rubber is attached to the top of the product. Then you need to sheathe the side parts with foam rubber..

Unusual ideas

Talented craftsmen have long been using old products to create new pieces of furniture, which either have become unusable or have simply lost their relevance. Therefore, it is not at all necessary to create a product from scratch; you can restore an unnecessary coffee table or stool. The main thing is that there is enough imagination for this. An interesting option for creating a banquet is to use an old wooden box. To do this, you need to remove locks and hinges from the box. If there are any irregularities, they need to be sanded off. The box itself can be painted in a bright color, and the lid can be covered with leather (previously with foam rubber). Inside the box, you also need to put things in order: sand and paint.

A banquet made of old chairs will look original. To do this, take two backs of chairs with back legs and connect them with two bars. You need to fix the bars with corners and self-tapping screws. Then a seat is made of plywood and sheathed with foam rubber and fabric. A banquet made of plastic bottles is the trend of this year. To make such a product, you will need to prepare about 40 bottles, cardboard, tape, glue and foam rubber. The bottles are fastened to each other with tape, and then glued to the cut cardboard from two sides: on the bottom and top. After that, the structure is pasted over with foam rubber and covered with fabric. An old shoe rack can become a multifunctional item. To do this, it needs to be sanded and painted. Then, at the top, you need to make a seat from a synthetic winterizer cushion, which is previously placed in a cover and attached to the shelf.


To update old furniture and make a banquet out of it, it is not at all necessary to spend a lot of time and effort. In such a product, the main thing is softness and availability of storage space (boxes, shelves). Once you’ve finished transforming your old furniture, it’s time to start thinking about decorations. When translating your ideas and fantasies into reality, you should not limit yourself. After all, a made banquet should be pleasing to the eye, and not sadly stand aside. Therefore, it is important to arrange it in such a way that it both catches the eyes of guests and harmonizes with the interior..

For a hallway, a product made in a classic style is suitable. This is especially important if you also need a shoe rack. The purpose of the bench in this case is more for storing shoes than for a comfortable stay on it. At the same time, it should be noticeable and have leather or leatherette trim. In a children’s room, such a product can have any style. The main thing is that he should take into account the situation. For a girl, the banquet can be decorated with velvet and voluminous flowers. It will be very interesting if the cover is tied by my mother. For the boy, the product in the form of a soccer ball will be original. It is even more interesting if there is a place for storing toys inside it..

In the bedroom, a bench is more often used to show beauty in front of a mirror or for reading. Usually it is sheathed with fabric in soothing colors..

Banquets are often made especially for a wedding. Guests are located on them very easily and simply. All banquets and poufs at this event must be made in the same style. So they look very nice against the background of the hall. Satin ribbons or embroidered patterns will look very gentle on them. Of course, this is painstaking work, but such products look impressive..

Making a soft bench or ottoman with your own hands is not very difficult, but it requires care and accuracy. At the same time, it is important to correctly assess your strengths and use a drawing that is suitable for a novice master. And we must not forget about the versatility of the product. They not only sit on the bench, but also store small objects in it..

In the next video – a master class on making banquets.

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