How to Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench

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Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: The Finished DIY Project

 
Don’t throw out your old, mismatched chairs. Give them new life by turning them into a one-of-a-kind bench. We have step-by-step instructions to repurpose chairs for this DIY project. You can download and print the instructions, too.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 5 hours, plus paint drying time
Cost: Less than $50

Tools and Materials

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Lining up three old chairs to create the bench

 

Step 1

Remove the seats from the chairs and line them up.

Measure the width of all three chairs, and add four inches to the total.

Measure the depth of the chairs. This will be the size to cut the plywood for the new seat.

 
Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Drilling holes in the chairs

 

Step 2

Drill holes in the chairs where you will later attach the plywood seat.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Spray painting the chairs

 

Step 3

Sand and paint all three chairs.

Let dry according to the paint manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Marking plywood where screws will go

 

Step 4

Line up all three chairs again, with two inches separating them.

Lay the plywood ½ inch from the back and centered on the chairs.

Mark the plywood from underneath where the screws need to go into the frame of each chair.

Remove and pre-drill holes two inches from the front and back of each mark.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Trimming the plywood to round off the corners

 

Step 5

Trim the plywood to round off the corners.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Stapling foam to the plywood

 

Step 6

Cut the foam sheet to size, and staple the foam to the plywood.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Stapling upholstery fabric to the plywood

 

Step 7

Cut the fabric to size, and staple it to the plywood.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Positioning the cushion on the chairs

 

Step 8

Position the plywood again.
 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: Screwing the seat down to the bench

 

Step 9

Screw the plywood seat down.

 

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: The finished DIY project

 
Step 10

Place your unique new bench in the kitchen, or any place in your home where you need extra seating.

 

Download printable instructions for this Unique Kitchen Bench and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

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  1. Bev Germain says:

    This is absolutely a fantastic idea!!!!

  2. KB says:

    How is the bench top not wabbling? The center chair’s seat is higher than the other two chairs.