The JTS and I finally made that headboard bench. Once I cleaned out the workshop we had room to spread stuff out and put the bench together. I have all the details for you and a photo of the finished bench is at the end of the post. It’s all done except for the painting.
This is the vintage headboard and footboard I bought at my favorite junk shop. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but it was probably around $20-$30.
How To Make a Headboard Bench
1. Cut the footboard to make the sides of the bench.
We measured the footboard so the sides of the bench would be 18” deep.
Then we cut the footboard using a circular saw (cordless Ryobi). We cut out the middle of the bench and used the two ends for the bench sides.
We cut the footboard with it laying on it’s front side but had to flip it over to cut the curved detail.
2. Cut the bottom of the footboard to the preferred seat height.
We decided the seat height was going to be too high and we cut a bit off of the bottom of each side/bench end. We placed the pieces of the bench-to-be together just to see what it looked like and decided the headboard/bench back was too tall. It looked a little out of proportion so we cut 2 inches off of the headboard legs.
3. Cut to size reclaimed wood top or new wood for bench seat.
I found a reclaimed sofa table top in my junk stash. We could have used new wood to make the bench seat but I liked the look of the reclaimed top and it was the perfect length. A match made in Heaven. Or so I thought. More on that later.
We left the small apron on the underneath side of the top. The only cutting we did was to rip one long side down to the apron. Meaning we basically cut the decorative edge of the wood off of the long length of one side.
4. Attach the bench seat to the bench sides.
To attach the seat to the sides we set the seat on the inside lip of each bench end.
We used a brad nailer to hold the seat to the sides for temporary attachment. This made it much easier to put all the pieces together before using screws to make the bench sturdy and secure.
5. Attach the bench seat and sides to the headboard
The JTS (aka Junktion Technical Specialist, aka hubby) used really long screws to attach the headboard to the sides of the bench. He drilled from the backside of the headboard into the end of the bench side/arm.
6. Attach wood brace between the legs of the headboard
To assure the bench was sturdy we added a wood brace between the legs of the headboard. We used a 2×6 found in the wood stash and ripped it down the middle.
7. Add wood support under bench seat
For added seat support we used the other half of the 2×6 under the seat along with a 2×4. The wood seat supports were attached to the bench sides and the reclaimed bench seat. The back lip of the seat was attached to the headboard along the whole length of the seat using screws.
We did extra work to make sure the bench would be sturdy and secure. We wouldn’t want it to fall in!!
The JTS volunteered to try it out. I think he just needed a rest. It took us several hours over a period of 4 or 5 days to put the bench together. We needed a timeout one day because we were having issues. We know when to stop for the day before things get too heated, lol. Do you and your significant other do this too?
Seriously, we probably made the headboard bench the hard way. I have the vision for the projects but sometimes the vision turns out to be a nightmare. Using the reclaimed sofa table top was where I went wrong. It would have been easier to make a support for the seat and then use plywood as the seat (like my friend Marie did here). Live and learn. Next time….and there will be a next time….well, we have a little experience in headboard bench building now.
Time to paint the bench but not sure what color.
It’s finally painted and you can see it here….The Color I Painted The Headboard Bench.
No plans to paint the seat. That was the whole reason for using the reclaimed piece. Leave it as is, except for cleaning and refreshing. What do you guys think? Like it? Leave a comment please with paint ideas. See you tomorrow.