Friday, November 19, 2010

Another Horchow piece!

Okay, for a mere $979 you can own this beautiful bench
from Horchow . . . or . . . make a similar one yourself for $50!


All you need is:
-4 table legs from Lowes in the height of your choice
-a piece of plywood
-some upholstery foam
-quilt batting
-your favorite fabric
-some decorative trim

First, stain/paint, and attach the legs to the bottom of the plywood.  There are some square, metal stabilizers you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot that you attach in the desired spot in the corners.  Then you just screw in the legs to the center of the metal stabilizer.  These keep the bench from being wobbly.

Next, you layer everything like a sandwich!  With the plywood base on the bottom, lay the upholstery foam on top, then wrap it with some nice, thick quilt batting using a staple gun to attach it to the bottom of the plywood.  Make nice padded corners so your bench won't be sharp and hard on the corners.  Then put your fabric on top of the batting and staple that underneath the bench also.  Finally, add your ruffle or pleated skirt with the staple gun, and hot glue on some decorative braid over the seam between skirt and topping fabric.  That's it!  You're done!

The end product is not only sturdy and strong - it makes a great footrest,
coffee table, and extra seating - all in one!

SAVINGS - $939.00

I've linked up with Funky Junk Interiors' Saturday Nite Special.

I was featured on "Fabric Fun Thursday" on January 12th.  Here is her post:

Do you want to save $939?!  Nan, at You Could Make That, uses a Horchow bench as inspiration and shows us how we really can make the above bench and save hundreds of dollars.


Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a wonderful bench. I forget about constructing something like this from scratch. I love your fabrics ;).

Natalie said...

Where do you buy upholstery foam?

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

This is a great idea! I love how your bench turned out! You made it seem easy :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your bench is gorgeous! Well done!

Shelia said...

I love your bench - it's beautiful and much better than your inspiration one! You're good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Love this, great idea/great job!

Lucy said...

Isn't it disconcerting to know that there are people who actually pay those prices? Even if I had the money, I don't think I'd buy these overpriced pieces. Plus, I like yours better.

nataly said...

Awesome!!! I’m your newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Wow! Saving $939 is very impressive! Love how your bench turned out :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

For the Love of a Cottage said...

Excellent tutorial and wonderful bench.

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Recreate and Decorate said...

That's wonderful and I have a coffee table just waiting for a project!

Angela Swanson said...

It is a little criminal that Horchow can charge almost $1000 for something you can make for $50. The bench is beautiful. I can imagine it would be much more sturdy. I have planning an outside deck one for seating. As well as a smaller one indoors for extra seating but I never considered the ruffle. It adds so much to the design. Great job!



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