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Must Have Boho Bench

CraftsAmanda Russell

Transform a softwood bench into an on trend luxe padded seat by painting, dying, and a bit of sustainable up-cycling. Currently there are lots of tribal inspired fabrics out there so grab a bit of the action with this gorgeous upholstered bench.


You will need:

  • Nornas Ikea Bench

  • 2 meters thick wadding

  • Black paint

  • Paint brush

  • Dylon Goldfish Orange machine dye

  • Old velvet curtain

  • Old rug

  • Staple gun

  • Old duvet

  • Sewing machine and thread

  • Scissors

  • Saw

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Invisible marker pen Korbond


  1. Following the makers instructions dye the velvet and leave to dry.

  2. Saw off the edges of the bench so that there is no overhang.

  3. Paint the bench black and leave to dry.

  4. Cut a double layer of wadding the size of the bench top plus enough to drape over the edges. Cut away the corners and then staple the wadding to the underside of the bench.

  5. Press the velvet before using. Reverse side up drape the velvet over the bench, leaving enough for a 2cm seam allowance along the bottom edge.

  6. Fold the corners and mark with a pen remove the fabric and sew the corners down, then cut away the excess fabric

  7. Right sides out place the velvet over the wadding covered bench and staple the velvet into position on the underside.

  8. To make the cushion. Cut an old duvet to the size of the bench top.

  9. Cut the rug into two pieces, the size of the bench top plus 1 cm all the way round.

  10. Sew the old duvet round its edge to the wrong side of one piece of rug.

  11. With right sides facing sew the piece of rug with the duvet attached to the other piece of rug. Sew round three and a half sides.

  12. Turn the cover through the correct way and then slip stitch the opening closed.

Tips. To get straight edges when stapling, start from the middle out, staple in the middle of one side and s then staple on the opposite side, then staple from the middle out along one side and repeat with the opposite side, then do the other two sides in the same way.

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