How To Make a Bench From a Chair Pair

How To Make A Bench From a Chair PairAt All Things New Again, we acquire old furniture pieces to repaint, refurbish and renew. Additionally, we love to design new furniture from old parts. This project began when we picked up a pair of old dining room chairs and decided to build a two-seat bench.

chair_disassembledI started by removing the legs, seat and frame from each chair. Dining room chairs are typically constructed with wood screws, wood dowels and glue.

Useful tools for this step include a rubber mallet and a flexible flush-cut hand saw. Although the glue in old chairs dries over the years, making disassembly easier, dowels are often very stubborn—expect some to break. The flush cut saw will enable you to cut the dowel stub flush to the wood. Then, drill a hole for a new dowel right into the old dowel location.


I then connected the two chair backs with wood glue and new dowels.

chairs_connectedI then used the old frame pieces to construct a new frame for the bench. Since some of my framing pieces did not survive the disassembly steps, I cut new pieces from 2×3 lumber. Reassembly of the bench frame and legs resulted in three sturdy legs in the front.

chairs_bench frame

chairs_bench frame closeupOnce I assembled the frame, it was time to cut a new plywood seat and foam cushions.

chairs_new plywood seat

chair_new foam seatFor the upholstery, Cathy and I used a couple of layers of batting over the foam and then attached the fabric to the seat. This was my first project using my new air-powered staple gun—so much easier on the hands then a manual stapler!

stapling fabric

APC desert cactusFor the finish, we selected American Paint Company’s Desert Cactus, a neutral khaki green that looks nice withΒ many other colors. It matched our fabric perfectly. I opted to spray several coats due to the intricate mill work on the bench. I used a 1:1 mix of paint and water.

spraying paint

As a final touch to the bench, we decided to wrap the center post and part of the frame with jute twine. The twine compliments the Desert Cactus color and adds a great deal of strength to the main joint between the two chairs.

chairs_wrapping twine

chairs_twine closeupHere’s the final look at the new bench.

chair_fabric closeup

chair bench closeup

chair pair bench final

~ Dave

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6 responses to “How To Make a Bench From a Chair Pair

  1. This is a great tutorial! The bench turned out great and I love the added jute twine. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


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