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

You will need:

  • Drill and bits
  • Salvaged or repurposed chairs (all the same height)
  • Plywood
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • 12 x ⅝-inch screws
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Pillow/foam sheet for the cushion
  • Upholstery fabric

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.

Step 2
Drill holes in the chairs where you will later attach the plywood seat.

Step 3
Sand and paint all three chairs.

Let dry according to the paint manufacturer’s recommendations.

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.

Step 5
Trim the plywood to round off the corners.

Step 6
Cut the foam sheet to size, and staple the foam to the plywood.

Step 7
Cut the fabric to size, and staple it to the plywood.

Step 8
Position the plywood again.

Step 9
Screw the plywood seat down.

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 project

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