DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Headboard Bench

This headboard bench started out in life as a rejected bunk bed headboard found in a dumpster.  I first used it as a twin headboard for my son when he got his first “big boy” bed.  (Shhh… that was many moons ago!)

Using 1 x 4’s, I build a the sides and front of the bench and attached it to the headboard with wood glue and L-Brackets.  And as you can see, I used tape to clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.  Real clamps would have been ideal,,, but you make do with what you have. : )

I bought the legs from Lowes and attached them with wood glue and screws.  I had to haul the bench into the house because my garage floor is not level!  Couldn’t figure out why my bench was teetering.  I’m going to have to do something about that unlevel floor.  I’m not sure my hubby will be happy with me turning the sunroom into a workshop.

The seat was made from 3 pieces of 1 x 6 wood.  I counter sunk the screws and puttied and sanded the wood smooth.

I primed and painted the bench with a brush.  I’m sure spray paint would have worked great, but I used what I had on hand.  The edges were lightly sanded for a distressed look.  Now this old headboard has a new useful life as a bench and a new home in the foyer!

This may have been one of my favorite projects so far.  (And it doesn’t hurt that my dad was very impressed with it.  Still means a lot even when you’re not a little girl anymore!) : )

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9 thoughts on “Headboard Bench”

  1. Love this! We just moved into an older home that had a few old headboards in the building. I can’t wait to try this out!!

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    1. Thank you! I don’t have the name of the color. I know it’s from Lowes and it came in a quart. It was one of their pre-mixed colors. Sorry that wasn’t very helpful!

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    1. Hi Kim! The seat is 20 1/4 inches off the ground. I don’t know if that is “standard” bench height, but that’s how it worked out based on the headboard I used. Hope that helps. 😀

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