How to Make a Flirty, Furry Upcycled Bench

Use something as simple as an old side table or student’s desk to make a chic, furry foot stool.

Create a Furry Bench

Create a Furry Bench

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Photo by: Sam Henderson

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Materials Needed:

  • old side table or student desk
  • 1/2" plywood or MDF
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • saw
  • spray paint (optional)
  • marker
  • 3" or 4" high density foam
  • electric bread knife
  • spray adhesive
  • batting
  • 3/8" staples
  • staple gun
  • flokati rug
  • hammer
  • upholstery underlining
Make a Furry Bench

Make a Furry Bench

Make a furry bench with HGTV

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Preparing the Pieces

Remove the table top or desk top from their bases. Clean the bases thoroughly. (Image 1) Paint or seal the base as desired. (Image 2)

Assembling the Cushion

Measure the size for the cushion and mark it on plywood or mdf. (Image 1) Cut the piece with a table saw or circular saw.
Use the piece of wood to outline the cut on the foam with a marker. Use a bread knife to carefully make a straight cut along the outline. (Image 2) Tip: Do not force the knife. Stand the foam up and allow the weight of the knife to do the work.
Add spray adhesive to one side of the foam. (Image 3) Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions and then press it firmly to the wood base.
Cut a piece of batting large enough to cover the top and sides of the foam and wood combination plus 1-1/2” extra on each side. Lay the batting on a flat surface and center the cushion, foam side down, on the batting. Pull the batting over the sides and staple it into place on the wood surface. (Image 4) Begin with the center of each of the sides and pull snugly. Then work your way from the center staple to to the corners on each side to maintain consistent tension. Cut away any excess batting and discard.
Repeat the process with the flokati. Cut the flokati to the same size as the batting with just enough on each side for 1-1/2” extra on each side. Begin stapling in the same way, pulling the fabric until it is quite snug, but save the corners for last. (Image 5) Staples should be no more than 1 inch apart.
At the corners, cut one side so that the fabric is flush with the edge of the board. Staple it in place. Cut away the wool strands leaving a very flat surface. Fold the other fabric over the first fabric and cut the excess so that the end of the fabric is flush with the edge of the board. Staple in place.
Use scissors to cut away all of the wool strands on the bottom of the board right up to the edge of the wood cushion base. (Image 6)
Measure and cut a piece of underlining that is the same as the dimensions of the wood cushion base. Attach it with staples folding 1 inch of it under before stapling. (Image 7) Tip: If the bottom of the project will never be seen, this step is optional.

Attaching the Cushion

Use the existing holes in the stool bases to attach the cushions with 1/2” wood screws. (Image 1) If the base does not have holes which run all the way through, create small holes in the sides of the base and  attach with l-brackets. (Image 2) NOTE: If the flokati is new, it will lose many strands when first groomed. Use a detangling comb to fluff it and maintain it. 

Create a Furry Bench

Create a Furry Bench

Make a Furry Bench with DIY Network

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Create a Furry Bench

Create a Furry Bench

Make a Furry Bench with DIY Network

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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