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DIY Upholstered Retro Shoe Bench


DIY Huntress
DIY Huntress
DIY Huntress
DIY Huntress

If your entryway is in need of sprucing up and extra storage, then this retro show bench is the perfect project! Make sure to download the PDF plans for the full cut list, materials list, and step-by-step project needed to build this project.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Download the full PDF plans for full cut list, dimensions, tools, and materials needed for this project.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut your pieces - double check the PDF plans to find where to add your 45 degree bevels.

    3. Step: 3

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      If you are choosing to bevel the edges of your bench, use wood glue, tape, and clamps to attach them together.

    4. Step: 4

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      Use clamps to glue-up your bench.

    5. Step: 5

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      Add the center support to your bench with brad nails and glue. This will help with strength (optional, enlist the help of your best friends to do a strength-test)!

    6. Step: 6

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      Build your drawer boxes with pocket holes, screws, and wood glue. You may need to double check your drawer box dimensions based on the drawer slides you have chosen for your project.

    7. Step: 7

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      Add your drawer bottom with brad nails and wood glue.

    8. Step: 8

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      Install drawer box and slides into 13 3/4" opening between the bench side and support. Make sure to leave a 3/4" space at the front of the drawer box for your drawer front to sit flush with the bench.

    9. Step: 9

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      Attach drawer front to drawer box with wood screws from inside the drawer.

    10. Step: 10

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      Attach drawer pull to drawer front prior to closing up the back of the bench.

    11. Step: 11

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      Sand & finish your bench prior to adding upholstery.

    12. Step: 12

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      Create your upholstered seat with 3" foam, batting, and fabric. Add the foam to the 3/4" plywood seat panel with spray adhesive, and then add the fabric and batting with your stapler.

    13. Step: 13

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      Attach your upholstered top to the bench with wood screws from the inside of the bench with a right angle drill.

    14. Step: 14

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      Attach back panel behind drawer opening with brad nails and wood glue.

    15. Step: 15

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      Display in your home!

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DIY Upholstered Retro Shoe Bench

by DIY Huntress
Aug 12, 2018
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If your entryway is in need of sprucing up and extra storage, then this retro show bench is the perfect project! Make sure to download the PDF plans for the full cut list, materials list, and step-by-step project needed to build this project.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge ab22db3e 21b9 40b2 91af 7ed196c39fd2

    Download the full PDF plans for full cut list, dimensions, tools, and materials needed for this project.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 8c511161 7556 4190 bb5d 1b637c2797ee

    Cut your pieces - double check the PDF plans to find where to add your 45 degree bevels.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ba3cdacb 8516 4eed 91cd 94955e46902c

    If you are choosing to bevel the edges of your bench, use wood glue, tape, and clamps to attach them together.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 63bd13dc d015 4007 9938 846f9683471d

    Use clamps to glue-up your bench.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 89ccdd35 8f36 487b 80b8 e74d682dd30d

    Add the center support to your bench with brad nails and glue. This will help with strength (optional, enlist the help of your best friends to do a strength-test)!

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 218a4df4 5913 4033 b493 945ff8795ebb

    Build your drawer boxes with pocket holes, screws, and wood glue. You may need to double check your drawer box dimensions based on the drawer slides you have chosen for your project.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge ba368885 aae4 4baf abbc feb2568f52f0

    Add your drawer bottom with brad nails and wood glue.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 0ef51dc0 2541 45b5 825f 6b371ea07937

    Install drawer box and slides into 13 3/4" opening between the bench side and support. Make sure to leave a 3/4" space at the front of the drawer box for your drawer front to sit flush with the bench.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 5694e4fd bad4 48cc 9227 8b0b3f33bed3

    Attach drawer front to drawer box with wood screws from inside the drawer.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 4be97d00 497b 4626 8d45 4a09b4a2cc22

    Attach drawer pull to drawer front prior to closing up the back of the bench.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 7874faa9 9e76 46e5 9152 11f58da92f93

    Sand & finish your bench prior to adding upholstery.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 04fab4e9 269c 417f 9f44 e3b1b782a003

    Create your upholstered seat with 3" foam, batting, and fabric. Add the foam to the 3/4" plywood seat panel with spray adhesive, and then add the fabric and batting with your stapler.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 4e20178b f353 4d91 a0ba eae5cace66c2

    Attach your upholstered top to the bench with wood screws from the inside of the bench with a right angle drill.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 43b6011b 8775 4d7b a52e f29ce8c5a7e0

    Attach back panel behind drawer opening with brad nails and wood glue.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 9e66caee dfb0 43cf 8f17 b4341b867a69

    Display in your home!