My daughter finally convinced me to stop using my comforter at nighttime. She said it would last longer if I ceased that nasty little habit. She was right and, at the price of today’s comforter sets, it was a good call.
However, that begged the question: What do you do with the comforter at night if you aren’t going to use it? My daughter’s house is always so immaculate that she can afford to put hers on the floor at the foot of her bed. I, on the other hand, worry about stealth little spiders climbing into the warmth of my down and making themselves right at home.
Consequently, I felt that I had only a couple of options. I could buy a quilt stand or a bench for the foot of my bed. Both options would allow me to fold my comforter into a wrinkle free position overnight.
Unfortunately, quilt stands aren’t as easy to find as they once were. While there are more antique ones available than newer varieties, they are also somewhat expensive.
I found a number of benches that would have worked beautifully at the end of my bed, if I wanted to pay over $100. Unfortunately, that was not something I could afford.
Therefore, my husband and I decided to make our own bench. That turned into quite an undertaking for us since neither he nor I are crafty when it comes to woodworking.
I always assumed my husband would be good at that sort of thing since his father was a genius in that arena. I was wrong. It wasn’t his “thing.”
To make a bench like ours, you will need a few things:
A wood plank for the bench top;
Pre-made wooden legs;
Fabric to cover the bench;
Paint (or stain) to finish off the wood;
Glue gun and
Here are the step-by-step instructions for the bench’s construction:
Step 1. Decide how you want to use the bench. I didn’t need the bench to be sturdy enough to sit on since I had no intention of using it that way. I did; however, want it be deep enough to house the decorative throw pillows from my bed went they were not being used.
We choose to use a 2′ by 6′ by 2″ wooden plank that cost less than $8. It was sufficient for our particular needs.
If you intend to use the bench for seating purposes, that will drastically alter your wood choices. The plank top would need to be thicker and the legs not just decorative, but supportive.
Step 2. Calculate the size of bench you want. I wanted mine to be a little shorter in length than my bed but I wanted the height to be even or only slightly shorter. I could only afford about a two-foot depth because of the tight space within the bedroom.
Write your measurements down to take with you when you go to purchase your wood. Otherwise, you risk making mistakes in your purchases.
We had our plank cut down to size, lengthwise. At Home Depot, the first cut is free so that didn’t cost us any extra.
Step 3. Determine what type of wood you want to use. Since I planned to cover the bench top, I knew I would not need expensive wood. Therefore, I settled on a simple, but sturdy, pine plank for the top. I also chose pre-made pine legs that I could paint a deep red/burgundy that would match the mahogany of my bedroom set.
Keep in mind, that if you plan to leave the wood as is or stain it to a certain hue, you will need to make certain you can match the top of the bench to pre-existing carved legs. Those usually come in only a handful of options.
Step 4. Buy the nails and screws necessary to complete the job. Most pre-made legs come with their own screws. However, they may be longer than the thickness of your bench top, depending on the thickness chosen. Adjust screw lengths if necessary.
Step 5. Put the bench top and legs together. Since I was covering the bench top, I did not need to smooth out the edges or bevel them for design. If your plan to leave yours au naturale or paint or stain it, you may wish to take those extra steps before putting the pieces together.
Secure the pieces more, if desired, by using wood glue between matching points. Be sure to remove any excess glue during the drying process.
Step 6. Paint or stain the parts of the bench that will be left open. I used a deep red/burgundy stain that perfectly matched the mahogany decor or my room.
Step 7. Cover the bench top with batting. Pull the batting around and underneath the top, securing it in place with hot glue.
Step 8. Add extra layers of batting cut to the exact specifications of the bench top) if desired. Secure in place with hot glue.
Note: This step isn’t necessary if you care not using the bench for seating purposes.
Step 9. Cover the bench top with the fabric, following the same instructions outlined in Step 7 above.
Step 10. Add trim to the bench if desired. For example, use braiding or nail head trim around the perimeter of the bench for added decoration. Another idea is to add fringe around the top of the bench.
These steps are so easy to do that even a novice like myself can do it and end up with a picture perfect end product.