Hello friends!, I am so glad you landed here today so I can show you how I built a DIY upholstered bench with faux metal frame! Doesn’t it scream modern farmhouse?

DIY Upholstered Bench with faux metal frame
The dimensions of this bench are 55″ long by 18″ tall and 12″ deep

I was trying to replicate the look of this bench from Houzz.com for sale for a whopping $1,099.
Bordeaux Industrial Antique Iron Upholstered Bench 72"

I’ll be honest, I don’t think for a second that my bench is better than this one, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, and it’s pretty cute, I think. Not bad for a look alike, right? And for about $70! Need I say more? If you can afford the one from Houzz, then please buy it, I’m jealous ūüôā If you can’t, and you want to try my DIY version, read on!

My version¬†is a little shorter because, well, that’s how I needed¬†it for my space. The best thing about DIY is customization! I have a small master bedroom, hence the smaller bench size. My bed is a king size and the size I built was perfect for the space.

As always, I recommend that you read the entire tutorial once or twice, before you attempt this project.

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DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

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Materials Needed

  • (4) 2x2x8′ wood boards
  • (1) 1x12x6′ wood board¬†-You will be upholstering this for the seat.
  • (1 ¬†1/2 yds) 1″ Upholstery Foam¬†-I doubled it up,¬†which made it¬†2″. I bought mine at Joanns but this one is very similar, if not the same.
  • (1 1/2 yds)¬†Batting¬†enough to cover the seat. This will go in between the fabric and the foam. Again, I bought mine at Joanns, but this is very similar.
  • (2 yds)¬†Fabric of choice.¬†I bought white Faux Fur at Joanns (with a coupon!).
  • Black Mesh¬†(optional, to cover the bottom of the seat)
  • Drill
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sander¬†(or sand paper)
  • Kreg Jig
  • Staple Gun¬†with 1/2 inch staples
  • (24) 2 1/2″ Pocket Screws¬†
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • 2″ Wood Screws¬†(to attach the frame to the seat. These are my favorite screws because you don’t have to drill pilot holes)

Cut List:

2x2s, for the frame

  • (4) pieces at 55″
  • (6) pieces at 8.5″
  • (6) pieces at 14″

1×12,¬†for the seat

  • (1) piece at 54″

Step 1: Upholster the Seat

(scroll down for a video tutorial on how I upholstered the seat)

Staple the batting: Cut the¬†batting leaving a few inches¬†of room around the 1×12, set the¬†upholstery foam on top, then set the 1×12 on top of that. Staple all the way around using a¬†staple gun;¬†just a few staples are enough to keep the batting and foam in place. Then you are ready to cover it all with¬†the fabric. I do all of my stapling on the floor because I like to kneel on my project while I staple to keep the fabric in place.

DIY upholstered bench with faux metal frame

Staple the Fabric: Now do the same with the fabric. If you have never upholstered before I give a good in depth instruction on how to upholster a seat in my dining chairs reupholstery project. Follow the same pattern here. ¬†If you are new to reupholstery use a fabric that is forgiving (solid colors are best) so that keeping a straight pattern isn’t as critical. Staple the fabric all the way around pulling it tight as you go and cut the excess. PS…I was inspired to use the faux fur fabric after seeing this beautiful foot stool facelift from my friend Sarah from 1915House made!

DIY upholstered bench with faux metal frame

Cover up: (optional) I used¬†black mesh¬†(it’s actually landscape fabric) to cover up the bottom. I just cut a piece slightly larger than the seat, stapled, and cut the excess. I then measured the length of the seat to cut my 2x2s. That is how I came up with the measurements above. If you want to be more precise, measure your seat once it is all reupholstered, then cut your 2x2s.

DIY Upholstered bench with Faux Metal Frame

This short video walks you through how I upholstered the seat

Seat is done! This warrants a seat selfie ūüôā

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Step 2: Build the Frame

Now on to your 2x2s. Drill pocket holes on the ends of all of the short 8.5″ pieces using the¬†Kreg Jig.¬†Below is a picture of the frame¬†along with the places where you will drill pocket holes to join using¬†2 1/2″ pocket screws. Pocket holes should face out for ease of drilling and so they they won’t show. ¬†Make sure you use¬†Wood Glue¬†on every seam. You will need two of these.

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

I rand into a little snag while building the frame. Don’t let it happen to you! Details in the short video below.


Done! Dark basement-shop selfie!  LOL

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Once you have two of them built you will put them together with the 14″ inch pieces. Remember the blue arrows indicate pocket holes. Use 2 1/2″ pocket screws as well. I made sure the pocket holes faced in this time so they wouldn’t be as noticeable.

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Frame is finished!!

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Step 3: Sand and Spray Paint the Frame

I covered the pocket holes with Wood Filler and used my Sander  to smooth out the rough spots on the frame. Then I gave it 3 coats of Metallic Spray Paint to give it that metal look. It took 3 cans of spray paint to achieve the look I wanted. I waited just until the paint was dry to the touch in between each coat. Make sure you spray paint outside. 

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Step 4: Attach the Frame to the Seat

I then attached the frame with these awesome¬†2″ Wood Screws. I like them because you don’t need to drill pilot¬†holes! Holla! Make sure you¬†use nothing longer than 2″ because you don’t want to come through to the seat and have someone sit on the bench¬†and have their bum poked with the screws. I mean, that would be terrible! (my hubby said it didn’t hurt too bad). Yes, I had to remove my 2 1/2″ inchers and replace them, so don’t make the same mistake I made! oops.

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

And you’re done!!

Easy Faux Fur Upholstered Bench

Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame_2

DIY Upholstered BENCH. I could have SWORN Those legs were METAL!!!

If you want a version with less building involved, you can choose to purchase metal legs like I did with my Hairpin Desk or wood legs like the bench Beverly made for her daughter.


Get the plans for this bench delivered to your Inbox! 


I hope you get brave enough to build this!. Such a cute way to add modern farmhouse on a budget! ¬†It’s really not that bad! Pin it for later!

DIY Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame

Build away!

~Janice

PS…I’ve had some inquiries on the rug. If you like it, you can find it here.

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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Lisa

    This is absolutely brilliant. I love this project for so many reasons but the price can’t be beat!

    Well done!!!!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks so much Lisa!!

  2. sherry

    This project is amazing and you give great instructions! I like yours better than the one from Houzz!

    1. Janice

      Awww Sherry! You just made my DAY!! Thank you!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Kortney!! You are so sweet!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Medina!

  3. Susanne

    That is awesome!! I had no idea it wasn’t metal by just looking at the picture, your projects amaze me!! Thanks for stopping by the TaDa Party and linking up!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Susanne!

  4. I still can’t get over the savings. This is such a fantastic tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Janice

      Thank you Sarah!!! Yep, big money saved ūüôā

  5. LydiaF

    It’s a great project. I love it with the rug, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg ūüôā

    1. Janice

      Thanks Lydia !

  6. debbie

    What a great tutorial! I can imagine giving this a try. Love the materials and paint that you chose.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Debbie!

  7. Melony

    Great job!! I like the faux metal legs! I seem to be on a metal kick myself, but I never thought to spray a wooden frame!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Melony!

  8. Hey Ladies, Just popping in to get a closer look at your ultra fab DIY bench. It’s just totally awesome and is coming up as a feature at the Friday’s Furniture Fix. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing bench with us. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Janice

      Oh yay! Thank you for the kind words and the feature, Susie!

  9. SPK

    Amazing!! Love the metal look !
    Love the rug too! Can you share where it is from? Thanks!

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much! I purchased the rug at At Home.

  10. Pili

    Your bench is so pretty!! You did a great job and it looks better than the Houzz one with the faux fur! I think I need to get myself a Kreg Jig as soon as possible, it seems to make life easier.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Pili for the kind words! Yes, love the Kreg jig!

  11. zan

    Wow! I am not that talented and I think the bench is lovely! In my opinion, yours will be more meaningful to you than the Huzz look-alike!. And hey, I like that yours looks so much more comfier. I like the paint color – I thought it was a metal seat at first. Pinned!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks for the pin Zan! And for the kind words!

  12. Claire

    Love how this has turned out, I’m seriously tempted to give it ago.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Claire! You totally should!

  13. As many times as I’ve seen this beautiful bench and pinned it I can’t believe this is my first time to actually read your post. I love that you take people through it step by step and your videos are so helpful. I nearly had the same issue when I built my 2×4 table, not enough drill space when I wanted to tighten one of the screws I’d already attached. I love your transparency and anyone building this bench will appreciate you for it.

    1. Janice

      Oh my goodness Toni thank you for the kind words!!! I hear you about skimming posts ūüôā

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