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DIY: Reupholstering an X-Bench (No Sewing!)

For a while, we didn’t have a designated chair for our secretary desk in the living room.  I would just pull up a chair from another part of the room when I wanted to work at the desk. I got tired of this and decided that I wanted some kind of small stool to permanently place at the desk. I didn’t want a chair, because I felt like it would be obtrusive.

I always liked the looks of an x-bench, but couldn’t find one that I wanted to purchase. While in Target, I noticed a rather unattractive faux-leather topped bench that was on sale, and thought if I reupholstered the top it might work. Target no longer carries the bench that I purchased, but here is one from Wayfair that is similar in style and price:

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I had extra fabric from sofa pillows that I had made for the living room sofa so I decided to use it to reupholster the stool. Below is a picture of the sofa and those pillows:

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Here is the process I followed to reupholster the new x-bench from Target: First, I unscrewed the stool’s seat from the base. Then, I laid out the fabric on the floor, placed the cushion on it (sitting surface down) and cut the fabric to the size I wanted (enough to cover the seat plus enough extra around all of the sides to allow the fabric to be folded over for attachment to the underside of the seat). Next, using a staple gun, I stapled the fabric to the underside of the seat. I then screwed the cushion back into the legs. To give the stool a little extra pizzaz, I purchased brass nailhead trim and attached it around the bottom edge of the seat. I used a hammer and the nails that come with the trim to attach the trim to the seat. The project took an hour altogether (not including the shopping).

Here is the result:




I enjoy having a designated seat at the secretary desk, and I like that it isn’t a chair that would obstruct the view of the desk. Sometimes, we move the stool around if we need more seating elsewhere in the room.

Thanks for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “DIY: Reupholstering an X-Bench (No Sewing!)

  1. Looks fantastic! You are making me want to reupholster the chairs in my dining room. They’ve been a little cat scratched from the previous table owners. Perhaps I will do that in a future post.

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