Upcycled Chair Bench

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December 7, 2021

The finished Upcycled Chair BenchI saw this idea in a magazine.


Total Time: 2 to 3 hours

Yield: 1



  • 1 by 4 lumber
  • 2 discarded chairs
  • exterior paint and paint brush
  • outdoor fabric
  • staple gun
  • scissors
  • foam
  • plywood
  • screws
  • screwdriver


  1. I removed the padded seats from two chairs I scavenged from the neighborhood "loose trash." Rather than purchase new foam (it's expensive), I removed the foam from the existing chair seats to save for later. Then, I removed the wood seat portion and front legs of the chair from the back and back legs.
  2. Two old wooden chairs.
    The cushions inside the chair seats.
  3. To build the bench seat, I cut plywood and siding according to the width of the chairs and the length I wanted. I screwed the siding into the plywood to make a wooden box.
  4. Assembling the bench seat.
    The bench seat frame.

  5. Next, I painted the entire piece with primer and then exterior paint.
  6. Painting the wooden chairs white.
    Painting the wooden chairs white.
  7. I hot glued the two foam pieces together to fit onto the size of the plywood that I was going to use for the bench seat and that would also fit onto the top of the frame. Then, I used the staple gun to attach the fabric to the plywood. Then, I screwed the upholstered bench seat to the top of the frame.
  8. Adding the cushions into the bench seat.
    Attaching fabric to the bench seat.
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