Modern Bench With Woven Fabric Seat




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This is a super simple project that is perfect for the beginner woodworker. It's a classic furniture piece that fits in most design aesthetics. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to build a modern wooden bench with a woven fabric seat. Even if you've never woven a thing in your life, this project you can do. Also With basic 2x2 pine lumber, this project can be done for under $30. I got the idea for this project from a piece of furniture I saw in a magazine that was $800. This is a total look for less project. OK, Let's Get Dirty!

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Step 1: Materials and Cut List

Step 2: The Legs

This bench is assembled using pocket holes. I found it be an easy way to hide the screws. Starting with the legs cut to size (2) 12in and (2) 14in. pieces per leg. I drilled the pocket holes and screwed together the pieces making 2 rectangular shaped legs.

Step 3: The Rails and Footrest

Next, It was time to attach the legs by attaching 2 of the 36in 2x2 boards to either side of the top of the legs.

Then Measure down 5.5in and install the footrest. It helps to mark the wood on all sides to ensure it's lined up.

Step 4: Sanding

Sand the Bench down and stain or paint it before moving on to the weaving. You wouldn't want sawdust or paint on the seat fabric. That's a pain to get out.

Step 5: Weaving

Now for the fun part. Weaving the seat takes a little time and patience. You want to make sure the polypropylene webbing is always tight and has no gaps. So starting going across the bench from back to front run the webbing and staple it under the bench frame. I stapled each piece of webbing multiple times to ensure it was secure. I also used a set of pliers to pull it tight before stapling.

Once the webbing is complete from back to front it's time to do the cross weaving from side to side. I found it easier to lay out and staple all the webbing pieces to the side before starting the weaving process to ensure I hade enough webbing to fully cover the bench. Then weaving the webbing, one by one up and over the cross weaving. I recommend doing one row at a time to ensure that it's straight and snug. You don't want to end up with weaving that is all bowed and curved when you're done. So take your time and go one row at a time. Secure it with staple and pull tight with a pair of pliers. I also found it easier with a 2nd pair of hands, someone to pull while I stapled.

Step 6: Finishing

I recommend adding felt furniture pads on the bottom to protect the floors, particularly if you have hardwood floors. I also rubbed a little tung oil on the wood.

Now sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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    15 Discussions


    3 months ago

    Thank you for posting the plans. I built two for my front hall! I didn't pre-cut the webbing but used the length to be able to pull the webbing tight, then put in a temporary staple on the bottom rail to hold in place. Then I would cut the webbing, wrap it over the rail snug and staple in place. Afterwards I pulled out the temporary staples. I found I was able to do the weave by myself and still get a tight weave. The webbing I got was not a true inch in width, so I had some minor gaps near the rails.
    I completed them last week and they have seen lots of use!
    Thanks again for the great instructable!

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    5 months ago

    One thought - would recommend using heat to seal the ends of the webbing to reduce raveling before stapling (or using screws with washers).

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    Question 5 months ago

    Cool project! About how many yards of webbing did you use? I'd imagine it takes at least 20.

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    5 months ago

    I have been wanting to do a seat-belt weave to an office chair backing (a cat decided to poke holes in the old backing). Any suggestions on securing the ends tightly on plastic, not wood?

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    Reply 5 months ago

    OO keep away the cat. Hahaha. I'm sorry I don't have any experience with attaching any sort of webbing material to plastic. You may want to consider some sort of tension roping.


    5 months ago

    That's awesome! I love the look of the woven seat.

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