Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Shantelle0
DIY: How to Upholster the Arms of a Bench EZ!
How to Upholster the Arms of a Bench
Materials for Upholstering the Arms of a Bench
17″ x 18″ Plywood
2 Yards of Fabric
Staple Gun w/staples
Tack Strips Without Nails & Tack Strips with Nails
Angle Braces with Screws
Directions for Upholstering the Arms of a Bench
1. Lay plywood on a flat surface.
2. Draw a line measuring 5″ from the bottom.
3. Cut 17″ x 13″ of foam and spray 2 layers(2″ thick) with adhesive spray. Leaving the 5″ space at the bottom, attach foam to the plywood.
4. Cut 17″ x 23″ of foam and staple bottom of third layer onto the plywood, right where the 5″ line is drawn.
5. Turn the plywood over and pull foam tightly over the top. Staple the end of the foam right in the middle, leaving the sides loose at the top.
6. Cut a sheet of batting and staple along the edges, leaving the sides loose at the top in the back.
Note: Staple along the 5″ line.
7. Cut 38″ x 27″ of fabric.
8. Start at the bottom in the back and staple along the edge.
9. Pull fabric tightly over the top and staple the end of the fabric right in the middle, leaving the sides loose.
10. Starting in the middle on the sides and moving downwards, staple the fabric to the plywood until you reach the hump. Cut a relief cut to form a nice crease and continue stapling to the end.
Tip: Make sure NOT to staple close to the edges. This will prevent staples from showing under the closure peice.
11. Form four creases on the side at the top and staple. Cut excess fabric.
Tip: May need to remove staples and restaple to adjust as needed.
12. Cut 24″ x 23″ of fabric and place face down draped over the top of the arm.
13. Place a tack strip(without nails) on top of the fabric and staple right where the hump ends. Remove the center staple and cut excess fabric.
Note: I had to use my heavy duty staple gun to staple through the tack strip and fabric.
14. Drill holes 3 1/2 ” from each end at the bottom and attach angle braces.
Note: For more support you can always add 3 angle braces instead of two on each arm.
Tip: Make sure batting is not in the way of the drill.
Tip: May need to remove staples so that the angle braces are sitting flat against the plywood.
15. Cover angle brace with batting and staple.
16. Pierce fabric with the nails from the tack strips(facing upwards). Turn tack strips until it is facing downwards.
17. Hammer nails into the plywood using a rubber mallet for the closure.
Now you have an upholstered arm…..
Visit Part 2 of [DIY: How to Build an Upholstered Accent Bench EZ] to add the arms to the seat of the bench.!