Hi everyone, I have a special guest today! I love a great DIY project, especially this one that combines power tools, beautiful fabric, and nailhead trim to create a custom X leg bench (or ottoman) for extra seating or staging around the house – X base furniture is a favorite of mine, offering a stylish alternative to straight legs, and the smaller upholstered benches look especially fantastic at the end of beds. Today, I invited Jennifer of The Chronicles of Home to share her technique on how to make your own X leg bench.
“Hello CG readers, I’m so thrilled to be guest posting for Kate today, on one of my all-time favorite blogs, while she’s on vacation! And perhaps equally excited to be sharing a tutorial with you on how to make this cute X-leg upholstered bench.
Whether you call them X leg stools, X leg ottomans, or X leg benches, they’re extremely versatile pieces that can be used for extra seating anywhere you need it because they’re so lightweight and moveable. They can be stored away against a wall or under a table when not in use, grouped around a coffee table, used as a coffee table alone or in a pair, or grouped at the bottom of a bed. The possibilities are practically endless!
I’ve had my eye on a pair of them for my living room for awhile now but decided I wanted to try my hand at making them myself instead of buying them, both to cut costs and because I love making furniture and seeing how things go together. My two primary inspiration pieces were these:
I liked the chunky legs on the bench at left and the streamlined, nailhead-studded top of the one on the right. I tend to be a visual thinker so took an old piece of cardboard and drew a sketch of the finished piece. I’d recommend doing the same so you have a reference to be sure your angles are cut correctly.