These Target X benches are some of the least expensive around (they’re only $80 each!) but they come in a dark wood with dark espresso leather that is more suited to the office than a vibrant, cheery living room. We wanted to give them an upgrade so that they felt brighter, more luxurious and infinitely more personal. For this particular projet, adding extra foam is the key to making these benches look amazing. The proportions of the bench change completely when the seat is more plush, and more square and you’d never know they were mass produced just around the corner.
Target X benches
Fabric to reupholster benches (21/2-3 yards for 2 benches)
Upholstery foam from Joann’s (one for each bench)
Remove the leather from the seat. The best way to do this is to use a flathead screwdriver to pry up each staple, but if you’re having trouble or just want to get it done faster, you can do what we did and cut the leather along the bottom edge of the seat board.
The original foam on the seat curves downward slightly, but we wanted ours to stay square. Flip the seat so that the foam is on top. Cut rough triangles from the cotton batting and place on the corners of the seat to help raise the corners, then stack the green foam block on top.
Roll out your fabric on the floor or low table, underside facing up. Flip the seat and foam onto the fabric (foam side down). Position the seat so that there is enough fabric on each side to pull up onto the underside (about 8” from the base). Trim the excess fabric and save for the next bench.
Pull up the fabric until it is snug and staple in the center of one side. Repeat on the opposite side of the seat, and follow with the other two sides. Continue stapling on all sides until you reach 2” from the corner.
Place the legs upside down on the seat bottom and position until they are centered on all sides. Drill the screws back in to secure the legs to the seat. Flip the bench over, and you’re done! Repeat the steps to make a second bench.
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