Did you know you can turn a foot board into a cute little corner bench? Yep, I've made tons of benches out of headboards. Granted, a foot board is a horse of of different color. Many of them are low to the ground, however, they still can be quite useful and decorative!
What a great way to repurpose a headboard or a foot board into a bench!
Repurposed Foot Board
This is a project I did with my friend Cathy. We picked up this foot board at a local peddler's mall for $6.00. Now we know there are better places to find old, orphaned beds . . . . curb shopping is much cheaper. Let's see how this foot board bench came together.
We cut it nearly in half on the table saw. Because these old beds are made of hardwood, they make very sturdy benches.
Then, we measured the width, and subtracted the thickness of the headboard. I don't remember the exact numbers, but because we "butted" one end up against the other, we couldn't cut it exactly in half.
A spare bed part (or 4x4) can be used for the back leg of your foot board bench. Securing the leg to the "corner" helps sturdy up and support the entire piece.
We used a 1x4 for the brace across the front, and used a scrap piece of plywood for the seat.
Repurposed Footboard Bench
Total cost of this project, some $5.00 oops paint. (our favorite color is oops) The little hardware handle on the front is strictly for decorative purposes, to sort of make it look like a drawer.
Of course you could use a footboard to make a bench for the foot of your bed- those are really handy for putting on shoes and socks. You could even paint it to match your nightstands and dressers.
In addition, to make it more comfortable, you could had a cushion or some pillows.
over the years, I've changed how I build Headboard Benches, See my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage-The Complete Tutorial
See other fun benches here
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.