I have never really made a twin headboard bench with storage. Last year I made a twin headboard bench with a lower shelf that allowed the use of baskets.
Thrift Store Drawer Section for Headboard Bench
I had wanted to make a bench using a kitchen cabinet, but that didn’t work out. While I was looking through my stash of cabinet doors, I came across this drawer thing. I have had it for a couple of years now. It was a steal at only $5. It is very heavy. I always thought I would use it as a table, never thinking about using it for a bench!
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Cut Twin Headboard with a Circular Saw
I recently bought myself a birthday present. It’s a Rockwell JawHorse . Have you heard of it? If so, why didn’t you tell me about it? It will support a piece of 4x8’ of drywall or plywood. It clamps and locks in place, virtually becoming my second pair of hands. You will see it throughout this twin headboard bench tutorial post.
I used my Ryobi circular saw to cut the twin bed foot board in half, as always, these two halves will become the armrests of the new bench.
This $5 drawer piece was too deep for the ½ of each foot board I cut, so I needed to lessen the depth of the drawer (seat) by about 1”. I used my circular saw to cut the top, bottom, and both sides. I cut this depth off of the BACK of the drawer piece. In this picture, the drawer piece is upside down. I also had to cut that lip off of both sides in order to allow the sides to be flush.
This is the dry fit to make sure everything is going to line up on the twin headboard bench. Note: I notched the front lip too much. oops!
Why You Should do a Dry Fit When Making a Twin Headboard Bench
During the dry fit I notice that because the foot board was cut in half, the midway point of the foot board is wider than the left and right side of the headboard.
I used the jigsaw to cut off the excess wood on the ½ of foot board-now the armrest.
It no longer extends up onto the post of the twin headboard.
Pocket Hole Assembly for Attaching Drawer Section
I got busy using my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes all the way around the top of the bench seat.
The Jawhorse is large enough to clamp the drawer piece (bench seat) while I get busy attaching the twin headboard (bench back).
As I was preparing to attach the arm rests, I noticed that there was a small gap, and cut a scrap board to fill it. I glued and screwed the scrap in place before securing the pocket hole screws. This is a common problem when making headboard benches.
Making adjustments to ill fitting legs
Day one ended, with this much done. There is an issue with the drawer unit not meeting the legs. I’ll fix that!
Day 2--I ripped some 1x’s down to size and attached them with Gorilla wood glue and screws.
Easy patching for bed slats
Here you can see that I drilled pocket holes on the fill in boards to attach them to the front legs for support. I also wanted to show you the large gaps on EVERY leg of this bed. Instead of filling the gaps, I used some scrap plywood stuffed in the gaps, secured with wood glue and staples.
There was a slanted piece at the top and bottom of each gap that I was unable to fill with scrap wood, so I used spackling for that.
I filled all the pocket holes and random holes on the twin bed frame with spackling.
TIP: using a piece of sandpaper on a small scrap of wood helps you to get s smooth sanded surface.
Prepare to paint twin headboard bench
And… it’s ready for paint. I start with the underneath side.
After a couple of light coats of the chalky paint primer , I did a couple of light coats of the paint in semi-gloss with the Finish Max.
Did you notice in the picture above that the drawer was missing? That’s because it was getting a little makeover of it’s own. While getting ready to paint it, I noticed that the front routed pieces were actually stapled onto the front of the drawer. I was happy to see that, because I didn’t think the style of the drawer front matched the headboard very well. I was able to pry the three pieces off, giving a sleek look to the drawer front.
voila! It’s almost done.
Frugal option for foam when upholstering headboard benches
Yesterday, I told you that this bench was a little different. The drawer is one of the differences, and a ooshy cushion is the other difference. Did you know you can buy foam at The Home Depot considerably cheaper than you can at the craft store?
How to cut foam without an electric knife
I measured and marked the foam for the cushion, using a large serrated knife to cut the foam by dragging it along the line as opposed to sawing in an up and down motion.
Easy No-Sew Upholstery
As a temporary fix, I only have some straight pins in the fabric to hold it. I plan to do this easy no-sew cushion as seen on In My Own Style using large safety pins. that will allow the new owner to easily wash the fabric and replace it. (hahaha did you notice the edge of the faux floor? I didn’t until I saw this picture. oops!)
Day 3—after the paint set up overnight, I added two bin pull handles from D. Lawless Hardware.
Then I got busy taking some pictures!
I’m so glad I made this bench! Isn’t it so sweet?
This drawer unit was perfect for a headboard bench.
The bed was free, the drawer unit was $5, so really I just had to pay for the foam and the fabric, which I happened to already have on hand.
What do you think about my newest headboard bench?
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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.