Hi everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve done a post so I’m super excited to share today’s DIY faux fur bench project I just finished up. I initially was inspired by a few pins of sheepskin benches on pinterest I saved to my home board (of course). I really loved all of the cream and white fur benches with studs and clear, acrylic legs. The only problem of course was the price tag. Below are two benches that inspired this project. You can see that they retail from $329 to $1134! To make my bench it cost me a total of $45! Keep reading to find out more.
$1134 from Horchow
$329 from Houzz
Starting off, everyone that knows me knows that I LOVE home decor, especially my mom. So, it was perfect timing when she found a new bench for her bedroom and was looking for someone to give her old bench to and of course that person was me! She gave me a black leather bench, very simple but very easy to work with. You could honestly get a plain bench anywhere for a cheap price, I’ll link some below but I see them ALL the time in stores.
Now that I had my bench I needed to measure how long and wide my bench was for the faux fur fabric, I added two inches to ensure that it would be long enough to staple underneath. I headed to Hobby Lobby in Webster and found exactly what I was looking for. They have coupons online, never buy anything without a coupon! I received a 40% discount on my fabric, bringing the total price down to $20 for 2 yards. The fabric is called “White Long Pile Faux Fur Fabric”, you can get it in stores or online here.
Next I found nailhead trim, which essentially is studs in a line, making it much easier to adhere to the bench. You can find it at any craft store really. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $20. JoAnn’s has the same set of studs online here.
Now that I had purchased all of my materials it was time to gather my tools to upholster the bench with its new fur and studs.
- Faux Fur (Measured and cut to bench dimensions plus two inches)
- Nailhead trim
- Staple gun
- Scissors (to cut fabric if too long)
Step 1: Lay fabric fur face down on an old sheet or any other material and find the center of the fabric and draw a line. Place your bench face down and find the center of the bench as well and line it up with the lines you drew on the center of the fabric.
Step 2: Start on the long side in the center of the bench and pull the fabric taut and staple underneath bench. Staple both long sides of your bench following the same process of pulling the fabric and ensuring you are still centered.
Step 3: Move on to the shorter sides of the bench starting in the center, pull the fabric taut and staple. The corners are a little trickier because there is extra fabric you have to fold under before you can staple. In order to do this you must fold the long side excess around the short side of the bench and staple, then pull the fabric from the short side over the top of this and staple . This takes a little finessing but with a little patience you can make it look neat and tidy. I also have attached a video below so you have a visual to follow.
Step 4: Now that your fur is all stapled onto your bench you can add your trim! The nailhead trim is so easy to use. Every 5 studs or so you hammer in a nailhead. It’s very important to keep the line straight and hold the line of trim flush against the bench while nailing to ensure they go in. It can be hard to nail in the first few because you will see that the fabric is very thick but once you get the hang of it they will go in easier.
That’s it! In just 4 easy steps you have yourself a glamorous, faux fur bench that is the fraction of the very stylish but expensive benches you may see on Pinterest. In my opinion this bench is even better than some I’ve seen!
One more thing – I of course want to add clear, acrylic legs to this bench eventually! The only problem is they are outrageously priced at around $400 for 4 legs. I couldn’t believe it when I started shopping for them. So, if I do end up finding any legs I will update this post. For now, I’m on the hunt, stay tuned!