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How to Turn a Footboard into a Bench

As spring is just around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about porch and entryway decor to welcome in the new season. In previous years I’ve created some amazing transformations like this adorable DIY dresser turned bench. However, if you are looking for a seating arrangement that is a little more unique and creative this year, take a look at my fun tutorial on turning a footboard into a bench.

Turn a footboard into a bench

Supplies You Will Need:

  • old foot board
  • 2 x 4
  • chop saw
  • jigsaw
  • drill and bits
  • wood fill
  • wood glue
  • 2 inch screws
  • 2 1/2 inch screws
  • old table legs or create your own
  • 3/4″ pine planks
  • finish nailerTurn a footboard into a benchDIY Footboard turned into a benchWatch the tutorial here


DIY – Turn a Footboard into a Bench

  1. Begin by cutting out a frame for the bench seating that will be attached to the footboard. First of all, cut down a 2 x 4 into four pieces: two for the sides, one for the front and one for the back. Measurements will vary according to your length of footboard, but you will need two long pieces and two shorter pieces. Cut the corners at a 45 degree angle for a nicer finish.
  2. Use a large drill bit to make countersink holes in the edges of the long 2 x 4s. This will more easily allow for the holes to be filled with wood fill after the screws are in.
  3. Apply glue to the 45 degree angles to help the joints be even stronger. Next, place a side and the front 2 x 4 together, then use two 2″ screws in the countersink holes to secure them together. Repeat this on all four corners.
  4. Once the frame is assembled, cut down a 2 x 4 for added support in the center of the bench. Because you’ll want to secure it, again pre-drill a countersink hole and use two 2 1/2″ screws on each side to hold it in place.
  5. Now the frame can be attached to the footboard. In order for the seat to be 16″ high, place the top of the 2 x 4 frame at 15 1/4″ so when the 3/4″ pine planks are added for the top it will sit right at 16″ high.
  6. Pre-drill the screw holes with an 1/8″ bit, then use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the frame to the footboard.
  7. For the 2 front legs, we used legs from an old table. Cut them down to length and then use a big clamp to hold the leg in place while attaching to the bench. Use the 1/8″ bit to pre-drill holes and then use a large bit to create a countersink hole. Then use 2″ screws to secure the legs to the bench frame.
  8. After the legs are secure it is time to measure for the top using 3/4″ pine planks. We wanted a 1″ overhang on both of the sides and the front so we measured accordingly.
  9. Because the top needs to fit snug into the footboard, notch the ends with a jigsaw. Finally, use a finish nailer to attach the pine planks to the top. I waited to attach the top until after I stained the boards so I didn’t get stain on the bench.
  10. Paint and stain your bench according to preference!


DIY Footboard turned into a bench entryway decor

Turning this footboard into a bench is a fun way to accent for spring! Place it indoors in your entryway or also outside on your front porch. Consequently, your neighbors will all want one too! And, don’t you just love our new hello spring cutout? You can grab one of those here.

Hello spring entryway decor

How to Paint this Bench:

To paint this bench I used Sweet Pickins Sweet Jane milk paint and accented with Flour Sack. I then sealed the bench with Sweet Pickins Dark Oil Wax.  Also, for the seat I used Miniwaxes Special Walnut stain.

Hello spring decor and how to turn a footboard into a bench

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