DIY WEAVE Bed Bench
Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Hi Everyone! I’m Dani - I’m a curious creative who loves to create DIY projects for your home. Today, I’ve come up with three DIY projects for my very own bedroom which was apart of an epic collaboration with my good friend Alexandra Gater who helped me transform my bedroom into the space of my dreams. I made a beautiful custom bed bench, two floating bedside shelves and painted a wisping accent wall - all of which I’m about to show you how I made. Alexandra then helped me bring all these elements together and decked this space out with amazing decor items and tips, which you can check out on her channel. I’ve linked her video in the description box, go check it out - in the meantime - let’s get to the DIYs!
Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig set at @ 1 ½”: https://amzn.to/2RFNjNF
Kreg Jig Drill Bit: https://amzn.to/2RHRjNH
Belt Sander: https://amzn.to/2RzS9MD
Orbital Sander: https://amzn.to/2FouyI7
Philip Head screwdriver: https://amzn.to/2SISjOV
Needle Nose Pliers: https://amzn.to/2M1d3Pe
Wood Glue: https://amzn.to/2RGLeB8
220 Grit Sanding Discs: https://amzn.to/2RK9rq4
80 Grit Sanding Belt: https://amzn.to/2M2o0jD
Cotton Rags: https://amzn.to/2SIQyRP
Wood Stain: https://amzn.to/2Rjg43
Rubber Gloves: https://amzn.to/2RNSrzD
Matte Wood Finish: https://amzn.to/2VKdaTJ
(2) 24” Clamps: https://amzn.to/2M5NlZS
2” Pocket Hole Screws: https://amzn.to/2RMf0ok
1 yard ruler: https://amzn.to/2Fm3EjY
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Fabric Scissors: https://amzn.to/2SLMMan
Staple Gun: https://amzn.to/2SLWE3N
Flat head Hammer: https://amzn.to/2VJpDHt
Measuring Tape: https://amzn.to/2RL6Mwo
62” x 82” Canvas Material: https://amzn.to/2RFXvWp
2.5” strips cut :
(6) @ 63”
(29) @ 22”
35 ft 8mm rope:https://amzn.to/2SM3dn6
(15) @ 28” (color optional)
(4) 2x2 x8
(5) 1x2 x8
(4) 2x2 @ 53”
(4) 2x2 @ 10”
(4) 2x2 @ 17”
(8) 1x2 @ 53”
(21) 1x2 @ 1”
Step 1: Side Frames
(4) 17” 2x2
(4) 10” 2x2
Set your Kreg Jig depth to 1 ½”.
Using your Jig and Kreg Jig bit, create one pocket hole at each end of both 10” 2x2 wood pieces. The goal is to keep your pocket hole as close to the center of each 10” piece.
*Note: make sure you create your two pocket holes on the same side for each 10” piece.
If you’re working alone, make sure you clamp your wood down first.
Lay (2) 17” pieces parallel to each other with (1) 10” piece flush at the top with your pocket holes facing downward. Using wood glue and your 2” pocket hole screws, secure both 17” pieces to the ends of your 10” wood piece. Now you should have a frame that looks like a “n”.
Measure 3” up from the bottom of your frame and place your second 10” piece inside. Use wood glue and you 2” pocket screws and secure to the inside of your frame. Again, making sure the pocket holes are facing downward. Now you should have a frame that looks like an “A”.
Use a damp cloth to wipe away any wood glue squeeze out.
Repeat this step to create your second “A” Frame.
*Note: If your drill is too large to fit inside the A frame to secure your screw, use a screwdriver instead.
Step 2: Connect The Two Frames
*Note: This step is easier with a partner!
(2) “A” Frames
(4) 53” 2x2
Using your Jig and Kreg Jig bit, create one pocket hole at each end of your (4) 53” 2x2 wood pieces. The goal is to keep your pocket hole as close to the center of each piece.
*Note: make sure you create your two pocket holes on the same side for each 53” piece.
Again, if you’re working alone, make sure you clamp your wood down first.
Take one “A” frame and place it upright and upside down on your work table. Take your first 53” wood piece and line it up flush to the top corner of your A with the pocket hole facing upward. (once your frame is upright, the hole will be facing downward). Secure your 53” piece using wood glue and a 2” pocket hole screw. Repeat using a second 53” piece on the other bottom corner.
Secure your second “A” frame on the opposite end of your bench using the same steps as above. You should now be able to set your frame upright.
Measure 3” from the bottom of each leg on your frame. Take your remaining two 53” pieces and attach to both sides using wood glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Congrats! You now have a frame to your bench!
Step 3: Bench Top
(8) 1x2 @ 53”
(24) 1x2 @ 1”
Take (2) 53” 1x2 pieces and secure together upright, flat on your work table. Clamp and secure to table.
Place your Kreg Jig Jr at the end of both 1x2 pieces and drill two pocket holes. Repeat this step for the opposite ends.
Do this for the remaining (6) 1x2 pieces, working with two pieces at a time.
*OPTIONAL STEP* Proceed to next *** if you do not wish to create a rope pattern in your bench
Taking (1) 1x2, measure and mark the middle point every 3” down the board. Create 16 marks in total.
Repeat this step on a second 1x2 piece.
Take your first marked 1x2 and (2) unmarked 1x2 pieces. Clamp together and secure to table top with the marked board on the top.
Using your kreg jig drill bit, drill a hole through all three pieces at your 3” marked spots.
Repeat this step with the second marked board and (2) unmarked 1x2 pieces.
*Note: place a scrap piece of wood underneath to protect your table top.
Sand each 1x2 piece using your orbital sander and a 220-grit sandpaper until smooth.
Lay all your 1x2 pieces upright on your table top. Line up the holes so that they match across all 6 pieces.
Take your even pieces and switch the boards to the opposite end so that the holes are now staggered across all 6 pieces. This will give you the herringbone pattern with your rope later.
Take your bench frame and place it on your work table upside down.
Place all 6 1x2 piece inside the frame with the pocket holes facing upward.
Use your (21) 1” 1x2 pieces to create equal spacing at the ends and middle of your boards. Using wood glue and 2” pocket hole screws, secure to the bench frame.
Remove your 1” 1x2 spacers. Find the middle of your bench and secure (7) 1” spacers using wood glue and clamps. Let dry.
Step 4: Sand Flat
Once your middle spacers are placed and dry, remove the clamps and prepare your belt sander with a 80 Grit sandpaper.
Sand the top of your bench completely flat, removing any imperfections.
Use a 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the rest of the bench.
Step 5: Remove Dust
Using a brush, cloth and shop vacuum, remove any saw dust on your bench.
Step 6: Stain
Using wood conditioner and a cotton rag, pre-stain your entire bench. Pre-stain will help prevent streaks and blotches when you stain your piece.
Once the pre-stain is dry, use a cotton rag and apply your stain color to your project. Make sure you double check all sides so that you don’t forget any side.
Step 7: Weave Bottom
Lay your canvas material flat on the floor. Using your 1 yard ruler, measure (6) strips 2.5” wide and 63” long.
Take the remaining fabric and measure (29) strips at 2.5” wide and 22” long . Cut using fabric scissors.
Lay your bench upside down on a work table.
Starting with the (6) 63” pieces, fold a small lip inward on each side of your strip and secure end to the inside of your bench using a staple gun, making sure the strip will wrap under and over top of the 10” bench arm.
Pull strip as tight as you can make it, pull over the second 10” bench bar and wrap underneath and secure strip to the inside frame, making sure to fold a small lip on each side before securing with a staple gun.
Continue to step for all 6 strips until the length of your bench is completely covered.
*Note: use a flathead hammer to help flatten any staples that may not have secured properly.
Take your (29) 22” strips and repeat the steps, this time securing to the strips to the (2) 53” bench arms making sure to weave the canvas up and over through each 63” canvas piece, pulling tight and securing to the inside of the opposite bench arm. Weaving the fabric will create a checkerboard pattern once you are finished. As you work through each piece, try interchanging which strip starts on the top and weaved underneath.
Continue across until completed.
Flip the bench over and fix any strips by folding the sides of each strip underneath and creating a neat checkerboard pattern all the way across.
Step 8: Herringbone Rope Pattern
The rope color I’ve chosen for this project was purposeful, matching the decor in my space. Feel free to source a rope color of your liking!
Take your 8mm rope and cut (15) pieces at 28”. Cut using fabric scissors.
Create a half-hitch knot at one end of all 15 pieces. To do this, loop the running end of the rope across the rope. Bring the end over and around the rope, then back through the loop that has formed.
Starting at one end of your bench, pull your rope through the first hole inside the frame and work across the bench pulling through the first hole on each 1x2 piece. Once you’ve reach the last hole, carefully tie another half-hitch knot. This may take some patience, small hands or needle nose pliers to help secure rope tightly. Use scissors to cut away any excess rope. When completed, you should have a pattern that looks zig-zagged across the bench top.
Repeat this step across your bench with the remaining 14 pieces of rope!
How amazing is this bench. I love the wood color that brings so much warmth to the space and i love green rope that compliments the accent wall. It’s subtle but adds a lot of personality to this piece and I love that. The weave on the bottom is simple and neutral but provides the perfect solution for a little extra storage in my bedroom space.