DIY Woven Bench

DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought Okay, I warned you there would be more jute projects… and I’m just dying over this one so you’ll have to excuse my obsession! This woven bench turned out even better than I had imagined and it wasn’t nearly as difficult to make as I had anticipated. It’s the perfect little piece for an entryway or at the end of your bed… or just anywhere! I was originally just going to make a small woven stool, but I went all out and I’m so glad I did.
DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought What you need:
-Three 2x2x8 Furring Strips
-Four Table Legs
-Tape Measurer
Jute (You’ll need a few rolls.)
Cotton Cord
Upholstery Nails
DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought How to make it:
-Cut your furring strips. You’ll need 2 – 50″ pieces, 2 – 12″ pieces, 3 – 38.5″ pieces, and 2 – 11.5″ pieces
-Use your drill to make two holes (about the same size as the thread on the screws you use) right above each other on each end of the 50″ pieces, 5″ in from the end.
-Attach the 12″ pieces to the 50″ pieces by screwing them together through those holes. Now you have the frame for the top of the bench.
-(I started my weaving at this point, but you can wait until the entire bench is together if you want.) Use upholstery nails to attach the the jute to the inside of the bench and wrap tightly around the entire bench until you reach the other end and secure with more upholstery nails on the inside where they won’t be seen. You will probably have to use a few rolls of jute for this project, when you reach the end of one roll, tie the end securely to the beginning of the next roll and keep wrapping – just make sure the knot is on the under side of the bench.
-Repeat these steps with the cotton cord, but weave it in between the jute to create whatever pattern your heart desires!
-To attach the legs, you will need to drill a hole in the 50″ piece where it meets the 12″ [ieces so that the threaded bolt will fit inside. Drill two holes through the top for the screws to go down into the legs (Make sure you go around the screws already going through – See photo #3). Now screw them together. (The legs are a bit bigger than the furring so the hole you drill for the bolt will not be centered on the 50″ outside piece.)
-To create the rack on the bottom, you will want to measure out where you want your three bars across the two 11.5″ pieces. Drill a hole in those three place about the size of the threads on your screw and attach them to the three 38.5″ pieces.
-Measure up about 4.5″ on each leg and drill a hole through the middle of the leg from the outside. Attach the rack through these holes.
DIY Woven Bench @themerrythoughtDIY Woven Bench @themerrythought DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought DIY Woven Bench @themerrythought I had to include this little serious face… cracks me up!

What do you think? Do you need a woven bench for your space?

xo. Caitlin

  • JessicaMonday, May 5, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Wow!!! That’s incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. The little extra design in the middle really makes it pop. Great job. 😀

    Lots of love,

  • Alicia DiRagoMonday, May 5, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    This. Is. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen PastoorMonday, May 5, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    This makes me so happy! I took a picture of a Target bench like this and told my husband we had to figure out how to make one… you did it for me! Can’t wait to try it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa / the-appleberryTuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:01 am

    Woah, this looks so good. I’m truly impressed!
    Also I am so glad I found your blog, it’s beautiful, definitely following you 🙂

    <3 LisaReplyCancel

  • Evie {Domestic Whimsy}Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Genius! A bench that’s handmade, well-constructed + stylish…definitely a keeper.ReplyCancel

  • Foxtail MossWednesday, May 7, 2014 - 9:55 am

    What a beautiful bench! We really like the center weaving design.


  • vickeybSaturday, May 10, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    This will be the perfect addition to my grandchild’s apartment. Do you know what the weight capacity might be, offhand? She is 105 lbs. and I want her to be able to sit down and remove her shoes. Thanks for sharing this great project…this is my first time visiting your blog, but won’t be the last.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSaturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:46 pm

      I’m not sure of the weight capacity but it is has held over 200 lbs without a problem. Just make sure the jute is tight and secure. I’m sure she’ll love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MarieSaturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:53 am

    This is gorgeous! What’s a purring strip and where would I find one?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MarieSaturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:54 am

    I mean furring strip. Darn autocorrect!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSunday, May 18, 2014 - 9:55 pm

      Ha! Thank you! Furring strips are just long, thin pieces of wood. I bought mine at Lowe’s:

      • Lisa MarieMonday, May 19, 2014 - 8:10 pm

        Oh! I thought they’d be some kind of fluffy furry thing! I’m in New Zealand so we don’t have a Lowes. But now I know what I’m looking for! Thank you! This bench is the perfect solution for my outdoor seating problem!ReplyCancel

  • Liz!!! (@hoeyvey)Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    This looks great! PS: where are those green and brown sandals from?ReplyCancel

  • David ConradSaturday, May 17, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Love this. It reminds me of the beds they use in India, aka charpoy. Can’t wait to start this project!ReplyCancel

  • KirstenWednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Just made a bench this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial! Thought I’d share a few tips and changes I made for others who might be making one soon:

    – Instead of buying the table legs, I opted to make my own 15″ legs out of furring strips (cheaper!). I made the bench with 11″ cross-beams instead of 12″ and was able to still use only 3 with some careful measuring. For two of the bottom slats, I went with 1.5×2″ pieces for some added visual interest. 3″ gold screws were the best length (you could also use drywall screws), and I made sure to pre-drill a pocket for each of them.

    – If you go that route, you really don’t need to cut 2 of the cross beams 1/2 inch shorter–they can all be the same size.

    – I sealed the frame with Danish oil in natural before starting the weaving to give it some nice depth and protect it.

    – When I was wrapping the top, I noticed that the tension was causing the frame to bow inward. I imagine this might become a structural problem at some point, so I ended up adding a third cross beam in the middle for extra support. You can’t see it once it’s wrapped up. Also, it took about 350 feet of 1/4 inch Manila rope to wrap the whole bench.

    – For those who aren’t familiar with jute weaving, when you come to the end of a length of rope, you can use a single splice to connect two ropes together and avoid having to nail the ends of two fraying ropes to the frame.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MarieThursday, June 5, 2014 - 9:04 am

    How much rope did you use? If you used 350 feet like the person above that works out to be around100 yards/metres. Which would cost about $150 in rope alone!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:49 pm

      I used 3 rolls of the jute and 2 rolls of cotton cord.

      I bought the jute at a local craft store for $5 each (On Amazon they cost $7.37 – I linked to it above.)
      And I bought the cotton cord at Big Lots for $4 each. (I’ve seen it at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Store in the past too, so you might be able to find it for less.)
      So I spent $23 total on the rope.

      The total project cost me about $50 but I had all the tools and screws on hand already.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

      • Lisa MarieThursday, June 5, 2014 - 8:52 pm

        Hmmm… I’m in nz so I have to convert currency and add in shipping. But it looks like it’d cost half as much to order rope off amazon than buy locally! That’s pretty sad!ReplyCancel

  • TristieSaturday, August 22, 2015 - 1:55 am

    Love this. I’ve been wanting one of these but not wanting to pay hundreds. You are a genius.ReplyCancel

  • MeganWednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:40 pm

    Hello! I couldn’t possibly be more in love with your tutorial for this bench! I just went out to Home Depot and collected all of my materials needed. I have a miter saw, I was wondering if you could tell me whether or not I could use that for this project or would you suggest another type of saw? I also own a table saw, I just still need to learn how to learn to use it haha. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much for such an awesome post. You are most def my favorite blog, I am really into that minimalist vibe. (;ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:23 am

      A miter saw will work just fine! You just need to make sure the measurements are right on for each piece or the bench will turn out very crooked once you start putting it together. (I’m super lazy about measurements normally and I wasn’t exact with the cuts the first time with this bench and I had to recut a few pieces!) We would love to see a photo of yours once it’s done!ReplyCancel

      • MeganThursday, February 18, 2016 - 1:51 pm

        Thanks! I will upload a photo for you guys shortly!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LisaMonday, February 15, 2016 - 9:56 am


    First of all, I Love your bench girl!! You did an outstanding job. But I was wondering whether on your bench you used plain cotton cording or did you use the exact kind as in the provided link. I want to make one for myself but I really want it to come out as close to yours as I can get it. Thank you 🙂 Love your blog, I am addicted!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:39 pm

      Thank you so much! I used just a plain cotton cord like for a clothes line. That was the closest cord I could find online at the time that I wrote the post but I just updated the link to a more similar cord. You would need two of the ones that I just linked to.ReplyCancel

      • LisaThursday, February 18, 2016 - 1:50 pm

        Thank You! Much obliged.ReplyCancel

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