DIY: THE EASIEST BENCH EVER


I introduce, the BENCHMAN TABLE – One part bench, one part ottoman and one part table! Guys, this project was so easy that it probably took me 30 minutes from start to finish. You’ll be amazed at how using just a few added details really turn this “table with legs” into a conversational piece, no matter what room you add it to!

tools:

  • wood glue
  • screw driver
  • staple gun + staples
  • spare screws
  • sanding sponge

supplies:

  • (3) 3.50″ x 39″ bed slat wood pieces*
  • (4) 16″ hairpin metal legs – screws included (source)
  • (2) cabinet pulls – screws included (source)
  • 112 ft. of thick “twine rope” (sold by the foot)

adjustables:

  • Bed slat wood* is precut so you can just find the pieces you like and go, but if your local store doesn’t carry it, you can simply buy a full piece of wood and have them cut it to 39″ for you. But be sure to pick a wood width equal or greater than the two “L’s” of your legs put together. Otherwise they’ll show underneath the table top. Mine BARELY made it lol.

1.

Glue your 3 pieces of wood together, lining them up as perfectly as you can (they should all be 99.9% the same length as they are precut). Take careful note on which wood sides you like best and let those be your top side. If you run into what I did with one piece being slightly bowed, adding the legs while the glue is still “tacky” will straighten this issue out.

2.

Sand the perimeter of the table top (top and bottom edges). This helps keep the table from cutting up any legs and also gives the rope a smoother edge to wrap around, causing less fraying and stress.

3.

Attach your legs. Mine came with screws but I’m not using them. They were a bit long which means they’d poke through the top of the table, so I’d recommend measuring first to make sure they’ll work for your wood depth. The bed slats are less that 3/4″. You may have to make a supply run unless you have smaller (shorter) spare screws available.

4.

Attach your cabinet pulls. I sourced mine above but feel free to use whatever handle you like for your style. I will say I went with these because they were rounded which meant they’d mirror the hairpin legs and the screw spacing fit perfectly on the middle slat. Be sure to set the pulls inward enough so they pass the leg bracket hardware under the table. Mine are set at about 2″ from the table edge.

Attach your cabinet pulls. I sourced mine above but feel free to use whatever handle you like for your style. I will say I went with these because they were rounded which meant they’d mirror the hairpin legs and the screw spacing fit perfectly on the middle slat. Be sure to set the pulls inward enough so they pass the leg bracket hardware under the table. Mine are set at about 2″ from the table edge.

5.

Start wrapping! Now I know 112′ (feet) of rope sounds like a lot. I did the math 4 times and I’m about 30% sure it’s still wrong lol. Thankfully this step is pretty fun and will give your arms quite the workout. You’ll start by using your staple gun to secure your first piece. Put it as close to the bracket as possible with the starter piece facing the “back”, which in my case is my sofa. This will keep the underside looking clean from a distance. If you make a mistake with placement, no worries, the staples remove easily with pliers or even strong fingers.


I wrapped enough times to have 30 rope strands on the top side. Be sure to pull as tightly as you can with each rotation. If your rope can be easily moved from left to right, it’s too loose. It should be taunt. Your rope will end with the jagged piece facing the opposite direction which means the front. This is fine! Simply staple and cut it as close to the “sofa facing side” as possible. Put as many staples in the rope (while varying the staple direction also) as needed until you feel it’s secure. Repeat these steps for your other side making sure to have the same amount of rope strands on top (30 in my case).

6.

Enjoy it! Every detail of this piece is intentional. The handles are decorative but also make it easy to move, the rope separation means two people can rest their feet while having a bit more comfort than being directly on the wood and the empty middle section lets you add a little fun to your table making the Benchman Ottoman deserving of it’s name!

MAKE IT YOUR OWN:

Dying the rope with fun colors would make this a cute addition to a kid’s room or using two wood pieces for the legs instead of the hairpins would allow you to easily add a lower pegged shelf which adds fun open storage for blankets, magazine and more!

Thanks for reading guys and if you try it, let me know! I’d love to see how you make this work for you and your space!

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